[at-l] Fw: Re: Hope I do this right.

Tom McGinnis sloetoe at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 4 08:45:58 CST 2013


Persistence.....

--- On Sun, 2/24/13, Tom McGinnis <sloetoe at yahoo.com> wrote:

> From: Tom McGinnis <sloetoe at yahoo.com>
> Subject: Fw: Re: [at-l] Hope I do this right.
> To: at-l at backcountry.net
> Date: Sunday, February 24, 2013, 8:34 PM
> 
> 
> --- On Sun, 2/24/13, Tom McGinnis <sloetoe at yahoo.com>
> wrote:
> 
> > From: Tom McGinnis <sloetoe at yahoo.com>
> > Subject: Re: [at-l] Hope I do this right.
> > To: "Jennifer Osterhoudt" <jeno914 at hotmail.com>
> > Cc: at-l at backcountry.net
> > Date: Sunday, February 24, 2013, 10:41 AM
> > --- On Sat, 2/23/13, Jennifer
> > Osterhoudt <jeno914 at hotmail.com>
> > wrote:
> > > I have been enjoying the posts so far and I am excited to
> > > see that their seems to be a great family type friendship
> > > you all have. My husband and son are leaving for a thru hike
> > > on the 28. After I make them stop in DC for a couple
> > > days  they arrive and begin their adventure the first
> > > week of March. Do any of you have tips you would like to
> > > share ? He is also going to try keeping his experiences on
> > > his Facebook page A.T. Hiker is his name we have some great
> > > pics of a portion of the trail near Kent CT we hiked. Look
> > > forward to hearing from you all. 
> > 
> > ### Near Kent, huh? My ol' stompin' grounds! (I grew up in
> > Milford....)
> > 
> > Tips to pass on? "Keep walking north. But don't think you're
> > going to get to Katahdin tonight. Just get up every morning,
> > say, 'I will not make it to Katahdin tonight,' point your
> > feet north, and walk. If you do that *every* morning --
> > without fail -- well, one day you will be wrong."
> > 
> > Stay out of towns. Towns are well-known gravity wells, where
> > the turns of the earth generate more than called-for
> > gravity, and hikers who come upon towns without sufficient
> > preparation find themselves sitting, sitting, sitting,
> > wondering what came over them and sucked away their energy,
> > their drive -- their very minds. It's towns -- STAY OUT.
> > 
> > Water: treat it with respect. Leave everything else home.
> > Bring TP til you're comfy.
> > 
> > TP: Don't leaf home without it.   {Get it?
> > Hiker joke. Great joke.}
> > 
> > Murphey's Hiker: Your probability of leaving gear behind is
> > multiplied in inverse relation to the weight of the gear:
> > the heavier the gear, the more likely you are to remember
> > it. The lighter? To leave it behind.
> > 
> > Rest 10 minutes every 60, whether you feel you "need" it or
> > not. If you don't think you need it, walk longer that day --
> > your mind will change with miles.
> > 
> > Sleeping pads -- we need a lot less than we think we do. If
> > you think you need more, walk longer that day -- your mind
> > will change with miles.
> > 
> > Spend $20 for the damn socks. Your feet will need 'em. If
> > you don't think you need the 'spensive socks, walk longer
> > that day -- your mind will change with miles.
> > 
> > Mind the miles and the smiles will mind themselves.
> > 
> > 
> > pearlsareustoe



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