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, "J.F. Hill" <nil_dog@y...>
> What advise do any of you folks that have
> done the AT before have?
10 miles per day carrying food for a week will be difficult for the
boys. As others have said, make sure you have an experienced crew.
> Where can I get
> maps and other information too?
Check out http://www.whiteblaze.net/
They have everything you need to
know about the AT.
How many folks can go in a group?
Small groups. You can 'cheat' a little by going in two groups and
meeting up at your designated camping site (maintain the separate
group structure). I doubt the shelters will be very crowded during
the week in the fall, so perhaps you won't have to avoid them. (They
do have a lot of mice!)
Are tents allowed? Under the stars on the ground?
This said, we took a group of experienced boys from the base of
Standing Indian mountain to the Nantahala Outdoor Center. We ended the
trip with a rafting trip. (Stayed at the shelter about .9 miles from
NOC. Left early in the morning, rafted, and travelled home that
afternoon.) It was a memorable trip, and the boys had a good time.
Many good views (and hard climbs).