Robert Sutherland

Robert J. Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA. Robert has two adult daughters, seven grandchildren and a zippy Kawasaki. ~~ RJSutherland@hotmail.com

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    oso_loco

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    From a multiple thruhiker to a non-thruhiker – DAMN good post. I’ve gotten into furballs with prospective thruhikers over every one of your points in the past and I enthusiastically endorse this post.

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    Andrew

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    It’s not the rain I hate, it’s putting on all the crap that goes with it, rain pants, poncho, pack cover, etc. Then again, hypothermia sorta sucks worse.

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    Joanna

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    I don’t think part of #7 is necessary. Nothing will physically prepare a future thru-hiker other than getting out on the trail itself. I sat on the couch all winter and spring leading up to my April start date. And I had never gone backpacking before. Slept in my tent one night in my backyard after setting it up a few times that day. Anything you might not know, SOMEONE out there will know and will be more than willing to help you out. If you’re not physically fit, just start slow and keep going slowly for about a month. I do think mental preparation is the most important so I agree with that whole-heartedly.

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    Brad Aikins

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    Agree! Nice post.

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    Monica

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    Loved this article! My son finished the thru hike in Sept. I drove to Maine to pick him up. There were so many highs(the birds in the mornings) and lows(thank you mrs bear) but He had the time of his life! I would like to point out….. IT AINT CHEAP! He had money saved up for it but he said many people along the way had to quit because of no funds or they would practically beg you for food. He would do it again in a heartbeat but alas mama says you gotta get a job. We’ll see…….. the call of the wild is pretty loud in his ears!!

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    Kaitlin Blazejack

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    Doctor Grumpy is the best. His blog is awesome. And this list is simply awesome sauce. Happy trails, Doctor Grumpy! 🙂

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      Robert Sutherland

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      Pfft. Leave me alone.

      Love,

      Doctor Grumpy

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    Pen Mar

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    Live on trail in Pa. More power to all. Have helped a few. Keep on Walking we love you all!

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    Michael Shields

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    Best thing I have read about the reality of what hiking is. Thank you.

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    john_c47

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    Loved it.

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    George Richard

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    Dr. All is true, I’m a volunteer ranger at clingmans dome each yr we rescue dozens
    in 8 plus inch of snow. Some warm up and move on some say I Quit.

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