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So after doing my first 3 day 2 nighter I've learned a couple of things. After doing 5 miles the first day, 15 miles the second day, and 5 more on the last day, I learned that a good pair of boots are worth their weight in gold. I thought I had a good pair, but was wrong. We did the AT and it was pretty. Finally the old saying "ounces equal pounds and pounds equal pain" is really true. All in all a great experience though I will definitely be doing it again. Although the canoe camping trip seem like they would be right up my ally, may be giving one ago this summer.
 

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No pictures sorry. We went from 419 to 72. No they weren't new boots, they are very comfy just didn't have an impact plate on the bottom so I felt every rock.
 

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i just completed my first trip this past weekend, and i couldn't agree more with having proper footwear. I have Asolo Fugitive's that were recommended to me by a good friend in the Marines that completed a few tours with them. A bit heavy, but saved my ankles on more than a few occasions, and kept my feet dry; more that i can say about the footwear of my buddies i camped with.

We did a 12 mile section of the Loyalsock Trail from the end of the trail at 220 to Worlds End. The final descend into the part was all that we could handle and my boots made all the difference.

Just another hobby i love, my wife tells me it better me last!
 

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Foot problems have always plagued me. Buying cheap (2 pair of Cabela's boots) doesn't help. I recently bought a pair of Lowa boots, and have done some short (3 mile/ 45 lb pack) hikes, and they feel good. And there are so many nicer trails than the AT.

The Elk Trail, Elk County, last Sept.




 

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I have Asolo boots. I did the AT Rt 72 to the river between Christmas and New Years last year, plus many additional miles on other hikes. I really like them. I bought one size bigger then what I normally wear. If needed I wear gaiters and the boots and they keep my feet dry. My pack for winter can weigh about 40lbs. I carry an Osprey backpack.
 

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wildatheart said:
And there are so many nicer trails than the AT.
That is very true.

Years ago some buddies and I did a 3 day hike on the AT, going up on Peters Mountain from the parking area in Clarks Creek valley, and going east.

It's a "rock garden" and the views were nothing great. I'd never have any interest in hiking there again.

Since then I've done loads of hiking, mostly in the Big Woods of NCPA, mostly in search of wild trout in the small streams.

Most of the trails I've hiked in PA are NOT pure rock like that. Most of the time you are walking on soil, with some rocks here and there.

A lot of the trails in NC PA alternate between the stream valleys, then head back up the hillslopes, then fall along on top of the plateau, then back down to a stream valley, etc. so you have a lot of variety of landscape. That's much more enjoyable than just going along a rocky ridge where every step is on an irregular rock.
 
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