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Howdy everyone out there. I'm in the early planning stages of a 5-7 day hike on a section of the AT somewhere in the NC/TN border area, haven't really nailed it down yet. The time frame will be early-to-mid May, and I'm fairly confident I can make 12-15 miles per day even at a nice leisurely pace, and of course I'll be training a bit (cardio and walking in hiking shoes) and doing a couple of overnighters closer to home to get back in the swing of things. I guess the main reason for taking up y'alls valuable time :) is to ask for any kind of tips/tricks/hints/suggestions for hiking on the AT in the late springtime, and maybe some ideas on a good area or 2 to hike for a week. Here's a quick rundown of the situation:
I'm in fairly good shape. 5'9"/175lbs and I'm outdoors all the time, so the distance won't be the limiting factor. I've already got a lot of the gear (pack, sleeping bag/bedroll, stove/cooking mess, first aid supplies, bearproof containers, water bottles, knives/multitool, etc). I'm looking to keep the pack weight around 35lbs, maybe a bit lighter. Rough terrain isn't an issue, but I would like to avoid climbing up the side of a mountain. I would like to do some self-sustaining fishing on the trip, so maybe a section that goes along a river? Like I said, it's WAY early in the planning stages, and I'm still considering a whole bunch of different ideas/places. But I'd love to hear the feedback, concerns, questions etc. from those of you here who may have been on the AT and have some advice. Cheers!