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http://www.gethiking.net/

This is the website of the first (potential) thru-hikers of the GET, which goes from Alabama to New York.  The trail is about 1,600 miles long, and not yet complete.

I recently read Earl Shaffer's "Walking with Spring" and it is fascinating how some of their experiences are so similar to Mr. Shaffer's, despite this thru-hike being almost 60 years later.

The posts and pictures are interesting and at times hilarious.  Worth the read.  

Let's all wish them the best on their journey.

More info about the GET:

http://greateasterntrail.net/
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Thanks. Now I want to do this.
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very cool.

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Uh-oh, there's already a GET (Grand Enchantment Trail).  Anyway, I hope they have fun.
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Good on them, I hope they make it.

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Spindle, I couldn't agree more.

Every time I read about a new trail, it goes into the "I want to do that" part of my brain.  Which mind you is right next to the, "I want that" part.  hahaa


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I never heard of this trail. Imagine the loop that can be done!!!

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I never heard of this trail. Imagine the loop that can be done!!!

It would have been in your watershed had one bureaucrat made a different decision a few years back, instead the concept was truncated in Steuben County.
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I never heard of this trail. Imagine the loop that can be done!!!

You could fly to Key West, go NOBO on the Eastern Continental, SOBO on the AT, then NOBO on the Great Eastern and practically land at home...with just a little connection help between each terminus.

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I never heard of this trail. Imagine the loop that can be done!!!

You could fly to Key West, go NOBO on the Eastern Continental, SOBO on the AT, then NOBO on the Great Eastern and practically land at home...with just a little connection help between each terminus.

Hmmm.... actually, I could walk out of my house, road walk 2 miles, hit the Old Erie Canal Trail to the NCT Link Trail, to the Finger Lakes Trail, to the Great Eastern Trail, to the AT, to the Hudson Trail, to the NCT, to the Old Erie Canal trail, then back home. I could do the Eastern Continental/Florida Trail as an optional spur.

Thanks for nuthin'. :D


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The ECT and GET have a common route in Alabama (to the extent either has an official route that is).

Cut-overs between GET and AT include Georgia Pinhoti-Benton MacKaye Tr in north GA; overlap at Pearisburg, VA; Tuscarora (former Big Blue) trail in north VA; C&O Canal NHP in MD aka American Discovery Trail aka Potomac Heritage NST; Tuscarora Trail in south PA; Finger Lakes Trail to Long Path and/or Shawangunk Ridge Tr; North Country NST with proposed extension or Sea-to-Sea Route past Middlebury VT to Long Trail.
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I never heard of this trail. Imagine the loop that can be done!!!

You could fly to Key West, go NOBO on the Eastern Continental, SOBO on the AT, then NOBO on the Great Eastern and practically land at home...with just a little connection help between each terminus.

Hmmm.... actually, I could walk out of my house, road walk 2 miles, hit the Old Erie Canal Trail to the NCT Link Trail, to the Finger Lakes Trail, to the Great Eastern Trail, to the AT, to the Hudson Trail, to the NCT, to the Old Erie Canal trail, then back home. I could do the Eastern Continental/Florida Trail as an optional spur.

Thanks for nuthin'. :D

Sounds like a plan.  When I get my house in Mt Morris I can put you up for the night.

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He'd have to spur west to get to Mt Morris, the split is north of Corning
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Interesting TV local news story in KY about this hike:

Local TV station news site link

The text added a zero onto the rough distance of GET north of Flagg Mountain (should be 1,600 on their hike not 16,000). It would be 1800 miles or so from the FL/AL border.
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Pix from Knoxville TN paper
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They are now in WV

http://www.wvgazette.com/Outdoor....blogger
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They are now in Virginia.
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VA should take a while.  :)
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They are now in Maryland!  Getting closer.
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Now PA.

In the last few minutes I had a thought.  It seems like they'll be trekking along the logged area south of Cowans Gap tomorrow.  That's just gonna be a horrible sauna.


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Now in NY, almost done.
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They did it!

The GET was recently thru-hiked for the first time by Jo Swanson and Bart Houck.  Congratulations to them on their historic accomplishment.  Hopefully more will follow.

Is Jo the first female to be the first thru-hiker of any of America's long trails?


http://www.stargazette.com/article....-County


http://www.gethiking.net/


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Nice. It's been fun following along. Now to put it on the schedule.

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