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Cathy Clendenin Jul 16, 2015 at 05:13 PM

I will be attending the September 20th hike. Does anyone have any information on what area, other than the AT, the hike will be on for day five?

Sara Oehlert Jul 06, 2015 at 01:15 PM

I will be attending the Sept. 20 Appalachian Trail program. I am flying into Newark from St. Louis. What is the best way to get to the Shawnee Inn from there?
Laurel Rice Jul 07, 2015 at 09:35 AM

There is a car, taxi you can get. Call hotel, see what they suggest. There is no simple way. Renting a car I think is costly unless you have a special way

Dale Hanson Apr 02, 2015 at 11:59 PM

I have recently registered for the Sept 13 - 18 Hike the Appalachian Trail trip. Anyone else who is planning to do this trip, lets connect here, we probably have questions in common.

Dale from Wisconsin

Susan Bowman Mar 20, 2015 at 08:35 PM

I am interested in near term---12 April Date---but wonder, will I actually be able to complete a large section of the appalachian trail, or is this just intended as short day hikes, unconnected---I just did a couple of days' near Carlisle and would like to do those of the trail in Pennsylvania,,,so am looking for group(s) to do that with.

Patti Ashton Mar 15, 2015 at 03:30 PM

Just signed up for the Oct 18th trip because I got closed out of the Zion trip.

Donna Britton Feb 27, 2015 at 04:07 PM

I've signed up for the May 10 trip. This will be my first Road Scholar program and I'm really looking forward to it. Anybody else signed up for this one?
Laurie Choate Mar 01, 2015 at 03:12 PM

Hey Donna. I'm thinking about the May 10th trip. Do you know anyone going?
Donna Britton Mar 01, 2015 at 04:59 PM

Hi Laurie. Good to hear from you. I do not know anyone. This is my first experience with the Road Scholar program. I am expecting to be with others who enjoy hiking as much as I do.

Deborah Gaj Sep 18, 2014 at 04:14 PM

Leaving for the Sept 21st trip bright and early Sunday morning (from Colorado). Looking forward to meeting all my fellow hikers.

BRENDA VOORHEES Aug 27, 2014 at 01:14 PM

any thoughts on hiking boots for women? I have a pair of LL Beans womens hiking that just are not comfortable enough. My feet heat up too much in them. Any ideas will be appreciated! Thanks. Looking forward to the hiking!
Deborah Gaj Aug 27, 2014 at 03:13 PM

Hi Brenda -- I am going on the Sept 21st trip, and had been searching for comfortable hiking shoes for months so I could break them in. I am sure it depends what particular issues your feet have. Mine are wide, and I have had foot surgeries so I need to wear orthotic supports. I found Columbia Helvetia Water Proof shoes to be perfect for me. Comfortable for sure, wide enough for my toes, and the waterproofing is a big plus. Broke them in on just a few hikes out here in Colorado! The ones I bought are low, but they had an ankle style as well. Hope that helps.
BRENDA VOORHEES Aug 27, 2014 at 03:59 PM

Thank you! My feet are wide also with 2 healed broken toes on the right. Regular athletic shoes are no problem, however I want some treads on my tires for these hiking conditions!
Deborah Gaj Aug 27, 2014 at 04:12 PM

The tread on these is great. Completed a hike today down a steep mountainside with loose rocks and gravel. No slipping and sliding!
Laurie Choate Mar 01, 2015 at 03:10 PM

I've given up on boots and now exclusively hike in trail runners. I like the Solomon XA7 shoe. I have a pair of breathable ones for summer and a heavier pair dor winter that are waterproof. The tread on the soul is good and I've had no issues with less ankle support. Love the lighter weight!
Patti Ashton Mar 15, 2015 at 03:28 PM

The Keen high top hiking boots are wonderful.

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