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Old 07-16-2008, 05:53 AM
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Default Four State Challenge (VA, WV, MD, PA)

The four state challenge is walking in four seperate states (PA, MD, WV, VA) in one day. If you choose to complete Northbound, you'd start in VA and complete all of WV, MD and finish in PA. This is a total of 43.5 miles. Southboundind would be starting from PA.

Definitely a very long day!

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It is fairly easy for a through hiker in shape.
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Old 07-16-2008, 06:24 AM
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I would think that would really depend on the thru hiker. Yes the terrain is some of the less challenging on the trail, but if you're used to a 16 mile day at 2 - 2.5 miles per day, this can still be a challenge.

A 24 year old will probably have an easier time versus the 50, 60+ year old.

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The four state challenge is walking in four seperate states (PA, MD, WV, VA) in one day. If you choose to complete Northbound, you'd start in VA and complete all of WV, MD and finish in PA. This is a total of 43.5 miles. Southboundind would be starting from PA.

Definitely a very long day!

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The unfortunate thing about the 4 state challenge is missing out on a day in Harpers Ferry. It really is a beautiful place with a lot to explore (especially if you're into history)
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:20 AM
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just about everyone that I've read on WB and TrailJournals, after they "complete" the 4 state challenge, spend 1.5 to 2 days in recovery mode. But, HYOH.
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:33 AM
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just about everyone that I've read on WB and TrailJournals, after they "complete" the 4 state challenge, spend 1.5 to 2 days in recovery mode. But, HYOH.
which is my point - I don't think this is "easy" even for a thru hiker
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:05 AM
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I lived just outside DC, in VA for 4 years. Never went to HF. Then, wife and I went up to DC and on to PA to visit my grandparents and took a side trip to HF. It's now one of our favorite places! We were there on a crisp, fall day and it was STUNNING. I'm sad that we never when there when we lived an hour away!!!
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I lived just outside DC, in VA for 4 years. Never went to HF. Then, wife and I went up to DC and on to PA to visit my grandparents and took a side trip to HF. It's now one of our favorite places! We were there on a crisp, fall day and it was STUNNING. I'm sad that we never when there when we lived an hour away!!!
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I live an hour train ride, less by car, from New York City, with all it's got to offer, and almost never go there.
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We used to spend one weekend a month, visiting around DC, all the monuments, meuseams, history. Just never went to HF.....
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