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Old 11-27-2008, 10:37 AM
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I carried two small stones from Chile, both with Lapiz Lazuli content. The first I deposited in the stream south of Boiling Springs as I started, the second at the end of my Thru Hike, which happened to be in Catawba, VA.

For other things I carried runes (Heffer Oak, Clingman's Dome, etc)

I think it's good to carry small gifts. Deposit them where you're moved to. A wonderful hiking companion, Yogi B, carried blue corn. The tourist takes pictures, the pilgrim leaves gifts.

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Old 11-27-2008, 11:58 AM
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I think it's good to carry small gifts. Deposit them where you're moved to. A wonderful hiking companion, Yogi B, carried blue corn. The tourist takes pictures, the pilgrim leaves gifts.

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While reading these post, and then along with yours, I think that would be an idea. Pick up a small flat stone at a shelter, scratch the name of the shelter, or area your in, and deliver it to the next spot you bed down for the night. Then another person takes it to a different area.

That way everyone knows where this stone originated from. Be interesting to find out where the stone ends up.
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Old 11-27-2008, 05:55 PM
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Curiousity got the best of me when I read David Miller's "AWOL on the AT".

In his book, when he started at Springer, he picked up a stone and planned on delivering it to Mt Katahdin to place at the sign. But somewhere along the way, he had lost the stone and was dissapointed.

Even though I started from Katahdin and hiked to Springer, I did not carry a stone with me, nor did I hear about any one else doing so, north or south.

Is this a common tradition I missed out on? Or is it just a choice by the individual?
-I had heard of this tradition for the last 20 years or so.
-I carried a small pebble from the top of Springer all the way to Katahdin. In my excitement on reaching Mt. K I forgot to leave it.
-I remembered on the way down the mountain.
-I passed a teen-ager on his way up and asked him to carry it back up for me!
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:17 AM
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I took a stone from Springer and placed it on the cairn on Katahdin in '02. I'd like to think that it's still up there somewhere.
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Old 12-04-2008, 07:20 AM
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Sorry, Saw it at Springer the next year! Darned Southbounder picked it up.
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