Last summer (June07) I decided that I was going to plan to hike the 100 mile Wilderness of the Appalachian Trail in September of 2009. Yes that is a long way off however, I consider myself new to backpacking after not backpacking for almost 15 years. I have gear now to do most week or less backpacking trips, however I still need some more items for the trip.

I plan on asking multiple questions in this thread as time goes by and I would be grateful for any tips. I have been doing research as far as searching around on the net. There are so many questions I would like to ask, but to start off I will only ask a few right now.

1) Have any of you ever hiked the 100 mile wilderness?

2) My pack is a Granite Gear Nimbus Access 3600, (I assume 3600 is the cu. inch of room in the pack.) Is that too small since I have to pack about 10 days of food plus whatever other gear?

3) I heard June is a bad time because of black flies. Is September a good time or should I go earlier?

Usually I am a type of hiker that like to go at my own pace, and stop to admire the beauty around me, however I know that how many miles I hike a day is of course extremely important, so I am conditioning myself when I can.

I don't know why but when I saw pictures of this part of the AT, something inspired me to challenge myself and want to do this. I feel like this is something I have to do. I guess you can say this is one of my "Things to do before I die list."

Again let me state that any advice would be much appreciated!!!

"Let's not miss the beauty of the forest by the ugliness of some of its trees." Bill W.