What's the longest you've gone without a shower while hiking long distance?

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Post by BirdShooter » Tue Nov 07, 2006 4:42 am

My all time high (or low actually) was nine days while on the A.T. in the CT/MA area. At the time, there were very few hostels open and it was just North of Mt. Greylock before we finally broke down and got a motel room.

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Post by Guests » Thu Nov 09, 2006 3:06 pm

I did the Vermont Trail in 96 and went ten days without a shower. A family picked me up on the hitch into Manchester Center and opted for the windows over the AC. There's something cool about watching black water roll off your body in the shower after ten days on the trail.

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Post by FreakShow » Wed Nov 22, 2006 7:26 am

12 days on the PCT. I was righteously raunchy and sticking to the sleeping bag. Even my dog smelled better than I did.

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Post by Guests » Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:17 am

I went 5 days once in the backcountry. I passed a family on the trail and one of the kids said to the other, "Knock knock." "Who's There?", was the reply. "That Man". "That man who?" "That man stinks."

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Post by rwallace » Mon Jan 01, 2007 1:53 pm

I left the house Sept 8th for Wyoming an didn't feel the need to shower until hitting the hotel Sept 15th. We hiked the Teton crest trail, my tentmate vowed never to stay in my tent again.... good stuff

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Post by TreeFrog » Thu Mar 15, 2007 2:23 pm

Went 12 days once while on the PCT not counting the occasional jump into an icy lake. I actually got to the point where it didn't really bother me if you can believe that.

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Post by TreeFrog » Thu Mar 15, 2007 2:25 pm

Ohhh, and you know I'm gonna answer this one.... Let's see, I think it was seven days once when I did a section of the Long Trail in Vermont. I actually had to replace my sleeping bag after that hike - no kidding. It was 90 degrees all week and I'm a big man that sweats a lot - so I think you get the idea.

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Post by tigre325 » Wed Apr 04, 2007 5:36 am

15 days in the swamps of Louisiana in the middle of August. Compliments of the United States Army.

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Post by April Flower » Sun Apr 15, 2007 12:55 pm

Only a few days for me. I'm not as hard core as the rest of you boys.

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Post by WolfemanNC » Tue Sep 11, 2007 4:55 am

4 days, really. I couldn't stand myself. Of course, once I got a shower, then started hiking, it was like I didn't shower at all. I learned to boil a little water in my pot after dinner and wash the areas that needed it the most (you know...)

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