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OtherMy name is Tim Keenan, a former Vietnam combat veteran, thru hiker of the Appalachian Trail, subject of the award winning short documentary, "Naneek", and author of "The Good Hike".

Dec 29th 2016 by naneek1946 • 15 Questions • 282 Points

After thru hiking the AT, i returned to Vietnam with my son in 2014 to meet my "enemy" and make peace. Thus the film Naneek, directed by Neal Steeno. Here is proof... thank you everyone for your questions. Love them. Going to bed now, will answer more in the am. Peace. Here is my book, "The Good Hike"

For more info and the trailer for our film, got to www.naneek.com

Q:

Thank you for your service, and congratulations on both the documentary and book! I aspire to be able to express myself as you have.

Out of all the accomplishments you have listed, which are you most proud of? Why? Which of those was most difficult to see through? Thank you!

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hiking the AT was a huge accomplishment for me. It gave me inner peace and I ended up going back to Vietnam. I had been leery of the woods. Going back to Vietnam and meeting my former enemy only enhanced that feeling there is so much good in the world.


Q:

Thank you for your response! I plan on beginning my military career here soon, so that definitely helps the fears of PTSD/trauma, etc. It's a problem that will likely arise, but there are always ways to handle it and remind yourself of the good in the world; just have to find what works for you. That's how I feel at least. I wish you the best, thank you again!

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you are welcome. Be safe.


Q:

I've always wanted to walk the ap trail but life is always in the way. What's the good and bad of it?

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The good of the AT??? The people on and off the trail. The bad. Wiping my ass with snow because I ran out of TP. Chaffing occurred. You can read about all my experiences in "The Good Hike". Peace


Q:

What was your biggest mileage day on the AT? What is/was your favorite piece of backpacking gear? Least favorite?

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Did 26.2 mile into Hot Springs. Did a 35 miler in less than 24 hours because I night hiked.
Favorite gear...not a gear head but my backpack served me well. Duct tape a must. Aquamira to purify my water. There was no least favorite. If I didn't use something for a week I sent it home. Keep the weight down but think comfort at night. You want to sleep well. Always keep your sleeping bag dry. Peace.


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How much money did you need to have saved to hike the AT?

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I wish I could give you an exact figure on that. I would say $5,000 could get it done. Maybe a bit more. You can freeze dry food before you head out. But every once in a while you may want to get off ther trail and hitch into town. Shower, a bed, a cold beer, good food. It is life changing...go for it.


Q:

How do you feel about foreign intervention after being in Vietnam? When is it appropriate? (if ever)

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never liked it. We occupy way too many countries. Those who start wars never fight them. Those who fight them never like them.


Q:

Hi Tim, what is the perfect mixture of ingredients for a Prairie Fire?

A:

a cheap shot of tequila mixed with a FULL shot of Tobasco Sauce. Not a couple drops. Become a member of the PF club now. Keep crackers handy.


Q:

Now that we've cleared the air about OPP, is your book available on Amazon? Thanks for your service.

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Available on Amazon for sure. You will like. Peace.


Q:

What's the biggest meal you ate on your hike?

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At the Homeplace in VA...3 slabs of roast beef, 6 pieces of chicken, three orders of mashed potatoes and gravy, lots of vegies, 4 rolls, 1 desert, 3 lemonades, 3 ice teas, 3 waters, 2 chocolate milks.


Q:

Hey, Thanks for your service! What are your thoughs on the Erdős–Stone theorem in mathematics?

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fundamentally solid.


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What was your favorite bit of the AT? Did you have a trail name or any fun experiences on it that you'd like to share?

Also, thank you for service and for being brave enough to return. That takes a lot of guts, congratulations on everything you've achieved- it takes hard work and dedication to do what you have.

A:

For a section hiker, I would say the Shenandoahs. Lots of wildlife to be seen. The White Mountains in NH. Maine was my favorite state. But the entire trail has its own beauty...Trail name of Naneek. So many experiences I have logged in the book. So many special moments. Thank you for your kind words. Peace.


Q:

How sick does it make you, that to this day civilians will still spit in a soldiers face for carrying out orders given to them, by public officials said civilians elected ?

A:

somewhat of a bummer for sure. I try to focus myself on all the good folks in the world. Those people you refer to aren't worth our energy.


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From a vet to a vet - thank you for our service and I absolutely love this response. I aspire to have this mindset. How long did it take you to stop being angry and come to view things this way?

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Angry for years. Getting on the AT helped. Going back to Vietnam helped. Writing about it helped. My friends and family helped.


Q:

You down wit OPP?

A:

don't quite know what you are referring to. I am new to this gig.


Q:

OPP

Arm me with harmony Dave, drop a load on 'em

O.P.P., how can I explain it I'll take it frame by frame it To have y'all all jumping, shouting, saying it O is for other, P is for peoples', scratch your temple The last P, well that's not that simple It's sort of like, well, another way to call a cat a kitten It's five little letters that are missing here You get on occasion if the other party isn't gaming It seems I gotta start the explaining, bust it You ever had a girl and met her on a nice hello You get her name and number and then left feeling real mellow You get home, wait a day she's what you wanna know about Then you call up and it’s her girlfriend’s or her cousin’s house?! It’s not a front, a F to the R to the O to the N to the T; It's just her boyfriend's at her house (Oh that’s why she’s scary) It's OPP, time other people's what you get it There's no room for relationship there's just room to hit it How many brothers out there know just what I'm getting at Who think it's wrong cause I was splitting and co-hitting that Well if you do, that's O.P.P. and you're not down with it But if you don't, here's your membership

You down with O.P.P.? (Yeah, you know me) [x2] Who’s down with O.P.P.? (Every last homey) You down with O.P.P.? (Yeah, you know me) [x2] Who’s down with O.P.P.? (All the homies)

Well, for the ladies O.P.P. means something different The first two letters' the same but the last is something different It's the longest, loveliest, lean, I call it the leanest It's another five letter word rhyming with "cleanness" or "meanness" I won't get into that, I'll do it ah sorta properly I'll say the last P hmmm stands for property Now lady here comes a kiss, blow a kiss back to me Now tell me exactly Have you ever known a brother who had another like a girl or wife And you just had to stop a toast cause he looked just that nice? You looked at him, he looked at you and you knew right away He had someone but he was gonna be yours anyway! You couldn't be seen with him at all and still you didn't care Cause in a room behind a door no one but y'all are there When y'all are finished, y'all can leave and only y'all would know And then y'all could throw that skeleton bone right in the closet do'. Now don't be shocked cause if you're down I want your hands up high Say O.P.P. (O.P.P.) I like to say with pride Now when you do it, do it well and make sure that it counts You're now down with a discount

You down with O.P.P.? (Yeah, you know me!) [x3] Who’s down with O.P.P.? (Every last lady!) You down with O.P.P.? (Yeah, you know me!) [x3] Who’s down with O.P.P.? (All the ladies!)

A scab tried to O.P.P. me I had a girl and she knew that. Matter-of-fact her and my girl was partners that Had a fall out, disagreement, yeah an argument She tried to do me so we did it in my apartment Bust it That wasn't the thing it must have been the way she hit the ceiling Cause after that she kept on coming back and catching feelings I said, "Let's go, my girl is coming so you gotta leave." She said, "Oh no, I love you, Treach!" I said, "Now, child, please! "You gots to leave, come grab your coat, right now you gotta go!" I said, "Now look you chooses stairs or chooses the window This was a thing, a little thing, you shouldn't have brought your heart Cause you know I was OPP, hell from the very start!" Come on, come on, now let me tell you what it's all about When you get down, you can't go 'round running off at the mouth That's rule number one in this O.P.P. establishment You keep your mouth shut and it won't get back to her or him! Exciting isn't it, a special kinda business Many of you will catch the same sorta O.P.P. messing with Him or her for sure ain't going to admit it When O.P.P. comes, damn skippy I'm with it

You down with O.P.P.? (Yeah you know me!) [x3] Who’s down with O.P.P.? (This whole party!) [x2]

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