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  1. Sucker-punched AGAIN -- but I survived

    On my last trek on The Trail -- which should have been a simple, 20-mile overnight -- I trusted the guide books that listed camping on Beautiful Spot GAP. On that one night out, I found no such camping areas on the GAP, at a time the wind was blowing hard and rain was threatening. So I just stealth camped, just off the trail, and got two hours of rain as I woke up.
    Yes, there WAS plenty of camping sites on Beauty Spot itself, but a bald like that is NOT where you want to camp when the winds ...
  2. Maybe I actually DID need Guthook on this overnight!

    For my first AT hike of this year I decided to do a wimpy, twenty-mile, one-night trek along a stretch that is a gap in my walks along The Trail: Iron Mountain Gap back to Uncle Johnny's. Since I accept the fact that I'm not going to hike significantly faster than a mile an hour nor much more than about ten miles in a day*, I looked for a place about half-way between these two spots. Both the Thru-Hikers' Companion and the 2018 edition of the AT Data Book state that Beauty Spot Gap has water and ...

    Updated 06-20-2019 at 18:23 by GoldenBear

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  3. 2018 will NOT be a complete wash-out!

    In late June of this year, as the knee on which I had surgery done six years began to hurt in the exact way it hurt prior to that surgery, I feared that another round of surgery would all but ruin my chances for major miles this year. As my last hike -- one that was, by design, ridiculously short -- resulted in LESS pain in my knee, I decided to do some real (for me at least) hiking.

    Living in the Philly area means it takes over a day of driving to get to places I've haven't hiked ...

    Updated 08-11-2018 at 22:41 by GoldenBear

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  4. Glad it was NOT deja vu all over again!

    Six years ago I had a bit of an interruption to my hiking
    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/ent...he-best-timing
    that, blessedly, did not end my dreams.
    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/ent...-a-description
    Indeed, since that operation, I've done over 1000 miles on The Trail.

    It was thus with an EXTREME sense of "Oh no, not AGAIN!" that I felt a similar kind pain in that same knee last ...
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  5. More ultimate slackpacking

    My style of doing The Trail -- about which I have spoken several times -- inevitably leads to a few gaps in the miles I have hiked over. Specifically, I have missed about thirty miles of the A.T. just north of Damascus. Fortunately, my "Free Shuttle, With Benefits"
    http://tinyurl.com/Shuttle2017
    had a few days off during her university's fall semester break. Thus, we went down to that area for R&R, and completion of my miles.

    I can hardly call it backpacking ...

    Updated 10-13-2017 at 16:49 by GoldenBear (Better photo)

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