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  1. Honest -- I was NOT trying to prove my thesis! (Part 2)

    The mere seven miles I had planned for Day Three were, I THOUGHT, going to be all downhill. I should have checked Guthook, as it was a 1400 foot climb to start my day. But it was at the START of another day with high dew points, so I survived the climb and began the trek downhill, back to Standing Bear. That went fine UNTIL I heard the thunder, followed by some rain (a little of that is actually refreshing BUT it was), followed by a downpour, and then followed by lightning flashes. It never ceases ...
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  2. Honest -- I was NOT trying to prove my thesis! (Part 1)

    More than once over the years Ive made the point that, if you ride in a car to the A.T., then your risk of dying from that activity is greater than your risk of a fatal bear attack.
    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/sho...t=#post1979837

    For those who, unlike me, have a life, feel free to skip this paragraph.
    For those interested, the latest stats are as follows:
    Auto fatalities in 2017 were 1.16 ...

    Updated 07-16-2019 at 15:41 by GoldenBear

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  3. 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 ...
  4. 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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  5. 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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