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  1. Blessed to avoid trouble! (Part 2)

    My original plan was to use the next day to hike up the south side of Moosilauke, having done the north side a few years ago. However, fearful of the well-publicized difficulty of this hike
    whiteblaze.net/forum/vbg/showimage.php?i=63234
    http://www.northeasthikes.com/hike-m...r-brook-trail/
    and the fact that I knew my legs already tired from vertical walking, I decided to spend the morning shopping for Shuttleís birthday; and then do a simple, one-hour up and one-hour ...
  2. Blessed to avoid trouble! (Part 1)

    Iíve had many good hikes on The Trail, and a few wretched ones. The latter, no surprise, were due to bad decisions on my part (including not getting enough good information), so Iím not going to get mad at anyone but myself.
    Two of my worst A.T. experiences have taken place in New England (note that these sad tales are multi-page, so read them through for full effect):
    https://whiteblaze.net/forum/entr...o-buggy-Part-1
    https://whiteblaze.net/forum/entr...itle!-(Part-1) ...
  3. 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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  4. Honest -- I was NOT trying to prove my thesis! (Part 1)

    More than once over the years Iíve 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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  5. 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 ...
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