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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 I’ve made the point that, if you drive 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 per ...
  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. High Point State Park – Pochuck Mountain Shelter – Swamp Boardwalk 1338.0 - 1358.7


    This was originally planned as a hike where I meet up with fellow YouTuber Uncle Paul and do a bit of a collaboration. 2 days, 12 miles, 3 targets, in and out. There is always a risk of missing the rendezvous when trying to meet up on the trail with moving hikers. As fate would have it, schedules diverged and we were not able to meet up.
    What unfolded afterward I could only attribute to the Appalachian Trail evolving my sense of ...
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  5. 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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