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  1. Not a story, but a joke that's not amusing anymore

    I want the "joke" that ends "I only need to outrun YOU" to never be repeated again. People in a panic HAVE used its "advice," resulting in the first documented bear fatality in New Jersey history....
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    Here's the horse's mouth

    Here's the latest schedule:

    https://new.mta.info/document/97601

    The Harlem Line of the Metro North Train stops at the "Appalachian Trail" Station, going into New York City, WEEKENDS *ONLY*, at...
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    More options

    There are still other ways to take mass transit from The Trail directly into New York City

    At Bear Mountain, and near Agony Grind...
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    Another option

    There are innumerable buses that go from Delaware Water Gap ("DWG") into New York City.
    https://martzbus.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Customer-Notice-NY-Schedule-Updated-10.1.22.docx.pdf
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    How's this?

    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/articles/2022-shuttles.pdf

    Many guide books, including the one sold by Whiteblaze for $5, list shuttle drivers at specific towns.
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    May not need to pay for a shuttle

    Best trailhead in Southern Vermont is Highway 9 just east of Bennington.

    You can take a bus direct from Albany Airport to Bennington...
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    As everyone says: Go to Highway 9

    There's actually a bus that goes from the trailhead on Highway 9 into Bennington
    https://greenmountainexpress.com/emerald-line/
    When I was waiting for that bus, two people offered me rides into...
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    So you're looking for dumb things someone's done on The Trail?

    Hello, rookie!

    https://whiteblaze.net/forum/entry.php/583-Based-on-my-choices-from-a-week-ago-I-nominate-myself-for-quot-Bonehead-of-the-Year-quot
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    About avoiding insect bites

    > I am looking into permethrin and DEET

    Like you, mosquitoes want my blood more than the Red Cross does. I've also had Lyme Disease, and NEVER want to have it again.

    What I've done is spray...
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    Some help

    > Where do I even start?
    https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/hiking-faq.htm
    https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/backcountry-permit.htm

    > Can you drive and park your car while you hike?...
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    Another option for High Point

    I think I can save you a LOT of money in getting to High Point State Park.
    1) Fly into a New York City Area Airport.
    Newark / Liberty Airport would be the best.
    2) Get to the Secaucus...
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    Here's a start

    This free sample of the WhiteBlaze AT Guide, in pdf, will answer 99% of your questions.
    https://www.whiteblazepages.com/images/2022%20Basic%20PDF%20sample.pdf
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    Oops!

    You are, of course, correct -- I copied & pasted info from the Spence Field Shelter, whose water source is ALSO 150 yards down the connecting trail.
    I have since corrected my error.
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    Probably in need of an update after fourteen years!

    Stayed here last week, and found it very accommodating for hikers. This URL
    https://www.visitnc.com/listing/AJUb/the-hike-inn
    has correct contact info, but quite limited information on amenities.
    ...
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    Don't repeat my errors at this place!

    It's been 13 years since anyone seems to have posted details in a forum with this shelter in its title, so I figured I'd do so in order to (1) note it's gotten a nice upgrade, (2) report last week's...
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    For what it's worth

    Here's a photo from 11 years ago
    https://whiteblaze.net/forum/vbg/showimage.php?i=51233

    The 2021 Whiteblaze guide states, "No pets. Town allows hikers to camp in the park for one night only....
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    The link in the post above

    Does NOT take you to ATC, but to a URL with 'CUE'. I don't think this was a deliberate deception.

    Here's a link that takes you to the ATC:...
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    Here's a couple ideas

    Just DON'T repeat the mis-adventures of the second hike!

    https://whiteblaze.net/forum/entry.php/8584-You-choose-a-title!-(Part-1)
  19. Add my vote to Shenandoah NP

    You can actually slackpack quite a bit of Shenandoah National Park.
    https://www.goshenandoah.com/specials/hiking-packages
    Pretty nice overlooks, wild animal sightings almost guaranteed, ...
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    Since you asked for "all opinions"

    You asked, I'll tell.

    I always hike in warm weather, so at first I didn't think I needed any kind of cold weather gear. Then one day I arrived at the shelter high on a ridge, covered in sweat,...
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    I'm not a parent, but let me give some ideas

    Give all of them a whistle to keep around their necks. Tell them that, if they get lost or scared, to blow the whistle REALLY loud and then sit still. Maybe practice this at a city park. That way, if...
  22. NPS Passes

    The Access Pass, like the Senior Pass (which I now have, and refer to as my "Codger Card"), covers ONLY admission to federally managed areas. Neither covers fees for backcountry camping management....
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    Let this sound scare you!

    I remember, many years ago, a person on Whiteblaze posting about hearing this sound on the trail, in the middle of a pitch dark night.
    https://sounds-mp3.com/mp3/0000961.mp3
    He admitted to being...
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    Wierd sounds at night can be un-nerving

    Was getting to sleep along The Trail in North Carolina when I heard this sound for a couple minutes.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SwMJ50Dbz4
    Had never heard it before, and had no idea what it...
  25. Wharton State Forest

    Having camped in Wharton State Forest just last night, I can assure everyone that the AT does not come close to that area.

    And if you're curious, I saw nobody remotely like this guy. In fact, I...
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