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    Photos at Standing Bear Farm Hostel

    After I parked at Standing Bear,
    www.standingbearfarmhostel.com/home.html
    used one of its shuttles,
    www.standingbearfarmhostel.com/services.html
    returned to the hostel after a short section...
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    Flint Mountain Shelter update

    Since it's been nine years since anybody has said anything, I'll only note that the shelter still looks nice. The bear cables are a nice addition to the shelters in this area.
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    Hemlock Hollow signage update

    I saw none when I got to Log Cabin Road.
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    Little Laurel Shelter Update -- particularly on water

    As of late June, 2019, the spring at Little Laurel is flowing fine. It's about a five minute walk down from the shelter, on a an well-made staircase trail. I cameled there because I feared water...
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    Jerry Cabin Update

    The shelter is old but functional. Not spotless, but definitely not trashed. The fireplace still works. As of late June, 2019, the spring is flowing great.

    As noted, the bear cables lack hook on...
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    Don't need them for that trek

    > I have searched around and found conflicting thoughts.

    I can think of a dozen sites telling you that you don't need canisters in that area, but I can't imagine an official URL saying that you...
  7. Only one choice for me

    Gotta be Guthooks. I also print out paper topo maps created from Delorme software, so I'm okay under almost any circumstances. Guthooks can tell me where I am, whether I'm heading in the right...
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    Here's the link you need

    https://traildistance.com/

    Do a search for "Carver" and "19e" and you'll get your result.
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    A mistake I made ONCE

    > do you set up your rain fly every night or only when its calling for rain?

    On my first night of real backpacking I felt so hot and sweaty that I didn't put the rain fly over my netting.
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    What choice to make

    You don't.
    Instead, you make a choice:
    (1) You can allow yourself to become dehydrated to the point of delirium after two days, at which point your chances of surviving become almost zero, because...
  11. One more suggestion

    You can take Amtrak from BWI to Philadelphia, then transfer to a train to Harrisburg.
    There are several options for this trip each day, with a total travel time of between three and four hours.
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    Let's examine this

    A user who, prior to today, has posted a grand total of zero posts of any kind.
    S/he comes on here and does the fairly typical "I heard from a friend of a friend" type post. At least s/he admits the...
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    Here's your answer

    http://www.appalachiantrail.org/home/explore-the-trail/trail-updates#GA

    Note that is only if you CAMP in this area, and only between the dates of March 1 to June 1.

    Canisters are becoming...
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    Follow up to my usage of the Ursack

    Over the years I've spoken highly of the Ursack (I use the Allwhite), which I consider a good compromise between weight (less than a canister), ease of use (MUCH quicker than hanging), and protection...
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    Here's a start

    First thing to know: the only bears in the Eastern U.S. are black bears. Fortunately, they are RELATIVELY safe, at least compared to grizzly bears.
    Here's some starting info on being "Bear Aware."...
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    Although I've never done it

    > What's the common practice for mailing supplies to yourself?

    There are two main procedures to do so:
    1) Mail your box to a post office in a town through which you'll be passing, or into which...
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    Just to clarify

    https://www.mountainharbour.info/parking

    Mountain Harbour charges $2 a day if you use one of their shuttles, $10 a day if you don't.
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    About vacuum sealed food

    I've volunteered at a local food shelf for many years, and one of our rules is that we do not give out cans past their expiration date. The problem arose as we noticed the obvious: other than...
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    In answer to your initial question

    > the whole idea of a mountain hike is about getting out and enjoying nature, and separating oneself
    > from the artificiality and cushy conveniences of urban/suburban society. Isnít it?

    No.

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    Follow-up

    The locator tab for McDonalds is again working, and I still have no life -- so I'll continue helping those who simply MUST have their Big Macs.

    Matamoras PA / Port Jervis NY - 4.4 miles north...
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    I'm even more bored than you are

    I can top that! I went to
    https://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us.html
    clicked on the /Locate\ Tab, and then entered some of the towns you noted, as well as others. I skipped towns more than ten miles...
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    Bald Mountain Shelter

    I know for an absolute fact that, as of 2018 August 7, Bald Mountain Shelter was open -- because I stayed there that night....
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    Can't find your link

    I just Googled
    bald mountain shelter
    and found this:
    https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=bald+mountain+shelter

    Nothing about it closing in any of the links on the first page.
    ...
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    Depending on how you define "luxury"

    I wouldn't consider backpacking without my smartphone. It allows me to keep in daily contact with my wife, to take photos, to know where I am, and to keep up with the world (I learned of the death of...
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    For those who want 41 previous postings on this subject

    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/130344-An-unidentified-2017-AT-Hiker-has-died-on-the-Florida-Trail?highlight=unidentified
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