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  1. I took up both long distance backpacking (I'm...

    I took up both long distance backpacking (I'm calling any trip over a week to be "long distance") and running about fifteen years ago. Like Colorado Rob the long term effect of this has been a big...
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    Yes, the most underserved part of the trail is...

    Yes, the most underserved part of the trail is the part of the trail where property values are highest. And they are highest in NJ through southern MA because that's where the trail skirts closest...
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    I won't hike on any popular trail until I'm...

    I won't hike on any popular trail until I'm vaccinated. I would not want to unknowingly spread the virus to someone else if I had it but was asymptomatic. My tentative plan is to hike two sections...
  4. I hiked this exact section in May of 2017, except...

    I hiked this exact section in May of 2017, except I did it NOBO. I liked the variety of landscapes in this stretch -- a lot of it in woods typical of the southern Appalachians, but some of it...
  5. Here is a link to my article that Slo-go'en...

    Here is a link to my article that Slo-go'en mentions. The pertinent info for your question is in table 3. But that article only refers to NOBO thru-hikers and there are lots of other folks on the...
  6. About that last day: the first five or six miles...

    About that last day: the first five or six miles NOBO from Low Gap Shelter is the easiest AT hiking in Georgia. -- a fair amount of it is on a long abandoned forest road with easy grades and...
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    Here is a link to a trip report I posted here...

    Here is a link to a trip report I posted here after I hiked in that park:

    https://whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/41604-Guadalupe-Mountains-National-Park?highlight=

    In arid conditions like...
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    Any section of the trail between Waynesboro VA...

    Any section of the trail between Waynesboro VA and the Cumberland valley in Pennsylvania would be more "moderate" than southern Virginia, for the benefit of your hiking partner. The most scenic...
  9. If you do choose option 1 I would recommend doing...

    If you do choose option 1 I would recommend doing it NOBO instead of SOBO. I find that if I am hiking among a decent number of thru-hikers I much prefer going with the flow instead of against it. ...
  10. Good news. According to the BSP website the Hunt...

    Good news. According to the BSP website the Hunt and Abol trails are now finally open. The Knife Edge, Cathedral and Saddle trails, however, are still closed. So the top of Katahdin can be reached...
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    Lost Spectacles Gap, a little less than a mile...

    Lost Spectacles Gap, a little less than a mile past Dragon's Tooth and 1.7 miles before Newport Road, looked like a nice place to camp when I hiked through there a year ago -- no water though. You...
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    The north end is at SOBO mile 15.4, NOBO mile...

    The north end is at SOBO mile 15.4, NOBO mile 2176.6. (where the trail intersects with the Golden Road)
    The south end is at SOBO mile 114.5, NOBO mile 2077.5. (where the trail intersects with ME 15)...
  13. Hmmmm. I have a reservation for a cabin at the...

    Hmmmm. I have a reservation for a cabin at the Daicy Pond campsite for June 21 this year and am planning to go up and down Katahdin on the Hunt Trail that day. When I made the reservation three...
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    RangerZ, I do this too. If my mind is too active...

    RangerZ, I do this too. If my mind is too active when I go to bed I think back to a backpacking trip and try to remember in order each place I pitched a tent for the night. It does calm me. It has...
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    The article doesn't mention anything about...

    The article doesn't mention anything about dismantling the privy. There is supposed to be ample room for tents near the shelter so I wonder if they might leave it as a designated campsite with a...
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    Daleville: Kroger grocery store is a few tenths...

    Daleville: Kroger grocery store is a few tenths of a mile off trail if you want to shop as you go. If you want to overnight at the Howard Johnson or Super 8 both of those places accept packages you...
  17. The northbound hike is about 36 miles and the...

    The northbound hike is about 36 miles and the southbound hike is about 45 miles, if that makes any difference to you. Max Patch is the scenic highlight of the NOBO hike while Blackstack Cliffs is...
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    I'm 6'0" and 165 pounds, hike 15 miles per day on...

    I'm 6'0" and 165 pounds, hike 15 miles per day on multi-week (non cold weather) section hikes, and have found that if I eat 4000 calories per day that I don't lose weight. Since you are a bigger guy...
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    I have a reservation at Daicy Pond Campground in...

    I have a reservation at Daicy Pond Campground in Baxter State Park on June 21 and suspect I will be fine. I am becoming resigned to the idea that skeeters and black flies will likely be worse than...
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    ULA backpack owners who try to cram too much...

    ULA backpack owners who try to cram too much stuff into their CDT models also must beware the explosion risk.
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    Best time of year for the Collegiate loop: my...

    Best time of year for the Collegiate loop: my next hiking trip of that length into high elevation in Colorado will undoubtedly be tail end of August into early September. In a typical year, as I...
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    According to weather.com average lows at that...

    According to weather.com average lows at that time of the year are in the high 40s and record lows are in the high 20s.
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    Here is a table showing miles per day and miles...

    Here is a table showing miles per day and miles per hiking day for PCT NOBO completers keeping a thorough journal at trailjournals.com:



    MPD~~~~~~~MPHD~~~~~SECTION
    16.7 miles.........(17.5...
  24. The hostel's website, and 2019 editions of the...

    The hostel's website, and 2019 editions of the Whiteblaze hostel listing and AWOL and the AT Companion all give (828) 216-1611 as the main phone number. AWOL and the Companion also list a second...
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    I used to be prone to blisters in some spots...

    I used to be prone to blisters in some spots where my toes rubbed together until I switched to Injinji toe socks -- that took care of that problem for me.
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