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    I'm not a fan of frameless packs. They tend to be...

    I'm not a fan of frameless packs. They tend to be little more than a bag with shoulder straps. As a result, you have full body contact in the back and that leads to Sweaty Back Syndrome or SBS. It's...
  2. Thread: Help

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    trailjournals.com is popular with older hikers...

    trailjournals.com is popular with older hikers and provides for a wide public audience. Facebook could be more private. I mostly do Facebook these days to keep friends amused.

    Younger hikers are...
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    I wouldn't start until mid to late May.

    I wouldn't start until mid to late May.
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    Go read the journals of early March starters at...

    Go read the journals of early March starters at trailjournals.com That's your best source.

    March can be harsh. Starting in March may not buy you any extra time as progress is influenced more by...
  5. Looks like sign is near the trail head in...

    Looks like sign is near the trail head in Crawford Notch. I can't recall if there is any other signage there to indicate that is also the AT.

    Now that I have been looking for it, I have noticed a...
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    Southern Maine is a serious work out. It is...

    Southern Maine is a serious work out. It is without a doubt the most strenuous part of the AT. Bugs will be gone, or at most a minor annoyance. It will get chilly after dark, early morning. Low 40's...
  7. Thread: Sleep System

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    It takes a while to acclimate to cold temps. Also...

    It takes a while to acclimate to cold temps. Also consider the fact you will be tired, cold and hungry. Everything you own will be damp and clammy.

    What would seem to be adequate in theory under...
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    With a Feb 1 start date, the one thing you don't...

    With a Feb 1 start date, the one thing you don't want to skimp on is the sleeping bag and a way to keep it dry. It will litterly mean the difference between life and death.

    A 40 degree bag, a...
  9. Thread: Aloksak Bags

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    I've been using a set of OPSAK bags on and off...

    I've been using a set of OPSAK bags on and off for a few years and they've held up well. I test them for leaks with water. None found yet. Their made with a thick, tough plastic. A little difficult...
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    Being so close to September, SOBO makes the most...

    Being so close to September, SOBO makes the most sense. NC should be nice that time of year. Water sources would probably be better in NC then in VA. North of Pearisburg are long, dry ridges where...
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    Come back in the fall :) Nice profile shots of...

    Come back in the fall :)

    Nice profile shots of the hump.
  12. I saw this coming with post #14 last night....

    I saw this coming with post #14 last night. Figured it was all but over with all the crew problems, pacer problems, gear problems, heat problems inferred from the post. Making up lost time is really...
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    Night hiking some parts of PA would be okay....

    Night hiking some parts of PA would be okay. Other parts would really slow you down. Getting through the boulder fields might be tricky with the poor depth perception and it being harder to see how...
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    Depends on when the storms hit, which would...

    Depends on when the storms hit, which would probably be early afternoon. The summit is very exposed, as is the decent on your proposed route. It would be quite dangerous anywhere along there in the...
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    Speaking of cool down points, when I get to a...

    Speaking of cool down points, when I get to a stream I take a small rock out of the water and place it against my jugular. Then take another rock and put it on my wrist. Finish off by splashing water...
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    Yea, don't hike between 10 AM and 10 PM. Other...

    Yea, don't hike between 10 AM and 10 PM. Other then that, not much you can do but suffer.

    Hot up here in the mountains of NH too, it's been in the 90's and on the humid side this last week. Looks...
  17. The difference I would think is the SNP is a much...

    The difference I would think is the SNP is a much narrower strip of land then the GSMNP and the bears are pushed higher up the ridge. Which happens to be where all the people are too.
  18. The last part is a little hard to do in the SNP....

    The last part is a little hard to do in the SNP. You either stay at the shelter area or on top of a hill next to the trail. No doubt a bear could find you at either spot as they likely wander up and...
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    Apparently that is no longer allowed but there is...

    Apparently that is no longer allowed but there is a new lot in the area, not sure the details but should be easy enough to find out.
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    Well, they are trying to scare you into buying...

    Well, they are trying to scare you into buying thier water bottles.

    Not something I'm going to worry about at my age. Anyway, my reused water and soda bottles don't stick around long enough to be...
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    I guess it depends on what weekend. Any long...

    I guess it depends on what weekend. Any long holiday weekend will be madness no matter where you go. Best stay home and have a BBQ instead.

    As Peakbagger said, Camels Hump and Mansfield get very...
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    I just got back from a loop out to Zeland and...

    I just got back from a loop out to Zeland and back to the Willey house on the Avalon/A-Z/AT/Kendron flume trails. Very wet and muddy. lots of walking in a stream. Black flies were mininual, but the...
  23. I have a torso length Prolite pad which isn't too...

    I have a torso length Prolite pad which isn't too bad for the dangling knee problem as it's thin. Even so, it's hard to decide to try and keep the knees on the pad or let them dangle off the end.
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    It's nearly impossible to get a parking spot in...

    It's nearly impossible to get a parking spot in Franconia notch these days. It doesn't matter what day of the week any more. Maybe if you showed up at 3 AM. People were illegally parking on the side...
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    According to my book, the total loop is 6.8 miles...

    According to my book, the total loop is 6.8 miles and will take about 6 hours of hiking, plus some time at the top.

    The hike out to Hanover won't take long, it's really easy. Camels Hump is just...
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