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    Poll: I own an eTrex but rarely carry it anymore. It's...

    I own an eTrex but rarely carry it anymore. It's just easier & lighter to use my phone and a backup charger. I've tried several apps (Waypoint Navigator, GaiaGPS, etc) but my favorite is still Avenza...
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    I always carry pepper spray as well as a pocket...

    I always carry pepper spray as well as a pocket knife (although the latter is more for practical purposes). In the Great Smokies I left the pepper spray at home, since I had bear mace. Otherwise the...
  3. Thread: Stress injuries

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    I don't go to a gym because there isn't one close...

    I don't go to a gym because there isn't one close enough & I know I won't drive 20 min to go. So I do a combination of online videos & stuff on my own. I do subscribe to "Beachbody OnDemand" because...
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    I'll definitely look into exercises targeting the...

    I'll definitely look into exercises targeting the knee. In terms of the forearm issue, I think it was from the impact of the pole hitting the ground. I've used trekking poles numerous times before...
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    Another thing I noticed is that, when continually...

    Another thing I noticed is that, when continually going down a steep descent, I tended to keep my legs bent almost constantly. At one point I started to make myself fully straighten my leg after each...
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    I definitely think I was being careless in the...

    I definitely think I was being careless in the beginning, trying to go downhill too quickly and letting my weight come down harder than necessary on my legs. Like you said, I might also try the...
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    Good point...all the arm exercises target the...

    Good point...all the arm exercises target the biceps and triceps. I'll have to think of something I can do with light weights that will mimic using trekking poles.
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    I hope so. Since I live near the coast it's all...

    I hope so. Since I live near the coast it's all sea level around here, so no nearby mountains to head to. I've tried using a stepstool (while holding weights) into my workout to simulate climbing...
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    I hope so. Since I live near the coast it's all...

    I hope so. Since I live near the coast it's all sea level around here, so no nearby mountains to head to. I've tried using a stepstool (while holding weights) in my workout to simulate climbing...
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    Hiking Buddy to finish Segment 1

    I've hiked from Clingmans to Oconaluftee Visitor Center, and am planning to section hike the entire MST in order, EB. Next I want to do Oconaluftee to Waterrock Knob. I soloed the first part and will...
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    MST re-route in the GSMNP?

    Ok, I just rechecked the interactive map and confirmed that Mingus Creek Trail is indeed the official route at this time. *phew*
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    MST re-route in the GSMNP?

    Hmmmm. I just hiked the first part of Segment 1 (Clingmans to Oconaluftee VC) a couple weeks ago. All the signage and maps indicated Mingus Creek Trail as the MST (vs. Newton Bald Trail) so that's...
  13. Seeking hiking buddy to finish Segment 1 of Mountains to Sea Trail

    I want to finish the section from the Oconaluftee Visitor Center to Waterrock Knob (~20 miles). I did the first section solo, but I'd love to have a buddy for added safety & just somebody to enjoy...
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    Stress injuries

    I recently did the first 27 miles of the Mountains to Sea Trail, which has some wicked elevation changes & rough terrain. I'm in good shape, and do exercises geared toward conditioning me for hiking,...
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    Just an update: there is Uber in Cherokee (I...

    Just an update: there is Uber in Cherokee (I didn't check Lyft) but there are a very limited number of drivers. I would not recommend waiting & relying on this as a method to get to a trailhead.
  16. Looking for fellow female section hiker for adventures in SC/NC area

    Hi! I just need a buddy for backpacking. I prefer another woman if it's somebody not in my circle already. I live in Myrtle Beach, SC so I'm interested in areas radiating out from there (SC, NC, TN,...
  17. Thanks! It turned out OK. I did use the...

    Thanks! It turned out OK. I did use the WhiteBlaze list of shuttle services, and after trying a number of people (who were busy) I got a shuttle lined up with Mark from Carolina Bound Adventures. It...
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    I can almost never finish backpacker meals!

    Does anyone else have this issue? I'm a small person and I'm more of a grazer. Rarely can I eat a large meal (especially after exertion) in one sitting. On my last solo hike I ended up with a...
  19. Yeah..I'm still taking my $20 sawyer filter with...

    Yeah..I'm still taking my $20 sawyer filter with me.
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    After researching the effectiveness of various...

    After researching the effectiveness of various repellants, and testing some, it appears that only oil of lemon eucalyptus has *some* utility. The rest are unfortunately bunkum, and could also serve...
  21. Creative ideas for park sticker/patch collection?

    I've started collecting a sticker and/or patch for parks that I've visited, but I'm struggling for a good idea of how to display them. I don't want to stick them all over my car. The idea of framing...
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    Uber/Lyft/taxi to trailhead

    If the shuttles are all busy, is it fairly easy to catch a ride via Uber/Lyft or traditional taxi service in the Bryson City/Cherokee area?
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    My Kindle. Besides that, probably my sleeping bag...

    My Kindle. Besides that, probably my sleeping bag liner. It just feels so much better against my skin, and I hate getting my stinky dirty self all over my expensive quilts & whatnot.
  24. Shuttle or Uber/Lyft near Bryson City/Cherokee, NC?

    We're hiking part of the Mountains to Sea Trail near the Clingmans Dome area. We planned our trip kind of last minute, so we're having some trouble booking a shuttle service. I'm still waiting to...
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