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    I did the Albert Mtn climb in the middle of a...

    I did the Albert Mtn climb in the middle of a thunderstorm. It wasn't that bad. The "hand over hand" part people are talking about is short, like 0.2 mi. Going up climbs like that isn't as scary as...
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    Recovering from plantar fascitis, I find the...

    Recovering from plantar fascitis, I find the trail sections that give my feet the most difficulties are the steep uphill sections. I have no problem when there are stairs or flat places to step, but...
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    A few stories come to mind: 1) Running out of...

    A few stories come to mind:

    1) Running out of water at Blood Mtn Shelter in GA (bailed out by an evening thunderstorm) - particularly bad because I passed on a 1L bottle full of water sitting next...
  4. I quickly tire of hikers who talk endlessly about...

    I quickly tire of hikers who talk endlessly about their gear.
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    Bear issues are nothing new in this area. The...

    Bear issues are nothing new in this area. The Watauga Lake shelter to the south was closed and eventually dismantled due to bear issues. When I hiked that section several years ago, I met a...
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    I recommend Jess Treat (860-248-5710) for a...

    I recommend Jess Treat (860-248-5710) for a shuttle. She lives near the CT-MA state line and is reasonably priced.

    If you can get to the Hoyt Rd trailhead by mid-afternoon, it's less than 3 miles...
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    Thanks everyone! Yeah I was a little concerned...

    Thanks everyone! Yeah I was a little concerned about the extra weight with the Copper Spur. The cost is significantly more too. I'll try staking out my old Fly Creek with rocks on my back deck to get...
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    If I remember correctly, Stratton, Bromley, and...

    If I remember correctly, Stratton, Bromley, and Killington in VT had ski lifts to the top. The Bromley lift goes right next to the AT and Killington was about 1/4 mile away. Not sure about Stratton,...
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    BA Fly Creek vs Copper Spur

    After 10 years, nearly 1,500 miles, and about 100 nights on the AT with my BA Fly Creek UL2, I was starting to experience some issues on my last trip. The seams were starting to fail, the zipper kept...
  10. Thread: Bennington

    by LittleRock
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    I highly recommend the Catamount Motel in...

    I highly recommend the Catamount Motel in Bennington. Stayed there a few weeks ago on my section hike. They are very hiker friendly. Rooms were $55 and included a shuttle to/from the trailhead on VT...
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    I was out hiking in Mass. and Vermont 2nd half of...

    I was out hiking in Mass. and Vermont 2nd half of Sept. We saw a few SOBO thrus in northern Mass. then once we got into Vermont all the LD hikers were either doing the Long Trail or finishing a...
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    I just finished the southern AT/LT portion last...

    I just finished the southern AT/LT portion last week. Indeed, there were quite a few people finishing up SOBO end-to-end LT hikes at the end of September. Southern Vermont was beautiful, and I was...
  13. Well said, rickb! It's been great learning from...

    Well said, rickb! It's been great learning from people on this site and a few times meeting people who post here.

    Many thanks to Rick Towle (attroll) who's kept this site going, often at his own...
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    Whiteblaze shuttle listing ...

    Whiteblaze shuttle listing

    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/articles/2022-shuttles.pdf
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    Shelter Closure Seth Warner Shelter

    From the ATC website:

    The current Seth Warner Shelter (NOBO mile 1,603.6) will be deconstructed and permanently closed starting on August 22, 2022. A new shelter will be built approximately two...
  16. I hiked the reroute last fall shortly after it...

    I hiked the reroute last fall shortly after it was completed and didn't find it to be that challenging at all. The first few miles north of Kent (e.g. St. John's ledges) were more difficult, IMO.
  17. I had the same trouble finding shuttles in that...

    I had the same trouble finding shuttles in that section (this was in 2020, when many shuttlers had suspended operations).

    I ended up getting a ride from Carl out of Greenwood Lake (he's on the...
  18. Thread: Seasons?

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    Definitely fall. Maybe just bad luck, but when I...

    Definitely fall. Maybe just bad luck, but when I did section hikes in the spring I kept getting hit by late season cold fronts that dump 35 degree rain on you all day. The shorter days don't bother...
  19. Exactly. Most backpacking filters remove...

    Exactly. Most backpacking filters remove particles, bacteria, and viruses but not pesticides or other hazardous chemicals which may also be in the water in more civilized areas like the Cumberland...
  20. I've done a handful of 18 mile days on my AT...

    I've done a handful of 18 mile days on my AT section hikes over the years. (I've never done more than 18 miles in a day). Alec Kennedy to Darlington was definitely the easiest one!

    If the weather...
  21. The Ore Hill campsite is an official AT campsite...

    The Ore Hill campsite is an official AT campsite (former shelter site) with a privy, located about 7 miles north of the Hexacuba shelter.
  22. Congrats Kristian! An incredible effort! I...

    Congrats Kristian! An incredible effort!

    I think we learned from this attempt that anyone who wants to take the record is going to need a solid lead going into the Whites. Karel Sabbe absolutely...
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    Seems like the opposite of last summer when parts...

    Seems like the opposite of last summer when parts of the AT in New England were closed due to flooding.
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    Having tried both in the past, I strongly...

    Having tried both in the past, I strongly recommend glasses over contacts. Lots of things can go wrong with contacts. The only problem I've ever had with glasses is when they fog up during heavy rain...
  25. Thread: August SOBO

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    I'd expect that Maine will be full of NOBO thrus...

    I'd expect that Maine will be full of NOBO thrus trying to finish in August and that by the time you get out of New England you won't see many hikers the rest of the way.

    That being said, once I...
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