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  1. I stayed at The Inn at Long Trail in June. Maybe...

    I stayed at The Inn at Long Trail in June. Maybe my favorite near-o or zero on the whole trail. Itís a rustic ski lodge. Clean, comfy room, laundry, library, Irish pub downstairs with great food,...
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    Searching for Hiker "Deep Roots"

    I met a hiker last year near the Quarter Way Inn hostel at the start of my thru-hike. He's roughly in his late 20s and has glasses. His trailname is "Deep Roots." He's a former thru-hiker who was...
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    Thanks. I’ll keep both the jacket and poncho (the...

    Thanks. I’ll keep both the jacket and poncho (the latter very lightweight and added protection for my pack).
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    Clothing for Maine in July

    I'll be hiking the Maine A.T. starting July 8. I want to keep my pack weight to a minimum. Will I need a jacket?

    I will have several layers of shirts, including a base layer and long-sleeved...
  5. I know nothing about the side trails, but the...

    I know nothing about the side trails, but the A.T. between Jefferson and Washington is one of my favorite sections. I love the openness and views. Iíve hiked it twice, most recently NOBO two days...
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    I ran into a bunch of Twelve Tribers at Mount...

    I ran into a bunch of Twelve Tribers at Mount Adams in the Whites several years ago. Yes, Shemet and his daughter Mehenomet were very "chill and cool." So was the guy who whisked over and handed me...
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    Thanks all. Yes, I heard that Wolf Rocks section...

    Thanks all. Yes, I heard that Wolf Rocks section is rough, and things gradually improve in Jersey. Good to know what Iím up against after a 9-month layoff.
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    Pennsylvania and New Jersey

    I'm resuming my NOBO thru-hike on May 1, starting at Wind Gap, PA. When I quit (blood clots in leg) I was in the the middle of knife-edge rock hell. How far do these awful rocks go? I already knew...
  9. Yes, western MA has Pittsfield. If you like...

    Yes, western MA has Pittsfield. If you like literature, Herman Melville wrote ďMoby-DickĒ at his home called Arrowhead just south of Pittsfield. Guided tours offered.
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    I have not stayed there, so take this with a...

    I have not stayed there, so take this with a grain of salt. Last year I hiked over half the A.T., and the most negative comments about a hostel, from other hikers, concerned Four Pines. Supposedly...
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    Yes, I figured the weather might be an issue. ...

    Yes, I figured the weather might be an issue. Just wanted to definitively rule out April hiking up there. I'll push my hike out. Thanks, all.
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    Hiking Maine in April

    Next spring I plan to finish the NOBO thru-hike that I started spring 2020. (Injury forced me off trail in PA.) I'd like to start March 1 at Delaware Water Gap, but I'm guessing that is two months...
  13. Thread: Slackpacking

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    I guess that sums up my thoughts as well. ...

    I guess that sums up my thoughts as well.



    The universe gives us wonders, and we build bear cages - D. Hiscoe
  14. Thread: Slackpacking

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    This is going a bit off-topic, but this HYOH...

    This is going a bit off-topic, but this HYOH maxim cracks me up. It's seemingly used as a "get-out-of-jail-free" card. Its intent is to stifle discussion, whether controversial or not. A polite...
  15. Thread: Slackpacking

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    There is no adequate definition of a "true...

    There is no adequate definition of a "true through hiker" and I don't think I implied that in my original post. I'm merely making a comparison between full packers and slackers, and getting opinions...
  16. Thread: Slackpacking

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    Good points, and I agree with what you ticked off...

    Good points, and I agree with what you ticked off except for the "wilderness-like experience" part. You (and others) conveniently leave out the automobile aspect of slacking. MacKaye and Avery...
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    Actually, you and a vehicle hike and drive your...

    Actually, you and a vehicle hike and drive your own hike.
  18. Thread: Slackpacking

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    Good question. I guess it would bother me if they...

    Good question. I guess it would bother me if they claim to be a thru-hiker without the caveat to others that they slacked. Similar would be a home-runner slugger who covertly used steroids to boost...
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    Slackpacking

    Halfway done with my first thru-hike. Since Springer I've learned about slackpacking, which I previously didn't know about. I'm amazed at how many thru-hikers resort to this method of distance...
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    Thanks, I watched the Ramdino video. Got some...

    Thanks, I watched the Ramdino video. Got some tidbits on shelter populations, which is helpful. I can do without his religious proselytizing, but it was pretty minor, and he seems like a nice guy.
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    How Crowded in 2021 So Far?

    Hopefully this is the right forum for this question, but apologies if not.

    I'm starting my NOBO thru on May 2. I'm curious what other hikers are experiencing so far in this second season of...
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    Nice to meet another person who appreciates Muir....

    Nice to meet another person who appreciates Muir. He influenced all of us hikers, even those who are clueless about him. I have the anthology The Wilderness World of John Muir, which has some of...
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    Don't mean to cast aspersions, but have you...

    Don't mean to cast aspersions, but have you considered a map and compass? Seems to me we're technologically "easing" ourselves into ridiculousness.





    Wilderness is where things work the way...
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    Best answer yet. Thanks for that dose of truth,...

    Best answer yet. Thanks for that dose of truth, JN164.




    Wilderness is where things work the way they're supposed to work - Walkin' Jim Stoltz
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    Hi jim...the term "LASH" is new to me, which...

    Hi jim...the term "LASH" is new to me, which probably shows how out of touch I am with the latest AT hiking subculture jargon! The longest section I did was 8 days. But I've been told it takes a...
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