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    Mt. Rogers Bear Status

    Most of you probably remember that there was a significant problem with a bear (or maybe bears) up at the Thomas Knob Shelter/Rhododendron Gap area in Mount Rogers National Recreation Area a year or...
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    I don't know how many times I have completely...

    I don't know how many times I have completely fallen down, but it's probably works out to be about once a week which is probably about once per every 100 miles. Most of them haven't been a big deal,...
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    You have 3 options for food drops that I know of...

    You have 3 options for food drops that I know of (I'm sure there's probably more), which are White House Landing, Shaw's and 100 Mile Wilderness Adventures. I can only personally comment on 2 of...
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    If you are starting in Boiling Springs there's...

    If you are starting in Boiling Springs there's always the "Backpacker Campground", which is literally just a flat area in between the railroad tracks and a field about 0.1 miles out of Boiling...
  5. Sorry to hear that anxiety derailed your trip (I...

    Sorry to hear that anxiety derailed your trip (I have some experience with this myself). But hey man, look at the bright side at least you knocked out another 70 miles in your quest to finish.
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    Man, everyone is ruining all the fun here...this...

    Man, everyone is ruining all the fun here...this is how urban legends get started such as the Lizard Man in SC, the Hodag in WI or the Chupacabra.

    It looks to me like it's about 7' tall with a...
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    What Crossup said and what's in the thread he...

    What Crossup said and what's in the thread he linked to. It's on a side trail off the AT near the Raven Rock Shelter.
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    So it sounds like from your last sentence that...

    So it sounds like from your last sentence that you have already seen someone about this? I assume you have, and if not you should. I'm no doctor and am not giving medical advice, but from personal...
  9. Linville Gorge - Conley Cove Trail Hornets

    Thought I'd mention the mega ground hornet nest on the Conley Cove trail in Linville Gorge for anyone thinking of heading out there anytime soon. I was out there this past weekend, and was one of...
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    Yep. I have a McHale Popcan that I use when I'm...

    Yep. I have a McHale Popcan that I use when I'm going "Tipi Walter" style. McHale packs are expensive, but they are high quality durable packs. Mine is even a reasonable weight (a little over 4...
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    I'm not sure what you are looking for, but the...

    I'm not sure what you are looking for, but the Bearikade Expedition mentioned in a previous thread is the largest bear can I am aware of, and it's way smaller than 60 liters. 60 liters is the...
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    Yeah, me too. The closest I've ever come, and I...

    Yeah, me too. The closest I've ever come, and I think I was still a couple of weeks and 100 miles off was when I did the JMT. I was out for 20 days and calculated that I did close to 230 miles (one...
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    I agree with all the above. I have been using a...

    I agree with all the above. I have been using a Bearikade Weekender for about 7 years now. I originally bought it for my JMT hike in 2013 where I used it on the AT some before that hike to get used...
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    I spent a night at WHL on my last section a...

    I spent a night at WHL on my last section a little over a week ago, and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. Linda and Bill are great hosts (and hard working...running that place is a 24/7 job), the place...
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    I saw my own post in this thread last year and...

    I saw my own post in this thread last year and thought I would update my thoughts. First off, when I posted I had been section hiking for 12 years, not 10...little error correction there.

    I still...
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    HmmmmmmÖexcellent question, and a hard one to...

    HmmmmmmÖexcellent question, and a hard one to answer. There were many where the weather was perfect and things went off without a hitch, and one would think those were my favorite. However, the...
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    Yes I have met many folks where the inflection in...

    Yes I have met many folks where the inflection in their voice changed when they found out I was "only" a section hiker. Most people doing feeds I ran into were cool with sectioners though, and I...
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    There's a picnic table on the beach at one of the...

    There's a picnic table on the beach at one of the big lakes in the North part of the HMW...Rainbow I think. The campsite there also had a bunch of folding lawn chairs in it. Appears people come in...
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    Yeah, what he said. You can buy it at grocery...

    Yeah, what he said. You can buy it at grocery stores and Wal-mart. Comes in a can.
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    ;) It's funny because throughout my section...

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    It's funny because throughout my section hiking odyssey I went full circle on my opinion of the thru hikers. When I first started I dreamed of meeting them and swooned at their feet as they...
  21. I've always used a combination of plastic bottles...

    I've always used a combination of plastic bottles (Gatoraide and/or Smart water), Platypus bags and Sawyer bags. Only thing that has failed me in the last 15 years was a Sawyer bag I squeezed too...
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    My longest section was actually the final one at...

    My longest section was actually the final one at 114.5 miles. The next 2 longest ones were in VT (2010) at 113.2 miles and ME (2018) at 105.9 miles. My shortest section was 13.7 miles in VA (2019)....
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    Itís Done!!!

    Well guys and gals, at about 10:30AM August 7th I summitted Katahdin thus ending my 13 years of section hiking the AT with a good friend of mine.

    I wanted to thank all of you on here that have...
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    As others have stated I have grown weary of doing...

    As others have stated I have grown weary of doing hangs and worrying about my food, so I have gone to a bear canister full time. The weight penalty is easily negated by the piece of mind I have when...
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    Great job! I'm on a 13 year plan, and will...

    Great job!

    I'm on a 13 year plan, and will be attempting to finish this year myself. All I have left is Monson to Katahdin.
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