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  1. Long Distance Trail Recommendations in July

    Next year I can take all of July off and want to hike a long trail. I was considering the JMT or the CT but it seems like July can be on the early side for either of those trails. The dates would be...
  2. Hey, I'm a female in my 30s in NC, mainly go...

    Hey, I'm a female in my 30s in NC, mainly go backpacking Sun-Wed due to my unusual work schedule. Would love to meet people to plan trips with, feel free to message me if you want to talk further...
  3. There is actually some talk specifically about...

    There is actually some talk specifically about failure of the Bear Vault at Thomas Knob Shelter. I've seen it on Reddit and here at White Blaze somewhere. It all seems to stem from this link:...
  4. I just spent 3 nights & 4 days in this area, from...

    I just spent 3 nights & 4 days in this area, from 8/22 - 8/25. I stayed at several of the areas that reported bear issues. I stayed at: Rhododendron Gap, The Scales, and Wise Shelter. I did not see a...
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    When I did an AT section/ Long Trail Through Hike...

    When I did an AT section/ Long Trail Through Hike and I saw several male thru-hikers turn around and powder their balls while I was standing right there, in the shelter with me. If men can do that,...
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    I try to get everything set and be in my tent...

    I try to get everything set and be in my tent before it's pitch black out. Something about walking around in the dark makes my fears worse. Also, if I'm anxious about other things (can I get this...
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    3 day trips in CT/NY/etc.

    Hi there,

    I'm looking for people interested in going on ~3 day trips this summer-fall. I usually get Thurs-Sat off and unfortunately my schedule isn't super flexible, though I may
    be able to go...
  8. Just came across this thread I started again, so...

    Just came across this thread I started again, so thought I'd update on my experience in case anyone else asks the same question. I did end up bringing a tent, and I'm glad that I did. I did, however,...
  9. I wouldn't worry too much about finding a hiking...

    I wouldn't worry too much about finding a hiking partner, there will be tons of people hiking during that time. You'll meet people along the way and you won't be alone (if anything, it's going to be...
  10. The best practice would be hanging your food from...

    The best practice would be hanging your food from a tree or using a bear canister, but when hiking the LT I quickly discovered that everyone else hangs their food in the shelters. This did cause a...
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    mattjv89 - thank you for your input. I agree bag...

    mattjv89 - thank you for your input. I agree bag is much heavier than needed but it's what I already owned. I'd love to buy a western mountaineering bag and save a pound there, but I don't have $400...
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    Slogoen, thank you for responding. I will remove...

    Slogoen, thank you for responding. I will remove the clothes you mentioned and emergency blanket. I dont think solar charger is "useless" but it is unnecessary. But
    how do you dig a cat hole without...
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    Long Trail Gear List - July - HELP!

    While you are all (hopefully) outside enjoying this beautiful 4th of July, I am stuck inside frantically trying to figure out my gear for upcoming end to end hike of the long trail (leaving VERY soon...
  14. I will bring it. The only reason I considered not...

    I will bring it. The only reason I considered not bringing it is because someone on the End to End panel put on by the GMC earlier this year said they slept exclusively in shelters and did not bring...
  15. Do I need to bring a tent on the Long Trail?

    I'm planning on exclusively sleeping in shelters on my Long Trail through hike in July. On one hand, I want to bring a tent just in case the shelter is full. On the other hand, I really need to find...
  16. Thanks for posting these videos. They are fun to...

    Thanks for posting these videos. They are fun to watch and it's getting me excited for me upcoming Long Trail through-hike. I'm curious, why do you always sleep in your hammock instead of in the...
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    Hallux Limitus & Backpacking

    Anyone have any experience on backpacking with Hallux Limitus? I was recently diagnosed with it and am planning a long backpacking trip (3-4 weeks). So far I have learned that shoes with a wide toe...
  18. bbeauvis, sent you a PM :-) Collin - I will...

    bbeauvis, sent you a PM :-)

    Collin - I will for sure bring mace. I like your tip about hitchiking, I'll keep that in mind but I really hope I don't have to hitchhike alone...
  19. Thanks for the advice everyone. If I can't find a...

    Thanks for the advice everyone. If I can't find a partner I am definitely considering going solo, but I'm a bit afraid. I'm not worried about the first half because there will be lots of AT hikers,...
  20. Seeking Long Trail Thru-Hike Partner or Group in July

    Hi! I'm a 28-year-old female, I'm moving this summer so I will have an opportunity to take some time off between jobs and do a shorter thru-hike. I live in Massachusetts so the Long Trail would be...
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