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    So long as you don't have a fear of climbs, and...

    So long as you don't have a fear of climbs, and not just heights, the AT should treat you okay. The ladders can be challenging, and, as others have said, there are plenty of steep rock scrambles and...
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    That's about the dumbest thing I've read here. I...

    That's about the dumbest thing I've read here. I don't think anyone has such an agenda; I think we all realize the technology is here to stay. Or is overrun by newer technology.

    But it's sort of...
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    A fair enough posit. But it isn't always...

    A fair enough posit. But it isn't always necessarily the case. As someone above alluded, a camera could in fact, submerge you into the moment that much more. Great photographers have great focus....
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    I suppose when we take a good look at these long...

    I suppose when we take a good look at these long trails and today's mindset toward them (a quest to conquer or complete), the "back-to-nature" experience you speak of is but a small part of why so...
  5. Thread: Friendliness

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    Still, we can learn from any number of sources,...

    Still, we can learn from any number of sources, can't we? Someone need not be an expert to teach you something, about yourself or otherwise. As per the OP's experience, I learned long ago to find a...
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    We often see those professing expertise falling...

    We often see those professing expertise falling short; they seem to forget they're human. And just as today's politicians (and those before them) show that it's easy enough to simply conjure up...
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    I get your gist, but most of us prefer campfires...

    I get your gist, but most of us prefer campfires to online forums, particularly overly-moderated ones like this one (though such moderation may be a good thing). There's less anonymity around a...
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    No. It's not just you, Tipi! In any event, I...

    No. It's not just you, Tipi!

    In any event, I leave books behind at shelters, some before making it five pages in (like, for example, Wild). Shelters can house more than just humans. Mice, snakes,...
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    Nostalgia about the future is even more dangerous.

    Nostalgia about the future is even more dangerous.
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    I'm not sure what "lightening" is, but I do...

    I'm not sure what "lightening" is, but I do believe lightening one's load will actually help preserve one's life. Anyway, I believe there have been seven murders of thru-hikers:
    2011: SCOTT LILLY, a...
  11. The Chinese also make some very nice stuff, like...

    The Chinese also make some very nice stuff, like the phone or computer you are using.
  12. Those types may not even know we speak English...

    Those types may not even know we speak English here in the US: "This is 'Murica, speak 'Murican, darnit!"
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    And then there are times when hypothermia nips at...

    And then there are times when hypothermia nips at the heels so closely that the digits won't even operate. How to set up camp then? Heck, there have been times I could not even turn my front door's...
  14. Yes, the playground has become a proving ground.

    Yes, the playground has become a proving ground.
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    The nicest thing about a good, solid spoon is...

    The nicest thing about a good, solid spoon is that it can double its duties as a ***** shovel. A multipurpose tool.
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    They're even cheaper ($9, shipped) right now, so...

    They're even cheaper ($9, shipped) right now, so you've got little to lose: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CJKUHME/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    The AT a Hundred Years from Now

    Been re-reading Funnybone's trail blog (he's the dude who's got the most read journal on Trail Journals) and saw the following post from this day five years ago: "the AT 100 years from now." That's...
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    Good point, Tipi, and well said. Nature's...

    Good point, Tipi, and well said. Nature's information can be and most often is vital, if only we had the capacity to see and hear! The OP, a fledgling it appears, doesn't quite understand that it's...
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    I head to the trails to avoid information, no...

    I head to the trails to avoid information, no matter its provenance.
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    Muir would not have understood the notion of...

    Muir would not have understood the notion of thru-hiking...

    "Hiking - I don't like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains - not hike! Do you know the origin of that...
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    An AT NOBO trek is much closer to being a...

    An AT NOBO trek is much closer to being a wilderness experience than is sitting here on our computers under artificial lighting. Probably more entertaining, too.
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    I've been one my whole life, but after a week or...

    I've been one my whole life, but after a week or so on a long hike, fatigue typically takes over and sleep is had. Cares of the "outside world" and my own messed up head drop away.

    You might look...
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    The way I see it every day is Earth day. At least...

    The way I see it every day is Earth day. At least until we leave this joint. And even then...
  24. Random acts of kindness shall not be tolerated!

    Random acts of kindness shall not be tolerated!
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    More than any other consideration what makes a...

    More than any other consideration what makes a good trail story is a good story-teller. The story is often secondary, as Roald Dahl has proven over and over (e.g., Mildenhall Treasure, etc).
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