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  1. If you start at Caledonia, you could do an...

    If you start at Caledonia, you could do an overnight loop hike using trails out of the park to the Reservoir, then Rocky Knob Trail up to the AT, hike to the campsites at Birch Run for the night,...
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    The link is a picture of the border at Crazy Cook.

    The link is a picture of the border at Crazy Cook.
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    Given how open the border is there, I wouldn't be...

    Given how open the border is there, I wouldn't be surprised. We were checked out by airplanes twice in the first couple of days and had an INS team come talk to us after a rancher reported us near...
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    We did the hike on Columbus Day weekend once....

    We did the hike on Columbus Day weekend once. it's gorgeous in the fall. Spring would be nice as well when the leaves start to appear on the trees.
  5. From the Thruhiking Papers: I learned that...

    From the Thruhiking Papers:

    I learned that the Trail IS. It is what it is and it won't change for me (or for you), so I had to change, to adapt my mind and body and life to the Trail.
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    When my husband and I were trying to decide...

    When my husband and I were trying to decide whether to go thruhike the CDT 7 years after our AT hike, we were concerned about how we were going to manage long term finances and saving for retirement....
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    Since you have time, why not explore other trails...

    Since you have time, why not explore other trails besides the AT? There are a lot of places that are more beautiful and a lot less crowded. Go somewhere different every year. A week or two or three...
  8. We didn't have a hard time on any of our CDT...

    We didn't have a hard time on any of our CDT hikes. First one a man immediately turned around when he saw us arrive at the TH and drove us to Lake City. Second time we walked into Creede via the...
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    I've never heard about anyone getting an ear...

    I've never heard about anyone getting an ear infection on any of the trails, except for you. Your infection was probably started before you hit the trail.
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    I would bring some sort of jacket for warmth. All...

    I would bring some sort of jacket for warmth. All day drizzles can get you hypothermic. Also be sure to treat your pants with permethrin. Ticks are very bad in VA in May.
  11. I would send maildrops. The stores at the...

    I would send maildrops. The stores at the campground/resorts are very small, with limited options, and very expensive.
  12. http://bucktrack.blogspot.com/2011/03/waterborne-g...

    http://bucktrack.blogspot.com/2011/03/waterborne-giardia-for-backpackers-no.html
  13. Actual rainfall is different every year. There...

    Actual rainfall is different every year. There are the notoriously wet years, where it rains daily for weeks at a time, and drought years where the springs all dry up. Average is that one day in...
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    One issue is transportation. It takes a long time...

    One issue is transportation. It takes a long time to get anywhere via public transportation. You can rent a car, but then you have to do loops to get back to the car, which isn't bad, but takes more...
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    My liner ended up in a hiker box in Hot Springs....

    My liner ended up in a hiker box in Hot Springs. I couldn't stand the way it tangled around my legs.
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    And then there are women, who hike the same...

    And then there are women, who hike the same miles, carry the same food, but usually lose a lot less weight.

    A couple of other observations: 1) people lose more weight on the AT than on the PCT. I...
  17. I did the AT twice and the CDT twice. I tried for...

    I did the AT twice and the CDT twice. I tried for a second PCT thruhike as well, but my partner had to go home for surgery so we only got 1/4 of the way, but I saw what that was like second time...
  18. From what I've read about exercise induced...

    From what I've read about exercise induced anemia, it's not just heel strikes that cause it, since swimmers also get it. It has more to do with the intensity of the exercise. I developed anemia as a...
  19. What I sent home: candles and extra batteries for...

    What I sent home: candles and extra batteries for my flashlight (I went to bed at dark and rarely got up in the night, so one set of batteries lasted the whole trail.)

    What i acquired: a 2 gallon...
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    On my second thruhike I met the man who became my...

    On my second thruhike I met the man who became my husband, so yes, my dating changed. We hiked 2/3 of the trail together and then I moved east 6 months after the hike to be with him.

    What I have...
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    We used a 20 degree bag for most of our NOBO...

    We used a 20 degree bag for most of our NOBO hike. In mid-September we switched to 5 degree bags. (We finished mid-October.) We were cold occasionally in northern NM and southern Colorado, but for...
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    Rick - I like that. Most of our mail is...

    Rick - I like that. Most of our mail is solicitations for donations or receipts for bills paid automatically, so we can just ignore most of it. One of the issues we considered while...
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    Every year there are people who get married and...

    Every year there are people who get married and then do the trail as a honeymoon. Sometimes it works out well, sometimes it doesn't. Jim met a couple in NC who had tried that. She went home after...
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    Tenting isn't that difficult. Usually either near...

    Tenting isn't that difficult. Usually either near the shelters or just past the shelters there will be a good flat spot. You will probably have to carry water though if you aren't near a shelter.
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  25. If you're going at Christmas, you'll see a lot of...

    If you're going at Christmas, you'll see a lot of hunters.
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