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    https://appalachiantrail.org/home/explore-the-trai...

    https://appalachiantrail.org/home/explore-the-trail/

    The interactive map shows some parking areas.
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    I was wondering if the radio tower was still...

    I was wondering if the radio tower was still there. In the 80's my Boy Scout troop would stop there to eat our lunch.

    Three years ago I didn't bother hiking all the way to the top but I was...
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    A rock. A stout stick. A pointy stick. ...

    A rock.

    A stout stick.

    A pointy stick.

    Rock in a sock or stuff sack with rocks

    The weight that is used to toss a bear line.
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    Due to the heavy rains I didn't get a chance to...

    Due to the heavy rains I didn't get a chance to complete this section so I'm attempting to do so about Mid-April this year. It seems we are still getting a good deal of rain but I'm wondering if...
  5. Unless it drys up suddenly expect it to be cold,...

    Unless it drys up suddenly expect it to be cold, and windy with a good chance of rain/freezing rain. The two stream crossings south of Ravens Rock will most likely be flooded and the trails will be...
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    There was only one of those shelters actually on...

    There was only one of those shelters actually on the trail. Its not much more than an over-sized bench in an open shed. I wouldn't have paid it any attention if the Rangers hadn't closed the trail...
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    I wouldn't worry to much about hiking through MD....

    I wouldn't worry to much about hiking through MD. (The only section I have been on.) The shelters are fairly close, there are pavilions at several of the parks, lots of road crossing, etc. The...
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    I use to use baby shampoo on my glasses when I...

    I use to use baby shampoo on my glasses when I played paintball. Put a small bit on and rub around. Allow to dry and buff until clear. Rain-X, as already mentioned, probably works better. It...
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    I've only hiked in MD and the closer to PA the...

    I've only hiked in MD and the closer to PA the rockier it gets. If MD is easy then does that mean that all the other states have more rocks? What makes MD easy? Is it the rocks, the change in...
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    Yes, I ran into those crossings last spring. It...

    Yes, I ran into those crossings last spring. It took quite a bit to get around the one closest to Raven Rock rd.

    This time I'm heading north from PenMar into PA. ending at Rt233.
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    Steam Crossings Penmar to rt233

    I have a trip planned in two weeks and was wondering how many stream crossings there are from PenMar north to rt233 and what the conditions are? I'm concerned that with all the rain for the past...
  12. Thread: Raven Rock

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    I stayed there at the beginning of April. It was...

    I stayed there at the beginning of April. It was a nice shelter with several bear lines nearby. The privy doesn't have a door on it and the toilet hole lines up with the door. Also the door faces...
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    I realize that I may never get a chance to make...

    I realize that I may never get a chance to make the attempt. I'm ok with that as right now my priorities lay with supporting my family and raising my children. If the opportunity ever comes up that...
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    On my last trip, after climbing up to the...

    On my last trip, after climbing up to the ridge-line I thought I saw a stubborn spot of snow sitting on the edge of the trail. As I got closer I realized it was somebody's turd pile with a toilet...
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    A few nice choices. Thanks for the...

    A few nice choices. Thanks for the recommendations.

    Now I need to dig between the car seats and save up the pennies.
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    It was the cheap blue pad from Walmart. I didn't...

    It was the cheap blue pad from Walmart. I didn't spend much on the pad nor the sleeping bag trying to keep costs down. Of the two the pad was by far the cheapest.

    Everything I now own will...
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    Under quilt it is then. I've been eyeing the bud...

    Under quilt it is then. I've been eyeing the bud winter quilt by outdoor wilderness logic.

    Does as anyone have experience with them?

    I need to stay in $150 or under range.

    Thanks for the...
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    What to replace first?

    I started short hikes a few years ago with the agreement that I made with my wife that I would either use what I had or keep the cost of what I needed low. I hammock camp and have been using a...
  19. Thread: Finished MD

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    I can't do MD in a day. Too out of shape to even...

    I can't do MD in a day. Too out of shape to even try and I only average about 1 mph sometimes nearing 2 mph depending on how many rocks are pointing up out the trail and its steepness. (The two to...
  20. Thread: Finished MD

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    Perfect. Thank you.

    Perfect. Thank you.
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    Finished MD

    I can only arrange two trips a year and can't manage many miles so it took me two years to finish the section though MD. The last trip from Pen Mar south was wet and cold with flooded streams but I...
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    That is the same condition I found it in last...

    That is the same condition I found it in last year about this time. Another thing to think about is that the water source is down hill from the privy.
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    I will have to work until I am 70 before I can...

    I will have to work until I am 70 before I can retire. I hope to do a through hike as well but worry that I may have too many health issues by that time. Still, 20 years is a long time and its hard...
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    Its summoning the will power to emerge from the...

    Its summoning the will power to emerge from the twilight sleep and expose oneself to the chilly air to empty the bladder that can be a real challenge. Of course if you don't you will never really...
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    Back in the 80's I used to use a small net...

    Back in the 80's I used to use a small net hammock for camping and would string it as tight and high was I could. I climbed into the hammock for the night and as I was falling asleep I woke up to a...
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