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    Poll: There are many women in the military who are...

    There are many women in the military who are deployed for longer than the time it would take for a thru-hike. Different circumstances (choosing to be gone vs. being deployed), but the family still...
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    If you are part of any book groups, hiking...

    If you are part of any book groups, hiking groups, gardening groups (etc)... You might ask if any of the women are interested in getting out on the trail and learning the art of backpacking. I mean,...
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    My short answer is that there is a small market...

    My short answer is that there is a small market for this AT-specific type of trail instruction.

    My longer answer is that it might be an uphill battle to get what you want/need from providing such...
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    Maybe I got the section hike and the thru mixed...

    Maybe I got the section hike and the thru mixed up in my mind... I thought he started the thru with his dog, then finished without the dog. Regardless, he did take his service dog on the trail and...
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    Thank you for your service! I do not...

    Thank you for your service!

    I do not personally have experience hiking with a service dog, but I remember there used to be (I don't know if he still visits the site) a man on this site who does...
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    Another vote for the Montbell ex-light anorak. ...

    Another vote for the Montbell ex-light anorak.

    Mine has been with me on all trips (on trail, traveling, and often around town in the fall & spring) since I received it 2 Christmases ago....
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    In advance of the September camping trip, I would...

    In advance of the September camping trip, I would get him used to being left alone in the car (if he isn't already used to it). That will allow you to use the restroom, shower, do town errands, etc....
  8. Bigmike, Welcome to White Blaze! It's always a...

    Bigmike,

    Welcome to White Blaze! It's always a huge adjustment to live life with a progressive disease. I am sorry to hear that is in the cards for you.

    The person you might want to speak...
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    Her first rescue was on July 5th, back when Maine...

    Her first rescue was on July 5th, back when Maine was experience the first real heat AND extreme humidity of the season. If I remember correctly, she was one of the ones rescued due to heat related...
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    I can't comment specifically on the Arc Haul Zip,...

    I can't comment specifically on the Arc Haul Zip, but this is my 3rd season of using an Arc Haul. I have a little over 2500 miles on mine and it appears to be going strong. (I may have just jinxed...
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    Whitehouse Landing is certainly an option. It all...

    Whitehouse Landing is certainly an option. It all depends on what one wants to add to their hike.

    If I were considering a SOBO resupply in the 100 Mile, I would choose to gather my food and...
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    If you do Facebook, they are on Facebook as...

    If you do Facebook, they are on Facebook as "Whitehouse Landing Camps." They are an off-grid business. By their wording, it seems they prefer to be called at 207-745-5116 with any questions.

    The...
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    It is not advisable to resupply at the Abol...

    It is not advisable to resupply at the Abol Bridge Campground store. Each year they seem to offer less and less hiker food since they have paired with New England Outdoor Center for rafting trips...
  14. Thread: Going Solo

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    As the trail sees more people, flip flop and SOBO...

    As the trail sees more people, flip flop and SOBO hikes are becoming a lot more common. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy offers some pretty good info about what to expect for NOBO, flip flop, and...
  15. Thread: Bugs!

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    The black flies and mosquitoes just started to be...

    The black flies and mosquitoes just started to be an annoyance this past weekend in the Katahdin area. A few weeks from now and the worst of it will be over for the black flies. If it continues to...
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    As stated, preventing the UTI is the absolute...

    As stated, preventing the UTI is the absolute best way to avoid UTI's. For those who have not experienced the pain of a UTI/given it much thought, that starts with good hygiene and drinking lots of...
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    Greetings! Honestly, I can't think of any...

    Greetings!

    Honestly, I can't think of any "cons" for a solo hike. This is said after spending 40+ years backpacking all over... Safety issues are no different from anywhere else and a group tends...
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    You might try contacting one of the local AT...

    You might try contacting one of the local AT clubs in Pennsylvania. The local clubs might have specific trail info. The snow last week nailed some parts of Pennsylvania, skipped some places, etc....
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    Another shout-out for Potaywadjo - it has two...

    Another shout-out for Potaywadjo - it has two newer, clean privies. They are huge. You could fit a group of people in each one of them.
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    :welcome to White Blaze! I am just a hair...

    :welcome to White Blaze!

    I am just a hair taller and about 2 lbs heavier. I have loved my (no longer made) EE Revelation X quilt since 2012. Mine is also a 10* quilt, but I would not choose to...
  21. When you purchase the pdf guide, an email comes...

    When you purchase the pdf guide, an email comes with a link to download the guide. You also get multiple copies (I think 5 copies?) for the ability to store the guide on multiple electronic devices.
  22. When I went to go take a look at "Worth Every...

    When I went to go take a look at "Worth Every Gasp," I noticed Keith Foskett's "Travelled Far: A Collection of Hiking Adventures" is also currently free (Kindle version)....
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    Just a thought for your planning... April 1st is...

    Just a thought for your planning... April 1st is also Easter this year. Something to consider for park traffic.
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    SOBO is the way to go - especially if you are...

    SOBO is the way to go - especially if you are recovering from back surgery. The footing has been summed-up quite nicely, but "up & down and roots & rocks" is the best way to describe the trail in...
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    Currently on sale through the 27th... Zpacks...

    Currently on sale through the 27th...

    Zpacks = $25 off orders $400 and more, $100 off orders $1000 and more
    Enlightened Equipment = 15% off on the shelf Revelations, 10% off everything else...
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