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    Start at Harper's Ferry and head south.

    Start at Harper's Ferry and head south.
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    Wake a dawn. Start hiking about an hour later....

    Wake a dawn. Start hiking about an hour later. Take several 5-10 minute breaks, generally on up hill slopes. Hike until about 4:00 p.m. On most parts of the trail, this routine will result in about...
  3. Parked there twice recently for AT hikes both...

    Parked there twice recently for AT hikes both north and south. Very safe and secure.
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    Suggest you focus on time per day, i.e., 9 hours...

    Suggest you focus on time per day, i.e., 9 hours per day. Forget about mileage.
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    Arden, I'm planning a similar hike for June....

    Arden, I'm planning a similar hike for June. Consider a Peter Pan Bus from any of several Massachusetts trail towns back to NYC. This might be faster/cheapter than than going to Pittsfield. Never had...
  6. Section hike in Sept from Bennington, VT to Pauling, NY

    Iím planning a section hike in Sept from Bennington, VT to Pauling, NY. I live in VA and need advice on transportation options, parking (if I drive), and whether to do this section N-S or S-N.
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    I too suffer from neuropathy, and a flame up...

    I too suffer from neuropathy, and a flame up stopped me dead on the trail in Maine a few years back. After reading suggestions in this forum, I got rid of the boots and invested in Salomon trail...
  8. This is cruel and unusual punishment and a...

    This is cruel and unusual punishment and a violation of the Geneva Conventions.
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    Great question and some good answers here. I...

    Great question and some good answers here. I believe it’s an art to optimize how much water to carry on any given day, since there are so many variables involved. Last Sept in SW Virginia the water...
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    Stayed there Sept 2015. Agree with comments of...

    Stayed there Sept 2015. Agree with comments of others. Would avoid this shelter, if possible. "Spring" was a mud puddle that required a straw or shallow cup/spoon to extract water. Shelter is...
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    Greenwood Lake--Antons

    On May 26, 2015 I completed a section hike from the Appalachian Trail Train Station in NY to DWG. For my "halftime" break I decided to spend an overnight in Greenwood, NY at Antons. Note that Matt...
  12. Poll: In PA, a few miles south of DWG.

    In PA, a few miles south of DWG.
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    As others have noted, the rocks in PA get...

    As others have noted, the rocks in PA get increasingly worse north of the Susquehanna River. Although the PA section of the AT is relatively flat (except for river valleys), the rocks can really...
  14. This article is a New York Times opinion piece....

    This article is a New York Times opinion piece. There is no requirement for any facts here or even critical thinking. Since the authorís website lists no academic credentials pertinent to this topic,...
  15. Stayed there twice, in 2013 and 2014. Found them...

    Stayed there twice, in 2013 and 2014. Found them (Kenny, the manager) to be very hiker friendly on both occasions, although they are primarily a local watering hole/restaurant, and, in my view, not...
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    David, assuming you are in good physical shape, I...

    David, assuming you are in good physical shape, I believe your plan is reasonable. You will find PA harder than MD--very rocky and lots of steep ups and downs at the river valleys. Perpare for some...
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    I have hiked all of PA with T-Mobile. In general,...

    I have hiked all of PA with T-Mobile. In general, reception is better north of the Susquehanna than south of the Susquehanna, and better from the high ground vs. the low areas. Suggest you keep your...
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    Excellent analysis and recommendations by Map...

    Excellent analysis and recommendations by Map Man.
    I know nothing of the politics involved here—just an old guy from VA who has section hiked all of the AT in Maine and another 1000 miles to the...
  19. Professor Marion appears to be an expert in his...

    Professor Marion appears to be an expert in his field, but what is his agenda? Hard trail—less traffic or easy trail—wheel chair accessible? Could we be heading for a Pay-Per-Hike system?

    I...
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    < 20 lbs, plus food and water.

    < 20 lbs, plus food and water.
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    Poll: US Army (Infantry) 1970-1991

    US Army (Infantry)
    1970-1991
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    The 100 Miles of Wilderness in Maine differ...

    The 100 Miles of Wilderness in Maine differ significantly from the AT in Virginia. Although there are some stretches of the 100 Miles where you might make 20 miles a day, jagged peaks (very slippery...
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    Completed this same section two summers ago,...

    Completed this same section two summers ago, north to south. Staged out of Stratton Motel and used Grey Roy/207-329-3482 for taxi service. Found Greg to be very reliable at a reasonable cost. As...
  24. Suggest you call the Waynesboro Office of...

    Suggest you call the Waynesboro Office of Tourism-540-942-6512. Last summer I asked this same question, and was told leaving your car at the local police station (with coordination) was the best...
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    All of the above points are good. I made this run...

    All of the above points are good. I made this run a few years ago--just a few more items for your consideration. Think about making a north to south trip. You can leave your car at Bangar Airport...
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