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    Congrats Berserker!!! I love it every time I hear...

    Congrats Berserker!!! I love it every time I hear about a section hiker finishing! It's inspiring in the same way as someone who retires after working the same job for 30+ years.

    Another data...
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    There's nothing special on top of Lamb's Knoll -...

    There's nothing special on top of Lamb's Knoll - just an old radio tower enclosed by a fence. No views. There is one place near the top where a side trail comes in and there are some pretty good...
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    I did it NOBO. Seems to me like SOBO would be...

    I did it NOBO. Seems to me like SOBO would be much easier as the tough part over Dragon's Tooth comes early in the day (and going SOBO over Dragon's Tooth is easier). Once you get past Pickle Branch...
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    The first part up to Chatfield is easy. The rest...

    The first part up to Chatfield is easy. The rest of the way up Glade Mtn is harder, but not terrible. The trail follows a creek for a little ways past Chatfield, but after that I don't remember...
  5. The shelter is nice enough, though it's about 1/3...

    The shelter is nice enough, though it's about 1/3 mile off-trail. The water source is good, it's a creek (called Pickle Branch) which is a short but steep scramble downhill from the shelter.

    If...
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    Your car will be fine in either location. That's...

    Your car will be fine in either location. That's a tough section with several back to back 2000' climbs and descents.

    Be sure to hit up the Homeplace when you finish. Best AYCE restaurant on the...
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    Does anyone else here find it ironic that a guy...

    Does anyone else here find it ironic that a guy named "The Weasel" is lecturing people on following the rules?
  8. Both shelters have good water. Hurricane shelter...

    Both shelters have good water. Hurricane shelter is nice, built early 2000's I believe.

    Trimpi is an older stone shelter. It's pretty dark inside. Watch your head if you sleep in the top bunk.
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    Congratulations! I always love hearing when...

    Congratulations! I always love hearing when people finish multi-year section hikes. It's like celebrating someone making it to retirement - good morale boost for everyone who's still chugging along,...
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    Yep, most of us down south are sitting in the...

    Yep, most of us down south are sitting in the A/C, waiting for September.

    Went for a 5 mile run at 6 AM this morning and was dripping wet with sweat by the end.
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    I know this is off-topic, but 11 days to get from...

    I know this is off-topic, but 11 days to get from Blackburn to Pen-Mar is extremely slow. I did that section in 3.5 days and I'm no speedster.
  12. Looks like you learned some good lessons. ...

    Looks like you learned some good lessons.

    One, "out and back" makes it too easy to bail after the first day. Hiking one way makes it hard enough that you will "embrace the suck" unless you are in...
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    If you're in the middle of a high pressure system...

    If you're in the middle of a high pressure system and the air feels warm and dry, you're probably good without a fly. In those conditions, having the extra ventilation is worth the very slight risk...
  14. If you go before Columbus Day you should have no...

    If you go before Columbus Day you should have no problems with winter weather on Roan.
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    Are you counting your trips so you can be the...

    Are you counting your trips so you can be the next Tipi Walter?

    You've got a long way to go to catch him :-D
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    Yeah, I get that. I guess I'd gotten spoiled by...

    Yeah, I get that. I guess I'd gotten spoiled by towns like Hot Springs and Damascus where it seems like the entire town is oriented around the AT and the hiking community. As mentioned previously, it...
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    The only town I've gotten a bad vibe from on the...

    The only town I've gotten a bad vibe from on the southern AT was Pearisburg. I didn't like how the trail was routed away from town, then you have to walk back uphill along a busy road to get into...
  18. Haven't been there since Curtis passed, but in my...

    Haven't been there since Curtis passed, but in my experience Standing Bear is the kind of place where if you just show up they will find space for you somewhere. No reservation needed.
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    One of the two times I had to lay off running was...

    One of the two times I had to lay off running was after hiking Pearisburg to Roanoke in VA. Several big ups and downs on that section, combined with high daily mileage (for me) and poor choice of...
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    I've found as a fairly active person that pain...

    I've found as a fairly active person that pain happens and mostly you just have to deal with it. It's really mostly a mental/attitude thing. If there's a serious injury you'll experience a different...
  21. Thread: Dream Hike?

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    Arctic NWR in Alaska to Tierra del Fuego,...

    Arctic NWR in Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
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    Could be he was in declining health and wanted to...

    Could be he was in declining health and wanted to die alone in the wilderness. I've considered it myself - seems like a good alternative to a hospital bed for those of us who enjoy being outdoors.
  23. There are stealth sites everywhere in GA,...

    There are stealth sites everywhere in GA, probably more than anywhere else on the AT. Many of them are easily visible from the trail. You will have no trouble finding a place to camp.
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    I've gone 24 hours or more without seeing anyone...

    I've gone 24 hours or more without seeing anyone on the AT a few times. But those occastions are fairly rare - generally in less popular sections of trail on days with bad weather - and I usually...
  25. I'm not sure why south of Erwin would suck....

    I'm not sure why south of Erwin would suck. There's a good water source right on trail just before you get to the No Business shelter going NOBO. After that it's only another 6 miles or so to Erwin....
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