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  1. Fontana Dam is not great, overpriced and limited...

    Fontana Dam is not great, overpriced and limited selection, OK to get the G-burg but slim pickings if one wanted to traverse the smokies w/o stop (NoBo assumed, SoBo it's a shorter trip to NOC)
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    If you haven't done the section right before...

    If you haven't done the section right before Great Barrington already and can adjust things a bit, I would consider backing you start point to Salisbury CT, the section from Salisbury to Great...
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    If a one person tent could fit 2 people semi...

    If a one person tent could fit 2 people semi comfortably it would be a 2 person tent. You might look at the Tarptent Notch, which I believe could do 2 people in a pinch and both sides have large...
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    There are also medical cost sharing plans which...

    There are also medical cost sharing plans which is not insurance, most are christian based - and there is usually a christian based morality pledge, and they did qualify for the healthcare mandate...
  5. That's your problem right there. Outside of rock...

    That's your problem right there. Outside of rock climbing Black Diamond makes gear that is not durable but more 'mission specific' . If you use it correctly all the time it will last forever, if...
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    Southern Maine. It's the Star Trek holodeck with...

    Southern Maine. It's the Star Trek holodeck with the safety protocols turned off. Nothing comes close.

    As for your list:
    Mount Madison. - A pile of rocks,well prepared in PA for this, not...
  7. Nalgene is good if you have to put boiling water...

    Nalgene is good if you have to put boiling water in it, which could be used to soak food items or to use as a hot water bottle in your sleeping bag as it will stay warm all night (and usually placed...
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    I was lighter going solo, sharing the load meant...

    I was lighter going solo, sharing the load meant carrying their fears - always heavier.
  9. Jetboil, a simple stove and pot name brand or not...

    Jetboil, a simple stove and pot name brand or not and various flavors of alchy stoves are all very common. Less so but still out there on trail is white gas, wood stoves and esbit. All have their...
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    This thread is years old but thanks for the link.

    This thread is years old but thanks for the link.
  11. I mis-read the title and thought that Z-pack was...

    I mis-read the title and thought that Z-pack was revamping (themselves)- and i was hopeful. There has been some postings about lax quality and was hoping they were making the changes needed. ...
  12. And this is a problem it itself. If someone took...

    And this is a problem it itself. If someone took 13 months to complete the trail and was on trail with full determination to get to the end, advancing the entire time, lets just say due to some...
  13. See post #11

    See post #11
  14. My answer: The person will ask that question and...

    My answer:
    The person will ask that question and come up with their answer.
  15. LaurieIP's post does not conflict with mine if...

    LaurieIP's post does not conflict with mine if you read it as I said that ATC defines it as what Laurie says.

    It's the spirit of the thru hike, what a thru hike is at it's heart that Lauri does...
  16. Officially if completed in year, it's a thru. In...

    Officially if completed in year, it's a thru. In the spirit, if it's 2 (or more) 'separate stints' it is not.
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    I run a children's hiking group. Distances of...

    I run a children's hiking group. Distances of 6-10 miles are a good range for kids/early teens, with a easy first day, you can see how they are and go further, but you have to judge their ability,...
  18. When I was a ridge runner there my patrols were...

    When I was a ridge runner there my patrols were broken up via access trails. Rarely did I leave from Fontana, just because it was a long drive to access, but would commonly get to that end via Cades...
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    3 hours? Are you carrying that for 3 hours, or...

    3 hours? Are you carrying that for 3 hours, or at camp/stationary?

    The problem I have with no cook is it tend to be heavier then carrying a stove with all things considered, and no hot cup of...
  20. Enjoyable food really helps with the emotional...

    Enjoyable food really helps with the emotional aspect of hiking. Yes if you wish to go on a fasting hike (which is how I would define your proposal) that could feed the spiritual aspect of the hike....
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    Gravity system seems like a good way to go. Make...

    Gravity system seems like a good way to go. Make sure it's bombproof and have chemical backup.
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    Pharmacologist Gerhard Orzechowski...

    Pharmacologist Gerhard Orzechowski and a group of other researchers were commissioned in Kiel to develop this drug, and by later in the year developed a formula which contained in each tablet: 5 mg...
  23. Verizon would work at various times each day. ...

    Verizon would work at various times each day. Also upon exiting the 100 MW at Abol, when you get to the paved road right before the Abol Bridge store there is a hill on the right with a path to the...
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    Not really unless you like to carry extra weight....

    Not really unless you like to carry extra weight. Buy the even larger size and a refill adapter to refill the small ones, if you go often enough to make it worth it.
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    In general with a Jetboil the small canister is...

    In general with a Jetboil the small canister is what you want, the large is overkill and extra weight and why are you using a Jetboil. The small can is 10+ L of boiled water, consistent and...
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