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    Dehydrated beans were cooked then deydrated. If...

    Dehydrated beans were cooked then deydrated. If you dont mind a bit of crunch you can eat them raw. Sort of like Corn Nuts. Dried Beans are not of much value to a backbacker as they require lots of...
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    BTW - Flying squirrels have been known to swoop...

    BTW - Flying squirrels have been known to swoop down on a food bag properly hung and gnaw a hole through the bag. I have watched one long ago raiding my food bag one late evening. The only option is...
  3. There is point where its better to resupply than...

    There is point where its better to resupply than carry more food. For most folks that five or six days. The problem is most folks turn a resupply into a zero and an overnight at a local accommodation...
  4. I live nearby and the only bugs in August are...

    I live nearby and the only bugs in August are mosquites around dusk and deer and moose flies during the day in the sun. Repellent really doesn't work on Deer or Moose Flies. If they are really...
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    Maine is what most folks think of when they think...

    Maine is what most folks think of when they think of the AT. Hard to pick a bad section. IMHO Its the only state that has a true wilderness feel (on the AT in the East) Yes its PITA to get shuttles...
  6. There are several blazing standards used on the...

    There are several blazing standards used on the AT and the big confusion is the a hiker is supposed to be able to follow a trail by blaze alone. The blazes are intended to be supplemental to a map...
  7. Great time of the year to hike western Maine....

    Great time of the year to hike western Maine. Sure it may get a bit cool in the evenings but it could be shorts an T shirts weather. Most folks are in bed before it really cools down at night but can...
  8. Starting at Springer with brand new gear that has...

    Starting at Springer with brand new gear that has not been used at all or used in only perfect weather. Pick nasty stretch of weather at home and camp out a few days. Let things get wet then repeat...
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    BTW, I strongly recommend a "victory lap next...

    BTW, I strongly recommend a "victory lap next year to revisit various spots along the way.
  10. Its great it worked out for you . Just as...

    Its great it worked out for you . Just as important how did you like the Mahoosucs?
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    Looks like you picked a great day and place to...

    Looks like you picked a great day and place to finish. I also was long term sectioner but it ended up that my last mile was near White Rocks in VT but at least my first mile was heading up the Hunt...
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    They are carrying it in insulated bottles inside...

    They are carrying it in insulated bottles inside the pack. Many of the insulated bottle covers have belt loops but on nasty days they are best kept in the pack.

    On a somewhat related note you may...
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    Many people do including myself and many people...

    Many people do including myself and many people heat up water before going to bed to use the water bottle as a foot warmer. The trade off is if you are using a cheap bottle with seals then that tend...
  14. The only things to plan a year in advance is how...

    The only things to plan a year in advance is how you are going to save up $5000 between now and then and still cover any bills. if you are employed you need to start figuring out your "escape" plan...
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    Ninety plus degrees in the whites and the views...

    Ninety plus degrees in the whites and the views are not great as there are wildfires in Quebec that combine with the humidity to make things decidedly "soupy". Funny thing is there are still a couple...
  16. FYI, this the rohland site is great site with a...

    FYI, this the rohland site is great site with a long memory. Note the dates of the reports (2009 and 2011)
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    Vermont does not have lot of above treeline area...

    Vermont does not have lot of above treeline area so everyone wants to hike there to get the views. Mansfield has plenty of hiking trails and the views but its zoo on weekends. They try to keep the...
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    I was out last Thursday on the AT stretch from...

    I was out last Thursday on the AT stretch from Carlo Col to Mahoosuc Notch. Its been a long time since I was on that stretch. Definitely a lot more PUDS than I remembered and a lot more steel bars up...
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    If its a legal insured shuttle, its going to cost...

    If its a legal insured shuttle, its going to cost a lot, usually over $1 a mile for total miles traveled by the driver which is typically double the distance the hiker is riding. Its also very...
  20. What did not work for me years ago was going with...

    What did not work for me years ago was going with thicker torso length pad in place of thinner full length. Despite trying several things My hips bugged me as my legs were not fully supported.
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    If its called a hiker parking lot it includes...

    If its called a hiker parking lot it includes overnight. As the link mentions, changes my be coming at the Basin to limit hiker parking. That applies to both sides of the highway (there is tunnel...
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    FYI, the AT doesnt leave Franconia Notch via the...

    FYI, the AT doesnt leave Franconia Notch via the Lafayette Place parking lots (which are perpetually full). The AT crosses the Notch under a bridge with no vehicle access to it. There is designated...
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    I think it was Geek the cat carried by Jim Adams?...

    I think it was Geek the cat carried by Jim Adams? (just a guess on the names) He occasionally replies when he and his cat are mentioned., He admits he carried the cat on his pack the majority of the...
  24. Thee Dream Lake spot is right on the pond with...

    Thee Dream Lake spot is right on the pond with great view up the lake its just short walk from the junction with Dryad Col trail . Definitely nothing the NPS or AMC would build these days ;) as its...
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    Thru Hiker with a Cat

    https://bangordailynews.com/2019/06/26/news/york/this-maine-man-is-hiking-the-appalachian-trail-with-his-cat-as-his-companion/
    I expect the cat will make a small dent in the shelter mice situation....
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