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  1. Except for color, the AT thru hike community is...

    Except for color, the AT thru hike community is actually pretty diverse - young, old, wealthy, poor, some with impressive jobs, some unemployed, some well educated, some not so much, veterans,...
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    Always question why you need to bring 5 liters of...

    Always question why you need to bring 5 liters of water. As another said, bring a filter or Aqua Mira and fill up with water about 6-7 miles in by taking the short walk down the blue blaze trail to...
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    Local REI supplies bag liners with each sleeping...

    Local REI supplies bag liners with each sleeping bag rental. I think Rental is a good option for folks going out the first time. Buying a kit for overnight backpacking will likely cost you over $650...
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    Good subject. On my AT thru I fell 22 times,...

    Good subject. On my AT thru I fell 22 times, right at 100 mile average. Over half were related to wet conditions. Many were stumbles likely caused by me catching a root or rock. I think most of the...
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    Good luck to all in this thread. I know the ATC...

    Good luck to all in this thread. I know the ATC is doing their best to promote flip-flop hikes and non-traditional NOBO hikes, but ..... I cannot imagine finishing an AT thru-hike anywhere but...
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    The southern 35 miles are pretty tough. Slow...

    The southern 35 miles are pretty tough. Slow going. After that there are still a few random mountains left, but it continues to get easier.
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    Get out and start doing some walking with weight...

    Get out and start doing some walking with weight on your back. Test your gear in a real camping setting overnight. As far as 13 miles a day, yes you can. If you put some prep time in you will be...
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    I thought the same thing, until I read Traveler's...

    I thought the same thing, until I read Traveler's post. He shared some perspective I had not considered. I suspect within 10 years or less, bear cannisters will be required on most trails where bears...
  9. I stayed at UGP in early June of 2017. The...

    I stayed at UGP in early June of 2017. The caretaker was pleasant and gave us the "lay of the land" when we arrived. There was no question who the caretaker was and she did not ask us if were thrus...
  10. Most thru hikers are using AWOL's guide today....

    Most thru hikers are using AWOL's guide today. Few carry maps and some carry nothing, just look for the white blazes. There are some sections in the Whites that are the most difficult to follow on...
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    Congratulations. I can only imagine the...

    Congratulations. I can only imagine the perseverance necessary to go back out time after time. Connecting the sections is always a logistical challenge. Great job.
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    I left about a week in front of the bubble....

    I left about a week in front of the bubble. Stayed ahead of it the entire time, except for the "runners" who flew by me. Finished in 140 days. I think I had 4 beers the entire trip. Was invited to...
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    I hope this thread gets deleted pretty soon. One...

    I hope this thread gets deleted pretty soon. One of the things I enjoy about this site is the focus on hiking and the rare instance of political or controversial threads. I find it sad that the OP...
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    Very good point, Beserker. Most of the pictures...

    Very good point, Beserker. Most of the pictures we see of the Whites are Franconia Ridge and the Presidentials with the trail above treeline. It really doesn't look that tough. I watched a YouTube by...
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    Very few people in the southeast own four season...

    Very few people in the southeast own four season tents, just a few hardy souls that brave winter in the higher elevations by choice. I started on the AT on Feb 20 with a three season tent. I had no...
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    Very sad. Feel so much for the victims and their...

    Very sad. Feel so much for the victims and their families.

    Hiking the AT is statistically very safe, but characters like this guy prey upon the lack of proximity to law enforcement that exists in...
  17. I will be hiking the Highline trail in mid-August...

    I will be hiking the Highline trail in mid-August this summer. I had never heard of it until one of my AT buddies suggested we do it. I watch a Redbeard video and was hooked. It looks like it is...
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    I have a fear of heights myself. My particular...

    I have a fear of heights myself. My particular issue is exposures on cliffs or long drop-offs. My McAfee Knob photo is kind of funny, as I am about four feet from the edge.

    The first real issue I...
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    One of the greatest pleasures on trails is the...

    One of the greatest pleasures on trails is the friendliness and general improvement in people that seems to occur in the backcountry. Very few asses, but some people bring the flawed culture of...
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    I stayed there in July 2017. Beautiful, but...

    I stayed there in July 2017. Beautiful, but remote, spot on a large lake and the boat ride across the lake to the site was pure Maine. I was the only one in the bunkhouse that night so it was quiet....
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    I wasn't there so I can't comment on the...

    I wasn't there so I can't comment on the "attitude" of the RR. I was also asked by a RR in the Smokies for my permit when I went through in 2017. Guy was polite and friendly. Whenever I am hiking on...
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    I was struck as well about the length of the...

    I was struck as well about the length of the videos and the openess to do something so painful and public. I think the generation that has grown up on Youtube just looks as it as a natural way to...
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    You could start in Erwin, TN and hike north to...

    You could start in Erwin, TN and hike north to Hwy 19E. No hostel in between, but you could finish at Mountain Harbour, which is hostel or bed and breakfast. They have the best breakfast on the AT....
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    The year before I set out on my NOBO thru, I did...

    The year before I set out on my NOBO thru, I did a "Cyber Hike". It sounds very geeky, but I think it actually helped me understand the trail and what I might experience. I kept a spreadsheet and...
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    I would probably be wary of spending that much...

    I would probably be wary of spending that much money on a R-2 value pad. The weight is impressive, but at that price, I would go ahead and get the X-therm. It weighs twice as much, but will provide...
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