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  1. I agree on GSMNP. I hiked it in 2012, right...

    I agree on GSMNP. I hiked it in 2012, right before they started charging people to camp in the backcountry. Too many people, and many are first time backpackers who are underprepared. The weather is...
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    Congrats Gambit! I've enjoyed following your...

    Congrats Gambit! I've enjoyed following your adventures these past several years.
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    Here is my itenerary from when I did most of that...

    Here is my itenerary from when I did most of that section (Port Clinton to I-87/Harriman SP) NOBO last fall. I averaged 13 MPD and mostly avoided shelters due to COVID. Just warning you - I found the...
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    Yeah, those slabs in southern NY really sucked. I...

    Yeah, those slabs in southern NY really sucked. I distinctly remember it took me 4 hours to get from the NJ/NY state line to NY 17A. A light rain was just enough to keep the smooth rocks wet the...
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    I hiked DWG to I-87/Harriman last fall. ​I used...

    I hiked DWG to I-87/Harriman last fall. ​I used Carl (845-820-1331) for a shuttle and was happy with his service.

    Those first 18 NY miles were pretty tough, though. Lots of steep trail and rock...
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    Back to the original topic - one major reason I...

    Back to the original topic - one major reason I think there are fewer posts now is Guthooks. There used to be lots of posts asking about trail conditions, water availability, etc. on WB. Those posts...
  7. There's a few old junker cars laying around in...

    There's a few old junker cars laying around in the woods near the MST here in Raleigh/Durham, NC. Most of the area was farmland 50 years ago, before the Army Corps of engineers dammed the Neuse River...
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    Usually $200 for a 1-week trip. Roughly half is...

    Usually $200 for a 1-week trip. Roughly half is spent on a shuttle. Most hostels and shuttles are cash-only. Always bring a card + ID. Nearly all restaurants take cards. Motels generally require a...
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    That's interesting. I always thought hunting...

    That's interesting. I always thought hunting season was roughly Oct/Nov-Feb/Mar. I'd never have thought to wear orange at this time of year.
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    I started having heel pain after a 2 week AT...

    I started having heel pain after a 2 week AT section hike last fall. I fought through it for months but it kept getting worse. Pretty sure it's Plantar Fascitis. I never went to a doctor, but I've...
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    There is also reliable water and tenting 0.5 mile...

    There is also reliable water and tenting 0.5 mile north of Eckville shelter.
  12. I still have an old Jansport from the 1990's when...

    I still have an old Jansport from the 1990's when I was a boy scout. Nowadays, it holds all my extra gear that I only take on car camping trips.
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    I suggest taking the detour at Rausch Gap,...

    I suggest taking the detour at Rausch Gap, assuming it's still in place. Going SOBO, turn right and follow an old dirt road for 1/2 mile, then left on an old railroad grade for about a mile. Marked...
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    I parked at the backpacker lot off of Mountain...

    I parked at the backpacker lot off of Mountain Rd. in DWG last fall. The trail goes right through it. I suggest getting there early if you're going to start on a weekend, it fills up pretty quickly...
  15. I remember seeing one 20-something "thru-hiker"...

    I remember seeing one 20-something "thru-hiker" in VA whose mom actually drove to the nearest trailhead and hiked a few miles to the nearest shelter, set up his tent and made him dinner while he sat...
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    First, wow, it took me 6 days to complete that...

    First, wow, it took me 6 days to complete that same section. I didn't stop at Lickskillet or Trent's, but I can recommend a night at Woods Hole (assuming they're open right now) which sets you up for...
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    So I guess my 2 week/150-180 mile AT hikes would...

    So I guess my 2 week/150-180 mile AT hikes would be MASHes then?
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    I actually enjoyed the climb out of Lehigh Gap....

    I actually enjoyed the climb out of Lehigh Gap. It was enough to get the adrenaline flowing but not enough to make me fear for my life. The views near the top were phenomenal. Of course, that was...
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    What the others said... if starting May 1 I...

    What the others said... if starting May 1 I strongly advise a flip-flop starting NOBO from Harper's Ferry rather than a traditional NOBO thru-hike.
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    Hahaha I just looked up the quote I got from them...

    Hahaha I just looked up the quote I got from them by email... $130.
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    I shuttled from Front Royal to Waynesboro with...

    I shuttled from Front Royal to Waynesboro with Scott from Mountain Home, but that was pre-COVID. Not sure if he is doing shuttles now, but it's worth a call.
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    I hang if and only if I'm staying in a shelter...

    I hang if and only if I'm staying in a shelter (rare) and there's no bear box or cables. If tenting, I'll use bear box or cables if available, otherwise I sleep with my food in my tent. I keep all...
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    The longest I've been out on the trail is 2 weeks...

    The longest I've been out on the trail is 2 weeks (multiple times, always solo).

    Do I get bored? No. Do I start to miss my wife and kids the 2nd week? Yes.
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    *facepalm*

    *facepalm*
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    Reading is a nice way to spend the 2 hours...

    Reading is a nice way to spend the 2 hours between sunset and 9 PM in October.

    I bought a complete set of paperback novels by Carl Hiaasen and started bringing one of them on each of my trips...
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