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    Definitely NOT recommended

    > I lit a cherry bomb firecracker and went back to sleep

    Three reasons this is a bad idea:
    1) Cherry bombs have been illegal in the US for 54 years...
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    Better way to spend your money

    Why not spend $10 and achieve the same effect?
    https://tinyurl.com/Walmart-Airhorn
    Combine this with bear spray and the already EXTREMELY low odds of an attack by a black bear, you'll have nothing...
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    Damascus shuttles

    Here's a start:
    https://thetrek.co/appalachian-trail/accessing-the-appalachian-trail-shuttles-buses-taxis/
    Most shuttle services that operate directly out of Damascus can help arrange a place to...
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    USBS Access Pass -- what it covers

    I did an internet search for "USGS Access Pass" and found
    https://store.usgs.gov/access-pass
    that it is simply the "American the Beautiful [AtB] Access Pass" -- which is free *WITH PROPER...
  5. One of my choices

    I don't listen to music when I hike, but I will sometimes (and ONLY when alone!) sing when on the trail. Among my favorites is this one, here sung by some hikers who seem to have REALLY learned how...
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    A newbie starting in Maine - not recommended

    In view of the fact that you've never done extended backpacking, you should reconsider.
    Maybe start in Harper's Ferry so as to arrive in New England AFTER the black fly season; then, after reaching...
  7. I'll save you some trouble

    This was on Reddit three days ago
    https://www.reddit.com/r/AppalachianTrail/comments/kdgoua/update_dna_from_the_unidentified_hiker_mostly/
  8. Thread: Wild life !

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    Since you asked

    Seeing snakes while on or near The Trail is not unusual
    https://whiteblaze.net/forum/vbg/showimage.php?i=63578

    but seeing one that is finishing off a meal is pretty rare....
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    First things first

    I hate to ask this question, but you haven't mentioned something that's very critical: have you ever camped out overnight? I don't mean backpacking (which is actually Step 3), I mean just driving to...
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    You are correct -- I was wrong.

    You correctly point out the ambiguity, and the map you post does clearly show a stream. My Nat Geo map also shows a creek at campsite #27.
    For these reasons, I have corrected my posting.
    When I'm...
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    Water at Site 27

    According to
    https://thedyrt.com/camping/tennessee/27-lower-jakes-gap
    There is ambiguity about the presence of water.

    Topo maps show a creek nearby.
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    Changed (likely) only for this year

    It's a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, trying to prevent people from bunching together in an area that's nearly closed up. Hammocking is permitted. This change in policy will almost certainly end...
  13. As TN Viking noted

    https://standingbearfarmhostel.com/
    https://whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/94770-Standing-Bear-Farm?p=2251339&highlight=#post2251339
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    First idea can be done

    Your first choice looks very do-able. I've gone down the Snake Den Ridge Trail from the A.T., and it's steeper than I'd prefer, but you're certainly not overdoing it on any of the three days.
    Just...
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    Anyone identify with these comics?

    https://www.comicskingdom.com/trending/blog/2020/11/17/tuesdays-top-ten-comics-on-hiking
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    The purpose of these postings

    Most of them are.
    If you get some degree of covering between a fire and a downpour -- a bush, a large trash bag, an emergency blanket,...
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    Know the rules

    First thing to know:
    https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/backcountry-regulations.htm
    "Campsites must be at least ... 100 yards away from a hut, cabin, or day-use shelter"
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    More specifically

    As DeadEye noted. a few cotton balls rubbed in petroleum jelly, then stored in a small plastic bag -- all things you can buy at a dollar store -- will burn hot for a few minutes even in the wettest...
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    Don't repeat my mistake

    After years of referring to my Hiker Mini Filter as a 'Katahdin' brand, someone pointed out that the company name is Katadyn -- with the last syllable rhyming with 'line.'...
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    Here's your answer

    When I say Stephen Herrero has written the book on bear attacks, I mean that LITERALLY
    https://www.amazon.com/Bear-Attacks-Causes-Avoidance-revised/dp/158574557X

    Here's his opinion on bear spray...
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    The answer is simple

    Somebody who's been struggling with mental health issues for years prior to the hike.
    https://www.sltrib.com/news/2020/10/22/woman-speaks-out-physical/

    Some rather important people in history...
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    One more truthful observation

    https://www.weather.gov/safety/lightning-odds
    27 is not 100 times greater than 30.
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    Getting more information

    Spend a few more seconds doing research, and you'll find this article:
    https://www.foxnews.com/us/zion-hiker-holly-courtier-sister-discrepancies-rescue
    which states, "Courtierís family then took...
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    What to do

    Neither am I, and I had no trouble getting in to read it. Heck, I even have Ad-Blocker, that forces me to permit ads on a specific story. I'm not sure why you were unable to get in.

    However, if...
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    You are correct -- I was wrong.

    Which is why I'll change the wording.
    When I recognize I've made a mis-statement, I correct it ASAP.

    Just like someone saying that Ms Courtier went twelve days without water.
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