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    To be more specific, one batch of Moderna vaccine...

    To be more specific, one batch of Moderna vaccine (LOT# 041L20A) is on hold in that local area of California due to some people (less than 10) experiencing more severe allergic reactions that...
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    My wife and I got our first dose (Moderna) Jan...

    My wife and I got our first dose (Moderna) Jan 13. For reference, we are 59 and 64 years old respectively and have some underlying medical issues. We both work for Government agencies that bring us...
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    Finding reasonable privacy in the forested...

    Finding reasonable privacy in the forested sections of the trail shouldn't be too big an issue. There are enough places where you should be able to duck off into the woods and get some cover. Some...
  4. Just a tip. In really cold weather, tuck your...

    Just a tip. In really cold weather, tuck your cannister inside your coat (or sleeping bag) for at least 1/2 an hour or so before using it. This will warm the fuel and help vaporize the isobutane...
  5. Have to agree with this. Years ago, the normal...

    Have to agree with this. Years ago, the normal start date for a NOBO was April 15. Then as the trail got more crowded, and to a lesser degree as cold weather gear got lighter and winters became...
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    Under normal circumstances I would say go and...

    Under normal circumstances I would say go and plan on camping in shelters as they offer much more protection from falling limbs/trees. But many, if not most shelters, along the AT are closed due to...
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    Inre black flies and mosquitos: The good news on...

    Inre black flies and mosquitos: The good news on black flies is that the swarms tend to be localized, they don't fly well in the wind/breeze, and they aren't out after dark. The bad news is that...
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    Just to throw some more info into the mix. ...

    Just to throw some more info into the mix. Typically your bag will lose a little loft (warmth) during extended trail use due to being damp (the AT is a pretty moist place) and getting dirty. Air it...
  9. Assuming your fit is with the socks you will...

    Assuming your fit is with the socks you will start the hike with, your feet may very well swell a 1/2 size early on. But better to have shoes a bit long than short due to toenails getting impacted...
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    Wow. First post in 16 months. Have you been...

    Wow. First post in 16 months. Have you been working on this "resque" dog plan the whole time? I'm thinking you're nuts - or matty.
  11. You're welcome!

    You're welcome!
  12. If you go to the settings tab (upper right) and...

    If you go to the settings tab (upper right) and click on it, then under the my account section click on general settings, there are buttons there that allow you to save or not save sent private...
  13. Click on "notifications" (upper right), click...

    Click on "notifications" (upper right), click inbox, then once that loads click on "sent items" on the left side. Alternatively, if you're signed in, type [...
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    Happens all the time. It's not uncommon to off...

    Happens all the time. It's not uncommon to off unwanted food in hiker boxes, etc. However, leaving it hanging in a shelter is bad form, and definitely bad LNT practice. And unless someone else - a...
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    Harold Fish. In 2004, while returning to a...

    Harold Fish. In 2004, while returning to a trailhead in Arizona, he was attacked by two dogs and then the owner. He was convicted of 2nd degree murder in 2006 or so, went to prison for three years,...
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    "He's never done that before" - not to make light...

    "He's never done that before" - not to make light of your injury Slo, but this always comes to mind - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C59-wJhBpq8
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    Six Chicks Rick would also fit - and create some...

    Six Chicks Rick would also fit - and create some envy as well.
  18. Top loader with no agitator should be fine....

    Top loader with no agitator should be fine. Delicate settings. The potential for damage is caused by the agitator in older style top loaders turning opposite the direction the tub turns, and also...
  19. Worn upper layers as others have suggested. ...

    Worn upper layers as others have suggested. Sleeping bag and pad that will keep you warm down to 10. You can trade out to a warmer weather bag later in the hike (central VA or so).
    Foraging is...
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    Yep. Count me in. Wet and cold and boredom and...

    Yep. Count me in.

    Wet and cold and boredom and homesick and just tired of hiking after however many miles come to mind. Completing the goal obviously wasn't as important as originally thought.
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    My kids and I came up with mine once they were...

    My kids and I came up with mine once they were old enough to join me on hikes, roughly mid 1990's. I became 4eyedbuzzard (old guy with glasses), one of my daughters is Soggy Feet (courtesy of a bog...
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    Well, I can't exactly agree that trail names are...

    Well, I can't exactly agree that trail names are a new thing. Earl Shaffer pretty willingly took on the nickname Crazy One in 1948. Emma Gatewood became Grandma Gatewood in 1955. There is some...
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    I think there are as many psychological reasons...

    I think there are as many psychological reasons for completing a thru-hike - or not completing one - as there are potential essays to be written. :-? ;)
  24. Of concern is your comment There's a big...

    Of concern is your comment There's a big difference between going day hiking or overnight/weekends in cold weather, even in the Whites, and being out in winter on an extended AT thru hike, both...
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    No. It was somewhat common practice years ago. ...

    No. It was somewhat common practice years ago. While it was cheaper, the problem was that auto gas would create deposits in the burner orifice and generator, requiring more frequent cleaning and...
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