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    I made the mistake of doing the waterfall steps...

    I made the mistake of doing the waterfall steps the first time I went on the AT and almost decided to head back down to my car before I even got to the top. That first day I barely made it to Black...
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    That's really sad. Last time I was out there will...

    That's really sad. Last time I was out there will probably be my last for a while. It just felt very overused and I didn't like feeling like I was adding to the problem. Plus I had to chase a bear...
  3. Stover Creek was fantastic but short. Would be...

    Stover Creek was fantastic but short. Would be great for base camping.

    Consider checking out Congaree National Park if you're looking for virgin old growth in the south east. It's not the...
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    I've had a beard for years and hiked a...

    I've had a beard for years and hiked a substantial amount of time during that period--if we're being honest, the hair on the face is not really a tick magnet. Same with the head. I would be more...
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    I think I first got the bug around 2007? Shortly...

    I think I first got the bug around 2007? Shortly after the end of a bad relationship. I've had the longing since then but as others have said, life happens. I even made a blog after college about my...
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    Was back at Hidden Pond Tuesday and Wednesday...

    Was back at Hidden Pond Tuesday and Wednesday night (1/1/19 & 1/2/19). Nothing on Tuesday--there were at least four groups out there that night, maybe more and nothing happened. Wednesday night, it...
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    Was out at the Yearling trail today and saw a...

    Was out at the Yearling trail today and saw a similar sign plus some fairly significant prints--at first I though someone was walking barefoot through the sand. Didn't see any critters tho.
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    My biggest concern is still being able to get...

    My biggest concern is still being able to get water...I know there are a few spots where the only water sources are at campgrounds. Would the water be shut off? Would I be arrested for trying to get...
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    Ocala FT Closed During Shutdown?

    Was planning to thru Ocala over my winter break and wouldn't ya' know it--the gubment decides to shut down. Anyone know if Ocala will be off-limits or open with no services or not affected?
  10. Most mountain bred hikers are spoiled on the...

    Most mountain bred hikers are spoiled on the constantly changing elevation so that hiking here carries a stigma of being repetitive and boring.

    Florida hiking is an acquired taste to be sure but...
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    Once, many years back, I was staying in a hostel...

    Once, many years back, I was staying in a hostel in New Orleans. While trying to sleep in that raucous, uncomfortable place, I saw a piece of graffito on the bunk bed frame above me that really...
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    I feel bad about being a "part of the problem" on...

    I feel bad about being a "part of the problem" on this one, for not hanging my food. I know a lot of people don't though so bear boxes would probably be the best solution. HP gets so much traffic...
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    Was out at HP a few weekends ago. The place was a...

    Was out at HP a few weekends ago. The place was a zoo, as always...every site was taken by nightfall. We didn't see any wildlife but we found some VERY fresh bear scat in our campsite and hiking back...
  14. Thread: 1933 brochure

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    Oh to have seen it back then...I got a little...

    Oh to have seen it back then...I got a little wistful reading the section about Wilderness Camping.
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    Say that to a cancer patient or a child with...

    Say that to a cancer patient or a child with severe epilepsy.
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    Anecdotally, I have never had a problem with...

    Anecdotally, I have never had a problem with bears whilst using my herbal supplements. Common sense goes a long way. It's a plant and bears don't generally go out of their way to get at a plant, when...
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    The request was in poor taste. Ageism is as well....

    The request was in poor taste. Ageism is as well. Get over yourselves. I suggest going for a hike.
  18. Where is crooked springs? I was never able to...

    Where is crooked springs? I was never able to locate last time I was in ONF.
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    Agreed--I'm on a budget so I'd rather tell the...

    Agreed--I'm on a budget so I'd rather tell the shuttler to pick me up somewhere else than have to slog back to my car if the plans change. Also, I'm driving up from Jacksonville, FL early Tuesday...
  20. Thread: RIP Party

    by Old_Man
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    It's one of the hardest things a pet owner has to...

    It's one of the hardest things a pet owner has to do so the pain you're feeling is very understandable. I hope you find some peace in knowing your friend isn't suffering anymore. A hike dedicated to...
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    I'll be arriving on a Tuesday afternoon so I'm...

    I'll be arriving on a Tuesday afternoon so I'm hoping this won't be an issue. The back up is to drive up to Vogel and pay for parking there.
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    Shuttle Etiquette

    I'm going to be hiking SOBO from Neels Gap to Amicalola. I have a shuttle picking me up at the park and taking me back to my car when done. Is it considered bad form to ask the shuttle driver to stop...
  23. Thread: Afraid of men

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    There will be men on the trail and some of them...

    There will be men on the trail and some of them may stand close to you. However--as a man with social anxiety--I go hiking to get away from people, not to socialize. I'm weary of people, male or...
  24. I sometimes wonder if the trail ever thinks about...

    I sometimes wonder if the trail ever thinks about me....
  25. Find twig. Insert into flammable substance....

    Find twig. Insert into flammable substance. Remove twig. Light twig with fire source. Place twig in or near stove. No special tools needed, no extra weight. Always carry a bic. even if it runs out of...
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