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    Good. It used to be you could tell a thru...

    Good.

    It used to be you could tell a thru hiker at a glance by their unshaven face, bandana and large pack, but since those days are gone nice to have them flagged.

    My guess is that you may not...
  2. The great irony is that by suggesting it is...

    The great irony is that by suggesting it is import to use the word “thru hike” to describe a bifurcated 2000 mile hike, because to do otherwise can only suggest such a hike is “less than” a...
  3. Just a word, unless one wants to make more of all...

    Just a word, unless one wants to make more of all this than is actually there.
  4. To answer your question, nobody that I know.

    To answer your question, nobody that I know.
  5. Yes. I have much respect for Lone Wolf. ...

    Yes.

    I have much respect for Lone Wolf.


    And his pith.
  6. While Lone Wolf is arguably correct, I would like...

    While Lone Wolf is arguably correct, I would like to go on record as objecting to his use of the adjective “just”.

    That inclusion of that word (10% of this total!) turns a perfectly innocent...
  7. Not sure people care about it so much, but it is...

    Not sure people care about it so much, but it is interesting to think that when future generations learn that a man by the name of Earl Shaffer was the first person to thru hike the AT, they may not...
  8. Ours is a living language. While no one group...

    Ours is a living language.

    While no one group defines a word for everyone, some can certainly shape a word’s meaning in common discourse.

    Increasingly, this is done to:



    Spare hurt...
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    Or since you are a LD Sailor, you might also be...

    Or since you are a LD Sailor, you might also be interested in checking out the USS Constitution — if you are able to your stash pack somewhere since the Navy personal would probably not be allowed to...
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    As you know, the statute goes on to say that the...

    As you know, the statute goes on to say that the bill (capped at $10k, I think) is not waived if the hikers behave recklessly.

    Since the hikers breached their duty (as articulated buy the Hike...
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    Interesting situation. Send the 14 year old...

    Interesting situation.

    Send the 14 year old alone to get help? Not good.

    Leave the child behind with grandpa, exposing the minor to greater risk? Not good.

    Stay and wait for help that...
  12. To my way of thinking the most satisfying part of...

    To my way of thinking the most satisfying part of HYOH is not insisting/wanting others to affirm one’s own choices (and to shut the hell up if you hold a contrarian opinion) but rather not giving...
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    Confirmation Bias: The tendency to interpret...

    Confirmation Bias:

    The tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one's existing beliefs or theories.
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    Or the nature of the crimes being recorded. A...

    Or the nature of the crimes being recorded.

    A summary list like this would fail to distinguish between a hate crime like the 1988 Murder of Rebecca Wright (while some do not think of her’s as an...
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    No you are not confused. I was.

    No you are not confused. I was.
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    Here is a screen shot from the link provided. ...

    Here is a screen shot from the link provided.

    Fake news?


    45316
  17. I see two major components to over planning: ...

    I see two major components to over planning:

    1) Putting too much effort into researching gear.

    2) Spending too much time researching the experience by checking out countless YouTubes, Trail...
  18. Something to be said for not knowing too much in...

    Something to be said for not knowing too much in advance,

    Some years ago I landed in Egypt without a clue that they had so many huge pyramids, all within a taxi ride of Cairo. The three everyone...
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    I can see how you might have reached that...

    I can see how you might have reached that conclusion if you just took a quick look at the OP’s post.

    That said, I would wager you didn’t read any of the links— or if you did, gave them just a...
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    To suggest that antisemitism is endemic to a...

    To suggest that antisemitism is endemic to a small far away town — with scant evidence to support that conclusion — is to minimize the reality that it exists far and wide.

    I think the OP needs...
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    If seven thru hikers were killed by bears on the...

    If seven thru hikers were killed by bears on the AT* I would still recommend that people enjoy their hikes without undue fear.

    i fully expect that you would too.

    But had that been the case,...
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    A more difficult question to ask is if he would...

    A more difficult question to ask is if he would be alive had every Thruhiker taken the murderer’s continued presence on the Trail as seriously as they would have taken of a mountain lion or grizzly...
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    Anyone know if the man in handcuffs pictured here...

    Anyone know if the man in handcuffs pictured here is a thru hiker, and whether or not the police ever caught up with the other hiker involved with this incident on the AT?
    ...
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    I find it statistically relevant that 7 AT thru...

    I find it statistically relevant that 7 AT thru hikers (yes thru hikers) have been murdered many miles into their quests to reach Katahdin or Springer.

    Many people do not see this as statistically...
  25. Thanks for the post Lone Wolf. The man in...

    Thanks for the post Lone Wolf.

    The man in handcuffs sort of had the look of a thru hiker — Ball cap, t-shirt, shorts, grey beard.

    Any other reports make mention of that— or if the hand gun...
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