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  1. Similiarly

    It's the same way with A Walk In the Woods. I found the book hysterical because it was pretty obvious that these two guys had no idea what traversing the AT would entail, and consequently didn't get...
  2. Update on Inn at Afton

    An update for those interested in this area:
    https://www.schuminweb.com/2017/08/18/the-other-shoe-finally-dropped-on-afton-mountain/

    When I visited there in 2014, the former Howard Johnson's...
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    > what’s your strategy?

    Mosquitoes go after my blood with more enthusiasm than the Red Cross, so I have developed a series of schemes to protect myself.
    1) Permethrin on all my clothes, including...
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    Surgeons don't want to do surgery unless it's necessary

    > When a surgeon doesnt automatically WANT to do surgery, I respect that!

    When I tore my meniscus seven years ago, I knew something was wrong when I started limping after a mile or so of hiking....
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    You overlook a VERY simple and basic fact

    "Sightings" of cougars does NOT equal a breeding colony.

    Male cougars, looking for love in all the wrong places, have wandered all the way from South Dakota to Connecticut....
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    Let me make certain I follow your "logic"

    Your presumption: "The NPS would not admit there are mountain lions in GSMNP, even if they were there."
    Your conclusion: "Thus, there MUST be mountain lions in GSMNP."
    Please understand why I have...
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    Not a canister but

    I've carried an Ursack for years. Despite many tries, I resigned myself to the fact that I couldn't do a proper bear hang if my life depended on it.

    Bear encounters in the back-country are...
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    https://lifehacker.com/the-hikers-guide-to-trail-e...

    https://lifehacker.com/the-hikers-guide-to-trail-etiquette-1827102953
    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/129942-A-Hiker-s-Guide-to-Trail-Etiquette?highlight=etiquette

    Section hiker,...
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    You ignore a VERY important point

    When trying to decide whether or not to travel from City A to City B by plane or by passenger car, you can't simply calculate the odds of surviving a car crash versus surviving an airplane crash. You...
  10. That photo shows something CLEARLY illegal

    It isn't in Georgia.
    http://forum.gon.com/threads/hunting-distance-from-public-road.81627/
    www.eregulations.com/georgia/hunting/general-w-m-a-regulations/


    Sadly, hunters have long developed a...
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    Simple question

    What, if anything, do you find remotely "strange" about this story?

    A person was taking a long-distance hike, thought he could out-walk bad weather, didn't do so, got lost in a blizzard, and...
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    This should help

    I have no more life force than anyone else on WhiteBlaze, but I had no trouble finding these:

    https://www.postholer.com/databook/Appalachian-Trail/3/1299.5...
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    If you've never done major back-packing before

    Shenandoah has a major plus factor for people new to this activity. Namely, you're never far from civilization. It's like doing your first high-wire act with a net -- you can concentrate on your...
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    Before you take the bait

    Be aware that there are companies that knowingly prey on people whose health plan consists of "we won't get so sick that we incur major expenses."
    ...
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    Some order of magnitude work

    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/112171-The-answer-to-the-bear-worries?p=1979837&highlight=#post1979837
  16. Thread: Base Layer?

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    Does stink matter to you?

    I started my hikes wearing synthetics. When I would take off my base layer after a day of hiking, its smell made me think it would be banned as a chemical weapon. And this was EVERY DAY. Washing my...
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    I actually have definitions

    A "slide" is when my foot slides more than a few inches on slippery ground.
    A "slip" is when I need to use my pole, or my hand grabbing something, to prevent a fall. It's usually caused by a slide...
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    Cougars can EASILY be seen by car drivers

    Indeed, the problem is that cars HIT cougars.

    http://www.fox13news.com/news/florida-news/for-years-auto-collisions-have-been-the-leading-cause-of-death-of-endangered-florida-panthers

    There are...
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    A problem with your conclusion

    And yet a breeding population that was so small, that the entire sub-species would have died out in a few decades without human intervention...
  20. In grizzly territory outside of Alaska

    In Alaska while in grizzly territory, I would recommend a rifle over a handgun, but to each his own.

    But if you're in grizzly territory outside of Alaska, you're either in Yellowstone NP, Glacier...
  21. I stand corrected

    I was incorrect in stating that low caliber handguns do not stop grizzlies.
    I will no longer make that statement, as it is clearly not true.

    Thank you for showing me facts that correct my...
  22. The obvious problem

    > the firearm would be more reliable.

    Intelligent people in the outdoors have known since the days of Lewis and Clark that small caliber bullets absolutely do NOT stop a grizzly. It's like the...
  23. Another option

    Take a bus from DC to Front Royal ($28.50)

    https://virginiabreeze.org/

    and get a shuttle from there into Shenandoah.

    Hike back to Front Royal, and then take the bus back into DC ($28.50)
    ...
  24. Thread: Parking

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    No -- and don't do it anyway

    Sleeping in your car is considered "camping." That's why you can't sleep in your car at a picnic area that disallows camping.

    Gambit's warning is spot on. The one night I tried it, I slept...
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    Major upgrade!

    Eliza Brook Shelter was completely redone in 2010, using hand-crafted logs. There is a sign asking hikers NOT to vandalize these logs and, unbelievably, hikers have not done so!! My stay was quite...
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