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    I second the recommendation of the Foothills...

    I second the recommendation of the Foothills Trail.
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    Hiked Foothills Trail in May. Great trail to...

    Hiked Foothills Trail in May. Great trail to start back with. Well maintained, waterfalls. And lots of bridges so you don't have to ford. Plenty of water and campsites.
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    It sounds like you are both describing the PA I...

    It sounds like you are both describing the PA I remember. It was sorta like the rocks were trying to bite you sometimes.
  4. When I finished my hike there I was pleasantly...

    When I finished my hike there I was pleasantly surprised by the kindness of the Rangers. I guess if you just follow the rules and have a good attitude things go a lot smoother.
  5. Thread: Ankle braces

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    FWIW similar change in basketball player injuries...

    FWIW similar change in basketball player injuries as they switched from high top to low top shoes.
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    Just take your time and enjoy every mile. ...

    Just take your time and enjoy every mile. Finished my section hike in 2021 over 10 years. "Planning" a potential thru in 2025.
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    I used a Flycreek 1 for most of the AT. I now...

    I used a Flycreek 1 for most of the AT. I now have a Tiger Wall and appreciate the side entry, and not much heavier. The Copper Spur is significantly heavier.
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    One of the advantages of Florida. But on...

    One of the advantages of Florida.

    But on other hand there are hurricanes that can sometimes a mess of what you have built.
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    Perhaps a bit more media hype than reality there.

    Perhaps a bit more media hype than reality there.
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    Mt Albert is the first place I didn't use my...

    Mt Albert is the first place I didn't use my poles, throwing them ahead. Did that a lot more in NH and ME, sometimes just putting them away.
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    If you have the $$ Western Mountaineering isa...

    If you have the $$ Western Mountaineering isa great investment you will not regret.
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    A lot of great points here, especially the last...

    A lot of great points here, especially the last two sentences.

    My own advice is buying lighter gear is an investment that pays dividends every mile you walk with it.
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    If you are young I would recommend Big Agnes...

    If you are young I would recommend Big Agnes Flycreek 1. If older take the 2 oz penalty and go with the Big Tiger Wall 1 that has a side door. If not REI member, become one now to get the discount.
  14. Due to weather last year I decided to summit 2...

    Due to weather last year I decided to summit 2 days later than I could have. Stopped early at last shelter, and burned another day zeroing at Abol Campground.
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    Yeah but over time they will weed themselves out.

    Yeah but over time they will weed themselves out.
  16. Maybe, but after doing NH and ME, I don't...

    Maybe, but after doing NH and ME, I don't remember anything in the prior 12 states being that tough. Just a matter of perspective I guess.
  17. Thread: Seasons?

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    I would say get an Android, but some of mine...

    I would say get an Android, but some of mine still end up sideways.
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    Excellent advice. Invest in lighter gear...

    Excellent advice. Invest in lighter gear continues to pay dividends every mile you walk.
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    After 2 weeks is usually when you get your "trail...

    After 2 weeks is usually when you get your "trail legs". I always enjoyed the days after that much more.
  20. Enterprise is the best at giving you a ride. ...

    Enterprise is the best at giving you a ride. AWOL's used to have an AT discount for them (still may, completed my hike in 2021).
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    Especially if you ride Greyhound. Although you...

    Especially if you ride Greyhound. Although you would get to hear a lot of prison stories even though all your fellow passengers were "innocent ".
  22. Thread: Seasons?

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    Each season has its advantage. Temps best in...

    Each season has its advantage. Temps best in Spring and Fall. Long hours in Fall. Happy to just get out in woods in Winter as long as not too cold.
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    That is why I crossed it in August last year. ...

    That is why I crossed it in August last year. But based upon all the spider webs on the rest of the trail, I would not recommend it.
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    Been a few years since I completed the Ouachita...

    Been a few years since I completed the Ouachita Trail, but the best thing about the shelters then was that they were new and hardly any one had used them, so no mice.
  25. Good for Maine. Hopefully others will follow. ...

    Good for Maine. Hopefully others will follow. One advantage of thru over section hiking. Don't need to worry about safety of vehicle at the trailhead.
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