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    In NC/TN, the Cherokee Nat'l Forest closed all...

    In NC/TN, the Cherokee Nat'l Forest closed all buildings and campgrounds through May 15 at least. Use of AT shelters is "discouraged". No language about hiking or backcountry camping:
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    The only real concern I have when backpacking...

    The only real concern I have when backpacking is.....running out of water. So I carry 2, 1L Nalgene bottles. I prefer not to finish my last bottle until I reach another good water source.
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    For 2 years it seemed every single time I went...

    For 2 years it seemed every single time I went camping it either rained or threatened to rain so I figured if you can't beat'm, join'm.
  4. The VP announced at today's presser that tomorrow...

    The VP announced at today's presser that tomorrow the CDC will issue guidance for the responsible use of state and national parks. The VP stated it is something the task force wants to encourage.
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    I'm not at that or any other park but media...

    I'm not at that or any other park but media reports show pictures of full parking lots and people parking along Skyline Drive.
  6. Dissent will not be tolerated!

    Dissent will not be tolerated!
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    They couldn't suspend till July or August?

    They couldn't suspend till July or August?
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    NPS personnel can get into trouble for making...

    NPS personnel can get into trouble for making unapproved public statements.
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    I should have just said this!

    I should have just said this!
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    I guess my real point is that I don't care if...

    I guess my real point is that I don't care if 100,000 people die. Or a million. Or 2 million. The human suffering brought about by the destruction of the world economy by this mass hysteria will...
  11. This is the manifestation of critical thinking...

    This is the manifestation of critical thinking Americans who reject the hysteria. They realize the most dangerous thing about going to Shenandoah NP is still the drive to get there.

    No matter how...
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    "concerned chiefly with one's own personal profit...

    "concerned chiefly with one's own personal profit or pleasure"

    Well, that definition also fits the fundamental tenant of capitalism, the most effective economic system that has brought more...
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    We'll see how absurd all this is at the end when...

    We'll see how absurd all this is at the end when fewer people have died of it than the flu, car accidents or cancer.
  14. Hike for 5 months; just stay 6' from everyone and...

    Hike for 5 months; just stay 6' from everyone and keep washing your hands and face.
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    Read the article; listened to the tape. The...

    Read the article; listened to the tape.

    The National Park Service has lifted all entrance fees to encourage people to exercise in remote areas. It appears the ATC has decided it knows better. ...
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    Did someone say rodents? Yeah, more manicured...

    Did someone say rodents?

    Yeah, more manicured tent areas and fewer shelters might be all right.
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    Chestnut Knob is the best I've seen yet

    Chestnut Knob is the best I've seen yet
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    Which begs the question, is there a thread or...

    Which begs the question, is there a thread or poll listing the 10 shelters with the best views?
  19. So what's the over/under for the government to...

    So what's the over/under for the government to fix a walkway where CSX took 2 weeks to fix the much larger RR portion.

    I'm going with 3 years.
  20. So I guess it would be incredibly crass of me to...

    So I guess it would be incredibly crass of me to note that he didn't make it very far.

    Hopefully he is huddled up in his tent about to be rescued.
  21. I am so relieved that the gov't is going to, once...

    I am so relieved that the gov't is going to, once again, step in to protect me from both myself and an extremely rare risk of a dangerous bear encounter. I look forward to learning what my gov't...
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    Thanks for this heads up. My current pair is...

    Thanks for this heads up. My current pair is from 2012 when my last pair literally fell apart on a hike. I will try to get them resoled instead of buying a new pair.
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    L.L.Bean's full leather Cresta Hikers require no...

    L.L.Bean's full leather Cresta Hikers require no break-in time and come in wide sizes. I am about to wear out my 2nd pair....
  24. Well, if you're NB, best get up early: ...

    Well, if you're NB, best get up early:

    https://www.mta.maryland.gov/schedule/timetable/marc-brunswick

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    First train for SB hikers would be @ 1651...
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    Death Valley is one of the greatest outdoor...

    Death Valley is one of the greatest outdoor secrets of N. America. If you are willing to air down your tires and drive the washboard road a couple hours north north to Eureka Valley (it's in the...
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