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    Go to New York-New Jersey Trail Conference web...

    Go to New York-New Jersey Trail Conference web site. They may be able to answer your questions. also, they have excellent maps.
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    Actually, it was completely appropriate to have this discussion back in 2012. The economy was still recovering from the big 2008 crush. So for a new college graduate with maybe students loans to pay,...
  3. Thread: Q&a sobo

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    Keep in mind, as you head south, you will have to...

    Keep in mind, as you head south, you will have to go through all the north bound big bubbles. Just saying.
  4. Thread: Hiking the AT

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    You should be able to hike at least one mile per...

    You should be able to hike at least one mile per hour and be walking 8 - 10 hours daily (starting 8 am and finishing 6 pm, for example) assuming it is summer. Let's subtract one hour for lunch and...
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    Good luck and have fun. Have you thought of other...

    Good luck and have fun. Have you thought of other trails? The triple crown?
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    You will pass by some AT landmarks: 1. The...

    You will pass by some AT landmarks:
    1. The Washington monument in Maryland
    2. the shelter with the "snoring" and "no snoring" sections
    3. The iconic half way sign.
    4. The AT museum and the...
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    Maybe BMI by itself alone is not a good...

    Maybe BMI by itself alone is not a good indicator. the point is, you do not want to have excess weight, whichever way you define it. Every extra pound you carry, is extra burden on your knees.
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    And don't forget the AT museum in Pine Grove...

    And don't forget the AT museum in Pine Grove Furnace State Park.
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    Have you thought of the Pinhoti trail in Alabama?...

    Have you thought of the Pinhoti trail in Alabama? Much closer to home.
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    I assume that you suffer from osteoarthritis, AKA...

    I assume that you suffer from osteoarthritis, AKA "wear & tear" arthritis. So, the answer to your question "would that wear out the knee faster?" is definitely in the positive. Hiking, especially the...
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    Knee replacement is not a magic bullet, and...

    Knee replacement is not a magic bullet, and should be considered as last resort. Many things can go wrong with knee replacement surgery. I have the same problems you describe in my left knee; torn...
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    Like many other occurrences in nature and...

    Like many other occurrences in nature and society, it is cyclical.
  13. I do agree with you, although I would not call...

    I do agree with you, although I would not call the AT a "wild place". On the other hand, I would not want to come face to face with a grizzly or a mountain lion, so the AT is wild enough for me :D....
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    Greyhound is your cheapest way home, and not that...

    Greyhound is your cheapest way home, and not that bad if you can take a nap in a bus, just very long. I did a section from Newfound Gap to Springer in 2015, so I took the Greyhound from NYC to...
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    Sounds interesting. As a fellow aging and section...

    Sounds interesting. As a fellow aging and section hiker, i will definitely check it out. I understand you did not do the entire CDT, but did you finish the AT? Just curious.
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    I stayed there in 2018, and it wasn't dirtier...

    I stayed there in 2018, and it wasn't dirtier than your average hostel. It is, as correctly said, a donation based hostel, so you are expected to clean after yourself (shower, bathroom kitchen,...
  17. Thread: Oboz boots

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    My first pair of Oboz (the trail runner kind)...

    My first pair of Oboz (the trail runner kind) carried me from Front Royal to Damascus and yes, they are slippery on wet rocks. But since everybody deserve a second chance, I got a second pair in...
  18. Being critical = Freedom of Speech. Insults =...

    Being critical = Freedom of Speech. Insults = trolls
  19. And this dancing banana AGAIN :mad:

    And this dancing banana AGAIN :mad:
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    At least we don't have baby shark (yet)......

    At least we don't have baby shark (yet)......
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    Section hikers, like myself, tend to be older,...

    Section hikers, like myself, tend to be older, less fit and probably have a better credit score. Otherwise, it is a false dichotomy. The same rules apply to everybody.
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    Beware of the vortex. The vortex is the # 1 enemy...

    Beware of the vortex. The vortex is the # 1 enemy of the thru hiker.:D
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    You could flip-flop, say from Harpers Ferry early...

    You could flip-flop, say from Harpers Ferry early May.
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    Whichever way you choose, you are in for a unique...

    Whichever way you choose, you are in for a unique and a life changing experience. Good luck and happy trails :)
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    If I'm not mistaken, the #1 reason why thru...

    If I'm not mistaken, the #1 reason why thru hikers quit the trail is running out of money. The sense of freedom is exhilarating, you meet a bunch of people your age from all over the country and the...
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