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    Ah. Well I've hiked in 2015 and 2017 and the...

    Ah. Well I've hiked in 2015 and 2017 and the trail wasn't terribly muddy. Worst was the area just south of Camel's Hump. Hopefully I get a week or two of dry stuff right before I hike.
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    I'm planning a weeklong hike on the northern...

    I'm planning a weeklong hike on the northern section of the trail the first week of July. Is this a significant snow year? I've hiked the trail many times in August and September so July will be the...
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    Ouachita Trail Trip Report

    So I ended up hiking the Ouachita Trail in April and wrote up a trip report. Overall this is a great "beginner Thru" with the only major need being paying attention to water sources.

    Journal:...
  4. Thanks for the heads up. I am going to soak my...

    Thanks for the heads up. I am going to soak my daytime clothes in permetherin and see how that goes and do the nighttime check. Reading the few trail journals I could find seemed to show a mixed bag...
  5. Booked flights for Ouachita Trail. Once I finish...

    Booked flights for Ouachita Trail. Once I finish it I'll post a trip report with some logistics since there aren't too many. I grabbed the Tim Ernst book, but honestly there appears to be more up to...
  6. So I think after looking through everything I've...

    So I think after looking through everything I've seen I may pick the Ouachita Trail. It can be done in 2 weeks potentially, hits 2 states I've never been to, seems similar to the Ozarks Trail w/o as...
  7. That's helpful though- I didn't even know the...

    That's helpful though- I didn't even know the Gil's Wilderness existed. When it comes to stuff in the SW/South I really only know the big names.
  8. So I believe the grand canyon is on the AZ Trail....

    So I believe the grand canyon is on the AZ Trail. Have you heard anything about the sections before and after? The GC itself is prob 25 miles.
  9. I looked at that a little as an idea. Since it is...

    I looked at that a little as an idea. Since it is 350 miles long I was looking for the "good" sections. Not many trip reports but a number mentioned a fair amount of road walking. Any section...
  10. Recommendation for 2 week hike in the U.S. Mid April/Early May

    Hey hikers. I have had the pleasure of hiking the Long Trail and the JMT in the past few years, but this year I have some time to take off Mid-April to Mid-May for 2 weeks. Any recommendations? I...
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    3/4 LT starting the 9th. Any 2017 wisdom?

    I am slated to start this Saturday at the southern end. This was going to be a father-son trip, but due to illness my father had to bow out. I was planning to just leisurely hike to Rutland or...
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    Good to hear it was retracted. I hadn't seen that...

    Good to hear it was retracted. I hadn't seen that yet.
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    Here are some comments on it:...

    Here are some comments on it:
    https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/rae-lakes-trail

    https://modernhiker.com/hike/hiking-the-rae-lakes-loop-kings-canyon-national-park
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    Something to keep an eye on- I've heard rumblings...

    Something to keep an eye on- I've heard rumblings that the insane amount of snow has been washing out bridges. If you look at the Rae Lakes Loop online guides I think the suspension bridge may have...
  15. It looks like a solid list. I took the E2E book...

    It looks like a solid list. I took the E2E book and the GMC map and the map was worth its weight in gold. The E2E I only ever used for the little diagrams of the town layouts, but that was it. I...
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    Good stuff Carl. When we did it we used the...

    Good stuff Carl. When we did it we used the Elizabeth Wenk book since it had rough locations of a few campsites that helped us out in deciding if we wanted to push further for daily miles or not. It...
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    Honestly, the thing I would be most worried about...

    Honestly, the thing I would be most worried about (other than temp and water) is the terrain. There are a lot of sections after the AT branches off where there are ladders/ropes to continue over a...
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    I'd go with a 20 deg bag just in case, but I...

    I'd go with a 20 deg bag just in case, but I sleep cold. Sometimes it gets cold in dem mountains. I brought a 20 deg bag for an August hike and it was overkill, but required 1-2 nights for comfort.
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    Heh. I thought that you hike a trail and then you...

    Heh. I thought that you hike a trail and then you come to WhiteBlaze to disparage anyone else who hikes the same trail in a slightly different manner. That's how this works right?
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    Not sure how many miles a day they are putting...

    Not sure how many miles a day they are putting on, but I agree with basically no service in that area. Not sure how many miles a day they are putting on, but if they got their MTR resupply (mile 107)...
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    Sounds like you have everything laid out, but I...

    Sounds like you have everything laid out, but I feel like you could achieve the same acclimation without having to hike Happy Isles. HI to Clouds starts at 4000 and goes to about 8000 feet. If you...
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    Also, I would be leery of a stove you can't turn...

    Also, I would be leery of a stove you can't turn off out there even if it is allowed. You can have fires below certain elevations in each park you cross in pre-existing fire pits and it was so dry...
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    My subjective 2 cents: mosquitoes seem to come...

    My subjective 2 cents: mosquitoes seem to come and go on the JMT- the weight penalty for a headnet is practically nothing, but the downside of not having one is huge. I don't think you are going to...
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    I found that the best way to open the bearvault...

    I found that the best way to open the bearvault was to put the tip of your orange shovel right before each nub you need to press and just turn. Opens easy and your orange shovel isn't supposed to...
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    Back from the JMT!

    Just finished up a 14 day hike from Happy Isles to Whitney 3 days ago. Tons of fun. This really is some of the most incredible land I've seen in the country. Even though rangers said it was the most...
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