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    Week 5 and 6 Konnarock Trail Crew

    Last month I spent two weeks volunteering with the Konnarock trail crew. The first week (week 5 of the season) I was on crew 2 working on trail rehab on Yellow Mountain, about 1 mile south of...
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    I did 10 days and 175 miles on the BMT and never...

    I did 10 days and 175 miles on the BMT and never saw another hiker until day 6 when I was in the Smokys. Only spent 1 night out of 9 camped with other hikers.
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    On my thru hike I was often asked "Are you hiking...

    On my thru hike I was often asked "Are you hiking alone?" I would answer no, there are about 2000 other people out here. I don't think I ever went one day without seeing anyone. I hiked from ME to VA...
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    My wife picked a dead one off one of the dogs a...

    My wife picked a dead one off one of the dogs a week or two ago. We are in southern Ohio.
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    It is illegal to camp more than 14 days in a...

    It is illegal to camp more than 14 days in a month long period on national forest land.
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    Report to the ATC. There is a page on the ATC...

    Report to the ATC. There is a page on the ATC website that gives pertinent information.
    http://www.appalachiantrail.org/home/explore-the-trail/report-an-incident
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    Yes. PNC bank.

    Yes. PNC bank.
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    I opened an account at my local branch of PCN...

    I opened an account at my local branch of PCN bank specifically for obtaining cash during my thru hike. They offered a no-fee checking account as long as I maintained a $500 balance and no fee ATM....
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    Human feces or mouse feces? Mouse feces is a...

    Human feces or mouse feces? Mouse feces is a carrier of hantavirus. Have not heard that mice can transmit noro.
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    The AT thru the GSMNP is not close to the top of...

    The AT thru the GSMNP is not close to the top of the list of sections of the AT I would hike again, but in the GSMNP I prefer the AT over the BMT as far as scenery goes. I don't see thru hikers en...
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    The OP never mentioned minimizing impact and...

    The OP never mentioned minimizing impact and avoiding crowds as a reason to skip the park. I think skipping the GSMNP because one doesn't like sleeping in shelters is an extreme position to take....
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    https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.o...

    https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.outsideonline.com%2F2392049%2Fbest-hikes-in-the-world%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR1SlbYqRnuyTJ3sK5CbRVeesXzJ-jxmO-O53Cuu1RrmexhVZB0D1dcReS4&h=AT2c3qIiDzwbsjDVqv6oxE...
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    In 1977 I hiked from Springer to Roan Mt. I had...

    In 1977 I hiked from Springer to Roan Mt. I had to stop in Fontana and get a permit for the GSMNP from the ranger. He told me where I would be staying each night. So in my opinion the rules in the...
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    I disagree. A smartphone won't stop a cut from...

    I disagree. A smartphone won't stop a cut from bleeding or a blister from becoming infected. Things that are a real possibility if you are planning to hike 2100 miles. I ran into a kid in PA who was...
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    Several years ago there was a guy who made a...

    Several years ago there was a guy who made a series of Youtube videos on how to thru hike the AT. In one he said you didn't need a first aid kit if you carried a phone because if something major...
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    I am not a Luddite but I don't own a smartphone....

    I am not a Luddite but I don't own a smartphone. I have recently carried a Kindle and Ipod to use in my tent. I think many people have an addiction to smartphone use and it is not a generational...
  17. If my memory serves me right, I helped build a...

    If my memory serves me right, I helped build a composting privy at Double Springs Gap with the Rocky Top crew back in the 90's on a snowy October day. When I went by there about 15 years later the...
  18. What did motivate this response? I am not aware...

    What did motivate this response? I am not aware of any cattle grazing near Double Springs.
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    When I did my thru hike there was a ridge runner...

    When I did my thru hike there was a ridge runner at the Mollies Ridge shelter checking permits. He was also taking a count of thru hikers. He was courteous and professional. Many years ago my...
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    Here's an article about the life of a ridge...

    Here's an article about the life of a ridge runner in the GSMNP. In the article he states that he checks permits and can give out permits on the spot for those who have not gotten one....
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    HooKooDooKu, here is the link that was imbedded...

    HooKooDooKu, here is the link that was imbedded in the other link I posted. It contains a list of camper nights by campsite and night.
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    Could this be considered a commercial post?

    Could this be considered a commercial post?
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    The latest numbers I could find were from 2009....

    The latest numbers I could find were from 2009. For the 12 shelters on the AT there were 18988 camp nights. There were 5229 thru hiker camp nights. So for that year non-thru hikers outnumbered thru...
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    True, but over the course of a year most shelter...

    True, but over the course of a year most shelter users are not thru hikers.
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    I would hazard a guess that most hikers who...

    I would hazard a guess that most hikers who shelter in the GSMNP are not thru hikers. I would further guess that most are inexperienced or infrequent backpackers. These types tend to hike shorter...
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