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    Be bear aware, everywhere

    Bears might appear on (pretty much) any mile of the AT, and there's no way to know ahead of time whether or not they will be a problem. 500 people might hike a section and not even see a bear, but...
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    An advantage of hiking to VT Highway 9

    If you hike to Vermont Highway 9, you can actually ride a bus from the AT Parking Lot into Bennington,
    https://www.greenmtncn.org/emerald-line.html
    and from there to several other places,...
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    Here's a start

    When I did an internet search for
    great smokies camp site #49
    I found a site
    https://hikinginthesmokies.wordpress.com/tag/campsite-49/
    with this photo of the camping area:...
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    Yikes!

    Here's a 1994 book mentioning this:
    https://tinyurl.com/NelanShelter

    And this discussion in 2004, from the Whiteblaze archives:
    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/archive/index.php/t-3550.html
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    The place to start

    https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/backpacking.htm

    Check this URL, and try to match your hiking ability with the difficulty of a trail.
    https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/traildesc.htm
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    Here's the horse's mouth

    This link should help:
    https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/highpoint.html#app
    "Overnight parking is located at the Appalachian Trail Parking Lot on Route 23 just South of the Park...
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    My post from three years ago

    https://whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/28677-Mountain-Harbour-Bed-and-Breakfast-near-19E?p=2165103&highlight=#post2165103
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    Rest stops in TN and VA

    Always good advice. I stopped at interstate rest stops in Tennessee last month, and can confirm the following:...
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    Important point to know

    Be aware that the entrance and exit gates are locked when the Visitors Center is closed -- which means you can not exit the parking lot after 4pm. Arrive there at 4:30 and you won't be able to exit...
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    Nightly camp shoes ONLY

    Although these should ONLY be used as camp shoes,...
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    Why I use a nickname

    Three years after I met a mother & child doing some family bonding on The Trail, telling them my trail name, they saw that name on a register. That night at the shelter, they asked me (something...
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    Best way to find out

    Probably the fastest way to get an answer is to contact the hostel itself
    http://www.hemlockhollowinn.com/
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    Metro North Railroad

    I've ridden this train a few times without any problems due to my backpack -- it's treated like any other piece of luggage. Just to be 100% safe, I'd recommend not carrying any flammable liquids or...
  14. Short answer: yes

    SAR personnel & EMTs are unanimous that you should call anytime you are not certain you can walk out on your own.
    They MUCH prefer helping someone who is mildly injured over carrying out people who...
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    Since you asked

    https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/animals/grizzly-bear
    http://www.sfzoo.org/animals/exhibits/grizzlygulch.htm
    https://www.oaklandzoo.org/grizzly-bear-cams
    https://bigbearzoo.org/grizzlie-bears/

    Also,...
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    Your thoughts are correct

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_California

    My trail name says it all.
    There were grizzly bears in California -- somewhat golden -- until about 1900.
    The last confirmed kill, which was by...
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    My statement needs to be re-worded

    Permit me to give more detail on this statement.
    https://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/pdf/bear/wm9-21-14/sutton_report.pdf
    This group of five were told specifically about an aggressive bear, and given the...
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    Six years ago, to be exact

    https://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/23/nyregion/black-bear-kills-rutgers-student-during-a-hike-in-new-jersey.html

    This group (1) approached the bear and then (2) took PennyPincher's advice. Because...
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    Another repeat of this VERY tired joke

    I'm glad you're joking.
    The fast person who runs will get chased by the bear, and thus attacked.
    The slow person who is intelligent enough to NOT run, but simply walks away in a quiet manner, will...
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    Firecrackers not recommended

    There's no way you can throw a firecracker in the dark and be certain it doesn't land in an area with flammable material.

    "How much harm can one firecracker cause?"
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    Here's the horse's mouth

    In that case, your best source of info is:
    https://www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/nature/black-bears.htm
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    Noted this years ago

    On my first real backpacking trip, I ended the day at RPH Shelter, a place where a local pizza shop will deliver very close to -- it even has its menu in the shelter. A few real backpackers were...
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    Pretty simple

    I chose it myself, in honor of my university's sports nickname.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgGdXiwHpmA
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    Start here

    https://www.howitworksdaily.com/what-is-the-maximum-distance-the-human-eye-can-see-if-unobstructed/
    figure on the order of 10 to 20 kilometers.
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    Since you asked

    As a dinosaur who still uses an external frame pack, I just lean it against the wall or front steps of the shelter, or against a tree if I'm sleeping in my tent. I always hang my food and my trash in...
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