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  1. To mis-quote Bill Engvall

    Here's your link:
    https://www.thestreet.com/investing/fed-holds-rates-steadysuggests-no-hikes-until-at-least-2023
  2. Eating at shelter and tent sites

    Depends on how you define "should." Anytime you take food out of an air-tight container, and particularly when you cook food, a nearby bear MIGHT smell it and become attracted to it. Because of this...
  3. How to survive

    Surprisingly, most adult humans can survive an attack from a mountain lion IF they fight the cat like hell after the initial attack. ...
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    With whom I agree

    I actually agree with both you and your friend.

    Hiking the A.T. can be incredibly boring. For the most part, it's just the same thing -- mile after mile, hour after hour, day after day. There are...
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    More info

    Geraldine "Inchworm" Largay had a terrible sense of direction, and did not know how to use a compass. This was not a major problem as long as she either (1) stayed on the trail, (2) walked with a...
  6. Right of way rules on trails

    https://www.telluridemountainclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/IMBA-Share-the-Trail-467x624.jpg
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    About wet cashmere

    https://sewingiscool.com/is-cashmere-warm-for-winter/
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    Proper order of survival steps

    Here's a good article on the best order of steps to take in an emergency situation -- like severe shivering when you end your hike.
    https://www.outdoorlife.com/survival-skills-order-of-operations/
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    If worried about weight

    A cat stove
    https://jwbasecamp.com/Articles/SuperCat/
    weighs almost nothing, can be made for a couple of bucks, and uses isopropyl alcohol as fuel. It will make a hot coffee in the morning, and...
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    Definitely NOT recommended

    > I lit a cherry bomb firecracker and went back to sleep

    Three reasons this is a bad idea:
    1) Cherry bombs have been illegal in the US for 54 years...
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    Better way to spend your money

    Why not spend $10 and achieve the same effect?
    https://tinyurl.com/Walmart-Airhorn
    Combine this with bear spray and the already EXTREMELY low odds of an attack by a black bear, you'll have nothing...
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    Damascus shuttles

    Here's a start:
    https://thetrek.co/appalachian-trail/accessing-the-appalachian-trail-shuttles-buses-taxis/
    Most shuttle services that operate directly out of Damascus can help arrange a place to...
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    USBS Access Pass -- what it covers

    I did an internet search for "USGS Access Pass" and found
    https://store.usgs.gov/access-pass
    that it is simply the "American the Beautiful [AtB] Access Pass" -- which is free *WITH PROPER...
  14. One of my choices

    I don't listen to music when I hike, but I will sometimes (and ONLY when alone!) sing when on the trail. Among my favorites is this one, here sung by some hikers who seem to have REALLY learned how...
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    A newbie starting in Maine - not recommended

    In view of the fact that you've never done extended backpacking, you should reconsider.
    Maybe start in Harper's Ferry so as to arrive in New England AFTER the black fly season; then, after reaching...
  16. I'll save you some trouble

    This was on Reddit three days ago
    https://www.reddit.com/r/AppalachianTrail/comments/kdgoua/update_dna_from_the_unidentified_hiker_mostly/
  17. Thread: Wild life !

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    Since you asked

    Seeing snakes while on or near The Trail is not unusual
    https://whiteblaze.net/forum/vbg/showimage.php?i=63578

    but seeing one that is finishing off a meal is pretty rare....
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    First things first

    I hate to ask this question, but you haven't mentioned something that's very critical: have you ever camped out overnight? I don't mean backpacking (which is actually Step 3), I mean just driving to...
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    You are correct -- I was wrong.

    You correctly point out the ambiguity, and the map you post does clearly show a stream. My Nat Geo map also shows a creek at campsite #27.
    For these reasons, I have corrected my posting.
    When I'm...
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    Water at Site 27

    According to
    https://thedyrt.com/camping/tennessee/27-lower-jakes-gap
    There is ambiguity about the presence of water.

    Topo maps show a creek nearby.
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    Changed (likely) only for this year

    It's a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, trying to prevent people from bunching together in an area that's nearly closed up. Hammocking is permitted. This change in policy will almost certainly end...
  22. As TN Viking noted

    https://standingbearfarmhostel.com/
    https://whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/94770-Standing-Bear-Farm?p=2251339&highlight=#post2251339
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    First idea can be done

    Your first choice looks very do-able. I've gone down the Snake Den Ridge Trail from the A.T., and it's steeper than I'd prefer, but you're certainly not overdoing it on any of the three days.
    Just...
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    Anyone identify with these comics?

    https://www.comicskingdom.com/trending/blog/2020/11/17/tuesdays-top-ten-comics-on-hiking
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    The purpose of these postings

    Most of them are.
    If you get some degree of covering between a fire and a downpour -- a bush, a large trash bag, an emergency blanket,...
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