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    I parked at the Humpback visitors center, and the...

    I parked at the Humpback visitors center, and the 2016 AWOL guide showed a trail leading back to it...yet the guthook ap did not.
    Turns out, the ap was up to date and therefore correct. There was a...
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    Carrying all weeks food worked out ok. Having...

    Carrying all weeks food worked out ok.
    Having tropical storm Zeta come through in the middle, well it was ok, too.
    It did, however, get me to hike miles like I've never done before!
    When I heard...
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    I hadn't thought of that, but I may consider it...

    I hadn't thought of that, but I may consider it in the future.
    Thanks for the tip.
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    29 lbs. Fully loaded with one week of food and 1...

    29 lbs. Fully loaded with one week of food and 1 liter of water.
    24 lbs would be awesome, but I think I'll just go with it and skip the town.
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    I just weighed the whole week's food, and it...

    I just weighed the whole week's food, and it comes in at 10 lbs 2 oz... Which is lighter than I expected, but still 5 lbs heavier than half a week.
    Even if I reload in BV, I'll weigh the same on...
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    Glasgow is only 2 days into my hike, so I...

    Glasgow is only 2 days into my hike, so I probably won't be making a resupply stop there.
    In the past, I've always either sent packages or carried the whole week's worth of food. Since I'm still...
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    Great input, thank you.

    Great input, thank you.
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    Buena Vista VA

    I'm doing my next 100 mile nobo section soon, and Buena Vista VA is the half-way point. Looking for resupply options.
    The 2016 AWOL guide doesn't show a hostel, is there one now?
    Can/should I mail...
  9. Thread: Coffee

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    My barometer on LNT is usually "what if EVERYONE...

    My barometer on LNT is usually "what if EVERYONE did it?"

    Yes, lots of people use coffee grounds in their gardens or in their compost piles, but in the wilderness - often the areas are protected...
  10. A friend of mine on facebook sent me a link, and...

    A friend of mine on facebook sent me a link, and the hiking trails near 19 and 40 are still open, and "dispersed camping" aka stealth camping is still allowed.
  11. Good to know. I was thinking about doing an...

    Good to know.
    I was thinking about doing an overnighter in the ONF.
    ...Or is that shut down/ off limits?
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    Another vote for trying out the Thermarest NeoAir...

    Another vote for trying out the Thermarest NeoAir Xlite .
    I started with a Ridgerest CCF pad, doubled (using the short one) for the chest shoulder area. Too firm, couldn't sleep.
    Went to a...
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    I sometimes wish there was a costco closer to me....

    I sometimes wish there was a costco closer to me. I see deals like this pop up, and think: those Gander Mouintain convertible pants I bought in 2014 are ready to be replaced... but the gas to drive...
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    Exactly! Transfer the money into the savings...

    Exactly!

    Transfer the money into the savings account first, THEN figure out how to get by with what's left.
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    Start a new savings account. Put as much as you...

    Start a new savings account. Put as much as you possibly can in it each week (each paycheck) and adjust your lifestyle to eliminate unnecessary spending. For me, that meant cut way back on eating...
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    I tend to do my section hikes when my business...

    I tend to do my section hikes when my business partner is taking vacation. It works better for the business if we both take off at the same time. So my sections have been whenever his son is on...
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    I didn't start my journey thinking I would be...

    I didn't start my journey thinking I would be doing a nobo section hike of the entire AT.

    Based on a suggestion from a guy at an outfitter down here, I started at the NOC and hiked to Clingman's...
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    All of my camping and hiking gear has been in a...

    All of my camping and hiking gear has been in a small closet in my living room since I started accumulating it. Now it doesn't all fit, and my fiance and I are moving into a new house. She has made...
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    Lol, they have a FUPA. "Front Utility Pack...

    Lol, they have a FUPA.
    "Front Utility Pack Accessory"

    Interesting choice of name.
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    I usually bring the cotton balls in vaseline when...

    I usually bring the cotton balls in vaseline when it's cold out, but use them more often on my fingers and lips that get dried out than I do for fire starter.
    When I have failed to get a fire going...
  21. If I hiked in shorts, I would, indeed, get some...

    If I hiked in shorts, I would, indeed, get some dirty girl gaiters. I looked into it once, and I think their website suggests going up a size?
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    What they said. Don't do what your doctor says...

    What they said.
    Don't do what your doctor says to not do, and just as importantly, DO as your doctor (or physical therapist) says to do.
    I realize this isn't a kidney removal, but:
    After getting...
  23. Thread: Needle Ice

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    I didn't know what it was called (until just...

    I didn't know what it was called (until just now), but I have seen it several times in the southern portion of the AT.
  24. Thread: Kincora...

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    Black bear is just down the road from kincora,...

    Black bear is just down the road from kincora, also.
  25. My two concerns about ebikes being allowed on...

    My two concerns about ebikes being allowed on regular bike trails (mountain bike trails) were:
    1. That the electric assist bikes would erode the trails in a manner similar to (but obviously less...
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