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  1. Since finishing the AT, I've been doing a lot of...

    Since finishing the AT, I've been doing a lot of relatively close-by shorter trails in PA - Laurel Highlands, Allegheny Front, Black Forest, West Rim and the Long Trail in VT. These are shorter than...
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    Congrats from a fellow section hiker. I'm sure...

    Congrats from a fellow section hiker. I'm sure you'll reflect back fondly on your experience for the rest of your life.
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    I used mail drops a few times while section...

    I used mail drops a few times while section hiking. My only regret is not realizing that a U.S. Post office may not accept packages from UPS. I learned this the hard way after arriving in Caratunk,...
  4. The AFT is a much easier trail than the BFT (but...

    The AFT is a much easier trail than the BFT (but still a nice hike).
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    The scene: Morgan Stewart Shelter - July 2002 ...

    The scene: Morgan Stewart Shelter - July 2002

    After dinner, I headed back the trail to the privy and then into the woods to take a leak. Walking through the woods to get back to the trail, I...
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    whole wheat couscous, dehydrated chopped carrots,...

    whole wheat couscous, dehydrated chopped carrots, dehydrated peas, cashews, raisins, curry powder, salt (optional). No cooking needed - just add water a couple hours before eating.
  7. Way to go Rain Man from a fellow section hiker. ...

    Way to go Rain Man from a fellow section hiker. I've followed your exploits for some time on White Blaze and am very happy you were able to get it done!

    PS - I'm finding trail crews are a great...
  8. I finished the trail in late July 2015 with the...

    I finished the trail in late July 2015 with the Wilderness and Katahdin as my last section. Below are some considerations I took into account when making my plans:

    - Time of year: After the...
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    As a runner, I've had several episodes of plantar...

    As a runner, I've had several episodes of plantar fasciitis. In one case, it took 9 months to resolve. The calf stretching can help but if there is a mechanical issue with your foot that is...
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    Thanks for the video Cooker! Looks like you had...

    Thanks for the video Cooker! Looks like you had some great weather on that trip. I'm planning on hitting the Long Trail this summer but will keep the NPT in the back of my mind for a possible...
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    Bald Mt. Pond 35743 Flame Azalea 35744

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    The two most important features to me are:...

    The two most important features to me are: liquid-filled housing (to dampen the needle movement) and rotatable bezel (useful for taking bearings). Silva & Suunto both make good models. You mentioned...
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    This is heartbreaking. I section hiked this area...

    This is heartbreaking. I section hiked this area 3-4 weeks after Gerry went missing and spent a lot of time thinking about her and wondering what could have gone wrong. It haunts me to know that...
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    I power-hiked the Batona Trail about 5 years ago...

    I power-hiked the Batona Trail about 5 years ago with a friend. We did the entire trail from Ongs Hat to Bass River in about 20 hours. It is a fun little trail - about the easiest hiking you will...
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    Finished up the AT last summer so I'm going to...

    Finished up the AT last summer so I'm going to explore some other trails. Hiking the Laurel Highlands Trail in western PA in May. Should be a nice easy 70 mile jaunt.
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    SHS Section Hiker Scum

    SHS

    Section Hiker Scum
  17. I think a better option is to camp along Dismal...

    I think a better option is to camp along Dismal Creek Falls a little to the north. There are some good tent sites there and it's not as close to the road.

    Or you could do like me and camp at...
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    I finished the AT in July after almost 2 decades...

    I finished the AT in July after almost 2 decades of section hiking and, like Gambit anticipated, am feeling a bit of a void now that I don't have another section to look forward to. I spent a month...
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    I think you nailed it Praha: Carry a map. ...

    I think you nailed it Praha:

    Carry a map. Know how to read it.
    Carry a compass. Know how to use it.

    Those tools and skills are really the best way to relocate.
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    I wear Asolo TPS 520's. They are excellent boots...

    I wear Asolo TPS 520's. They are excellent boots with only 1 flaw - there is a seam in the inside liner right at the heel. I have to cover this with a frictionless pad or it rubs my heels raw during...
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    For me this is no contest: South Mountain Inn in...

    For me this is no contest: South Mountain Inn in Maryland. They sat us downwind of the regular clientele and I had veal saltimboca which was absolutely fantastic. Of course that was before I went...
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    One of my favorites is to take a jar of...

    One of my favorites is to take a jar of store-bought spaghetti sauce, add sliced green and black olives then dehydrate. I cook the noodles on the trail, add the rehydrated sauce and it makes a very...
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    This is one of the potential problems with...

    This is one of the potential problems with compass bearings - there may be uncrossable features between you and where you want to get to making it impossible to follow a bearing all the way. In this...
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    Orienteering maps are always drawing to magnetic...

    Orienteering maps are always drawing to magnetic north so there is no need to correct for declination. Saves a lot of time when trying to navigate during a race.
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    Congrats JB from another section hiker! I...

    Congrats JB from another section hiker! I finished this summer too - my last section was Monson to Katahdin. It took me 17 years but I would do it again in a heartbeat. I'm already thinking about...
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