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    Most shelters and privies on USFS and NPS land...

    Most shelters and privies on USFS and NPS land are closed because of COVID 19.
  2. Thread: Crowds

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    Years ago I was on the Rocky Top trail crew...

    Years ago I was on the Rocky Top trail crew during peak color in October. I arrived at base camp which was next to the Sugarlands visitors center on Saturday afternoon. Traffic was bumper to bumper....
  3. Thread: svea 123 fuel

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    I hiked from ME to VA and used unleaded gas most...

    I hiked from ME to VA and used unleaded gas most of the time with an original SVEA. I used an eye dropper to prime and cleaned it daily with wire tool. The next year I hiked Springer to Roan Mt and...
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    The AT museum has an online section with old...

    The AT museum has an online section with old shelter registers. I am sure they would welcome it.
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    As noted above you may need to self quarantine....

    As noted above you may need to self quarantine. According to the ATC website overnight camping is closed in NJ and MA.
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    It is a flip flop but it occurs over a period of...

    It is a flip flop but it occurs over a period of two calendar years. It is completed in a 12 month period. I have not heard this discussed before. I imagine some people may be attempting this kind of...
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    Alternative thru hike

    I have been toying with the idea to do another thru hike in 4 years when I turn 70. I know I donít want to go NOBO again. What I have been thinking is starting in August from HF heading SOBO and...
  8. I agree with peakbagger. I think saddle or Hamlin...

    I agree with peakbagger. I think saddle or Hamlin ridge are your best bet if you are looking for an easier desent. You still may need to slide on your butt in a few places. I went up the cathedral...
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    The old guide books could be a good starting...

    The old guide books could be a good starting point. Because of the ephemeral and dynamic nature of the trail in the past the guides will often be lacking. For example when I dId the section around...
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    It’s a long shot but if u can get a hold of the...

    It’s a long shot but if u can get a hold of the old AT News they use to publish relocations in each issue. I wish I would have held on to mine.
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    Right now the chance of doing my planned hike...

    Right now the chance of doing my planned hike this fall is slim. But before I totally ruled it out I thought I would try to find out how others have addressed this concern. My guess is that most...
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    COVID contingency plan

    I was planning to do a BMT/AT loop hike this spring but canceled because of the pandemic. I am thinking about trying this fall if things improve. One thing that is holding me back is a contingency...
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    Your and Bob's disappointment is misdirected. As...

    Your and Bob's disappointment is misdirected. As Rick B stated the ATC neither supported nor opposed the pipeline.
  14. Thread: Electronics

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    That is my point. I am sure that Earl upgraded...

    That is my point. I am sure that Earl upgraded his gear for his 1965 hike using the latest technology. And he did again on his 1998 hike. The trail and trail experience is dynamic. The trail you hike...
  15. Thread: Electronics

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    What would Earl Shaffer or Grandma Gatewood think...

    What would Earl Shaffer or Grandma Gatewood think about those hikers in 1996 using all that new fangled technology? Nylon internal frame packs, down sleeping bags, leather boots with Vibram soles,...
  16. Thread: Electronics

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    Why stop at eliminating electronics on the trail...

    Why stop at eliminating electronics on the trail to achieve a "wilderness experience?" Why not eliminate all shelters, privies, picnic tables, bridges, signs, and blazes?
  17. Thread: Electronics

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    Electronics have not ruined the AT that you...

    Electronics have not ruined the AT that you experienced in 1996. I hiked ME-VA in 1976 with pen, paper, and a 110 camera. I could not afford a 35 mm. I thru hiked NOBO in 2010. I carried a digital...
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    There is a fellow who posts on the ALDHA facebook...

    There is a fellow who posts on the ALDHA facebook page that is currently thru hiking the BT. The other day was day 75 and 1000 miles for him. I live about 10 miles from the BT and have section hiked...
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    Good luck with your hike. I was planning to do...

    Good luck with your hike. I was planning to do the southern loop this past April and park at Amicalola. I am considering to reschedule this hike for this fall, but most likely will wait til next...
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    The northern terminus of the BMT used to be the...

    The northern terminus of the BMT used to be the intersection with the AT at Davenport Gap. After leaving Big Creek there was a road walk to the AT intersection. Because the road walk was boring the...
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    The Hike Inn will accept resupply box if you are...

    The Hike Inn will accept resupply box if you are a guest. I have used them twice, once on my AT thru and once on my BMT hike. Highly recommend.
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    I had the same feeling.

    I had the same feeling.
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    Is Mr. Amazing female? Regardless, wow, a few out...

    Is Mr. Amazing female? Regardless, wow, a few out of thousands. We sure are making progress.
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    I didn't even go there on my AT thru. Stopped in...

    I didn't even go there on my AT thru. Stopped in on my BMT hike for a cold drink. Had planned to do a mail drop there this spring on my COVID cancelled BMT/AT loop hike. I did use the Hike Inn to...
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    Their website says they are closed because of...

    Their website says they are closed because of COVID 19. Their facebook page says they surrendered their lease back to TVA because of the loss due to COVID.
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