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    As I've had a few close bear encounters (one...

    As I've had a few close bear encounters (one within <25 feet!) .... I can say, you did the EXACT right thing and kept your calm, spoke in a non aggressive form, and did not attempt to get the...
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    I just curious, why wouldn't anyone WANT to see...

    I just curious, why wouldn't anyone WANT to see black bears (at a safe distance of course)? Just hang your food or anything that would draw his attention away from your tent and enjoy the outdoors. ...
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    Just from this thread alone, I've had to Google...

    Just from this thread alone, I've had to Google the meanings of words more than any other thread on WB. :)
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    I wish this thread was done.

    I wish this thread was done.
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    Congrats! What a great feeling and...

    Congrats! What a great feeling and accomplishment!
  6. On my thru hike (and multiple AT sections) I...

    On my thru hike (and multiple AT sections) I always hike commando to lessen any chaffing (plus less to wash/smell/etc...). It's almost inevitable though, so just wash the "areas affected" daily to...
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    Interesting to see if he was messing with it...

    Interesting to see if he was messing with it (trying to move it, get a good Instagram pic, or something else entirely). Hopefully they're OK though.
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    Take a hike, pal! No, really. You can step off...

    Take a hike, pal! No, really. You can step off trail a bit for a call, people do it all the time. Right now, there's not a huge influx of people (which in itself can be more annoying than a phone...
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    Privies: paper towels (ouch!) or normal TP (and...

    Privies: paper towels (ouch!) or normal TP (and poo) is OK. Wet Wipes, for the "normal" cleansing (washing) would need to be packed out. No all that difficult, just shove the one or two you use in...
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    Just got back today from Fontana to Newfound Gap....

    Just got back today from Fontana to Newfound Gap. Although it's not Clingmans, I parked at Newfound Gap for 4 days with no issues. Like stated above, when you get your permit you have to put tag...
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    The "back country" trail (the longest) is pretty...

    The "back country" trail (the longest) is pretty nice. There's some steep ups and downs, but nothing too taxing. There's a campsite or 2 about 1/2 way around, but no water close by, from what I...
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    Not sure what the "pit bull dog" has anything to...

    Not sure what the "pit bull dog" has anything to do with this (other than being off (sort of) leash)...
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    Everyone sleeps different. This is a...

    Everyone sleeps different. This is a generalization and may NOT be tailored to you. I'm a hot sleeper, my 32* mummy military issue bag worked more than enough for me. Might not for some though. ...
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    https://www.amazon.com/Military-Outdoor-Clothing-P...

    https://www.amazon.com/Military-Outdoor-Clothing-Previously-Repellent/dp/B00GCHKTLA/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=military%2Bmummy%2Bbag&qid=1555644621&refinements=p_89%3AMilitary%2BOutdoor%2BClothing&rnid=2528...
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    I'm just amazed they had their dog on a leash....

    I'm just amazed they had their dog on a leash.
    Hope he didn't' get you too bad.
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    I find the "rule" is a bit outdated a well (but...

    I find the "rule" is a bit outdated a well (but it's there and we must follow it). I haven't been to all of the shelters on the AT in the Smokies (only speaking of shelters along the AT, not any...
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    The END! Just kidding, Katahdin was amazing,...

    The END! Just kidding, Katahdin was amazing, Wildcat Mtn was fun, Standing under the arch and heading up the stairs at Amicolala Falls, FINALLY finishing Va..... Most of the trail was awesome. ...
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    I have positional vertigo and anything above the...

    I have positional vertigo and anything above the 2nd step on a ladder makes me very uneasy (especially when I look up). I managed an attempt and a thru hike and while there are some "hairy" spots,...
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    Pretty much whatever you do (with the exception...

    Pretty much whatever you do (with the exception of sitting every storm out in the shelter (but you'd never get to Maine that way!)), you're going to get wet, be cold, and some days will be a little...
  20. I use my LED head gear flashlight. Couldn't...

    I use my LED head gear flashlight. Couldn't imagine using a candle in my tent.... but to contradict myself, I have been known to cook on my pocket rocket in my vestibule. Hmmm.......
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    On a section with my brother, we stayed there...

    On a section with my brother, we stayed there late last year during the off season. My bro was so worn out, he couldn't hike much farther. We called and the owner (I think) came down to the lake...
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    If you're looking for bears, you won't find one. ...

    If you're looking for bears, you won't find one. When you're not looking, that's when you unexpectedly run into them. Haha.
    Seriously tho if you're looking for them, you might see a few so keep...
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    10-20 feet isn't bad. Most of the cables/boxes...

    10-20 feet isn't bad. Most of the cables/boxes around shelters aren't much farther away anyway. I sleep with my food in a nylon bag in Ziplocs so unless someone nearby is un-comfy with that close to...
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    If you keep your permit in a ziplock and readily...

    If you keep your permit in a ziplock and readily accessible, I really don't see the issue (just show it and be on your way. No need for an exercise in rights, leave that crap at home or on Youtube),...
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    The absolute best magic I received was just into...

    The absolute best magic I received was just into Va. Somehow I lost the little "key ring" and the peg that goes on the corner of my tent, into the pole. Happened to stumble across this as I was...
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