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  1. I went SOBO. Rented a car and dropped it off at...

    I went SOBO. Rented a car and dropped it off at Burlington airport. Then got a shuttle to the northern terminus.When i finished I walked the Pine Cobble trail into Williamstown. I spent the night in...
  2. I parked at the Big Creek RS back in 2017 with no...

    I parked at the Big Creek RS back in 2017 with no problem other than my car was filthy with pine tree sap when I returned. Had to wash the windows so I could see!
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    I planned a NOBO thru back in Sept. 2017 but my...

    I planned a NOBO thru back in Sept. 2017 but my plans were changed due to hurricane Irma. I ended up starting a week later and skipping the first 100 miles because of road and trail closures and...
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    I mentioned this several years ago that it seems...

    I mentioned this several years ago that it seems like some of the adventure has been been eliminated by all the detailed information available today. Forty-five years ago all we had was the Mileage...
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    The executive order that was signed by the...

    The executive order that was signed by the president mandates mask wearing on federal property including national parks.
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    I read an article in The NY Times that says the...

    I read an article in The NY Times that says the vaccine is being undersold. Even with 95% efficacy it is one of the best vaccines. There is still a lot to be learned about the virus and vaccine....
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    I got my first dose last week and had no side...

    I got my first dose last week and had no side effects. I now feel I can responsibly resume the hike I postponed last spring.
  8. The ATC is advertising for trail crew leader and...

    The ATC is advertising for trail crew leader and crew so I interpret that to mean they are considering having trail crews this year.
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    If you are going to enter SNP by vehicle on the...

    If you are going to enter SNP by vehicle on the Skyline Drive you can save $30 if you have a pass.
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    The passes are purchased online thru USGS and...

    The passes are purchased online thru USGS and give free access to those federal sites that charge an entrance fee, including NPS and USFS. I think you can get a discount on front country camping in...
  11. In all the miles I have hiked in the past 46...

    In all the miles I have hiked in the past 46 years I have only listened to music once. That was descending Mt Sterling and that was Todd Rundgren’s “A Wizard A True Star.”
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    I started using sno seal back in the 70’s on my...

    I started using sno seal back in the 70’s on my aborted AT SOBO. We carried a tin of it and would seal the boots every couple of days. Still use it on my leather boots. I use a hair drier when...
  13. I think there has been an issue with first class...

    I think there has been an issue with first class for some time. I bought something on ebay from ME shipped using first class. This was early November. It took 2 weeks to receive. My tracking said it...
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    Not asking anyone for permission. Heck, I don’t...

    Not asking anyone for permission. Heck, I don’t even ask my wife for permission when I go for a hike. I just had an idea for a different kind of thru hike that I never heard discussed before and...
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    I have a pair of the chore model pictured above....

    I have a pair of the chore model pictured above. I wear them in the rain and snow on the trail on my property when I walk the dogs. I only hike about 1 mile. I would not want to wear them with a pack...
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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.
  17. 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....
  18. 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...
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    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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