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  1. Visitors to Massachusetts

    Today’s announcement from our Governor

    Travel Guidance: Beginning March 27, all travelers arriving to Massachusetts are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. This guidance will be displayed...
  2. GSMNP is closed now.

    GSMNP is closed now.
  3. It seems to me that even those who think it...

    It seems to me that even those who think it ethical to start or continue a thru hike would agree that it is imperative to self quarantine at the earliest sign of possible infection.

    To my...
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    The ATC needs to come out with a very strong...

    The ATC needs to come out with a very strong statement now discouraging hiker feeds, and the kinds of Trail Magic that has the potential to spread the virus.

    They need to be leaders, even though...
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    No good deed goes unpunished. The AMC should...

    No good deed goes unpunished.

    The AMC should abandon the discount for thru hikers, and eliminate the work for stay option at the Huts. Such work probably does not conform with state law anyway. ...
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    Its hard for me to wrap my head around all this,...

    Its hard for me to wrap my head around all this, but everyone considering any thru hike should read that, I think.
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    I would put the over/under on the AMC closing all...

    I would put the over/under on the AMC closing all winter facilities with bunk rooms at about 7 days from today.

    Just my wild guess — the club posted on March 6th that they are monitoring the...
  8. Glad I clicked on this post! Perfect.

    Glad I clicked on this post!

    Perfect.
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    To me addition details would: A) Inform...

    To me addition details would:

    A) Inform whether or not the search and rescue response was appropriate to the specific situation and,

    B) Help confirm or challenge the notion (which was...
  10. Others, including Pam Underhill (a great friend...

    Others, including Pam Underhill (a great friend of the Park) have taken other positions, which (as I understand it) is that the AT should be treated no differently than any National Park and be...
  11. The ATC most definitely DID NOT say no with...

    The ATC most definitely DID NOT say no with regard to this pipeline.


    The ATC filed an Amicus brief with the court to provide background on the Trail and the cooperative management arrangements...
  12. If I am not mistaken, no agency, be it the NFS or...

    If I am not mistaken, no agency, be it the NFS or NPS or ANY other can authorize a pipeline through a National Park on Federal land.

    Only Congress can do that.

    The question is whether or not...
  13. The town could offer up a spot in the 4th of July...

    The town could offer up a spot in the 4th of July parade. The town folk could throw Candy at them :-).
  14. The NPR article is a good one, but does not fully...

    The NPR article is a good one, but does not fully explore the implications of whether the federal land over which the AT passes is to be treated as a national park.

    The article discusses the ATC’s...
  15. If I understand correctly, the one issue before...

    If I understand correctly, the one issue before the S.C. revolves around whether the AT is a “right of way” or actual park land in the location the NFS permitted.

    If just the former, then...
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    Not the ATC’s call. They administer the...

    Not the ATC’s call.

    They administer the Trail, which was created and defined by an act of Congress. The AT is about the land (as will be argued in the Supreme Court on Monday, not about...
  17. Thread: Base weight

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    Hikers used to brag about how heavy their packs...

    Hikers used to brag about how heavy their packs were.

    Really :-)
  18. Thread: Base weight

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    XH Perhaps (probably). At the same time,...

    XH

    Perhaps (probably).

    At the same time, the typical length of time to complete an AT thru hike also went WAY up (right?).

    Correlation does not always equal causation but...
  19. Thread: Base weight

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    One of the hardest parts of thru hiking is...

    One of the hardest parts of thru hiking is hitting the trail with a fully replenished supply of food pack after a zero day.

    So to make up for the heavier gear in days of yore, hikers carried...
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    S I watched the video and did not see any...

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    I watched the video and did not see any evidence of the rebuilding referred to in the commentary.

    Did you?
  21. Good to hear that. Has the ATC shared how much...

    Good to hear that.

    Has the ATC shared how much (if any) of the operational cost will be born by the Conservancy?

    At a minimum, I would think ATC might need to add a few more employees to the...
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    The continuity of the AT matters — a great deal....

    The continuity of the AT matters — a great deal.

    Hikers have the ability to walk around the obstacle now.

    Issue is that this option is not all that safe.

    The ATC cannot say is that a...
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    In an earlier post I linked a photo of the...

    In an earlier post I linked a photo of the bridge. To my eye it looks like there is a clear and obvious pathway that is separated from lane of traffic by a Jersey Barrier.

    i stand and to be...
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    A yellow blaze is when you get in a motor vehicle...

    A yellow blaze is when you get in a motor vehicle to advance down the AT.

    Walking around an impassable/closed section is not a “yellow blaze” even if you do so on a roadway.

    That can be done as...
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    Which is why the ATC needs to get out in front of...

    Which is why the ATC needs to get out in front of this now.

    They don’t have the luxury of waiting until someone is hurt or killed.

    You make a persuasive case about the dangers of walking...
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