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    I hope this thread gets deleted pretty soon. One...

    I hope this thread gets deleted pretty soon. One of the things I enjoy about this site is the focus on hiking and the rare instance of political or controversial threads. I find it sad that the OP...
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    Very good point, Beserker. Most of the pictures...

    Very good point, Beserker. Most of the pictures we see of the Whites are Franconia Ridge and the Presidentials with the trail above treeline. It really doesn't look that tough. I watched a YouTube by...
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    Very few people in the southeast own four season...

    Very few people in the southeast own four season tents, just a few hardy souls that brave winter in the higher elevations by choice. I started on the AT on Feb 20 with a three season tent. I had no...
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    Very sad. Feel so much for the victims and their...

    Very sad. Feel so much for the victims and their families.

    Hiking the AT is statistically very safe, but characters like this guy prey upon the lack of proximity to law enforcement that exists in...
  5. I will be hiking the Highline trail in mid-August...

    I will be hiking the Highline trail in mid-August this summer. I had never heard of it until one of my AT buddies suggested we do it. I watch a Redbeard video and was hooked. It looks like it is...
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    I have a fear of heights myself. My particular...

    I have a fear of heights myself. My particular issue is exposures on cliffs or long drop-offs. My McAfee Knob photo is kind of funny, as I am about four feet from the edge.

    The first real issue I...
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    One of the greatest pleasures on trails is the...

    One of the greatest pleasures on trails is the friendliness and general improvement in people that seems to occur in the backcountry. Very few asses, but some people bring the flawed culture of...
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    I stayed there in July 2017. Beautiful, but...

    I stayed there in July 2017. Beautiful, but remote, spot on a large lake and the boat ride across the lake to the site was pure Maine. I was the only one in the bunkhouse that night so it was quiet....
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    I wasn't there so I can't comment on the...

    I wasn't there so I can't comment on the "attitude" of the RR. I was also asked by a RR in the Smokies for my permit when I went through in 2017. Guy was polite and friendly. Whenever I am hiking on...
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    I was struck as well about the length of the...

    I was struck as well about the length of the videos and the openess to do something so painful and public. I think the generation that has grown up on Youtube just looks as it as a natural way to...
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    You could start in Erwin, TN and hike north to...

    You could start in Erwin, TN and hike north to Hwy 19E. No hostel in between, but you could finish at Mountain Harbour, which is hostel or bed and breakfast. They have the best breakfast on the AT....
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    The year before I set out on my NOBO thru, I did...

    The year before I set out on my NOBO thru, I did a "Cyber Hike". It sounds very geeky, but I think it actually helped me understand the trail and what I might experience. I kept a spreadsheet and...
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    I would probably be wary of spending that much...

    I would probably be wary of spending that much money on a R-2 value pad. The weight is impressive, but at that price, I would go ahead and get the X-therm. It weighs twice as much, but will provide...
  14. As the majority have said, OM shelter is a better...

    As the majority have said, OM shelter is a better spot to stay at. More scenic and lower elevation, more protected. Having said that, on my 2017 thru, I had vowed not to get stuck spending the night...
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    Note on NOBO food storage. Another person...

    Note on NOBO food storage. Another person mentioned that going NOBO can be a challenge to get all the food you need in a bear cannister until resupply. Here is what I did.
    Night 1 - stayed at Rock...
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    I did a NOBO last August (had to bail at Mammoth...

    I did a NOBO last August (had to bail at Mammoth when fires closed YNP, but have my permit to finish this summer). Permits are easy to score going that direction through Inyo NF website. I took...
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    If Dos Equis ever did a "Most Interesting Man" of...

    If Dos Equis ever did a "Most Interesting Man" of the AT, it would have to be WL. The guy's physical, unsupported feats take no backseat to the FKT's of the last ten years. Couple that with his...
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    I think the stretch from Erwin north is very...

    I think the stretch from Erwin north is very special. Unaka Mtn, the balds through the Roan Highlands, Laurel Falls and Gorge, Watauga Lake and the great trail town of Damascus. Then Whitetop Mtn,...
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    Just a piece of the legend in the story below....

    Just a piece of the legend in the story below. His trail name, not by his liking, was "Spooky Boy".
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    The legend of Ward Leonard. I suspect some of the...

    The legend of Ward Leonard. I suspect some of the stories about him are a bit embellished, but the guy was clearly a dynamo on the trail and also an unsettling hiker for many. One of the true...
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    So... I think that still means only one person...

    So... I think that still means only one person has been killed by a bear in the GSMNP since it's inception. Quite a record considering the number of visitors to that park, the high number of black...
  22. I hiked on the JMT last year and many hikers went...

    I hiked on the JMT last year and many hikers went to VMR. I think the boat shuttle was running. Check their website. They are advertising their water shuttle.
  23. The real numbers are only as accurate as the data...

    The real numbers are only as accurate as the data collection. The internet and social media have opened up thru hiking the AT to people who are not hikers and may not even be outdoor types at all. I...
  24. I also went Northbound out of Cottonwood Pass....

    I also went Northbound out of Cottonwood Pass. There is a website where one can share shuttle rides and I found Sherpa Max to be very good about trying to get folks to share the rides up (and the...
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    I was 58 when I did my thru. I had finished a 37...

    I was 58 when I did my thru. I had finished a 37 year career in business, raised two children and was pretty comfortable with how I felt about "things". When I got home after 140 days, I didn't...
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