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    Wild was released December 3, 2014 in the US....

    Wild was released December 3, 2014 in the US. This movie introduced a lot of people to the idea of long distance hiking. Both the PCT and the AT saw a lot of extra visitation the following year. I...
  2. September in Yellowstone is amazing. The crowds...

    September in Yellowstone is amazing. The crowds are mostly gone and the heat of the summer is usually over. With that said, the weather is even more unpredictable after Labor Day than mountain...
  3. Don't let the "impossibility" of the goal get you...

    Don't let the "impossibility" of the goal get you down. Take the hike week by week, and in no time you will be wondering how you got to Maine so quickly. Good luck and have fun.
  4. Find a spot about 100 yards from your camp and...

    Find a spot about 100 yards from your camp and leave the canister on the ground. If possible, find a depression and leave the canister at the bottom so that a bear has to make it roll uphill....
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    There are so many places in and around YNP where...

    There are so many places in and around YNP where you can get off the beaten path. I personally have enjoyed my canoe trips to Shoshone Lake in the southern section of the park. Most of the back...
  6. It is probably possible, but it is going to...

    It is probably possible, but it is going to require some extra planning on your part. You will need to carry an extra water bottle to soak your beans in, and you will need to let them soak between 4...
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    I too have been diagnosed with gout, but I...

    I too have been diagnosed with gout, but I haven't had a major flair up in years. The key for me, at least, has been to immediately consume an excess of water when I notice a twinge of pain in one...
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    This kind of garbage does not belong in a...

    This kind of garbage does not belong in a civilized society. Welcome to my ignore list.

    ps: for those of you who don't know, surrounding a word in three sets of parens, like (((they))) is a way...
  9. Thread: Tent flooding

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    Choose an appropriate site for your tent, and...

    Choose an appropriate site for your tent, and there is no need for a bathtub floor or to do something as horrible as digging a gutter. Leave no trace.
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    Given that alcohol is a rather volatile liquid, I...

    Given that alcohol is a rather volatile liquid, I doubt that it could do much damage before it vaporizes away. Any unfermented sugars might actually help the fungus portion of the lichen symbiosis,...
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    I was one of the "50". Although I can't say that...

    I was one of the "50". Although I can't say that my knowledge is complete, the only people I know that summited during the closure started climbing the morning of the closure, and as such had no...
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    I don't think it is the same company or lease,...

    I don't think it is the same company or lease, but this issue is back in the news:...
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    The BMT has only 2 shelters that are not shared...

    The BMT has only 2 shelters that are not shared with the AT (Springer Mtn and the Fontana Hilton are essentially along the trail), one is in GA, the other in GSMNP. I'm not sure where the GA shelter...
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    This is what I did in 2008. I started on...

    This is what I did in 2008. I started on Springer, hiked the BMT to Davenport Gap, then hoped on the AT to Kathadin. The only time I ever saw people on the BMT was on the weekends (with a few more...
  15. Thread: Bar Food

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    The only place good enough for me to warrent a 0...

    The only place good enough for me to warrent a 0 day: The Kennebec River Brewery.

    Maybe it was just the beer that was good.
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    Wow. I seriously doubt you have hiked more than...

    Wow. I seriously doubt you have hiked more than a mile of the AT. Your attitude stinks worse than my pack did on October 8, 2008.

    People like you are the reason that there are problems with...
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    What makes you think that a thru-hiker is more...

    What makes you think that a thru-hiker is more deserving of a spot in a shelter than a sectioner or a car camper? Because they are walking further? That is just silly. Shelter space is, and always...
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    Pretty much this. Bears are at least as smart as...

    Pretty much this. Bears are at least as smart as dogs. A bear is not likely to attempt to take food off of a person, its just too risky in their minds. However, if food is on the ground and not...
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    good news:...

    good news: http://missoulian.com/news/local/blackfeet-cancel-oil-gas-leases-near-sacred-chief-mountain/article_e7482950-05d5-11e3-8722-001a4bcf887a.html
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    I did exactly what you are contemplating in 2008....

    I did exactly what you are contemplating in 2008. Hiking the BMT instead of repeating a section of the AT is the way to go.



    I started out with this assumption, but was informed by a ranger...
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    Although I hiked from Springer Mtn, GA to Mt....

    Although I hiked from Springer Mtn, GA to Mt. Katahdin ME in 08, I hiked from Springer to I40 via the Benton Mackaye Trail rather than the AT. I did this to avoid hiking a section of trail that I...
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    Given how flammable tents are and the dangers of...

    Given how flammable tents are and the dangers of carbon-monoxide, candles inside the tent sounds like a horribly bad idea.

    I don't have one of these yet, but the BioLite CampStove looks pretty...
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    I stayed there in 2008 after helping the then new...

    I stayed there in 2008 after helping the then new manager of the place move in. I was up in the attic moving beds around, and I was in the crawl space checking out the hiding spot of runaway slaves....
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    I personally prefer a trail runner style of shoe...

    I personally prefer a trail runner style of shoe over a boot for almost all conditions (boots work much better in snow, obviously). The key to selecting a proper pair of shoes for hiking is to a)...
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    I had no problem hitch hiking from Whitney Portal...

    I had no problem hitch hiking from Whitney Portal back to Yosemite Valley after my JMT trip. There are (or at least were in 2004) backpacker only sites in Yosemite that you can use, however I don't...
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