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  1. A mile or two north of Saunders shelter (and...

    A mile or two north of Saunders shelter (and therefore well south of Lost Mountain Shelter) is a small pond by the trail in deep woods. There are decent campsites there.
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    I unintentionally but regularly (for awhile) got...

    I unintentionally but regularly (for awhile) got crossways with the moderator, but he used good and consistent judgment in drastically limiting comments about COVID, including mine. Other...
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    I spent the first half of the day near the...

    I spent the first half of the day near the Cohutta Wilderness Area in north Georgia. I was surprised to hear pockets of cicadas. The eruption isn't uniform - they don't seem to be anywhere along...
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    There were none on the trail in south-central...

    There were none on the trail in south-central Virginia last week. I don't know of any outbreaks in the southern Appalachian corridor the trail passes through.

    There were outbreaks last year, in...
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    I just did Crandall (Lickskillet Hostel) to...

    I just did Crandall (Lickskillet Hostel) to Pearisburg to Dragons Tooth over the past week.

    1. The Bubble is in full bloom in that region (rumor has it that this year their is a sub-group called...
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    I just returned from 100 miles in Virginia. I...

    I just returned from 100 miles in Virginia. I was ready to get off the trail and come home, so seeing your photos triggered a hint of PTSD: "Oh no! More white blazes! More climbs! More rocks!" ...
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    Oops, my previous post was meant for another...

    Oops, my previous post was meant for another thread. Disregard.
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    Final Report from the OP: I used my new BA Copper...

    Final Report from the OP: I used my new BA Copper Spur 1 on six-day, 100-mile trip from Lickskillet to Dragons Tooth, VA, over the past week. Very satisfied. Easy to set up. Plenty of room (I'm...
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    Final Report from the OP: I used my new BA...

    Final Report from the OP: I used my new BA Copper Spur 1 on six-day, 100-mile trip from Lickskillet to Dragons Tooth, VA, over the past week. Very satisfied. Easy to set up. Plenty of room (I'm...
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    American Indians, including the Cherokee and...

    American Indians, including the Cherokee and Creek, did mark routes, but not by bending trees. They used blazes and cuts (notches) on trees, and animal skins pegged to trees. You can still find...
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    Typo in preceding post: "thin" ground tarp.

    Typo in preceding post: "thin" ground tarp.
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    I'm the OP. With all the information folks...

    I'm the OP. With all the information folks posted here, I bought the Copper Spur 1 about a month ago. I hope to use it on the AT in about two weeks.

    I didn't buy the footprint, but I'm thinking...
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    I did Massey Gap to Atkins in early June 2019. ...

    I did Massey Gap to Atkins in early June 2019. It was not crowded. We (son and a friend) had Hurricane Mountain shelter to ourselves. There were a few people at Chatfield Shelter. Lots of places...
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    Agree with those above, unless you and your son...

    Agree with those above, unless you and your son are already in full hiking condition, including recent long hikes to keep you at peak condition. Otherwise, a long, tough day on the opening day can...
  15. I love my Jansport external frame pack so much...

    I love my Jansport external frame pack so much that it's been my screensaver for three years.

    This photo was taken at the Barn Restaurant, Rural Retreat, VA, June 2018.


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  16. I've been using a Jansport since the late '90s,...

    I've been using a Jansport since the late '90s, so you'll see an old-fashioned external frame pack if we cross paths on the trail. I used the first one from about '98 until a strap snapped when I...
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    Every five or ten years, Georgia gets an...

    Every five or ten years, Georgia gets an unseasonal cool spell in late August that might drop temps into the 50s (or conceivably the 40s). The rest of the time, it'll be upper 50s or 60s for lows in...
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    A "towel" or a "trowell"? You either added a...

    A "towel" or a "trowell"? You either added a letter or omitted one.
  19. It was out when I came through in September and...

    It was out when I came through in September and when Braids came through in December, per her YouTube vlog (Day 197, minute 18). It's unlikely replacement work would take place in winter, but...
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    PennyPincher, I have a degree in forestry, so I'm...

    PennyPincher, I have a degree in forestry, so I'm pretty good with botany, especially trees, somewhat with flowers, not very with ferns or grasses. Even with my degree and forty years of experience,...
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    I always forget something I'll miss. Two trips...

    I always forget something I'll miss. Two trips back, I somehow neglected to bring my reading glasses (making it tough to read the map). Last trip, I left my main hiking shirt on the bed (thus had...
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    Boredom on the Trail

    A few weeks ago, an energetic, friendly, outgoing, country-boy college student told me that he could never go backpacking alone on the AT for four days.

    I had just told him about my solo trip on...
  23. It was mayhem in my community, north of Rome,...

    It was mayhem in my community, north of Rome, Georgia. We received at least 18 inches of snow and the temperature dropped to 9 degrees the second night of the storm. We lost power for a week but...
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    Brill's As Far as the Eye Can See is the...

    Brill's As Far as the Eye Can See is the exquisite - easily my favorite AT backpacking book. His description of spring advancing in the southern Appalachians is the finest writing I can imagine. I...
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    We'll find, per the Doo-y Decimal System, in the...

    We'll find, per the Doo-y Decimal System, in the Scatogorical Section.
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