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    Hiked thru remnants of Ida last summer in PA. ...

    Hiked thru remnants of Ida last summer in PA. Once they are that much over land, usually you can just crush thru them. Did end that day with wet socks, but the gnats went away for a day.
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    La Sportiva TX3’s. Or any other with “Mega Grip”...

    La Sportiva TX3’s. Or any other with “Mega Grip” Vibram compound.
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    My own advice is buying lighter gear is an...

    My own advice is buying lighter gear is an investment that pays dividends every mile you walk with it.

    Mine too. I thought I needed a thicker pad, so started an AT Thru with a s2s etherlight,...
  4. I grew up in Wilmington and can assure you that a...

    I grew up in Wilmington and can assure you that a side trip to the South Mountain Creamery is a worthwhile diversion. Especially the Snallygaster flavor. About 1.5 miles off trail. Okay to walk...
  5. LaSportiva TX3’s. Pretty grippy.

    LaSportiva TX3’s. Pretty grippy.
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    Hopefully the Riga site won’t change, but yeah...

    Hopefully the Riga site won’t change, but yeah the shelter is tired.
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    Further afield would suggest the 100 Mile...

    Further afield would suggest the 100 Mile Wilderness, after black fly season. Get either Shaw’s or the AT Lodge to do a “food drop” for you half way. Breakfast at Shaw’s with a bevy of other happy...
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    One comment I’d make having done some sections...

    One comment I’d make having done some sections with my daughters Ian my late 40’s and a thru last year at 58, is that on a thru you only have to get your trail legs once. If you are retired and...
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    Kevin As a fellow Illinoisan of a certain age,...

    Kevin

    As a fellow Illinoisan of a certain age, best of luck.

    If you are going as far as Roan Mt, I highly recommend Mountain Harbor for the breakfast. Can get busy during leaf season.
  10. Not in Hot Springs itself, but about 6.5 miles...

    Not in Hot Springs itself, but about 6.5 miles south, Happy Gnomad is a pretty cool hostel. Couple miles off trail at Garenflo Gap. Clean. Well stocked fridge with reasonable prices 865 256 2654...
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    Understood. I still think a spring thru bubble...

    Understood. I still think a spring thru bubble campsite with 20 food bags will be more attractive than a solo camp; all else being equal. Or put another way, more wild source of food will out...
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    And be sure to give a season’s greeting to your...

    And be sure to give a season’s greeting to your fellow hikers, no matter what time of year!!
  13. Thread: Seasons?

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    Hunting season and fire season. One for the...

    Hunting season and fire season. One for the food, one for the free heat. Then end of season for the bargain hiking.
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    You do not need waterproof boots on the AT at...

    You do not need waterproof boots on the AT at all. Most people use trail runners.
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    13 murders on the AT since 1974, 10 in Midland...

    13 murders on the AT since 1974, 10 in Midland just last year.
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    I used an Ursack, with Opsacks on my thru last...

    I used an Ursack, with Opsacks on my thru last summer. Did notice the Opsacks would sometimes unseal overnight, you have to be diligent with them. Used bear boxes and cables where provided. ...
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    I used La Sportiva TX3 approach shoes on my AT...

    I used La Sportiva TX3 approach shoes on my AT SOBO last year. Picked them to try at REI, without really knowing what they were, they just felt good.

    Didn’t slip much, tripped plenty but wasn’t...
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    You probably can, but you will also burn a bunch...

    You probably can, but you will also burn a bunch of time waiting for shuttle drivers on both ends (or waiting for hitches) and coordination to restaurant hours in little country towns. Just...
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    Yeah, the Inn
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    I mass murdered a bunch of them last year, and am...

    I mass murdered a bunch of them last year, and am unapologetic.
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    Oops, that was just for the AT section. No...

    Oops, that was just for the AT section. No experience north of Maine Junction.

    Highly recommend staying on Bromley Peak. Great sunset and sunrise. Of course Inn on the Long Trail. If you stop...
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    Cell service was pretty good with T-Mobile last...

    Cell service was pretty good with T-Mobile last summer in VT. Was spotty in NH and ME.
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    That’s pretty much what all the packaged...

    That’s pretty much what all the packaged backpacking granolas are; some powdered milk and granola. Perfectly delicious.
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    While trying to figure this out, count yourself...

    While trying to figure this out, count yourself lucky that someone cares what happens to you.
  25. ^ This (too!). Not only saving the need to...

    ^ This (too!). Not only saving the need to upsize, but saving pain on the knees too. Or whatever you joint of trouble happens to be.
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