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  1. The Moabs are trail tested and a good shoe. I...

    The Moabs are trail tested and a good shoe. I use the green superfeet in them and they're a solid choice.

    The mid height is good too if you need the extra support, and my hiking partner had...
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    This was a hidden gem. It was a bit run down...

    This was a hidden gem. It was a bit run down when we stayed in '2010, but the sticky buns on the breakfast buffet were amazing. I hope things work out and it reopens/is still hiker friendly.
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    No earlier than 1 April and honestly, I'd shoot...

    No earlier than 1 April and honestly, I'd shoot for mid April. You'll still see cold nights if you start in mid-April, but you shouldn't have to slog through multiple days of freezing cold and snow...
  4. Parking or good shuttle/parking for South Arm Rd - Andover, ME

    We're heading out for section hike starting over in the Andover, ME area. What are the best options right now for safe parking and maybe a shuttle out to the trail head? From what I remember,...
  5. In '06 I did a month on the AT (April) and then...

    In '06 I did a month on the AT (April) and then switched over to the PCT for a thru hike. It worked well for me and let me hit the PCT with hardened feet and trail legs. I started after the crowd,...
  6. Thread: Springer to NOC

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    It all depends on how good of shape you're in. ...

    It all depends on how good of shape you're in. Knee and foot problems are very common with hopeful thru hikers in this section. March/early April means possible snows and storms that may affect...
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    Those surplus Army bags are great for packs. I...

    Those surplus Army bags are great for packs. I usually send them home, but they're cheap enough to leave. Just watch out for some of the new bags they sell at the surplus store had one where the...
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    I can't speak on Amtrak. From WI they never make...

    I can't speak on Amtrak. From WI they never make sense to use for the AT.

    Flying into CHO: As long as it's not a Sunday the best way we found to get to the trail is to rent a car from Enterprise...
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    Tilly summed it up nicely! I would live...

    Tilly summed it up nicely!

    I would live outside 24/7/365 if I could. My ex figured out that she hated long distance hiking in the first week of a thru-hike. If your partner doesn't want to be...
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    We hit Rockfish Gap soon heading NOBO. This is...

    We hit Rockfish Gap soon heading NOBO. This is the perfect thread! :)

    In '05 I was in full thru hiker shape and just blew through without needing resupply. Stopped in at Skyland for a meal and...
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    I'll be contrarian and say do the approach. I...

    I'll be contrarian and say do the approach. I really like the approach trail. It now skips the jeep road and goes up under the falls-very cool. I always do it when I'm down in that area.
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    There's always the Approach Trail (or Springer FS...

    There's always the Approach Trail (or Springer FS road) to Neal's Gap. Some great hiking and beautiful country. Easy shuttle options down that way too.
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    The Campmor 20 degree down bag is a good bag. ...

    The Campmor 20 degree down bag is a good bag. For a NOBO it would be a fine bag to carry as your only bag. Not really sure about Dec down south during a SOBO. To me a 15 or 20 degree bag is...
  14. Thread: VA maps

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    You could mail drop them to yourself. Just throw...

    You could mail drop them to yourself. Just throw a couple of them in them mail in Damascus. Pick them up wherever you'll be a week or two later. Saves the hassle of dealing with outfitters that...
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    You really can't go wrong around Damascus. I'd...

    You really can't go wrong around Damascus. I'd go for the stretch around Roan Mtn over the humps. The Erwin to Damascus stretch is less crowded than the Mount Rodgers Rec Area North of Damascus. ...
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    It's a good product that I'm happy to recommend,...

    It's a good product that I'm happy to recommend, but like most hiker clothing it won't last forever.

    I've worn out 3 Marmot Precips through hard use. The inner lining ends up flaking off after...
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    I wouldn't do the Whites as a first week long...

    I wouldn't do the Whites as a first week long backpacking trip. Very rugged terrain and limited camping opportunities. No chance to say enough is enough and put up the tent early...

    Southern...
  18. Thread: Drama on the AT

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    Where there are people there is drama. Some is...

    Where there are people there is drama. Some is avoidable and some isn't. Life continues out on the trail--relationships, injuries, family issues, money issues, etc...
  19. There doesn't seem to be much at your site. Am...

    There doesn't seem to be much at your site. Am I missing something? What are you offering that Whiteblaze, Trail Journals, and FB don't already offer?
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    Most of the places we passed last year still had...

    Most of the places we passed last year still had pay phones and most of the motels still have room phones. It's certainly doable. Good cell service in most trail side towns too. Either method...
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    The Grayson Highlands are nice in June. It's a...

    The Grayson Highlands are nice in June. It's a good time to see them. Try to avoid weekends / holidays though. It gets very crowded and is not much fun dealing with the crowds. Mid-week would...
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    I'm in the enough socks to wear clean ones every...

    I'm in the enough socks to wear clean ones every day camp. If you want / need the thicker ones 3-4 pair.

    I haven't had any luck with pack covers, but I do swear by trash compactor bag liners.
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    Replacement for Montrail Hardrocks?

    Hi all,

    It's almost hike time and I need to find a replacement for my Montrail Hardrocks (13 Wide). I've been wearing Hardrocks + superfeet since '05 and after watching/feeling their decline I...
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    $10/day on trail sounds about right to me and...

    $10/day on trail sounds about right to me and what I figure for on trail expenses.

    Your example diet looks about right to me for a typical thru hiker diet. Most thru hiker diets are a bit heavy...
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    I have the double rainbow ('07). It's not a bad...

    I have the double rainbow ('07). It's not a bad tent. I've found the self-supporting setup not to work as well as just staking it out. It works just fine to stay dry in bad storms although...
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