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    I had something similar happen to me on the AT...

    I had something similar happen to me on the AT except I was able to avoid getting bit. The owner could not get a leash on the dog and get him under control for several minutes.
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    Thus making it your fault, and therein lies the...

    Thus making it your fault, and therein lies the crux of the problem. I wonder if it ever occurred to the owners to maybe not bring their dog to a trail where people might be wearing hats and...
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    Well, as a 71 year old "mature" man that makes me...

    Well, as a 71 year old "mature" man that makes me feel better. Of course, women have one great advantage over me. They could hike backwards and I still probably couldn't keep up with them.
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    I'm more wary of dogs on the trail than I am of...

    I'm more wary of dogs on the trail than I am of bears or most any other wild animal. I blame owners for not maintaining control. "Oh, my little Fifi loves everyone," as the ******en dog lunges for...
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    Scary Encounters for Women on the Trail

    I thought this article (link below) was very interesting. It also hit home to some degree. I try to be friendly on the trail. Many years in sales oriented jobs taught me that people like to talk...
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    You're right of course. I was just having...

    You're right of course. I was just having trouble processing a second death in two days. Maybe there was a mistake. However, I just found this news article (here) and there is no doubt about a...
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    Second Hiker Found Dead on Katahdin?

    Is this a second death on Katahdin? That's what is being reported and there is no name associated with the death as there was in the earlier report. See the link below to the article.

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    If you aren't checking the weather, then I hope...

    If you aren't checking the weather, then I hope you see this post. You are about to get drenched as hurricane Delta goes over you. Although it will probably be much downgraded by the time it get...
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    Ouch! I still have 265 miles left of Maine...

    Ouch! I still have 265 miles left of Maine including Katahdin and that news article did not give me the warm "fuzzies" especially at my age. I guess the take-away from the incident is don't get...
  10. Depends on the trail but sometimes a trail will...

    Depends on the trail but sometimes a trail will go through a town, but most times you are hitchhiking or walking to town for resupply. On the Appalachian Trail with which I am most familiar,...
  11. Enjoyed your report as always. I like camping...

    Enjoyed your report as always. I like camping and staying in my tent during my long hikes, but maybe once each week, I try to stay in a hostel or hotel. At that time, I take a shower, wash clothes...
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    The picture with all the tents is not news. I...

    The picture with all the tents is not news. I saw it when it first came out. However, an accounting of the environmental damage is new and disturbing. I guess the only answer is to start policing...
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    Do you have a weight for these shoes? I couldn't...

    Do you have a weight for these shoes? I couldn't find it on Cabelas website. I have a pair of water shoes that are great, but they weigh 13 ounces. I sent them home this year while hiking in an...
  14. Always enjoy your videos. Tuscany is my favorite...

    Always enjoy your videos. Tuscany is my favorite place in Italy, and I make sure I spend at least a week there whenever I return. I found Sienna to be a very interesting place and of course I have...
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    The picture was taken April 26, 2016. The...

    The picture was taken April 26, 2016. The shelter was full with over twenty hikers and then the tents. Obviously I was in the middle of a big bubble.
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    I buy Mountain House in the number 10 can. Much...

    I buy Mountain House in the number 10 can. Much cheaper that way. I then repack in quart freezer Ziplocs. This year I included 300cc oxygen absorbers in the Ziploc bags. Most of the meals were...
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    I was at Icewater a few years ago and took this...

    I was at Icewater a few years ago and took this picture. Plenty of room for tents. The picture was taken looking out from the shelter.
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  18. I stayed there in 2017. It was a super clean...

    I stayed there in 2017. It was a super clean place and Mack was just an awesome host. As SmokyMtn Hiker pointed out cell phone reception is really spotty there, so you might want to try to reach...
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    I hiked the Colorado Trail this year and started...

    I hiked the Colorado Trail this year and started on June 26. There was a little snow in the higher elevations that I had to walk through but nothing that required anything but shoes. Now, having...
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    This year the Durango, Colorado post office held...

    This year the Durango, Colorado post office held a general delivery package 40 days for me. I called them from the trail and asked them to do it and gave them an ETA. They said no problem and the...
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    No - not always. When I strained a hamstring and...

    No - not always. When I strained a hamstring and had to leave the trail in Maine last year, I lost a package at a hostel and another at a hostel cost me $30 to retrieve. The post offices would not...
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    Sending a provision box to other than the PO...

    Sending a provision box to other than the PO usually works out great if you get to the hostel, hotel, etc. This year I sent a package to a hotel, which I thought was close to Salida, CO. It wasn't....
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    I regret not sending more packages to post...

    I regret not sending more packages to post offices using the general delivery addressing. My hikes are LASH's of as many as 700 miles. However a couple of times, I had to cut the hike short. Those...
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    My Sawyer filter clogs up every year even though...

    My Sawyer filter clogs up every year even though I follow the storage instructions precisely. The first time this happened, I didn't discover the problem until I was on the trail and went to filter...
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    I have a Tarptent Rainbow. When I bought it in...

    I have a Tarptent Rainbow. When I bought it in 2016 they offered a liner, which I bought. I'm sure the liner is still available. The liner works well to catch condensation from the top of the tent...
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