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  1. The problem isn’t that they are allowing e-bikes...

    The problem isn’t that they are allowing e-bikes on hiking only trails but that they are allowing a motor vehicle in areas where they previously only allowed human powered mechanized vehicles. My...
  2. “his statement is only true if the e-bike is...

    “his statement is only true if the e-bike is going downhill. An e bike is not a moped. For the battery to power the crank must turn.”

    not true. Many have throttles. Check out Rad Power as just one...
  3. There's always going to be controversy over what...

    There's always going to be controversy over what is a "thru hike" and is goes beyond whether it is done in one year or one season to things like is it done in one direction, were any side trails or...
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    If they want to take a human, they can and will...

    If they want to take a human, they can and will and you’ll never see it coming. So there’s little point to worry. I think that children and smaller females are at higher risk but the incidents are so...
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    Wiping down with unscented Bronners (just a few...

    Wiping down with unscented Bronners (just a few drops) and a lightweight towel works wonders after getting to camp. I also make sure that I do the same prior to hitchhiking at the end of a section...
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    On the PCT, there was an older hiker - at least...

    On the PCT, there was an older hiker - at least in his 60s - who started the day after I did and caught up to me at Warner Springs where we talked at the community center and I saw him later a couple...
  7. Lol, it is completely unenforceable unlike many...

    Lol, it is completely unenforceable unlike many rules that can be enforced. Most of these e bikes have throttles and try proving that people are exerting effort pedaling. You can’t.
  8. There is no way you can enforce that.

    There is no way you can enforce that.
  9. 20 MPH...

    20 MPH https://www.radpowerbikes.com/products/radrover-electric-fat-bike
  10. It is a motor vehicle. Period. Most e bikes can...

    It is a motor vehicle. Period. Most e bikes can move just fine without any pedaling whatsoever, many at speeds in excess of 20 mph.
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    I was on the JMT from August 16-22 and did...

    I was on the JMT from August 16-22 and did roughly the southern half of the trail. Mosquito issues are, like many things, quite subjective. I was bothered by them at certain places but never when...
  12. Terrible idea. A motor vehicle is a motor vehicle...

    Terrible idea. A motor vehicle is a motor vehicle whether powered by gasoline or electricity. As an added problem, making it “easier” to get to remote areas will have the side effect of people with...
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    Both ULA and zPacks will accept returns. I think...

    Both ULA and zPacks will accept returns. I think the only way to compare is to buy both, test packing each of them and wearing it (indoors) and then return one. You are out the cost of return...
  14. Both the JMT and CT are great trails and normally...

    Both the JMT and CT are great trails and normally hikeable in July. I’d expect more mosquitoes on both which would be a downside of early season hiking but more water and flowers is the upside. Just...
  15. Last year, I took Amtrak to Charlottesville and...

    Last year, I took Amtrak to Charlottesville and it was easy to get an Uber to get to Rockfish Gap for around $30. I think the train was also around $30. Chances are other hikers will be trying to get...
  16. I have an old hexamid twin, a sleeping bag and...

    I have an old hexamid twin, a sleeping bag and several smaller items and have been pleased with them all. Customer service has always been responsive and they’ve gone above and beyond for me a few...
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    Front royal again has bus service from dc...

    Front royal again has bus service from dc although I’ve never used this. ...
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    If you must fly into Dulles rather than Reagan...

    If you must fly into Dulles rather than Reagan National and don’t want to pay for a shuttle (which would be far faster),I’d recommend metro bus 5A to Rosslyn where you can get on metro to union...
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    This thread isn’t what I thought it would be...

    This thread isn’t what I thought it would be about - literally lightweight paperbacks. But since I’m here I’ll suggest 1950s and 1960s pulp fiction mysteries. They weight just a few ounces and...
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    The internal conversation you have with yourself...

    The internal conversation you have with yourself is the normal state of solo long distance hiking, and you need to get along with yourself to make this work. That might sound weird, but it isn't...
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    I hiked from the Mexican border through the...

    I hiked from the Mexican border through the Sierra in 2015, which was initially planned to be a thru hike. I started April 12 and did not find the desert and Southern California sections...
  22. Suggestions for using MARC to access Harpers...

    Suggestions for using MARC to access Harpers Ferry from BWI are right on target. The Penn Line runs frequently to Washington Union Station. The Brunswick line runs to Harpers Ferry on weekday...
  23. The Cajon Pass McDonalds is a landmark on the PCT...

    The Cajon Pass McDonalds is a landmark on the PCT that people talk about all the way from Big Bear. I wish that normal McDonalds food tasted as good as the food at THAT McDonalds. It's the same way...
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    Are thorns a big issue on the higher elevation...

    Are thorns a big issue on the higher elevation stretches? I’m leaving for a section from Pine to the South Rim CG in a few days. I have a neo air, a pro lite, and a z lite to choose from.
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    I'm heading out from Pine next weekend and very...

    I'm heading out from Pine next weekend and very much looking forward to the trip! Pine to Grand Canyon South Rim, with a resupply stop in Flagstaff right at the half way mark. I've just about...
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