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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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  9. Thanks everyone for the additional suggestions. ...

    Thanks everyone for the additional suggestions. Lots of options in SNP and I think it'll be a good experience.
  10. Thread: Lighten up

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    Use your trowel as a spoon.

    Use your trowel as a spoon.
  11. The waysides will be great! Thanks for the...

    The waysides will be great!

    Thanks for the suggestions. So far I’ve almost always hiked solo and I’ve never been responsible for another hiker or had to consider these factors. I have some old...
  12. First trip for 12 year old in SNP (general suggestions)

    My nephew will be nearly twelve this summer and Iíve been on brief day hikes with him. Heís enjoyed relatively short day hikes in the past and has brought up the idea of a backpacking trip when I...
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    I do have a puffy jacket (Montbell) that I have...

    I do have a puffy jacket (Montbell) that I have used in the past to supplement my sleep system and I generally wear smart wool base layers when I sleep. I like the idea of modular systems and...
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    Pine to South Rim Grand Canyon (Low Temps)

    I delayed my trip to the middle of May due to reports of lingering snow and am heading out NOBO from Pine in mid May with the goal of hiking to the Grand Canyon South Rim. From my research, it seems...
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    Certainly seems to be the case that most permits...

    Certainly seems to be the case that most permits are snapped up quickly. A few years ago, it was much easier to secure Inyo permits. The number of Nobo JMTers is increasing. This year I got my Nobo...
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    It's just good manners to ask permission to...

    It's just good manners to ask permission to charge. I've never had anyone say no.

    One approach I take if I know that I'll be recharging in public places is to take a small battery pack (mine is 3...
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    I have insurance (ACA) but keep reading about how...

    I have insurance (ACA) but keep reading about how anti-venom can be horribly expensive if you don't have "good insurance". I'll have to look into this prior to my AZT section in May ... Anyone know...
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    The JMT can be harder for an unacclimated hiker...

    The JMT can be harder for an unacclimated hiker or if snow is a factor, but on clear trail for an acclimated hiker, the trail is well graded and conducive to making big miles. The past few summers I...
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    I've hiked the southern ~1/3 of the PCT (Mexican...

    I've hiked the southern ~1/3 of the PCT (Mexican border to Tuolumne Meadows) but my experience on the AT is mostly limited to central/northern Virginia, MD, and southern PA. Based on comparing the...
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    I had a few encounters with rattlesnakes on the...

    I had a few encounters with rattlesnakes on the PCT in Southern California. The most memoriable was when I was getting water at a spring and stood up to put my pack back on and noticed a rattlesnake...
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    I'm looking forward to it and definitely taking...

    I'm looking forward to it and definitely taking the resupply route into town. A resupply in Flagstaff is almost exactly half way between Pine and the South Rim so a perfect stop, maybe even for a...
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    I had a section planned for late March from Pine...

    I had a section planned for late March from Pine to Flagstaff but I decided to move it to May because there appears to be some lingering snow. I'm heading out mid May starting at Pine and now plan to...
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    I'm in my apartment at 9:30pm on a Tuesday night typing on my computer. So, yeah, I hope he goes far!
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    Yeah, that's fair. I lived in Arlington across...

    Yeah, that's fair. I lived in Arlington across the river from DC for 15 years and it's a great area but the tastes of the locals has changed quite a bit and the higher end fare is both something in...
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    Catering to the people from DC/NVA.

    Catering to the people from DC/NVA.
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