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    It started as a half-joke, but my partner and I,...

    It started as a half-joke, but my partner and I, when faced with inclement weather on a trail, regularly do a "let's review the signs of hypothermia" bit together. We were just discussing (on a...
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    The amount of chicken and cow poop in that river...

    The amount of chicken and cow poop in that river right now must be astronomical given the rain we've had. Mind any open sores if you're going to do it.
  3. It's the US Park Service visitor center (Harper's...

    It's the US Park Service visitor center (Harper's Ferry is a National Historical Park run by the US Park Service). It's just up the road a ways towards Bolivar (the real town - old town Harper's...
  4. I would park at Harper's Ferry, shuttle to...

    I would park at Harper's Ferry, shuttle to Thornton Gap, and walk back to my car. Much less fuss and bother than trying to arrange a shuttle at the end of a hike to get back to my car, in my...
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    A tenkara is THE rod for mountain fly fishing in...

    A tenkara is THE rod for mountain fly fishing in the East (which is all roll casting anyway, and tenkara will give you beautiful drift and access). It will land big fish out west too, but it's the...
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    Gave 800 mg ibuprofen tab to sprained ankle scout...

    Gave 800 mg ibuprofen tab to sprained ankle scout leader hobbling down a mountain.
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    I did a short hike in part of this area over...

    I did a short hike in part of this area over Labor Day weekend. There was water in the spring at the Priest shelter, but it was pretty doggone low and it had been raining for 2 days. Very, very dry...
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    Just there over the weekend with several other...

    Just there over the weekend with several other soggy section hikers and one through hiker. There was some water in pools near the spring, but very little flow even after a couple of days of steady...
  9. Water depends on the time of the year you go. ...

    Water depends on the time of the year you go. Later in the summer and into the fall, it wouldn't be unusual for some streams and springs to be trickles if that. On streams, you might have to go...
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    Hats, coats, gaiters ... just no hood.

    Hats, coats, gaiters ... just no hood.
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    I had a very cold and windy hike in SNP over the...

    I had a very cold and windy hike in SNP over the weekend where I wished I'd had a hood. My partner had one and was pretty doggone happy about it. In the end, it was so cold and windy that we...
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    Thanks, that's helpful. I'd rather not poach a...

    Thanks, that's helpful. I'd rather not poach a tent spot in the closed campground (campgrounds are critter magnets) if there are other decent options and it sounds like there are.
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    Loft Mountain Area in November

    I'm doing a section hike the second week in November (yay, early voting) and am trying to figure out the overnight situation in the vicinity of the Loft Mountain campground. Mileage-wise that area...
  14. You can fax or email the completed form back to...

    You can fax or email the completed form back to the Park Service and get in/leave the parking lot after hours. The gate is shut but not locked. This happens all the time. It's exactly what the...
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    Don't forget to consider camping options not...

    Don't forget to consider camping options not immediately on the AT. The AT is positively hatched with blue blazed trails throughout SNP, and there are many nice primitive camp sites just a short hop...
  16. Have a lovely time. I hiked about half of that...

    Have a lovely time. I hiked about half of that trail (the Ohiopyle end) in November of 2014 - a couple of long day hikes with a complicated shuttle system (boyfriend was biking the GAP at the same...
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    I did a 14.5 day hike in SNP 7/17. It was hot...

    I did a 14.5 day hike in SNP 7/17. It was hot and humid although not as bad as this past weekend. I have a high tolerance for heat and sweat, I brought extra water and I started very early. ...
  18. I should have added that while the Laurel...

    I should have added that while the Laurel Highlands trail isn't a loop, there are many outfitters in the area that will shuttle for a reasonable fee.
  19. The Laurel Highlands trail is well worth doing. ...

    The Laurel Highlands trail is well worth doing. Western trailhead at Ohio Pyle.
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    Maryland has a lot of great state parks which are...

    Maryland has a lot of great state parks which are likely to be less crowded that the National Parks. Green Ridge State Forest is a gem. There is a developed campground in the southern end of it...
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