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    Inevitable norovirus...pooping in woods a novelty, do not shake hands..fist bump.
    Decent tent with head room for days of rain..shelters very crowded, but platforms and picnic tables best for gear wrap up and eating...visit late morning when empty.
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    "visit late morning when empty"
    I've arrived at shelters in the late morning and my first comment is "You guys aren't up yet?" Especially on a rainy morning.
    The AT - It has it's ups and downs...

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    Are you developing a strategy to avoid the bubble or developing a strategy to manage within the bubble?
    "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change". Charles Darwin

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    If you wait out the "days of rain" in your tent the bubble will pass you and it will no longer be a problem. Completing a thru-hike likely won't be either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Night Train View Post
    Are you developing a strategy to avoid the bubble or developing a strategy to manage within the bubble?
    New here, what's "the bubble"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AsoloBootsSuk View Post
    New here, what's "the bubble"?
    The large number (some would say horde) of aspiring thru-hikers departing Springer Mountain and hiking NOBO from roughly March 1st through April 15th. It thins out and stretches out as they make their way north along the trail. But it can be very crowded around shelters and popular camp spots etc along the way. See this https://www.wherearethehikers.com/heatmap/
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4eyedbuzzard View Post
    The large number (some would say horde) of aspiring thru-hikers departing Springer Mountain and hiking NOBO from roughly March 1st through April 15th. It thins out and stretches out as they make their way north along the trail. But it can be very crowded around shelters and popular camp spots etc along the way. See this https://www.wherearethehikers.com/heatmap/
    Thanks! Now i know

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    Quote Originally Posted by AsoloBootsSuk View Post
    Thanks! Now i know
    Sometimes the shelters are full to the max ( in rain) which may be interesting. But not what Thoreau type loners were anticipating. Iíve started in Ď07 and Ď13 from springer, finished other years. (3800 miles.) Seventy years old now, donít care for big crowd but love the mountains.
    Wonderful people from all over, but know this...some walk with hate ...a powerful emotion will get you over.
    Carry your problems and get pissed..it helps the climb but diminishes the trek. Choose wisely...as you climb, love is just as energizing. For the sake of transformation you need to walk in peace.
    Back in Ď78 I encountered a thruhiker in a stormy shelter night in the presidentials white mtns. The guy rehashed all the slights of home with extreme anger. Taken aback I reassessed the effect long distant hiking would have on ones psyche and noticed on my own thrus the empowerment of anger, the slings and arrows of oneís past..donít expect an automatic transition for the better..you need to decide.
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