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    Default How Crowded in 2021 So Far?

    Hopefully this is the right forum for this question, but apologies if not.

    I'm starting my NOBO thru on May 2. I'm curious what other hikers are experiencing so far in this second season of COVID-19. How crowded is it on the trail, in shelters, and in towns? Normal numbers, heavier than normal numbers, outrageously crowded? And although I've been vaccinated, are most hikers being diligent about social distancing? Thanks.





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    Best to hear the updates in how many are on trail from Randino on youtube he posts every sunday sometime...BUT from what I am seeing following protical in my area and state,,
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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbs View Post
    Best to hear the updates in how many are on trail from Randino on youtube he posts every sunday sometime...BUT from what I am seeing following protical in my area and state,,
    Thanks, I watched the Ramdino video. Got some tidbits on shelter populations, which is helpful. I can do without his religious proselytizing, but it was pretty minor, and he seems like a nice guy.

    All told, sounds like shelters are often full, but I usually stealth camp anyway. Appreciate the help.

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    I'm in Erwin and my very unscientific guess is we're at about 60-65% of pre-covid numbers for this time of year.

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    My wife figured out what's different this year. We've shuttled 300+ hikers. So far not a single person from another country.

    We're missing the Europeans and Asians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10-K View Post
    My wife figured out what's different this year. We've shuttled 300+ hikers. So far not a single person from another country.

    We're missing the Europeans and Asians.
    MS Janet took a Picture of hikers from germany she shuttled caught that on a facebook group.
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    I didn't even know she was on the trail this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10-K View Post
    I didn't even know she was on the trail this year.
    Yeah she posted a fund raiser for the bounce bus this year... she posted a picture in a gap cant remember which one cause hikers doing graffitti to park property..
    My love for life is quit simple .i get uo in the moring and then i go to bed at night. What I do inbween is to occupy my time. Cary Grant

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