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    What choice to make

    You don't.
    Instead, you make a choice:
    (1) You can allow yourself to become dehydrated to the point of delirium after two days, at which point your chances of surviving become almost zero, because...
  2. One more suggestion

    You can take Amtrak from BWI to Philadelphia, then transfer to a train to Harrisburg.
    There are several options for this trip each day, with a total travel time of between three and four hours.
    ...
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    Let's examine this

    A user who, prior to today, has posted a grand total of zero posts of any kind.
    S/he comes on here and does the fairly typical "I heard from a friend of a friend" type post. At least s/he admits the...
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    Here's your answer

    http://www.appalachiantrail.org/home/explore-the-trail/trail-updates#GA

    Note that is only if you CAMP in this area, and only between the dates of March 1 to June 1.

    Canisters are becoming...
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    Follow up to my usage of the Ursack

    Over the years I've spoken highly of the Ursack (I use the Allwhite), which I consider a good compromise between weight (less than a canister), ease of use (MUCH quicker than hanging), and protection...
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    Here's a start

    First thing to know: the only bears in the Eastern U.S. are black bears. Fortunately, they are RELATIVELY safe, at least compared to grizzly bears.
    Here's some starting info on being "Bear Aware."...
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    Although I've never done it

    > What's the common practice for mailing supplies to yourself?

    There are two main procedures to do so:
    1) Mail your box to a post office in a town through which you'll be passing, or into which...
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    Just to clarify

    https://www.mountainharbour.info/parking

    Mountain Harbour charges $2 a day if you use one of their shuttles, $10 a day if you don't.
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    About vacuum sealed food

    I've volunteered at a local food shelf for many years, and one of our rules is that we do not give out cans past their expiration date. The problem arose as we noticed the obvious: other than...
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    In answer to your initial question

    > the whole idea of a mountain hike is about getting out and enjoying nature, and separating oneself
    > from the artificiality and cushy conveniences of urban/suburban society. Isnít it?

    No.

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    Follow-up

    The locator tab for McDonalds is again working, and I still have no life -- so I'll continue helping those who simply MUST have their Big Macs.

    Matamoras PA / Port Jervis NY - 4.4 miles north...
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    I'm even more bored than you are

    I can top that! I went to
    https://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us.html
    clicked on the /Locate\ Tab, and then entered some of the towns you noted, as well as others. I skipped towns more than ten miles...
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    Bald Mountain Shelter

    I know for an absolute fact that, as of 2018 August 7, Bald Mountain Shelter was open -- because I stayed there that night....
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    Can't find your link

    I just Googled
    bald mountain shelter
    and found this:
    https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=bald+mountain+shelter

    Nothing about it closing in any of the links on the first page.
    ...
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    Depending on how you define "luxury"

    I wouldn't consider backpacking without my smartphone. It allows me to keep in daily contact with my wife, to take photos, to know where I am, and to keep up with the world (I learned of the death of...
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    For those who want 41 previous postings on this subject

    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/130344-An-unidentified-2017-AT-Hiker-has-died-on-the-Florida-Trail?highlight=unidentified
  17. More info on the Notch Hostel

    https://notchhostel.com/adventure-planning/at-thru-hikers/
    https://notchhostel.com/amenities/
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    This was a favorite of ours

    https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g46468-d577171-Reviews-Apple_Valley_Inn_Bed_Breakfast-Glenwood_New_Jersey.html#REVIEWSl

    186 reviews, and 183 of those give it five out of a possible five...
  19. It's do-able. You can take a plane / bus /...

    It's do-able.

    You can take a plane / bus / train into either Washington or New York City, and then take a bus / train to a wide variety of starting / stopping points of the A.T. It will mean a day...
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    Potential problem with Mount Riogers Visitor Center

    I've attempted that twice, but became aware of a problem in doing so: the lot closes at 4:30pm on weekdays, 4pm on weekends. If you arrive after hours, you might not be able to get your car out of...
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    Since you asked, I'll answer. There's no...

    Since you asked, I'll answer.

    There's no publication I get EVERY year, but I do try to get an updated Data Book or Thru Hiker's Companion every FEW years. I wouldn't want to look forward to a stop...
  22. Even more information

    DEET, picardin, or oil of eucalyptus have about the same ability to repel mosquitoes

    https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/insect-repellent/buying-guide/index.htm

    Nothing else can match these, so...
  23. More on the efficacy of non-DEET products

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26443777
    "Repellents with DEET as active ingredient had a prominent repellency effect over longer times and on both species. Repellents containing...
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    As far as predicting Shenandoah weather

    In October of 2005 I drove down to SNP, expecting to get some AT miles done over the next few days. As I entered just before evening, I asked the ranger what the forecast was -- she replied, "Cold,"...
  25. 1) Correct -- those are your two main options....

    1) Correct -- those are your two main options.
    2) Correct -- due to terrain, there are NOT a lot of tenting options directly on The Trail.

    The rules are spelled out here:...
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