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  1. No water at the Kirkridge shelter until mid June

    The retreat that allows hikers to use the spigot at the Kirkridge shelter (just South of DWG) is undergoing repairs and the water is turned off until mid June
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    He's just looking for trouble. He's only lucky...

    He's just looking for trouble. He's only lucky trouble hasn't found him yet.
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    "...I used a simple spending app on my iPhone...

    "...I used a simple spending app on my iPhone called, ďSpendingĒ...
    It's called Spending Tracker.
  4. I've also been wanting a chair for camp. The...

    I've also been wanting a chair for camp. The 'lazy boy' works great on the trail but in camp, most everything comes out of the pack and it looses that nice pillow shape. I came up with a variation...
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    I can't believe how stupid that was. There's...

    I can't believe how stupid that was. There's some crazy people 'round there. That's near Burkettsville, where Blair Witch Project was filmed.
  6. The last time I weighed everything it was around...

    The last time I weighed everything it was around 28 lbs. but that was (what I now know is) Full Skin Out, i.e. trekking poles, shoes, hiking clothes, etc... not to mention the Bustello and Jameson...
  7. What is included in base pack weight?

    In prep. for my first thru-hike attempt, I'm struggling with keeping my pack weight as low as possible. My question is, what is included in pack weight? Are the clothes you are wearing, your shoes,...
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    [QUOTE Big Sky sold by a equipment rental...

    [QUOTE Big Sky sold by a equipment rental company. It's a very similar design to the other free standing tents but costs half the price. It came in excellent condition and I've used it once on a 5...
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    I'm a little wary of offering my 2 cents because...

    I'm a little wary of offering my 2 cents because my solution to this question didn't involve these name brands. I also was looking for a freestanding one person tent and was discouraged by the...
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    Very cool. Thanks for the lead.

    Very cool. Thanks for the lead.
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    Thanks for the dope slap. I needed that. I've...

    Thanks for the dope slap. I needed that. I've been focusing on this trip so much that sometimes I go down a rabbit hole.
    Thank you all for the sound advise.
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    Tent and a tarp?

    In preparing for my first thru-hike attempt, Iím trying to decide if itís too much to bring a tarp, a poncho and a tent. I have a one person tent that is definitely coming but Iím concerned about...
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    I've found that contact cement is an excellent...

    I've found that contact cement is an excellent and permanent adhesive for tyvek.
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    I'm a solid C. I'm doing a flip-flop and hoping...

    I'm a solid C. I'm doing a flip-flop and hoping my trip will be a little less crowded. Not planning to stay in shelters as much as possible and, as always during this past year, practice social...
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    Sticky: Creature Feature Flip flop starting in mid...

    Creature Feature
    Flip flop starting in mid April.
    I live a half mile from the trial in Maryland so I've gotten my neighbor's permission to cross his property to the trail and I'll pick it up at...
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    I love the elastic idea! It's just as easy to...

    I love the elastic idea! It's just as easy to have some elastic line along and use it in conjunction with standard line. Brilliant!
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    IMO those bags are great for small compact items....

    IMO those bags are great for small compact items. They generally are so big that you can twist it and double over and twist it again so then you have a doubled sealed bag.
  18. Thank you so much for the response. It's...

    Thank you so much for the response. It's heartening to get such detailed/thoughtful opinions. It makes the whole process much less overwhelming to know that there is a community of experienced thru...
  19. [QUOTE=Starchild;2275352] There are a few places...

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    There are a few places where one may want to send a drop, (NOC, & Fontana Village come to mind). And some places prices are high and selection is limited (those 2 afore...
  20. Obtaining all my food from stores along the way without relying on drops

    I'm planning my first thru hike for next year and would like to simply buy food along the way and not have to hassle with drop boxes pf pre-made dehydrated meals (yuck!). Reading the forums, it...
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