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    Firecrackers not recommended

    There's no way you can throw a firecracker in the dark and be certain it doesn't land in an area with flammable material.

    "How much harm can one firecracker cause?"
    ...
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    Here's the horse's mouth

    In that case, your best source of info is:
    https://www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/nature/black-bears.htm
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    Noted this years ago

    On my first real backpacking trip, I ended the day at RPH Shelter, a place where a local pizza shop will deliver very close to -- it even has its menu in the shelter. A few real backpackers were...
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    Pretty simple

    I chose it myself, in honor of my university's sports nickname.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgGdXiwHpmA
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    Start here

    https://www.howitworksdaily.com/what-is-the-maximum-distance-the-human-eye-can-see-if-unobstructed/
    figure on the order of 10 to 20 kilometers.
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    Since you asked

    As a dinosaur who still uses an external frame pack, I just lean it against the wall or front steps of the shelter, or against a tree if I'm sleeping in my tent. I always hang my food and my trash in...
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    Always need to click on ALL buttons.

    https://www.njportal.com/DEP/NJOutdoors
    Could be a problem at this time.
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    Campgrounds west of the AT

    Trail west, walking northwest along I-40 towards Hartford, you'll come across Fox Fire Riverside Camp. This place charges $5 for "Day Camping," which MIGHT mean use of the showers....
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    That hostel's name is

    The hostel is the Standing Bear Farm. If all you need is a shower, it's perfectly adequate.
    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/94770-Standing-Bear-Farm?p=2251339&highlight=#post2251339...
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    My suggeston

    I recommend you go to the horse's mouth, and use the contact info at
    https://www.atonementfriars.org/
    before you arrive there.
  11. Possibly illegal, definitely not recommended

    Sleeping in a car is considered "camping." In places where camping is prohibited outside of designated areas -- like national parks -- it would be illegal to sleep in your car.
    Many places have...
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    Some friendly advice

    Perhaps you didn't.

    One of your statements must be false, or at least an exaggeration.

    I've been TRYING to give advice on the internet (various topics of interest to me) for over twenty years...
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    Embrace this wonderful gift

    In other words, you've been given a wonderful opportunity to educate people on how to (1) get information online, (2) choose gear appropriate for the hikes they plan, and (3) practice proper outdoor...
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    From about seven years ago

    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/16090-Rutland-Hostel?p=1503144&highlight=#post1503144
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    You may not need shuttles

    You can easily get between Delaware Water Gap and New York City by bus.
    Port Jervis is on the Metro North Line -- one transfer between that city and Penn Station....
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    No camping around the lake -- period

    > I heard there was no camping around the lake.
    You heard correctly.

    > Is this due to the close proximity to a bear sanctuary?
    Not a bear sanctuary per se, just a place where bears have been...
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    Since you asked

    I've walked 1575.6 miles OF the AT. In other words, I've gone past every blaze between Standing Bear Hostel to Mount Lafayette*. For a few of these miles, I've hiked on them more than once. I...
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    Here's the 411

    Here's the official word:
    https://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm
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    Pretty simple

    I chose it for myself, and it's the nickname of my university's sports teams.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgGdXiwHpmA&feature=youtu.be&t=7s
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    Here's a start

    Here's a scientific study indicating that hydration for us seniors is not significantly more a problem than for anyone else:

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF03324513

    Hydration is...
  21. Not exactly

    Sadly, that part you'll have to handle yourself.
    All they can provide is lodging, dinner, breakfast, and a box lunch -- any and all for a price.
    Slackpacking to the extreme.
  22. Very do-able

    Your idea is not only possible, it's part of a package you can reserve online.

    https://www.goshenandoah.com/specials/hiking-packages
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    It's the same way with A Walk In the Woods. I found the book hysterical because it was pretty obvious that these two guys had no idea what traversing the AT would entail, and consequently didn't get...
  24. Update on Inn at Afton

    An update for those interested in this area:
    https://www.schuminweb.com/2017/08/18/the-other-shoe-finally-dropped-on-afton-mountain/

    When I visited there in 2014, the former Howard Johnson's...
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    Mine

    > what’s your strategy?

    Mosquitoes go after my blood with more enthusiasm than the Red Cross, so I have developed a series of schemes to protect myself.
    1) Permethrin on all my clothes, including...
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