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    Update

    As of 2021 July 8, this shelter is in pretty good shape, including its moat. No major trash issues, and the low level of graffiti surprised me. Water was flowing fine.
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    As of now

    As of 2021 July 7, the "moat" is still there, and I came close to falling into it when I wasn't paying attention.
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    More info

    Update on both shelters:
    As of July 6 & 9, both shelters are in quite good shape, trash-wise.
    Water is flowing well at Cable Gap, and probably at Sassafras as well. I didn't check the latter's...
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    Stayed there in June of 2021

    Water is flowing fine, about .2 of a mile south of the Shelter. Only a few bear cables are presently usable. Privy is behind the shelter.
    Overall, pretty average for a shelter.
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    Update

    As of mid-June of this year, all water sources listed in Guthooks are flowing fine. I had no problems getting water at any designated water source.
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    Follow up

    As of June 14 of this year, the water at Cold Spring Shelter is flowing quite well, right out of the pipe.
  7. Probably no answer at all

    People who have survived suicide attempts will tell it is meaningless to ask questions along the lines of, "Who in their right mind would do that?" or "What is the logic in doing that?" The simple...
  8. A flaw in your logic

    This is plain wrong. Bear spray is NOT a repellent, it's an irritant. In the same way that chili powder makes bland food SMELL better but is NOT something you'd want in your eyes, the red pepper oil...
  9. Bear eyesight

    You heard wrong.

    https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=wildlifenews.view_article&articles_id=135
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    19E has LONG been viewed as dangerous

    Rohland has been warning against parking there since 2006
    http://rohland.homedns.org:8008/at/state/state_detail/AT_state_detail.aspx?stateID=10%20&sectionID=71
    a Whiteblaze poster considered it...
  11. Perhaps

    Maybe this is an answer to a classic question:
    https://flxt.tmsimg.com/assets/p26527_p_v10_ae.jpg
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    No worry about ticks in PA?

    > I don't think you have to seriously worry about ticks in PA

    As someone who got Lyme Disease while doing a day hike in Pennsylvania, I respectfully disagree.
    The link supplied by gpburdeljr...
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    I use the Ursack

    For me, that it's main feature. Even with perfect conditions -- trees nearby, with branches at just the right height -- I couldn't do a PCT hang if my life depended on it. Much easier to just tie up...
  14. Raised hand

    I will continue to do so until it wears out.
    https://whiteblaze.net/forum/vbg/files/1/3/8/6/3/gb.full_original.jpg
  15. Thread: Bear Cables

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    Video visit

    This video visit from January of last year
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIQcFwuxIjU
    doesn't mention any bear-proofing items, and any that might be there don't seem to be very visible.
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    Suggestion

    Ride the Shortline Bus from the NY Port Authority Terminal to Bear Mountain
    http://www.cityexpressusa.com/CoachUsaAssets/files/98/pough-nwbrg.pdf
    Hike north and spend the night at the William Brien...
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    Here's what you're looking for

    There's a Facebook{R} group that might interest you
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/179997858744135/

    Sometimes I'll post info only here, sometimes only there, occasionally at both places. One...
  18. To mis-quote Bill Engvall

    Here's your link:
    https://www.thestreet.com/investing/fed-holds-rates-steadysuggests-no-hikes-until-at-least-2023
  19. Eating at shelter and tent sites

    Depends on how you define "should." Anytime you take food out of an air-tight container, and particularly when you cook food, a nearby bear MIGHT smell it and become attracted to it. Because of this...
  20. How to survive

    Surprisingly, most adult humans can survive an attack from a mountain lion IF they fight the cat like hell after the initial attack. ...
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    With whom I agree

    I actually agree with both you and your friend.

    Hiking the A.T. can be incredibly boring. For the most part, it's just the same thing -- mile after mile, hour after hour, day after day. There are...
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    More info

    Geraldine "Inchworm" Largay had a terrible sense of direction, and did not know how to use a compass. This was not a major problem as long as she either (1) stayed on the trail, (2) walked with a...
  23. Right of way rules on trails

    https://www.telluridemountainclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/IMBA-Share-the-Trail-467x624.jpg
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    About wet cashmere

    https://sewingiscool.com/is-cashmere-warm-for-winter/
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    Proper order of survival steps

    Here's a good article on the best order of steps to take in an emergency situation -- like severe shivering when you end your hike.
    https://www.outdoorlife.com/survival-skills-order-of-operations/
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