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    Some FS roads are difficult to navigate but...

    Some FS roads are difficult to navigate but there's a few exceptions. In Vermont, FS route 10 in the Green Mountain NF is actually paved from the west side all the way to Rt. 7, the major N-S...
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    You're taking the exact right approach. I'm sure...

    You're taking the exact right approach. I'm sure you'll do well. Maybe in addition to a training hike from Port Clinton, you could also hike up northward from Lehigh Gap.

    Are you hiking all of...
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    Yes, and my hikes are focused on making elevation...

    Yes, and my hikes are focused on making elevation as opposed to miles. Try to do at least 1,000' per hike.
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    That's what I do nowadays but my mountains in...

    That's what I do nowadays but my mountains in Vermont for the most part are not as high as the Whites. ;)
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    More than gender-neutral - from my 2004 Trail...

    More than gender-neutral - from my 2004 Trail Journal at Roaring Springs Shelter: " ...I made it before 6 and shared the site with Louise a SOBO guy (thatís right a guy, his hiking partner was a guy...
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    I know the mention of his name brings scorn, but...

    I know the mention of his name brings scorn, but Bill Bryson's quote from his shuttle driver seems to sum it up for many of those who fall short: "It wasn't what they expected." And in effect, that...
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    I camped there on my '04 section hike. As I...

    I camped there on my '04 section hike. As I recall, there were about 3-4 other parties camped as well.
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    SoRuck for 2021 Cancelled

    No real surprise here. Hopefully it will occur in 2022.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/southernruck/permalink/10157838979752087
  9. It gives you something else that you don't find...

    It gives you something else that you don't find in NC - black flies!
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    After a bout with hypernatremia 15 years ago, i...

    After a bout with hypernatremia 15 years ago, i began packing Gatorade powder along with more salted peanuts and banana chips. A few year later, I used this electrolyte powder which comes in...
  11. Your first leg will be the most challenging, not...

    Your first leg will be the most challenging, not just because of having more miles, but having some very rugged and steep miles. I think weather is key so I hope that long-term forecast works out...
  12. Is that chatter based on something that the...

    Is that chatter based on something that the chatterer read from an official source saying it is allowed or is it chatter to the effect that yeah, people are doing it (camping) and getting away with...
  13. It's Catch 22. Even pre-COVID, Massachusetts is...

    It's Catch 22. Even pre-COVID, Massachusetts is one of those states like NJ and CT where camping is only allowed at shelters and designated campsites. And since COVID, the state has closed all...
  14. First and foremost, the entire AT in...

    First and foremost, the entire AT in Massachusetts is still closed to all camping. This closure was updated as of August 14. From the ATC website:
    Appalachian Trail Shelters, Campsites and Privies...
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    Yes, in the South you have those high elevations...

    Yes, in the South you have those high elevations which will provide relief from the heat of the valleys. For that reason, I believe - and this is buttressed by experience - that with respect to...
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    Especially in the west where even cotton dries...

    Especially in the west where even cotton dries quickly in the dry air.
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    As a section hiker, you can pick the time of year...

    As a section hiker, you can pick the time of year where the weather is best. Admittedly, there are some professions e.g. teachers who don't have that flexibility. During my 20s to mid 50s, I lived...
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    When I first bring up WhiteBlaze (which is rare...

    When I first bring up WhiteBlaze (which is rare these days), I browse "Today's Posts" and "New Posts" first. If I'm interested in a thread, I'll click on it and scroll down. I'll only log in if I...
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    For those who many be able to access the Facebook...

    For those who many be able to access the Facebook link, here's the text:



    Dear friends of Raymond,

    C. Raymond Myers, Jr. passed away on August 14, 2020. At his passing, he was with Jenny,...
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    His last name is Myers. If you find an obituary,...

    His last name is Myers. If you find an obituary, we'd all appreciate if you could post a link to this thread. Thanks.
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    I was shocked to hear this news. I first knew...

    I was shocked to hear this news. I first knew Rain Man through Whiteblaze and in 2011, we finally met face-to-face at Trail Days. By happenstance, I had met his daughter, Sara (Trail name Grass...
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    Jeff, here's the link to my writeup on Facebook....

    Jeff, here's the link to my writeup on Facebook.

    https://www.facebook.com/Cookerhiker/posts/10217880610916211
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    My memories of Don "Hikerhead" go back to when I...

    My memories of Don "Hikerhead" go back to when I first joined WhiteBlaze in 2005. It wasn't until 2007 that we met face-to-face.

    In June 2007, Don advertised on WhiteBlaze for a hiking partner to...
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    Thanks for your comments! Can't respond to all...

    Thanks for your comments! Can't respond to all of them now. I've done 3 end-to-end hikes of the LT. One a 5 year section hike, one an inside-out thru hike in 2007, and most recently I hiked the...
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    Slideshow - Long Trail and more

    For those who are fans of Vermont in general and the Long Trail in particular, you might enjoy this slideshow. Most of the scenes are from my 2 LT thruhikes. There's also some pics of the non-LT...
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