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    Last summer, I pushed several hikes into a second...

    Last summer, I pushed several hikes into a second week. As I noted in another post, I struggled with both stomach upset and not wanting to eat what I brought at different times.
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    Dropped my friend's dog while lifting him over a...

    Dropped my friend's dog while lifting him over a stile near Atkins, VA. Dog took it in stride, but his owner is still razzing me about it decades later.
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    For the most part, you should be able to buy food...

    For the most part, you should be able to buy food along the way, but it may vary by region. Eating a wheat-free diet from Dollar General sounds pretty bleak. A Walmart should work, and a larger...
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    One note on buying multiple pairs of shoes before...

    One note on buying multiple pairs of shoes before starting a long hike is that you may not wear the same shoe size 1000 miles in as you did at the beginning. I went from a 10 1/2 to a 13 between my...
  5. I don't object to legitimate work-for-stay, but...

    I don't object to legitimate work-for-stay, but doing a long-distance hike without the money for basic needs and having to rely on the generosity of fellow hikers and trail neighbors isn't something...
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    Thank you, Hank! I've subscribed for a look later.

    Thank you, Hank! I've subscribed for a look later.
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    The trail crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway about...

    The trail crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway about 1/2 mile south of the cliff where you can see the slopes. I worked on building the relocation to remove it from the Wintergreen Resort in the 1980s.
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    I had a site like that in Massachusetts last...

    I had a site like that in Massachusetts last month. With only one door, I would had to have slept with my head in the narrow end of the tent.
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    One of my regular hiking partners uses the Kelty...

    One of my regular hiking partners uses the Kelty frame pack he has had for 40 years. It is working for him after having back surgery and he doesn't want to change what is working.
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    Whitetail Ski area in Pennsylvania is well west...

    Whitetail Ski area in Pennsylvania is well west of the AT, about 50 minutes from PennMar Park.

    I'm not sure how the slopes line up to the AT, but Ski Liberty is much nearer the trail in Southern...
  11. I've only been a member for 17 years, and have...

    I've only been a member for 17 years, and have just over 500 posts.

    Does this make me not an introvert, even though I'm one in real life?
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    Going to need to test some new menus over the...

    Going to need to test some new menus over the winter.
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    I once had a friend make up group meals for a...

    I once had a friend make up group meals for a backpacking trip that included smoked cheese several times.

    Haven’t touched the stuff since.
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    They look good.

    They look good.
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    I hiked this area at the end of September and...

    I hiked this area at the end of September and expected it to be dry based on earlier reports. North of Rt. 44/Salisbury to Lee, MA/US 20, water wasn't scarce.
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    I've had a Copper Spur UL2 for four+ years and...

    I've had a Copper Spur UL2 for four+ years and really like it. It has probably been used about 75 nights, but I expect to use it another several years. Used it on a tent platform in Massachusetts a...
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    My police officer nephew and his partner arrested...

    My police officer nephew and his partner arrested two thieves in Westchester within the past month or two. I saw the surveillance video from someone's house and it was pretty brazen.
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    My hiking partner on the AT hikes carries the...

    My hiking partner on the AT hikes carries the Pack-it gourmet meals and likes them. I had a Mountain House Chicken and Dumplings on the last AT trip that gave me a weird aftertaste.

    I could use...
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    I carry Gatorade mix in warmer weather, but...

    I carry Gatorade mix in warmer weather, but probably could have used the calories of the sugared kind at elevation. I think that a cumulative lack of calories caught up with me in Colorado, since I...
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    Health and Nutrition on Longer Trips

    Up to the past year or so, my hiking and backpacking trips have been limited to no longer that a week. Being retired, I've done three longer trips in the past year, two on the AT, and one mainly on...
  21. Congrats on 20 years, and thanks to Rickb for...

    Congrats on 20 years, and thanks to Rickb for noting it!

    Took me a long time to become a donating member, but I'm glad I started several years ago.
  22. Don't get discouraged by the rocks in the first...

    Don't get discouraged by the rocks in the first 10 miles southbound. The rest of the trail isn't as rocky.
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    Agree, I personally know two section hikers who...

    Agree, I personally know two section hikers who couldn't finish because they weren't well enough to take on the northern sections. At least one of them could have completed trail sections further...
  24. Some years ago, I had to replace my 60 liter pack...

    Some years ago, I had to replace my 60 liter pack mid-trip because of a failure and ended up with a 75 liter pack. The extra space made it easy to get into bad habits.

    I'm now back down to 55...
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    I'm sorry, that's a tough decision to have to...

    I'm sorry, that's a tough decision to have to make. Hope you can continue to enjoy the trail in other ways.

    I'm mulling right now whether I will take a step back from backpacking in rough terrain...
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