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  1. Lightning strike at George Washington Memorial June 18, 2015

    Re posting this from the Appalachian Trails Facebook page

    Hi fellow AT hikers! I'm hoping someone in this group can help me out. I'm looking for a hiker my sister and I ran into on the trail. On...
  2. You can't go wrong with Leki poles. At Traildays...

    You can't go wrong with Leki poles. At Traildays a few years ago they totally replaced every part except for one of the upper poles. They had been used and abused for a few years. All repairs were...
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    They sell them on Amazon too.

    They sell them on Amazon too.
  4. If you carry a weapon you have to assume...

    If you carry a weapon you have to assume responsibility for the security of that weapon. A couple murders on the AT were killed with their own weapons. As a former instructor for concealed weapons...
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    So you want to take a chance at a serious...

    So you want to take a chance at a serious infection? To see how long the bandage will stay on, makes sense to me. Not my foot.
  6. OMG you don't need a stun gun or any weapon of...

    OMG you don't need a stun gun or any weapon of any type. Yes, some women have had stalker type issues but they are very rare and you will find the good guys will be there to rally around you if...
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    Poll: So much depends on the Croo. I hoped hut to...

    So much depends on the Croo. I hoped hut to hut, not originally planning on it but all the croo's were great until I reached Lake of the Clouds. Even though the croo from Mizpah Springs radioed...
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    Good points above but it also depends on what...

    Good points above but it also depends on what section your on and the time of year. You might be better off posting this on the CT thread.
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    In following this post it is interesting that...

    In following this post it is interesting that everyone starts out with calling 911 when it should start with assessment of the situation and self rescue.

    Even Squeezebox arrived to the conclusion...
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    This is NOT a 911 call, so you hurt your...

    This is NOT a 911 call, so you hurt your shoulder. What would you have done before the advent of the cell phone? You were a 1/4 mile away from a trailhead, drag your pack or stash it in the woods. ...
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    I just read the backcountry rules for GSMNP I...

    I just read the backcountry rules for GSMNP I didn't see any mention either way on the use of bear spray. I am aware that most NP's have a policy it is illegal to use spray in the established...
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    I have backpacked all over the lower 48 and in...

    I have backpacked all over the lower 48 and in real bear country in Alaska. In every bear incident that I have ever known it can be traced back to human not following the rules in bear country. I...
  13. I really do not see the problem here, if the...

    I really do not see the problem here, if the shelter is full.... hike on! Very few places on the AT where you can't get off the trail, out of sight and cold camp. I have taken refuge in a few...
  14. Might consider using an emergency blanket inside...

    Might consider using an emergency blanket inside your bag. They are lightweight and cheap. While hiking the International AT a few years ago my 40 degree bag was not keeping me warm at night so I...
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    A large inner tube and a bicycle pump.

    A large inner tube and a bicycle pump.
  16. I'm really surprised by those that comment...

    I'm really surprised by those that comment reflects the impression that it is no big deal. Yes, would rather see someone carve into a man made object over a living tree but when these vandals carve...
  17. Several years ago I was hiking up to Clingmans...

    Several years ago I was hiking up to Clingmans Dome when I saw to people carving their names into a bench. Lots of people watching them do it but nobody saying a word when I was close to them I...
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    You just can't please everyone. For example...

    You just can't please everyone. For example Whitehouse in Maine, I loved the place and didn't think they were expensive considering where they are located but you will find a lot of comments here on...
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    Thanks all! I have been using 07 as my finish...

    Thanks all! I have been using 07 as my finish date. My original hike started out to be a thru, ending with a dislocated ankle near Damascus, VA. Maybe, just maybe another thru attempt is in my...
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    Hiker class is all I need.... thanks :)

    Hiker class is all I need.... thanks :)
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    What class am I?

    As a section hiker I finished the AT in 2007 but I officially started in 1975 so am I in the class of 2007, 1975 or can I pick an chooses any year that I hiked?
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    Thanks SassyWindsor! I posted this originally on...

    Thanks SassyWindsor! I posted this originally on FB not even thinking about WB until gollwoods reposted it. This stove was given to me without any information. It is an interesting design but I...
  23. Another way to to create a txt file with...

    Another way to to create a txt file with contact/reward information on it. Make it "read only" and then store it on the SD card.

    Personally for my reward I pay for shipping and will send them a...
  24. Looks like he gave DOT's as his address

    Looks like he gave DOT's as his address
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    So many people saying a knife is not needed? I...

    So many people saying a knife is not needed? I knife is absolutely a necessary item! You do not need a huge one a small SAK for 99% of all trails is all that is needed but it is one of those basic...
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