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    I did my first AT hike right after I graduated...

    I did my first AT hike right after I graduated college. I worked, I saved, I spent less. But things were different 43 years ago.
  2. When much of the original trail was built the...

    When much of the original trail was built the emphasis was on developing a continuous path and not sustainability. The ATC has been working to rebuild trails that will last into the future. If you...
  3. NC has no statewide restriction on hunting from a...

    NC has no statewide restriction on hunting from a road. It is a local issue. But it is against the law to discharge a firearm within 500 yards of a place of worship.
  4. I believe hikers have caused the problem....

    I believe hikers have caused the problem. Regardless if one walks for a day, a weekend, or a summer, I classify them as a hiker. No distinction is necessary. People attempting a thru hike are not...
  5. I have been on ATC trail crews in GSMNP and in NJ...

    I have been on ATC trail crews in GSMNP and in NJ where we used an electric fence around our kitchen. An electric fence was used as a temporary solution at Mt Rogers last year. I don't see electric...
  6. In 2018 there were reported bear encounters from...

    In 2018 there were reported bear encounters from GA to MA along the AT. These resulted in over 20 shelters either closed or had warnings or alerts. In the 2019 Goddard shelter incident a bear box did...
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    AT Hiker Permit Cards at BSP

    Just curious since I have not heard much this year regarding the permit card at BSP. The number of cards was set at 3150 this year. Now that the hiker season is almost finished anyone have an idea on...
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    I have a pair of Leki Makalu's that are about 10...

    I have a pair of Leki Makalu's that are about 10 years old. I recommend Leki because of their fantastic customer service and availability of parts. On my AT thru I had to replace my tips and they...
  9. The point I was trying to make is perhaps those...

    The point I was trying to make is perhaps those asking for information cannot purchase Guthook because they have no smart phone. I have nothing against smart phones and technology. I do have a...
  10. I still have a complete set of guide books and...

    I still have a complete set of guide books and maps from the 70's. The biggest problem using them back then were many sections were out-of-date because of relocations. I have annotations on many...
  11. Believe it or not, some people do not have a...

    Believe it or not, some people do not have a smart phone.
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    I hiked the northern 175 miles at the end of Sept...

    I hiked the northern 175 miles at the end of Sept 2017. The trail was overgrown in many places. I am thinking about doing the southern section I missed because of hurricane Irma next spring....
  13. I have been a member of ATC for 44 years, life...

    I have been a member of ATC for 44 years, life member for almost 40. I think when I first joined they may have only had one paid employee (Jean Cashin). Today they have 25 employees just in the...
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    I am still going with horse chestnut. Ohio...

    I am still going with horse chestnut. Ohio buckeye only has 5 leaves. Horse chestnut has 6 or 7. I can see several whorls that have at least six leaves in your picture. I think a horse chestnut is...
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    Not osage orange. Osage orange can handle the...

    Not osage orange. Osage orange can handle the winters in Ohio. We also call them hedge apple mainly because the fruit is a big (3-4" diam) green ball that looks like brains. Also known as monkey...
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    I don't think it is Ohio buckeye. More likely a...

    I don't think it is Ohio buckeye. More likely a horse chestnut. Ohio buckeye is usually found in moist woods. Horse chestnut is commonly planted in town as a street tree or in parks. From what I can...
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    Not pawpaw.

    Not pawpaw.
  18. I don't think Suzanne Dixon had done much hiking...

    I don't think Suzanne Dixon had done much hiking on the AT. Reading all your posts you sure have a lot of guessing, suppositions, and very few facts.
  19. Do you know Ms. Marra? What do you mean "someone...

    Do you know Ms. Marra? What do you mean "someone that apparently hikes". Is that code for thru hiker? According to the ATC new release, Ms. Marra has hiked 1200 miles of the AT. She also is a trail...
  20. I did that section two years ago. When I got to...

    I did that section two years ago. When I got to Fontana I spent the night at the Hike Inn. I hit Smokemont on the morning of my fourth day. The Lakeshore trail is fairly easy in my opinion. You are...
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    I was there last month. Made a detour to check...

    I was there last month. Made a detour to check out the falls and the bridge. There were 3 day hikers there who crossed the bridge twice. I would wade or take the detour.
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    Week 5 and 6 Konnarock Trail Crew

    Last month I spent two weeks volunteering with the Konnarock trail crew. The first week (week 5 of the season) I was on crew 2 working on trail rehab on Yellow Mountain, about 1 mile south of...
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    I did 10 days and 175 miles on the BMT and never...

    I did 10 days and 175 miles on the BMT and never saw another hiker until day 6 when I was in the Smokys. Only spent 1 night out of 9 camped with other hikers.
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    On my thru hike I was often asked "Are you hiking...

    On my thru hike I was often asked "Are you hiking alone?" I would answer no, there are about 2000 other people out here. I don't think I ever went one day without seeing anyone. I hiked from ME to VA...
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    My wife picked a dead one off one of the dogs a...

    My wife picked a dead one off one of the dogs a week or two ago. We are in southern Ohio.
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