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    I was out on the trail in Maryland on Memorial...

    I was out on the trail in Maryland on Memorial Day weekend and yesterday. There are plenty of people out on the trail camping near the shelters. There are signs to not use the shelters. The trail is...
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    I did a training backpack last year doing the...

    I did a training backpack last year doing the same section though I have dayhiked on the Md. AT numerous times. You can park outside of PenMar Park. There is a large dirt parking area there. Have a...
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    Sent you a PM

    Sent you a PM
  4. When I was leaving Pearisburg in the morning,...

    When I was leaving Pearisburg in the morning, there was light snow covering the mountains. There was a brief snowstorm the day before I arrived. It was pretty cold on the ridgeline with a icy breeze....
  5. You will run into some early thru hikers and...

    You will run into some early thru hikers and section hikers during that time. I did a section north out of Pearisburg last year leaving on April 11th. I did hike with a few thru hikers and section...
  6. I bought the zpacks bear bag kit last year in a...

    I bought the zpacks bear bag kit last year in a attempt to lighten up. The biner was a piece of junk. Never stayed closed. I think it bent on me. I didn't like the cord much (too thin) especially...
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    Hope you like your new tent. I have the previous...

    Hope you like your new tent. I have the previous model TT Moment. I have had it for quite a few years and still holding up well. I'm not sure if you know it or not but you don't want to have a...
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    Picking out shoes not always easy and what works...

    Picking out shoes not always easy and what works for me doesn't necessarily mean it will work for you. Trial and error is the best method but can be costly and painful. I haven't tried the Cascadia...
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    I like to carry a credit card and some cash...

    I like to carry a credit card and some cash usually under $100. I keep that on my person at all times, not in my pack. I can see where it might be a good idea to have a backup cash stashed elsewhere...
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    I have the previous version of the Tarptent...

    I have the previous version of the Tarptent Moment. I ordered the liner about a year afterwards because I wanted the extra protection/insurance if I was in a heavy downpour. There was alot of posts...
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    I believe both weeks will be crowded. I agree...

    I believe both weeks will be crowded. I agree with Slo-go'en, leave before Trail Days. The area north of Damascus is one of the highlights of the trail and would be best enjoyed before the herd comes...
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    Yes, You can park at the Visitor Center, the...

    Yes, You can park at the Visitor Center, the train station (hard to find parking spot) or the lot right off 340 on Shenandoah Street. You will have to fill out a parking envelope for $10 and leave...
  13. Thanks Slo for your reply.

    Thanks Slo for your reply.
  14. Sleeping bag or liner and puffy for summer PA to vermont?

    I am leaving to hike the AT starting in Pa. (Rausch Gap) and heading north for a month hoping to get to/thru Vermont. I have backpacked most of the southern part of the AT (910 miles). I have never...
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    I would say AT is best from Front Royal. It will...

    I would say AT is best from Front Royal. It will be very hot and humid on both trails. My opinion is water easier to find on AT.
    I have done the Tuscarora west from Shenandoah and thru Massanutten...
  16. Russ, 1. You will never know unless you go. If...

    Russ,
    1. You will never know unless you go. If you have the time and funds, give it another try. At least, you will have settled that doubt or regret.
    2. Suggestion - read Appalachian Trials by...
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    Hey, all you flip floppers! Wish you guys and...

    Hey, all you flip floppers! Wish you guys and gals the best of luck on your thru hike. I wish I could join you all since I am in the same age range as most of you. I will be hiking into HF on May 2...
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    Most people on the AT use the Sawyer Squeeze and...

    Most people on the AT use the Sawyer Squeeze and Aqua Mira. I carry both of these water treatment methods. Sawyer Squeeze easy to use and backwash occasionally usually when I hit towns. Carry a extra...
  19. I have mostly used Smartwool socks in the past. I...

    I have mostly used Smartwool socks in the past. I haven't had any major problems with blisters. I would get hotspots by the end of the day hiking mostly on the bottom of my feet. Last year I started...
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    Well, depends on the size/weight of your tent and...

    Well, depends on the size/weight of your tent and your pack setup. My tent (Tarptent Moment) fits in a outside stuff pocket on outside of pack. I would never put wet tent inside my pack because I...
  21. I have been trying out the New Balance 1210. I...

    I have been trying out the New Balance 1210. I like them so far. Alot of room in the toebox. I tried the NB 910 but found them to be tight.
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    If your Platypus bag doesn't fit well on your...

    If your Platypus bag doesn't fit well on your Sawyer Squeeze, you can use Smartwater bottles (1 liter or 700ml). Evernew bags also work but may be hard to find. I picked up a Evernew bag from Trail...
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    You may see some thruhikers but I think the bulk...

    You may see some thruhikers but I think the bulk of the bubble will be in central to Northern Virginia.
  24. Thanks, Elf. I didn't know. No, more jokin with...

    Thanks, Elf. I didn't know. No, more jokin with the kids;).
  25. Hi Xrayextra Welcome to Whiteblaze and...

    Hi Xrayextra
    Welcome to Whiteblaze and congratulations on your thruhike. You have got to be the youngest thruhiker ever only being a 1 year old. Are you a baby elephant? Congratulations on the...
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