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    The Doyle is cleaner the most, if not all, trail...

    The Doyle is cleaner the most, if not all, trail shelters. But in saying that, there will come a time soon when it needs a very major overhaul and I can't see how it could be paid for. Perhaps the...
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    I do three things when I hike in case I get lost....

    I do three things when I hike in case I get lost. Carry a whistle. Carry a magnetic compass. And carry a GPS. Even if you just use the GPS at the end of the day to mark your location, if you get...
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    ATC is sitting on 15 million in cash right now...

    ATC is sitting on 15 million in cash right now and turns a profit of 2 million a year, although it's a non-profit so the money isn't taxed or payed out in dividends. But what are they actually doing...
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    I think this happened. She got lost and it really...

    I think this happened. She got lost and it really can be hard to find the trail again once you are lost. Everything looks the same. When you are hopelessly lost, you will do anything to be found. She...
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    The website sounds fair enough. He shouldn't...

    The website sounds fair enough. He shouldn't shuttle people for free who aren't staying at the listed hotels. And some hikers do take advantage of hotel owners by getting a room for one person, then...
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    yes, you will deal with alcohol on the trail, and...

    yes, you will deal with alcohol on the trail, and yes, you will deal with drunks on the trail. If drunks and alcohol are a problem to you, avoid the shelters as much as possible
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    Have a plan to get off the trail if you do less...

    Have a plan to get off the trail if you do less then the 200 miles. If you do the 200 great, if not, even doing 100 miles over 9 days is quite an adventure.
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    Ward Leonard, ran across him I guess 20 years ago...

    Ward Leonard, ran across him I guess 20 years ago or more I reckon. Told me he did about 30 to 40 miles a day and I believe him 100 percent. I think he doesn't hike anymore though.
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    Another vote for SOBO. Rewarding yourself by...

    Another vote for SOBO. Rewarding yourself by ending at Harper's Ferry. Only thing i'll say is not to leave your car overnight at PenMar, have a friend drop you off. Parking your car at Harper's Ferry...
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    While you can probably can do it on less then...

    While you can probably can do it on less then $5,000, the odds you'll actually complete a thru-hike increases if you have more money. I bet the number who finish in Maine who did it on less then $3k...
  11. it's a great story. However, Proenneke got really...

    it's a great story. However, Proenneke got really screwed in the royalties for the book and he was upset that the first book, the author's heavily edited his own writings. The 2nd book, which is free...
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    Could be a real mess for SOBO, hopefully most of...

    Could be a real mess for SOBO, hopefully most of them are south enough to avoid the brunt of this.
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    Every other hiker says the same thing about their...

    Every other hiker says the same thing about their dogs. Seen dogs urinate right on water sources.

    I'll be honest, few other hikers want to be around your dogs, especially around shelters. Few...
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    Not a dime to them or the AMC. Most of the money...

    Not a dime to them or the AMC. Most of the money goes to salaries and not to the AT. If you want to REALLY help the trail, cut out the middle men, and donate directly to your LOCAL TRAIL CLUB minus...
  15. Christine, I think a much better idea would be to...

    Christine, I think a much better idea would be to interview hikers as they are actually hiking. Go to the shelters and ask them LIVE the questions. You'll get a much more real documentaries and much...
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    Bill Bryson had a lot to say about Moose in his...

    Bill Bryson had a lot to say about Moose in his book... such as a moose is a cow drawn by a 3 year old and pretty much the most stupid mammal on the earth.
  17. Completely disagree. ANY and ALL money spent...

    Completely disagree. ANY and ALL money spent while hiking is the cost of the thru-hike. If your not counting those costs you are only deceiving yourself.
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    http://dynamodata.fdncenter.org/990_pdf_archive/52...

    http://dynamodata.fdncenter.org/990_pdf_archive/526/526046689/526046689_201012_990.pdf

    $119,000 a year according to the 2010 tax statement. No where near as bad as the AMC pays out.

    However,...
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    Here's even more proof how corrupt the AMC has...

    Here's even more proof how corrupt the AMC has become.. Here is their 2002 tax form. (8 years earlier)

    http://dynamodata.fdncenter.org/990_pdf_archive/046/046001677/046001677_200212_990.pdf
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    I've already proven this is not true and the half...

    I've already proven this is not true and the half of the funds go into the pockets of executives info salaries. If they are telling you the funds are being mostly for the trail, THEY ARE LYING TO...
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    Since this is a group that gets government grants...

    Since this is a group that gets government grants and also a tax-exempt status, you darn right I care what they are getting paid. If they were a private corporation, I wouldn't care.

    Again, 50...
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    And by the way, the Georgia Appalachian Club does...

    And by the way, the Georgia Appalachian Club does pay a dime in salary to anyone. All volunteer on every level. Yet they do one heck of a job maintaining the trail in Georgia.
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    To bring up that fact, the AMC spends over...

    To bring up that fact, the AMC spends over $100,000 a year for helicopter services

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    The United Way only spends about 20 percent of their revenue on salaries. The AMC spends 50 percent. ...
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    This is why the AMC should be removed.. Their own...

    This is why the AMC should be removed.. Their own 990 tax filing

    http://dynamodata.fdncenter.org/990_pdf_archive/046/046001677/046001677_201012_990.pdf

    Andrew Felender - president of the AMC...
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    A bad idea. Some (if not a hikers) would feel...

    A bad idea. Some (if not a hikers) would feel they don't need to carry a bear box because they assume yours will be available. The problem isn't the bears, it's irresponsible hikers. Then of course...
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