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  1. In my experience there are perhaps hundreds of...

    In my experience there are perhaps hundreds of clear-cut paths for pipelines and power lines that cross the AT already. 50' is rather narrow. And for a gas pipeline, I would expect they're not...
  2. There is a spring in that area. I hiked through...

    There is a spring in that area. I hiked through there twice and it had water both times. On one of the hikes, there was no water at Doc's Knob, but the spring a little south of Angel's Rest did...
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    Take it for what it's worth. There were a few...

    Take it for what it's worth. There were a few places in the northern half of GSMNP, including I think one place at CB, that made me more nervous in that you could fall seemingly through or under a...
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    6th vote with a word of caution... Make sure...

    6th vote with a word of caution... Make sure your 11yo is very careful around Charlie's Bunion. It wouldn't be hard to fall.
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    Do whatever reduces up/down motion. Often that...

    Do whatever reduces up/down motion. Often that is on top of rocks. Sometimes it works out best to step between them, particularly when the tops of rocks are wet or pointed and it's possible to find...
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    So far I've hiked all but the northernmost 30...

    So far I've hiked all but the northernmost 30 miles (which I hear may be the worst). I've done all that I've done in trail runners and have had no trouble.

    So far I would say that the rocks are...
  7. A couple of months ago I couldn't access WB from...

    A couple of months ago I couldn't access WB from Israel. I messaged the site administrators and got the region temporarily removed from the blacklist. Apparently lots of hacking going on from over...
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    Exactly. I live in a neighborhood with about 70...

    Exactly. I live in a neighborhood with about 70 homes (with a nearby neighborhood of probably 100 more). My kids barely know any other kids in the neighborhood. I recall fielding two full baseball...
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    That would be my guess too. Even they they may...

    That would be my guess too. Even they they may be able to connect on the trail, the consequences of living a life from childhood on up constantly looking at a screen is that the cognitive processes...
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    I would suggest Newfound Gap. If you park at...

    I would suggest Newfound Gap.

    If you park at Clingman's Dome, the parking lot is about 400' lower than the trail. So when hiking north AND when hiking south you do that extra 400'. If you park...
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    I always look forward to logging another section...

    I always look forward to logging another section on atdist.com (e.g. https://www.atdist.com/atdist?k1=JV&k2=KC&h=2afed10c&year=2020)

    Amazing amount of satisfaction you get from one simple mouse...
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    If structure damage was the reason for the...

    If structure damage was the reason for the closure, this seems like a good choice.

    If bear activity and I only found out about it when I reached the shelter near the end of the day, I'd consider...
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    I had this exact scenario. Was hiking south...

    I had this exact scenario.

    Was hiking south from Newfound Gap to Fontana Dam. They had tried to call me, but I had a different cell phone than I had used for reservations and the signal on trail...
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    I've done more of a patchwork, although I...

    I've done more of a patchwork, although I recently completed all gaps and now have a contiguous section of 1265 miles. Some of the gaps were tough to fill in due to their shortness (e.g. 6.5 miles)....
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    Direct link: https://www.atdist.com/atdist?k1=AT&k2=CL&h=42a97a00&year=2020
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    It doesn't matter if they follow the same rule...

    It doesn't matter if they follow the same rule because I'll have stepped to the side before I find out that they weren't going to stop. Still, in over 1200 miles I haven't had a problem.
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    I usually pick a spot where I'm going to stop. ...

    I usually pick a spot where I'm going to stop. If I see a person 50 yards away, I may project a point to step off the trail that will be when we are within about 5 yards.

    More often than not the...
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    As one who has contended that the trail is...

    As one who has contended that the trail is slightly more dangerous than big cities, I wouldn't suggest any other approach.

    I'll see you on the trail.
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    I wasn't even considering not hiking on the AT. ...

    I wasn't even considering not hiking on the AT.

    One of my hobbies is hiking.

    Another of my hobbies is mathematics. I've enjoyed making these estimations more than many other things I do each...
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    Interesting. But if I were on a boat in the...

    Interesting. But if I were on a boat in the ocean considering going swimming, I'd only care about the risk of shark attack.
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    Reply to colorado_rob: Sorry, I just don't get...

    Reply to colorado_rob:

    Sorry, I just don't get it. I just don't understand why you separate the small number of thru hikers from the huge population of hikers, it seems to be this totally skews...
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    Obviously all calculations start with some known...

    Obviously all calculations start with some known numbers and some estimations (e.g. how long on the trail does each thru-hiker spend). Everyone familiar with the trail can join in and debate the...
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    I agree that most people I see on the trail are...

    I agree that most people I see on the trail are decent. However, I don't see why we would need to consider the distribution of bad people when we know incontrovertibly that people have been murdered...
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    I agree that there is no evidence that...

    I agree that there is no evidence that section/thru/day hikers have a different risk profile. I think I posted my most recent post while you were writing your post. I would guess that spending the...
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    Sorry for the insults. The goal is to...

    Sorry for the insults.

    The goal is to compare the danger of life on the trail by converting to a form used for typical US cities (murders per 100,000 per year). I think we're on the same page...
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