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    I parked at the backpacker lot off of Mountain...

    I parked at the backpacker lot off of Mountain Rd. in DWG last fall. The trail goes right through it. I suggest getting there early if you're going to start on a weekend, it fills up pretty quickly...
  2. I remember seeing one 20-something "thru-hiker"...

    I remember seeing one 20-something "thru-hiker" in VA whose mom actually drove to the nearest trailhead and hiked a few miles to the nearest shelter, set up his tent and made him dinner while he sat...
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    First, wow, it took me 6 days to complete that...

    First, wow, it took me 6 days to complete that same section. I didn't stop at Lickskillet or Trent's, but I can recommend a night at Woods Hole (assuming they're open right now) which sets you up for...
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    So I guess my 2 week/150-180 mile AT hikes would...

    So I guess my 2 week/150-180 mile AT hikes would be MASHes then?
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    I actually enjoyed the climb out of Lehigh Gap....

    I actually enjoyed the climb out of Lehigh Gap. It was enough to get the adrenaline flowing but not enough to make me fear for my life. The views near the top were phenomenal. Of course, that was...
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    What the others said... if starting May 1 I...

    What the others said... if starting May 1 I strongly advise a flip-flop starting NOBO from Harper's Ferry rather than a traditional NOBO thru-hike.
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    Hahaha I just looked up the quote I got from them...

    Hahaha I just looked up the quote I got from them by email... $130.
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    I shuttled from Front Royal to Waynesboro with...

    I shuttled from Front Royal to Waynesboro with Scott from Mountain Home, but that was pre-COVID. Not sure if he is doing shuttles now, but it's worth a call.
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    I hang if and only if I'm staying in a shelter...

    I hang if and only if I'm staying in a shelter (rare) and there's no bear box or cables. If tenting, I'll use bear box or cables if available, otherwise I sleep with my food in my tent. I keep all...
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    The longest I've been out on the trail is 2 weeks...

    The longest I've been out on the trail is 2 weeks (multiple times, always solo).

    Do I get bored? No. Do I start to miss my wife and kids the 2nd week? Yes.
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    *facepalm*

    *facepalm*
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    Reading is a nice way to spend the 2 hours...

    Reading is a nice way to spend the 2 hours between sunset and 9 PM in October.

    I bought a complete set of paperback novels by Carl Hiaasen and started bringing one of them on each of my trips...
  13. McAfee was nice, but so was Tinker Cliffs......

    McAfee was nice, but so was Tinker Cliffs... similar view without the crowds.
  14. Poll: Yes they should eliminate it.

    Yes they should eliminate it.
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    Good question. I've done both in the past and I...

    Good question. I've done both in the past and I think there are pros and cons to each.

    For example, 2 years ago I did park my car at the end of my hike and shuttle to the beginning. It was a 7...
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    I've done most of my section hikes by arranging...

    I've done most of my section hikes by arranging for a shuttle pickup at the END of my hike, specifying the date/time in advance. I've done this about a dozen times now for hikes of 1-2 weeks and...
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    [QUOTE=Gambit McCrae;2280260]Lets look at the top...

    [QUOTE=Gambit McCrae;2280260]Lets look at the top 5 cooked vs cold items I have brought in the past. I say "I" so that others dont object to there not being other options. But we all know that...
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    I could see going stoveless during the summer....

    I could see going stoveless during the summer. During the rest of the year I don't think I could do it.

    I do all my backpacking in the spring/fall and there's usually at least a day or two on...
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    I bring rain pants along with my rain jacket and...

    I bring rain pants along with my rain jacket and I've mostly ended up using them as town clothes. At under 2 oz. they are the lightest item of clothing in my pack.
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    Sorry for the thread drift - for us younger folks...

    Sorry for the thread drift - for us younger folks with children there's also a program where kids and their families can get free access to national parks during their 4th grade school year.
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    Depends on what season you are hiking in. If you...

    Depends on what season you are hiking in. If you are hiking during the 'warm season' (~May-September in the south), then no you probably don't extra clothes for camping/sleeping. If you are hiking in...
  22. If hiking in March/April (especially in March), I...

    If hiking in March/April (especially in March), I suggest adding miles to the north. The section to the north of Troutville is mostly lower elevation, the trail is easy, and it closely parallels the...
  23. Thread: Camp shoes?

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    This has been discussed at length in the past on...

    This has been discussed at length in the past on this forum and you will undoubtedly find a range of opinions.

    I always bring camp shoes. Having a lightweight pair of slip-ons that I can quickly...
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    Second c), hiked the AT for 2 weeks fall 2020 and...

    Second c), hiked the AT for 2 weeks fall 2020 and planning to do it again in 2021. Would be nice if COVID were no longer an issue by then but I'm still going either way.
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    FWIW, I spent only $600 on my last 2 week section...

    FWIW, I spent only $600 on my last 2 week section hike (Port Clinton, PA to I-87 in NY, which included 2 travel days and 13 hiking days):
    $75 Gasoline (roughly 1,000 miles of driving in a Toyota...
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