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    You might find this BLOG...

    You might find this BLOG of interest - Letter of a $1000 thru hike. Some have done it.
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    I hear they have done more maintaining on this...

    I hear they have done more maintaining on this fascinating trail. Come see what the AT looked like years ago and get a good taste of rural West VA
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    This is the forum where I first met Baltimore...

    This is the forum where I first met Baltimore Jack long ago in 2006 and who gave me much sage advice in the forums as I was a newbie trying to plan by 2007 hike. I faithfully read his resupply, took...
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    You won't have any issue doing it in five days. I...

    You won't have any issue doing it in five days. I did this in 2014 and wrote a blog about it. Enjoy.
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    West VA's long trail - the Allegheny Trail

    I thru hiked this trail in the fall of 2015 - feel free to check out my blog for a summary and also websites and helps for this unique trail reminiscent of the AT in days gone by.
  6. Low end - single digits. High end, 70s. If you...

    Low end - single digits. High end, 70s. If you are sectioning keep an eye on the temps before you go.
  7. Thread: Bears Again

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    Bears are not normally habituated to human food...

    Bears are not normally habituated to human food unless they find it by thoughtless hikers. Yearling bear esp are susceptible as they are trying to find their way after being kicked out of the den....
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    Always be concerned about ticks. Use permethrin...

    Always be concerned about ticks. Use permethrin on your clothing, socks and shoes.
  9. Backpacking, Long Distance hiking workshop is March 12 in VA!

    Last day to register - March 10! All Day Backpacking Workshop is in Stanardsville, VA right near Shenandoah National Park! Learn about backpacks, fitting, packing them right, foods to bring, bear...
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    Canister is "suggested" from GA to Damascus but...

    Canister is "suggested" from GA to Damascus but only required around the Blood Mtn, GA area which can be easily hiked through.
  11. See how it goes. Should be great. Toughest part...

    See how it goes. Should be great. Toughest part of the trail though
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    Sounds ok. Check the weather ahead of time ad...

    Sounds ok. Check the weather ahead of time ad adjust your baselayer if needed.
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    I've camped on snow. Did fine. But another hiker...

    I've camped on snow. Did fine. But another hiker did warn that once you get up, to make sure you take down your tent fairly soon afterwards so it doesn't freeze to the ground. I thought that was a...
  14. I did my AT hike at age 44 and again at age 48....

    I did my AT hike at age 44 and again at age 48. You are never too old, but time can affect in ways such and in your joints, etc. If this is the time for you to do a hike, do it. Just remember that...
  15. Thread: Pack Problem

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    If you find a pack is comfortable for you, use...

    If you find a pack is comfortable for you, use it. Just because there are lighter ones doesn't mean it is right for you. Don't get so hung up about the weight - you can actually cut weight in other...
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    I have done the FHT and blogged on it as well as...

    I have done the FHT and blogged on it as well as provided links to the trail conference for materials and my journal. The trail book is great, the map I did not need. FHT Blog
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    My blogs...

    My blogs on maildrops. I did them successfully north and south.
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    Buying the wrong gear is part of the hiking...

    Buying the wrong gear is part of the hiking exeperience. What works for one doesn't work for another Which is why returns are good to have etc. when purchasing.
  19. Thread: Wrist watches

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    I have the Ironman too but now I am enjoying my...

    I have the Ironman too but now I am enjoying my Fitbitz
  20. Thread: Fires

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    Fires can be great, but please DON'T burn any...

    Fires can be great, but please DON'T burn any trash in them. Also, I totally disagree wit the idea you should leave a fire burning at shelters when you leave. Leave No Trace and Extinguish ALL fires...
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    It's fine but it is also thru hiker season, so...

    It's fine but it is also thru hiker season, so lots around. Plus Flip Flop season so you will be in good company.
  22. Thread: Sleeping Bag

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    No way. No how. 15 degree, carry a silk liner too...

    No way. No how. 15 degree, carry a silk liner too and long underwear
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    Go southbound. Much more enjoyable.

    Go southbound. Much more enjoyable.
  24. Thread: bear bag bell

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    Please, no bells. No need. If you see a bear on...

    Please, no bells. No need. If you see a bear on the trail just talk to it like your dog. If they are near shelters, make tons of noise. I see bears a lot working in Shenandoah.
  25. Funny, I just wrote a blog on this very subject....

    Funny, I just wrote a blog on this very subject. I list a few things to take under consideration when trying to decide where to hike and how long. Check out my blog on it. Lots to choose from!
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