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    Do it SOBO down the mountain, at dusk, when the...

    Do it SOBO down the mountain, at dusk, when the winds start picking up, and it looks like it is going to rain. "Fun" was not the adjective going through my mind then...
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    I carried a Sawyer Squeeze with a few Katahdin...

    I carried a Sawyer Squeeze with a few Katahdin tablets as backup. This worked best for me because I liked to "camel" at water stops -- I would drink a liter or more using the 1 L bag, then if...
  3. I did this section as a "keyswap" hike with a...

    I did this section as a "keyswap" hike with a NOBO friend after Traildays. There is an overnight parking lot in Grayson (for a $$), but I would park in Damascus and get Lone Wolf or someone else to...
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    Maybe Crazy Cook Monument to Lordsburg, NM, but...

    Maybe Crazy Cook Monument to Lordsburg, NM, but will probably wait until next year. Moving to a location 1000 miles from the AT, so I'll need to find new places to hike.
  5. You appear to be in second place now. Good luck!

    You appear to be in second place now. Good luck!
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    Hydro Hammock

    I saw that someone posted in Hiking Humor last year about this "hot tub" hammock, did anyone actually bring one this year?

    https://www.facebook.com/hydrohammock/

    FYI: Recently back from Camino...
  7. A hostel near the PA/MD line would be useful -- I...

    A hostel near the PA/MD line would be useful -- I needed to drive a NOBO flip flopper 10 miles into a bigger town to find lodging for her. You could probably make some $$ shuttling in the area as...
  8. Thread: Black Flies

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    I was in the HMW at beginning of SOBO season in...

    I was in the HMW at beginning of SOBO season in June 2014, and the black flies were quite bad, especially about an hour prior to sunset. I definitely would cook and collect water prior to that time....
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    Miss Janet is usually in the area at that time of...

    Miss Janet is usually in the area at that time of year. I section hiked the whole trail, and she helped me out with several difficult shuttles. Keep in mind, you may make MANY stops on a shuttle...
  10. Glad to hear that. I was in my early 40s when I...

    Glad to hear that. I was in my early 40s when I hiked in good weather up there, and still became hypothermic from overexertion on the "downhill" hike from Clingmans to Fontana. The altitude has...
  11. Keep in mind that in 2012, there was a hiker...

    Keep in mind that in 2012, there was a hiker rescued from the Smokies via helicopter the same time you were going.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8hP-AgskqI

    I hiked that section a few weeks...
  12. You could eliminate driving days by staying on...

    You could eliminate driving days by staying on near borders (e.g., Damascus, Harpers Ferry, Delaware Water Gap, Hanover), but you would typically miss the best areas of each state by doing so -- with...
  13. The lowest stress way to handle such an itinerary...

    The lowest stress way to handle such an itinerary would be to sleep exclusively at hiker or B&B accommodations (preferably on trail), and do two day hikes which bracket the accommodation to...
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    If you are really worried about size, you can...

    If you are really worried about size, you can always take some stuff out and put it in a pack liner (e.g., trash compactor bag) or large dry bag and carry it separately.
  15. I would think Watauga Dam, because of the...

    I would think Watauga Dam, because of the security associated with it. The dam is also a long way to drive -- and only one way in and one way out -- just to mess with someone's car.
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    I did not know that about working w/o cell signal...

    I did not know that about working w/o cell signal -- thanks! I think you can buy trail sections separately, so in hindsight, the app would have been very nice to have in New Hampshire (to help with...
  17. Well, there is a $25,000 reward at stake -- which...

    Well, there is a $25,000 reward at stake -- which could be used for Appalachian Trail purposes, or could be used to buy a contractor a nice car. I have already contacted the reporter. She might...
  18. The timing is quite suspicious. I think at the...

    The timing is quite suspicious. I think at the very least the following should be contacted:

    1) The reporter from the Boston Globe (this story may have some legs...)
    2) Maine Warden Service (who...
  19. That's nice of you not to take any credit, but...

    That's nice of you not to take any credit, but keep in mind that there was a large cash reward ($25000) for information resulting in her discovery. You might want to figure out if the person finding...
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    Interesting. The tent makes me think injury, but...

    Interesting. The tent makes me think injury, but it is possible she might have run out of daylight after getting lost northwest (compass direction) of the trail. There are a number of false trails...
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    I was thinking a false path as well. She comes...

    I was thinking a false path as well. She comes down the hill from the shelter, crosses the stream, heads up a very steep rise to the Railroad road, then, a bit winded, takes a wrong turn towards the...
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    I used this method a lot, though not in Maine --...

    I used this method a lot, though not in Maine -- I used a shuttle as my second car there. It was nice ending at a point with which you were familiar. Furthermore, if I was hiking supported, my wife...
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    As an FYI, I parked outside of the HMW (for free)...

    As an FYI, I parked outside of the HMW (for free) for 4 days at West Branch Pond Road -- I wouldn't be surprised if this the location of the OP's drop. It is a deserted area, but had no issues. KI...
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    If you have a car, it is pretty easy to hike the...

    If you have a car, it is pretty easy to hike the 100 mile wilderness without a drop. Park in the middle of the HMW--for example there is a road fee-free option 45 trail miles from Monson (I made it...
  25. There is a commuter bus (Bus 23 at...

    There is a commuter bus (Bus 23 at http://www.cattransit.com/routes-and-schedules/ ) that leaves from Harrisburg to the AT near Duncannon (Clark's Ferry) on weekdays only at 4:20 pm. If time is more...
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