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    Contact BCO about the enforcement. If there is a...

    Contact BCO about the enforcement. If there is a shelter you are expected to stay there (with a possible exception for thru hiker permits which you don't qualify for). As a former Smokies ATC...
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    From what I know of that area it's been hit hard...

    From what I know of that area it's been hit hard in the past by the 'city crowd' coming up with boom boxes, chairs, coolers, grills and leaving trash behind along the banks of the Hoosaotonic. This...
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    Once one leaves the security of Bear Mtn Inn, you...

    Once one leaves the security of Bear Mtn Inn, you are hoofing it to Rt 22/Pawling Metro North for you next great shot at public transit from the AT. As you found out getting to Peakskill on foot...
  4. The Epic bars are really awesome, it's like...

    The Epic bars are really awesome, it's like having real food in a snack form, and super tasty.
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    Going NoBo from Harper's Ferry you will need 3...

    Going NoBo from Harper's Ferry you will need 3 weeks or so to get your trail legs and will be right in the NoBo Springer crowd. I hit Harpers from Springer on Memorial Day weekend which was awesome...
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    Curious if you considered (or have done) other...

    Curious if you considered (or have done) other trails such as the PCT? I have thought about another thru hike, but part of the hike itself is the adventure of not knowing where it will be taking me....
  7. As someone pointed out above, I've known them to...

    As someone pointed out above, I've known them to be used to monitor bears in and around shelter sites in the Smokies, it might be for that or as the OP suspects trying to gage hiker traffic (in the...
  8. Would 14 days backpacking by oneself, no...

    Would 14 days backpacking by oneself, no resupply, satisfy the ME requirement? If so that would seem to satisfy both as long as you resupply when you enter NH. It is a long way to go for AT travel...
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    Poll: Air mattress failure poll and stories

    The nightmare of a blowout of a air mattress has been part of the decision of what to carry. In my own experience they work most of the time, and the few times that they don't it's a annoyance but...
  10. Another way is to concentrate your spirit with...

    Another way is to concentrate your spirit with Everclear. You will need to decide the flavor characteristic.
  11. I personally don't consider tuna packs to be...

    I personally don't consider tuna packs to be food, but others do and I would not object to them being mentioned.

    However I did say that the use of ethanol would be questionable. And I know it's...
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    I had a swarm in PA AT in 2013. I didn't get the...

    I had a swarm in PA AT in 2013. I didn't get the letter but it was incredible.
  13. Most of your standard spirits are basically 50%...

    Most of your standard spirits are basically 50% to 60% water or more, thus the ability to equate it to the calories in sugar. But it is possible to get spirits with less water 151 rum is about 25%...
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    Yes I sent one back with a hole I could not find...

    Yes I sent one back with a hole I could not find and they sent a new one back.
  15. While fats can have 200 and more calories per oz,...

    While fats can have 200 and more calories per oz, alcohol has almost as many calories per oz at about 180 (and both of them can be used for motor fuel, so they contain a lot of energy). Now how one...
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    Check with the smokies Back Country Office. They...

    Check with the smokies Back Country Office. They are wonderful with these things. Your itinerary is certainly doable, though I would, given the time try to get past Mt Collens, however that depends...
  17. Food also play a lot into morale and attitude. ...

    Food also play a lot into morale and attitude. Don't dismiss that. Yes you can, for a time, draw strength from you are eating very efficient food in terms of weight, but once that wears off, just...
  18. My advice I give on this is always if you have...

    My advice I give on this is always if you have the desire to thru hike the trail, and the opportunity to thru hike the trail, take that opportunity. It is too hard to get entangled in life and no be...
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    When I worked there I recall several places...

    When I worked there I recall several places (perhaps 2) that advertised showers near the entrance road to Cosby campground, googled here from Gatlingburg: ...
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    In Boiling Springs I stayed at the Allenbury...

    In Boiling Springs I stayed at the Allenbury which was a great stay and took in a play. IDK of they still are open but it was a popular place for thru hikers and had a special building and rates for...
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    I've stayed there and visited one of their other...

    I've stayed there and visited one of their other locations in NY. The Hostel itself is excellent, it is as far as I've seen 'by mandatory donation', though it was only $10 so no biggie. They asked...
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    Poll: Who is suggesting just shutting section hikers...

    Who is suggesting just shutting section hikers out? It appears that many are saying it appears reasonable to shut both out seems reasonable if it is during the ATC's suggestion to stay off the...
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    Poll: Logistically thru hikers (and LASHERS) get a bit...

    Logistically thru hikers (and LASHERS) get a bit more leeway, since one is allowed to road walk around closed/dangerous sections (at one time according to ATC, one could even skip by vehicle for...
  24. Stealth camping is to me trying to stay invisible...

    Stealth camping is to me trying to stay invisible to others, off trail, LNT, fluff the duff type of camping. It lends itself for the type of camping that one would do if they were camping illegally,...
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    Poll: My Take: ATC has requested the AT be closed,...

    My Take: ATC has requested the AT be closed, travel during these times should not count towards the 2000 miler award. Thru's and sections are still possible if completed outside of those closure...
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