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    Knee issue

    In January of the year I thru-hiked I had a tear in my meniscus skiing. I thought that it would put a end to my thru. After a few weeks the swelling stopped and I was able to walk with little pain....
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    The black fly's will eat you alive. Hiked the...

    The black fly's will eat you alive. Hiked the Long Trail once in mid May. the black Fly's were so bad I gave it up after three days.
  3. When I thru-hiked I was amazed by the amount of...

    When I thru-hiked I was amazed by the amount of older woman I met on the trail. I'm talking about woman in the 40 to 60 year old bracket.
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    During my thru, hiking SOBO I stopped at Wilcox...

    During my thru, hiking SOBO I stopped at Wilcox shelter North for a break. Two NOBO section hikers stopped by and we began to talk. They informed me that If I was planning to stop at Wilcox South...
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    I have been a caretaker at Upper Goose Pond...

    I have been a caretaker at Upper Goose Pond cabin, in central Mass. for 16 years during the second week of July. The cabin was always at max captaincy during that week. By then the “bubble” is quite...
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    An important lesson I soon learned was to not...

    An important lesson I soon learned was to not step on wet roots. Roots become quite slippery, especially roots that parallels the trail.
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    I'm still looking for a logical answer. I thought...

    I'm still looking for a logical answer. I thought by now , some curious hiker could provide me with a answer.
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    Well it's been 8 years since I posted this...

    Well it's been 8 years since I posted this question and I can't believe that I still don't know the answer. I am amazed that the thousands of hikers who have passed this marker haven't asked the same...
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    Advice for the 100 mile wilderness.

    This is what I did on my thru. I sent a resupply package to White House Landing. If you stay at least one night they will do it for free. White house landing is a nice stop. It's a little pricey but...
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    older hikers

    I thru hiked the AT at age 66 years old. It took me 201 days of hiking. It took me about 4 weeks to get into hiking shape. I had no real medical problems. My advise to you would be to find someone...
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    Overmountain Shelter

    I have stayed in the barn a couple of times. I always wondered why it wasn't burned down. Folks cooking on the wood floor upstairs.
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    Definitely stop at the cabin on Upper Goose Pond....

    Definitely stop at the cabin on Upper Goose Pond. It's one of the best stops on the AT.
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    Toughest areas on the AT

    For me what I remember as being real tough was the approach trail at the start of my NOBO thru.
    I left Amicalola Falls Park with a 50lb pack and a 65 year old body. After about a hour, I took a...
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    Stratton Motel is a good stop. If they don't...

    Stratton Motel is a good stop. If they don't pick you up, it's not a bad walk from the trail. White House Landing is also good. If you send a mail drop you have to stay the night. After your hike...
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    As a successful thru-hiker my advise to you would...

    As a successful thru-hiker my advise to you would be to find a past thru-hiker to talk to. I have done it several times and the future hiker was very thankful for my advise. Being on the trail for...
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    Lion King

    So sorry to hear about Lion King. He has a great attitude and is a strong person. My prayers are with him. Have a fast recovery, my AT friend.
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    Maine Conditions

    Black fly season is about to start in Maine. They can get to the point where you wonít enjoy your hike.
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    If you are attempting a thru-hike and you have a...

    If you are attempting a thru-hike and you have a problem with spending time with the solitude of the woods, you might want to do something else. From the start you will soon realize that you will be...
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    White House Landing is well worth the stop. Once...

    White House Landing is well worth the stop. Once you consider where they are located, far from any town, and the logistics of operating a guest operation in the middle of the wilderness it's a great...
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    If you hike the AT to only get the 2000 mile...

    If you hike the AT to only get the 2000 mile certificate you are spending money and time foolishly. Just write to ATC tell them you hiked, answer a few questions and they will send you a 2000 mile...
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    Donít leave anything behind in a shelter. You May...

    Donít leave anything behind in a shelter. You May think someone else will want it, but most of the time itís useless trash to others.
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    Ask at the police dept. They will tell where you...

    Ask at the police dept. They will tell where you can leave your car for a extended time.
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    I retired in 2000 after working for thr same...

    I retired in 2000 after working for thr same company for 40 years. I than decided to do a thru-hike. Never regraded doing so. Greatest adventure in my life time.
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    Others don't care if you did the whole thing or...

    Others don't care if you did the whole thing or only said you did. You are the only one that knows. If you say you thru-hiked that's fine. Only you will know and the rest don't care.
  25. Rift Zones ideas for doing a thru-hike might be...

    Rift Zones ideas for doing a thru-hike might be what a AT thru-hike will turn into in the future. So many folks with lots of money and little time to spend it, but still want to do traditional out...
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