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    The only time I felt I had attained a semblance...

    The only time I felt I had attained a semblance of trail legs was toward the end of my longest section (Damascus to Amicola). It had nothing to do with speed or miles traveled. It was more the...
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    Well, to state the obvious, you are never going...

    Well, to state the obvious, you are never going to be any younger than you are today, so if you yearn to hike, plan it out and give it a go. I began section-hiking at age 60 and completed the AT at...
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    Am in complete agreement with you, Dan. Never a...

    Am in complete agreement with you, Dan. Never a moment of boredom for me, on or off the trail.
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    At one point, my husband refereed lacrosse. On a...

    At one point, my husband refereed lacrosse. On a particularly raw, wet, and windy early spring New England day, before base layers were a "thing", I suggested to the refs on the field, all men, that...
  5. Thread: Wild life !

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    Seeing wildlife has been one of the highlights of...

    Seeing wildlife has been one of the highlights of my AT section hiking. I've come across bears, rattlers, grouse, deer, a bald eagle, a moose, a skunk, a vulture, a baby ring-necked snake and...
  6. No, don't feed the ponies. I was watching a small...

    No, don't feed the ponies. I was watching a small herd, with mares nursing foals, for a while, until they started to drift off. When I sat down on a nearby bench to eat a granola bar, in short order...
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    Years ago, I hiked that section southbound during...

    Years ago, I hiked that section southbound during a brutal heat wave. I remember having a little trouble staying on trail over those rocks. At one point, there was a ladder descent down an...
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    Have an invisible footprint

    Have an invisible footprint
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    27 across, perhaps?

    27 across, perhaps?
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    If you go, don't miss the Halloween displays in...

    If you go, don't miss the Halloween displays in Salisbury. Well worth a visit (as is the local grocery).
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    I met Rain Man when I section-hiked southern...

    I met Rain Man when I section-hiked southern Maine and like so many others, really enjoyed his company. Fittingly, it rained all day today in my neck of the woods, as if in tribute to this kind,...
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    Abol Trail. I ascended on that and descended on...

    Abol Trail. I ascended on that and descended on the Hunt Trail. Abol Campground is about 2 miles from Katahdin Stream Campground, and hitching should be easy between them, as is hitching to...
  13. There are major restrictions now at Sam's Point...

    There are major restrictions now at Sam's Point and Minnewaska, due to Covid.
    https://parks.ny.gov/parks/193/
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    Rain here too, pretty much every afternoon and/or...

    Rain here too, pretty much every afternoon and/or evening since late last week. Before that, hardly any for five weeks, and the garden was on life support. I'm less than an hour from Kent, but I'm...
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    Poll: When I finally completed the AT as a section...

    When I finally completed the AT as a section hiker, I applied for the award, not because I needed "validation" but just to mark the event, a milestone of sorts. Truth be told, I have no idea where...
  16. I would love to do another chunk of Vermont's...

    I would love to do another chunk of Vermont's Long Trail, if my back is up to it. Meanwhile, it's daily walks in the local state park with my 14-year-old husky, who insists on them with her...
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    a bloviation of bureaucrats

    a bloviation of bureaucrats
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    With wet, gloppy snow coming down -- more than...

    With wet, gloppy snow coming down -- more than we've seen in weeks here -- I and my dog are forgoing our daily walk in the park. Instead, I baked two loaves of pumpkin bread, tidied up, surfed the...
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    blazercoach is giving you a recipe for success...

    blazercoach is giving you a recipe for success here. Whatever you choose, you want the hike to be fun, scenic, challenging (but not too challenging) and "interesting". If they enjoy it, you can scale...
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    I can't speak about the Whiteblaze guide (I've...

    I can't speak about the Whiteblaze guide (I've not seen it), but I've been very pleased with AWOL's. As a section hiker, I like the unbound versions -- I take only the pages I'll be using. You also...
  21. Sorry about the paywall. I'm a subscriber and...

    Sorry about the paywall. I'm a subscriber and automatically logged in. I thought you could view 10 articles per month for free as a non-subscriber, but maybe that's no longer the case.
  22. nytimes: Will the Appalachian Trail Stop an $8 Billion Pipeline?

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/23/opinion/appalachian-trail-pipeline.html
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    So sorry to hear about the outcome, but sadly,...

    So sorry to hear about the outcome, but sadly, not surprised. Condolences to his family.
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    Hypothermia can disorient and can lead to poor...

    Hypothermia can disorient and can lead to poor choices.
  25. +1 Outdoor 76. I got good advice there, and a...

    +1 Outdoor 76. I got good advice there, and a pair of trail runners, when my boots were in tatters.
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