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  1. Not "life or death," but severe discomfort

    I completely mis-estimated the time it would take me to complete a day hike in the Franconia Area, and ended up walking for three hours in pitch dark on a moonless night. Even WITH a flashlight I...
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    Been here, done that

    Have stayed here
    https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/fort-montgomery/ftmny/hoteldetail
    and found it to be just fine. It's business oriented and does not cater to hikers, but they do...
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    Here's the horse's mouth

    http://www.pacodeandbulletin.gov/Display/pacode?file=/secure/pacode/data/058/chapter135/s135.42.html&d=reduce

    You can camp in State Game Lands in PA as long as you
    1) are no more than 200 feet...
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    Getting to Lehigh Gap

    I'm presuming you mean "Lehigh Gap," aka Palmerton.
    If you fly into the Lehigh Valley Airport
    https://www.flyabe.com/flights/arriving-flights/
    you can then take a bus or cab to the Lehigh Valley...
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    Your question is best answered at

    For all info on AT parking, go to
    http://rohland.homedns.org:8008/at/at_menu.aspx

    For your specific question...
  6. Being a hiker won't save you from stupidity

    People who hike can be just as stupid around bears as can people who arrive in cars.
    https://www.nj.com/passaic-county/2014/11/hiker_snapped_pictures_of_bear_before_fatal_attack_in_west_milford.html...
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    My choice

    This is the best pdf guidebook for the price BAR NONE.
    https://www.whiteblazepages.com/store/whiteblaze-pages-books/2021-whiteblaze-pages-basic-pdf/
    I also have Guthook, and have used the...
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    Here's some info

    From the place to start for info on AT parking.

    http://rohland.homedns.org:8008/at/state/state_detail/AT_state_detail.aspx?stateID=9+&sectionID=174
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    Let's look at what wilderness means

    If you look at the definition of "wilderness"
    https://wilderness.net/learn-about-wilderness/key-laws/wilderness-act/default.php
    " A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his works...
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    Been there, done that

    My National Geo Map shows just under 3.5 miles from the parking area of Cosby Campground to the Cosby Knob Shelter. I've done the hike up the Low Gap Trail twice, and it's no picnic, but it's pretty...
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    Here's a start

    https://trailsnh.com/tools/hiking-time-calculator.php

    https://opensummit.com/learn/post/how-does-elevation-impact-temperature
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    Here's a start

    https://tentcampinglife.com/backpacking-hiking/do-backpacking-water-filters-expire/
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    Easier done than said!

    https://www.atweather.org/forecast?myTrail=AT&myState=NH&myShelter=232

    With this URL, you can check weather forecasts for any shelter in any state along either the AT or the PCT -- just use the...
  14. Follow up to the original question

    There is plenty of parking at Wayah Gap, where a gravel road leads up from Highway 1310 (ie, Wayah Road) to Wayah Bald and the tower located there. However, I'll try to prevent the slight confusion I...
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    Update

    As of 2021 July 8, this shelter is in pretty good shape, including its moat. No major trash issues, and the low level of graffiti surprised me. Water was flowing fine.
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    As of now

    As of 2021 July 7, the "moat" is still there, and I came close to falling into it when I wasn't paying attention.
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    More info

    Update on both shelters:
    As of July 6 & 9, both shelters are in quite good shape, trash-wise.
    Water is flowing well at Cable Gap, and probably at Sassafras as well. I didn't check the latter's...
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    Stayed there in June of 2021

    Water is flowing fine, about .2 of a mile south of the Shelter. Only a few bear cables are presently usable. Privy is behind the shelter.
    Overall, pretty average for a shelter.
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    Update

    As of mid-June of this year, all water sources listed in Guthooks are flowing fine. I had no problems getting water at any designated water source.
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    Follow up

    As of June 14 of this year, the water at Cold Spring Shelter is flowing quite well, right out of the pipe.
  21. Probably no answer at all

    People who have survived suicide attempts will tell it is meaningless to ask questions along the lines of, "Who in their right mind would do that?" or "What is the logic in doing that?" The simple...
  22. A flaw in your logic

    This is plain wrong. Bear spray is NOT a repellent, it's an irritant. In the same way that chili powder makes bland food SMELL better but is NOT something you'd want in your eyes, the red pepper oil...
  23. Bear eyesight

    You heard wrong.

    https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=wildlifenews.view_article&articles_id=135
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    19E has LONG been viewed as dangerous

    Rohland has been warning against parking there since 2006
    http://rohland.homedns.org:8008/at/state/state_detail/AT_state_detail.aspx?stateID=10%20&sectionID=71
    a Whiteblaze poster considered it...
  25. Perhaps

    Maybe this is an answer to a classic question:
    https://flxt.tmsimg.com/assets/p26527_p_v10_ae.jpg
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