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  1. Two thumbs up. I just finished the book, and I...

    Two thumbs up. I just finished the book, and I couldn't say it better. It is in the tradition of other great non-fiction novels as Capote's 'In Cold Blood'. A very well written, well researched book....
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    I do not have a specific route for you, but i...

    I do not have a specific route for you, but i would recommend that you incorporate the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) in your trip. They have a bunch of fun activities for kids. It is south of the...
  3. The ancients spoke of the "Golden Mean", and part...

    The ancients spoke of the "Golden Mean", and part of becoming wise is to strive for the "Golden Mean". This is true for all aspects of life and hiking is no different.
  4. I share your frustration. It is mind-boggling how...

    I share your frustration. It is mind-boggling how is it possible in 2013 that a person steps off the trail for such a routine chore as to relieve themselves and not to be found for the next two...
  5. It is mentioned a few times as "on-line hikers...

    It is mentioned a few times as "on-line hikers forum", otherwise not much.
  6. "Crazy Season". You nailed it

    "Crazy Season". You nailed it
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    When I hike alone, and I often do, I'm always...

    When I hike alone, and I often do, I'm always amazed how disorienting the woods can be. Not much different from a diver who thinks he goes up towards the surface but in reality he dives down.
  8. Well said. That's all it's all about.

    Well said. That's all it's all about.
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    As late President Reagan was fond of saying: "...

    As late President Reagan was fond of saying: " Trust, but verify".
  10. I would add the mud, the mosquitoes, the black...

    I would add the mud, the mosquitoes, the black flies, the ticks, the chafing from being constantly wet. July in New England is tough, and there's no way around it.
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    You will have fun climbing up the Agony...

    You will have fun climbing up the Agony Grind....:welcome
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    Insane or not, he will be locked up for many many...

    Insane or not, he will be locked up for many many years. it is a shame that a person had to pay with his life.
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    As a former psychiatry nurse, I agree. But he...

    As a former psychiatry nurse, I agree. But he will be held in a locked unit for the criminally insane and not with the general population.
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    I'm not in the law enforcement business, but i...

    I'm not in the law enforcement business, but i happened to be familiar with that article and there was an NPR program about this topic, and here's what I learned. Tasers are effective about half of...
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    That's my philosophy. There are a lot of...

    That's my philosophy. There are a lot of arguments in previous posts why pepper/bear spray is not effective against a crazed person, but SOMETHING is better than NOTHING. Also, at minimum, the...
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    To survive Iraq but not the AT, this is sad and...

    To survive Iraq but not the AT, this is sad and maddening beyond words.
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    How much is the tip for the crews? Anyone knows?

    How much is the tip for the crews? Anyone knows?
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    Comparing the US to South Africa......I feel much...

    Comparing the US to South Africa......I feel much safer now.
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    First of all, India is largest Democratic and...

    First of all, India is largest Democratic and capitalist society. They have more than a billion people. Second, I think what he meant is that PER CAPITA, the US has more murders than any other...
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    Recommendations? Move to Canada.

    Recommendations? Move to Canada.
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    My bear spray canister is my best new friend....

    My bear spray canister is my best new friend....
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    Of course, everybody is different. My lunch...

    Of course, everybody is different. My lunch consist of energy/granola bars, dry fruits (dates, raisins), peanuts (as in gorp). If i'm not in a rash, I will boil water for a cup of coffee/tea. The...
  23. Here's what you can do: Leave your car at the...

    Here's what you can do: Leave your car at the Bearded Woods hostel near Salisbury, CT (100% safe), get a shuttle to Bear Mountain State Park, NY (not to be confused with Bear mountain, CT) and hike...
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    I'm planning a section from Pearisburg to...

    I'm planning a section from Pearisburg to Damascus this summer, so my options are a greyhound bus from either Bristol, TN or Marion, VA. But you will need a shuttle from Damascus. Or the Tri-Cities...
  25. the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre famously...

    the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre famously said: L'enfer c'est l'autre (hell is the other). This is why.
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