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  1. I've used a HH Ultralight for years and love it....

    I've used a HH Ultralight for years and love it. To answer some of your questions:

    For the fly, get a good 11' or 12' hex fly and hang it separately over the hammock when you set up. This has the...
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    That's called "luck". And the one thing about...

    That's called "luck". And the one thing about luck is that it eventually runs out. It's like saying "I've driven 20,000 miles and never been in an auto accident, so the fact that I've never worn my...
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    Don't bet on NC being open before mid June at the...

    Don't bet on NC being open before mid June at the absolute earliest. The governor's stay-at-home order runs through May 15 right now and the likelihood is that it will be extended, not cut back. NC...
  4. It's also missing the Mid State Trail in...

    It's also missing the Mid State Trail in Pennsylvania. Definitely another one to add to this map.
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    The best drop-off spot for the NJ sections if...

    The best drop-off spot for the NJ sections if you're headed SOBO is probably at the NY17a trailhead. There is a NJ Transit bus, Rt. 196, that runs out from NYC's Port Authority Bus Terminal along...
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    There are some in Southern NY, especially in...

    There are some in Southern NY, especially in Harriman SP. The best are on Black Mt and West Mt. Here's a panorama shot (composite) that I took on Black Mt.
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    I've spent a lot of time sectioning the trail in...

    I've spent a lot of time sectioning the trail in PA (used to live in Philly) and yes, it does have a lot of rocks. You'll develop the "Pennsylvania Rock Hop" pretty quickly as you go north. The good...
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    That's certainly an option, but you'll find...

    That's certainly an option, but you'll find carrying a pack like that very different from the Exos. Packs like the Ray Way designs have very little in the way of support or structure and will force...
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    This isn't exactly a new idea. The late great...

    This isn't exactly a new idea. The late great backpacking writer Colin Fletcher did it back in 1963 and wrote about it in The Man Who Walked Through Time. He did some things that make what more...
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    Making your own backpack with a...

    Making your own backpack with a suspension/internal support like what you have with the Exos 58 will be a tall order, and I say that as someone who makes a lot of his own gear and has pretty good...
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    All good advice above about shedding weight by...

    All good advice above about shedding weight by eliminating extras and redundancies. Something else you might want to think about is looking at your big four again. You have a lot of weight in your...
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    Three days on the MST with my brother-in-law. We...

    Three days on the MST with my brother-in-law. We did some of the proposed new section through the upper part of Eno River State Park, plus some of the existing trail through the rest of the park and...
  13. The pictures don't actually look too bad (except...

    The pictures don't actually look too bad (except for the train cars in the river.) A small section of the footbridge near the West Virginia side is out, but it should be relatively easy to restore,...
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    It's all about the trade-offs. It is becoming...

    It's all about the trade-offs. It is becoming more critical to protect your food along the AT, so some attention to it is certainly good. If you find hanging inconvenient and don't mind the weight,...
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    Thanks for thinking of hangers when designing a...

    Thanks for thinking of hangers when designing a campground.

    u.w. has covered pretty much everything correctly. I'll only add that you need to make sure the posts are very well anchored into the...
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    Here are a couple of other suppliers I've used in...

    Here are a couple of other suppliers I've used in the past:

    Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics - they have both Thinsulate and Climashield in several weights.

    Quest Outfitters - have both Thinsulate...
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    I've only fallen a couple of times and none since...

    I've only fallen a couple of times and none since I started using trekking poles instead of a single staff. Of course, one of those times as a doozie. I was hiking in NY, coming down the switchbacks...
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    Generally, as everyone is saying, it's the...

    Generally, as everyone is saying, it's the Duncannon to High Point sections (i.e., the northern half of PA and the southern half of NJ.) To give you an idea of what everyone really means when they...
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    There are many places in the mid-Atlantic region...

    There are many places in the mid-Atlantic region that are accessible by public transit, besides the major spots noted by Slo-go'en. The New Jersey and New York sections in particular benefit from the...
  20. If you're starting in April, then your only real...

    If you're starting in April, then your only real choice is NOBO. There's just no way to thru-hike SOBO that early in the season. You'd hit both mud season and black fly season right through New...
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    Unless there's a proper bear box, I always hang...

    Unless there's a proper bear box, I always hang my food using my own resources. The key to keeping the mice out is two-fold. First, be sure you hang properly, with the bag well away from trunk or...
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    Congratulations from one section hiker to another!

    Congratulations from one section hiker to another!
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    I use a pair of Dawgs Ultralight Spirit Shoes...

    I use a pair of Dawgs Ultralight Spirit Shoes for both camp and fording. They're much lighter than Crocs, they're not clogs and actually stay on your feet fairly well (which means I can use them for...
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    It's a sad thing to see a piece of history like...

    It's a sad thing to see a piece of history like Antietam shelter leave the trail. The article in the link does make a mistake, though; Antietam is not the only original shelter left on the trail....
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    The advice to hang your food is a good thing to...

    The advice to hang your food is a good thing to follow in this section. It's not so much bears (though there may be a few in the PA state parks like Michaux) but the other smaller creatures that will...
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