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    During my hike in '04, there was only one ford...

    During my hike in '04, there was only one ford that was a little tougher (I didn't ford the Kennebec), and it was because it rained a lot days before. I forget the name of the river. The current was...
  2. Possible, for sure. As somebody else mentioned,...

    Possible, for sure. As somebody else mentioned, you can often hitch into town, do a bunch of things, then hitch back out and end up hiking a decent distance. So if you're doing a zero, it's even...
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    In the end it kind of depends on how picky you...

    In the end it kind of depends on how picky you are. I wasn't, so I could essentially ressuply long-term practically anywhere.
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    Worse case, if you can't get it working with the...

    Worse case, if you can't get it working with the method suggested above, you can look into a data recovery company. A quick search got me to http://www.disklabs.com/ , although I think that one may...
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    I planned a day-by-day schedule before my...

    I planned a day-by-day schedule before my thru-hike. I enjoyed having that plan and seeing how I was keeping up because it gave me an idea if I'd end around the time I was thinking (which may or may...
  6. I think A-Train's advice is sound. Don't even try...

    I think A-Train's advice is sound. Don't even try to find out what states are hard, easy, boring, etc. Just go and expect a surprise. And whatever anybody tells you, assume they're full of it. Not...
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    I'll echo the sentiments of others and say you...

    I'll echo the sentiments of others and say you might as well start in the best shape and not put on any weight. I'm skinny, 6'0" tall and only about 153 pounds, and I didn't do anything special to...
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    I did work for stays in 2 huts. In one I had to...

    I did work for stays in 2 huts. In one I had to sweep the entire hut the following morning after people were out, in the next I did a number of things, help setting the tables, washing dishes,...
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    I used a pair of Merrell Mesa Ventilators for the...

    I used a pair of Merrell Mesa Ventilators for the last 2,000 miles of my thru-hike. They were in really bad shape at the end, granted... But they were excellent shoes.
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    Like Youngblood said, if you don't see something...

    Like Youngblood said, if you don't see something clearly labeled "Denatured Alcohol", just look for something with methyl alcohol. I had to do that a few times. I remember buying some here in Ottawa...
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    I like what A-Train said (as is often the case)...

    I like what A-Train said (as is often the case) and share his position on the issue, at least as far as my personal preference goes. The best magic I got was the non-planned, spontaneous kind. Like a...
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    I think I also met the guy you're referring to on...

    I think I also met the guy you're referring to on my thru-hike in 2004, in the first shelter in the Shenandoah. At least your description seems exactly the same. He was a pretty nice guy, entertained...
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    Poll: I play soccer. It's practically a religion for...

    I play soccer. It's practically a religion for me...
  14. Oh, give it a rest. It's an internet forum, stop...

    Oh, give it a rest. It's an internet forum, stop taking things so seriously...
  15. Definitely, I only paid at one campsite, and it's...

    Definitely, I only paid at one campsite, and it's because I didn't know they allowed work for stay there too. I did work for stay in 2 huts and one campsite/shelter, so all I paid was $8 at the first...
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    Don't feed other people ideas...:D

    Don't feed other people ideas...:D
  17. "You gotta get gone, you gotta get going The...

    "You gotta get gone, you gotta get going
    The world ain't slowing down for no one."

    -Ellis Paul
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    I thru-hiked in '04 for less than that, and I...

    I thru-hiked in '04 for less than that, and I also didn't feel like I deprived myself too much. I never stayed in hotels/motels/B&Bs (only once at the Long Trail Inn, splitting with 4 people), only...
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    I had a similar problem on my thru-hike last...

    I had a similar problem on my thru-hike last year. Early on, my left achilles started bothering me, to the point that I could only hike taking painkillers. It got pretty swollen and I took a zero at...
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    Seems like some reasonable rules to me. It's...

    Seems like some reasonable rules to me. It's awesome that the hostel is still gonna be open. I hope people respect those few simple rules so it stays that way.
  21. I'd just like to make a comment that has nothing...

    I'd just like to make a comment that has nothing technical about it. The truth is, there is controversy about everything and authoritative sources that "prove" their points quite well on both sides....
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    I really really want to go... I was there last...

    I really really want to go... I was there last year during my thru and it was a good time and some good work done. It would be a long drive from Ottawa, but I'm still considering going for Trail...
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    "A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not what...

    "A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for."
    - William Shedd

    "Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly."
    - The Dalai Lama
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    I was always convinced lighter would be better if...

    I was always convinced lighter would be better if you could pull it off safely, but I saw the true impact when I sent my tent home in Damascus and got a tarp, shaving off 3.5 pounds. I had been...
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    "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran.

    "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran.
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