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    I think you're talking about the section from...

    I think you're talking about the section from roughly Hunting Camp Creek south to around I-81. If so, I did most of that section 8/29 to 9/1. I saw a big bear a gap north of Walker Gap, and other...
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    Who was it that said if you drew a 2,200-mile...

    Who was it that said if you drew a 2,200-mile line through America randomly, you'd end up with more examples of violence than has happened on the AT. The AT seems like a remarkably friendly and safe...
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    I haven't heard of any major trail changes in...

    I haven't heard of any major trail changes in Georgia.

    Perhaps the AT official you were talking to was speaking of a historic change, such as omitting the original end section to Mt. Oglethorpe...
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    Next weekend won't be the peak for leaf season. ...

    Next weekend won't be the peak for leaf season. That's about two or three weeks away.

    I've been to Jacks River Falls on on the Friday and Monday after holiday weekends and had the place to myself...
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    Auburn is en route from Montgomery to the AT,...

    Auburn is en route from Montgomery to the AT, heading up I-85 towards Atlanta.

    Grace, its pretty rare that a person would attend church in an unfamiliar location while on a long drive for...
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    It sounds like you intend to be flexible, perhaps...

    It sounds like you intend to be flexible, perhaps skipping around to find the best available weather and bug situation for each section?

    May and June are great times to be on the trail most...
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    South of Bristol the interstate network leading...

    South of Bristol the interstate network leading to Georgia (I-81, I-40, I-75) begins veering away from the AT. But if you don't mind driving an hour or two, one possibility would be to head to...
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    Earlier this month, I stopped at or stayed at...

    Earlier this month, I stopped at or stayed at four shelters in SW Virginia, most or all of them in national forest. There weren't any "closed" signs at the shelters or road crossings (at roads...
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    JP, for the section between Va. Hwy. 62 and...

    JP, for the section between Va. Hwy. 62 and Lickskillet Road, the trail was very well maintained. The woodland portions were fine. The only meadow stretch was atop Chestnut Ridge - that's 1.8 miles...
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    Hey, Knocky, welcome back. What ridge did your...

    Hey, Knocky, welcome back.

    What ridge did your family own? I just section-hiked that area, so possibly walked the area your family owns/owned. Here and there are stretches with barbed wire on...
  11. ??? The link posted by doritotex is to a death...

    ??? The link posted by doritotex is to a death that happened two years ago and has nothing to do with the incident that is the subject of this thread.
  12. Anything from sunny, mild and lovely to cold and...

    Anything from sunny, mild and lovely to cold and wet with wind and snow. The odds are in your favor but check as the time nears, lest you get caught unawares in a Superstorm Sandy-type blizzard.
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    Hickory Ridge Trail, leading from Jacks River up...

    Hickory Ridge Trail, leading from Jacks River up to East Cowpen Trail, is in atrocious shape following the 2016 fire and the big storms of 2017 and 2018. Rice Camp Trail, which climbs from the river...
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    I did a good bit of that section starting two...

    I did a good bit of that section starting two weeks ago. From I-81 to Va. 42 has a modest climb followed by a longer one (Walker Mountain), but after that is a stout climb in an open pasture that is...
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    The Cherokee (and other American Indian peoples)...

    The Cherokee (and other American Indian peoples) were big fans of colorful and tongue-in-cheek names. Some Cherokee names were laudatory, some noble, but many were deprecatory or descriptive. Among...
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    I've been section hiking for 13 years and 600...

    I've been section hiking for 13 years and 600 miles. I don't have a trail name. When fellow packers ask, I tell them, "I don't have a trail name. Call me 'Dan from Georgia.'" I don't like...
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    I don't really get it.

    I don't really get it.
  18. For low water hikes, I have an empty, clean,...

    For low water hikes, I have an empty, clean, 1/2-gallon orange juice container clipped to my pack. I'll fill it at a reliable stream to have extra water at a dry camp (supplementing the standard...
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    My memory of that section is two years old, but I...

    My memory of that section is two years old, but I recall that a northbound hiker approaching Partnership/Mt. Rogers Visitor Center drops off a ridge, down to a creek, and then ascends gently on an...
  20. Slo-Go'en's first post, regarding it getting dark...

    Slo-Go'en's first post, regarding it getting dark early in New Hampshire by mid-September, really got my attention.

    I'll be doing a section hike in Virginia next week, building on my previous trip...
  21. Earl Shaffer's "Walking with Spring," about his...

    Earl Shaffer's "Walking with Spring," about his 1948 thru-hike, has a photo he took at the top of Unaka Mountain. It is utterly impossible to reconcile that photo with the mountaintop's appearance...
  22. Remnants of Hurricane Laura are forecast to clear...

    Remnants of Hurricane Laura are forecast to clear Newfoundland by Tuesday, so her wind and rains shouldn't impact New England very much. NE will be to the left of the storm (measuring from the...
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    This person's April prediction for how the...

    This person's April prediction for how the pandemic would develop is amazingly accurate.
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    Yes. As I hiked in the Southern Appalachians...

    Yes. As I hiked in the Southern Appalachians through the years, the elevation profiles were daunting. From Blood Mountain to Hump Mountain was just one steep climb after another. When I got the...
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    Way too subjective and variable for a rating...

    Way too subjective and variable for a rating system.

    I can say this: any climb of 700 feet per mile or more is very arduous.

    Usually, a climb of 300 or 400 or 500 feet per mile is fine. But...
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