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  1. Congrats on 20 years, and thanks to Rickb for...

    Congrats on 20 years, and thanks to Rickb for noting it!

    Took me a long time to become a donating member, but I'm glad I started several years ago.
  2. Don't get discouraged by the rocks in the first...

    Don't get discouraged by the rocks in the first 10 miles southbound. The rest of the trail isn't as rocky.
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    Agree, I personally know two section hikers who...

    Agree, I personally know two section hikers who couldn't finish because they weren't well enough to take on the northern sections. At least one of them could have completed trail sections further...
  4. Some years ago, I had to replace my 60 liter pack...

    Some years ago, I had to replace my 60 liter pack mid-trip because of a failure and ended up with a 75 liter pack. The extra space made it easy to get into bad habits.

    I'm now back down to 55...
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    I'm sorry, that's a tough decision to have to...

    I'm sorry, that's a tough decision to have to make. Hope you can continue to enjoy the trail in other ways.

    I'm mulling right now whether I will take a step back from backpacking in rough terrain...
  6. That was our decision for completing this...

    That was our decision for completing this section. We used the break as an opportunity to reset our cars in the middle of a section hike from Pine Grove Furnace to Duncannon.
  7. It's fortunate that bills related to trails can...

    It's fortunate that bills related to trails can still pick up bipartisan support.
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    I've parked across the river from Duncannon in...

    I've parked across the river from Duncannon in this lot several times.
    ...
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    St. John's Ledges in Connecticut will provide you...

    St. John's Ledges in Connecticut will provide you with a brief taste of New Hampshire.
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    This is the main problem with a groundsheet,...

    This is the main problem with a groundsheet, having to be careful to make sure it doesn't protrude from under the floor.
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    https://www.nynjtc.org/maps/south-taconic-trails-m...

    https://www.nynjtc.org/maps/south-taconic-trails-map

    This map is available digitally from Avenza Maps for $5.99 per the link on the NY/NJ Trail Conference page.
    ...
  12. Karl, coming from someone from his own...

    Karl, coming from someone from his own ultra-running fraternity, your encouragement must have meant a lot to him.
  13. He gives some details in this and a later post on...

    He gives some details in this and a later post on Instagram.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Cfj02YrJn_m/
  14. He's now fallen about 8 miles off the FKT pace...

    He's now fallen about 8 miles off the FKT pace south of Killington.
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    The shuttle list from the Whiteblaze guidebook is...

    The shuttle list from the Whiteblaze guidebook is posted on the site.

    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/articles/2022-shuttles.pdf
  16. His lead over Sabbe is down to about 9 miles...

    His lead over Sabbe is down to about 9 miles approaching North Adams/Williamstown, MA.

    EDIT: Newest update is calling it at least 11 miles.

    He seems pretty sociable; who knows, he may have...
  17. He had to have averaged the same 53 or so miles a...

    He had to have averaged the same 53 or so miles a day between Massachusetts and Maine that Kristian Morgan has averaged from Georgia so far. It's fair to wonder whether Morgan can do the same.
    ...
  18. He's in Massachusetts this morning. Looks like...

    He's in Massachusetts this morning. Looks like Kristian's lead from Sabbe has tightened to about 14 miles.
  19. He's moving early. About 14 miles already this...

    He's moving early. About 14 miles already this morning.
  20. About two miles south/east of the Connecticut...

    About two miles south/east of the Connecticut line.
  21. In New York State and still about 15 miles ahead....

    In New York State and still about 15 miles ahead.

    Is anyone blogging or reporting on his trip? EDITED TO ADD: Found his Instagram.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CfQusiUu9t5/
  22. I didn't think of your point, but would be...

    I didn't think of your point, but would be concerned about the room that Frogg Togs take up in a pack, possibly requiring a larger, heavier pack than would be needed with other raingear.
  23. I'm about your age, and have done about 1500...

    I'm about your age, and have done about 1500 miles of AT in section hikes since 2006, and these are my preferences.

    1. One change is that the weight of backpacking gear has dropped by a lot, even...
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    I enjoyed my stay there, as well. Sad to hear...

    I enjoyed my stay there, as well. Sad to hear it's now closed.
  25. As someone who struggles with hiking in the heat...

    As someone who struggles with hiking in the heat (225+ pounds doesn't help), I'm not sure whether I'm consoled or disappointed that it gets to the best-conditioned of us. 😱
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