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  1. Three US Navy sailors on a ship at sea have...

    Three US Navy sailors on a ship at sea have tested positive. Just goes to show you no where is immune.
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    Is thru hiking selfish?

    There has been a bit of discussion on many social media platforms whether a thru hike today is selfish. Selfish is defined as "lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one's own...
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    My plan was to hike Springer Mt to Fontana on the...

    My plan was to hike Springer Mt to Fontana on the BMT then Fontana to Springer on the AT. I think the BMT portion would have less problems. I was planning on 3 mail drops and no overnight stays in...
  4. I agree. I am too young to have experienced...

    I agree. I am too young to have experienced rationing and other sacrifices the general public went through during WW2 or the Great Depression. There was shared sacrifice. Is it too much to ask people...
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    The US is under a state of emergency. Schools,...

    The US is under a state of emergency. Schools, restaurants, bars, bowling alleys, casinos, and gyms are closed in many places. Everyone needs to do their part to minimize the spread of the virus. I...
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    ATC is requesting you postpone your thru or...

    ATC is requesting you postpone your thru or section hike this year....
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    Bars and restaurants are closed in several states...

    Bars and restaurants are closed in several states including MA. Several hostels have closed.

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    An update on my original post. In 2020 there are...

    An update on my original post. In 2020 there are 45 hostels listed in the Companion. Down from the 56 listed in 2017.
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    Very unfair statement.

    Very unfair statement.
  10. Bear canister use regulations were enacted by the...

    Bear canister use regulations were enacted by the USFS in Pisgah and Chattahoochee NF. The 5 mile stretch of the AT with a bear canister requirement is in the Chattahoochee. Don't know about fines....
  11. USFS in NC has proposed the use of bear canisters...

    USFS in NC has proposed the use of bear canisters in National Forests there. With increased bear encounters it just a matter of time until canisters will be required in more locations along the AT.
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    I hear you. Forty-five years ago trail closures...

    I hear you. Forty-five years ago trail closures and temporary relocations were common occurrences. I think some are making a mountain out of a molehlll. I am sure the ATC is doing everything in their...
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    I agree with Old Hillwalker. Could be marking for...

    I agree with Old Hillwalker. Could be marking for the upcoming trail maintenance season. Flagging is often used to mark locations of trail structures like steps, water bars, dips, and future trail...
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    Tipi, do you carry any kind of GPS tracker or...

    Tipi, do you carry any kind of GPS tracker or beacon? I never considered carrying one until the last couple of years. I hiked from Reliance to Davenport Gap on the BMT and didn't run into another...
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    I used unleaded gas in my SVEA for my first AT...

    I used unleaded gas in my SVEA for my first AT hike. Never had any problems, just cleaned the orifice after every use. I switched to a Coleman Apex witch I still use when I go winter hiking. The...
  16. Everclear is illegal to sell or purchase in Ohio...

    Everclear is illegal to sell or purchase in Ohio as well as Maine, Maryland,Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina.
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    Seems kind of ironic to me.

    Seems kind of ironic to me.
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    How does this one differ from Sgt. Rock's?

    How does this one differ from Sgt. Rock's?
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    I would think that with a booming economy people...

    I would think that with a booming economy people in mid career would be more likely to take a break and hike knowing that they can find a job when they are done hiking. Ten years ago on my thru hike...
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    I was on the Rocky Top trail crew probably 20...

    I was on the Rocky Top trail crew probably 20 some years ago and we used the Birch Spring shelter site as our base camp. The shelter had been removed by a previous crew. We spent some time cleaning...
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    How about 15 cent drafts at the fire station in...

    How about 15 cent drafts at the fire station in Pt. Clinton and 25 cent drafts at the Mt. Springs Tavern in Swatara Gap. $14/night for bunk and meal at the AMC huts in the Whites. These were 1976...
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    Here are a couple of maps I scanned published in...

    Here are a couple of maps I scanned published in 1973 by PATC. They show the trail alignment bypassing Harpers Ferry and following 340 across the Sandy Hook bridge.45976
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    Back in 1976 I hiked SOBO using the railroad...

    Back in 1976 I hiked SOBO using the railroad bridge pedestrian plank walkway. The guidebook said thru hikers use the bridge at your own risk. The 1973 map and 1974 guide show the trail bypassed...
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    From 1936 to 1948 hikers "crossed the Shenandoah...

    From 1936 to 1948 hikers "crossed the Shenandoah River in flat bottom punts poled by ferrymen." - from 1974 edition of Guide to the Appalachian Trail from the Susquehanna River to the Shenandoah...
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    East Coast Trail

    I recently watched a TV show on the East Coast Trail. It runs about 200 miles along the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. I was wondering if anyone out there has any experience with this trail....
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