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  1. So, keep an eye out for a young, average height,...

    So, keep an eye out for a young, average height, average build, white guy, likely with facial hair, wearing a hat, and carrying a UL backpack somewhere along the AT. Got it. I expect there will be...
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    You might also try joining a group such as this...

    You might also try joining a group such as this one https://www.meetup.com/Backpacking-Adventures-Take-A-Hike/ in the Atlanta area. If you read some of their posts on past hikes they seem to do some...
  3. October weather is a crapshoot. You could see...

    October weather is a crapshoot. You could see anything from a beautiful sunny 60°(almost) day with 40° night to windy (and wet or icy) 30° (or colder) days and teens overnight with 60+mph winds on...
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    Sounds like my speed! :D

    Sounds like my speed! :D
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    February in the southern Appalachians could be...

    February in the southern Appalachians could be anything from sunny 60° days and nice cool nights in camp to full on single digit temps with snow and ice or freezing rain with all the early...
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    Interesting thought, but yeah, some sort of early...

    Interesting thought, but yeah, some sort of early exit strategy should probably be considered in the "what am I going to do after I'm done hiking" plan. 75% don't finish. Heck, quite a few never...
  7. Time heals a lot of wounds . . . I've had...

    Time heals a lot of wounds . . . I've had herniated disks at L3-L4, L4-L5, L5-S1 in the past (all from around 2003 thru 2008). Every once in a while I tweak one of the old injuries, usually from...
  8. You could try one of these (unsure how current...

    You could try one of these (unsure how current this list is): https://www.longtrailvermont.com/trail/

    Or, http://www.jaywayjitney.com/transport.html

    Or, Uber says it is $40 from NE Kingdom...
  9. Some GUMPS checklist info/suggestions for your LT...

    Some GUMPS checklist info/suggestions for your LT hike:


    Jonesville post office is open 12:45 to 4:45 daily, 8 to 10:30 Sat. Mail everywhere is really slow. Priority (2 or 3 day) is taking up...
  10. Some more related articles including clinical...

    Some more related articles including clinical trial progress of Lyme PrEP antibody shot. Maybe we'll have a shot by 2023:
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    Otterbox and similar are pretty good protection. ...

    Otterbox and similar are pretty good protection. But they also increase the size of the phone and are relatively heavy. Many phones are, IMO, big and heavy enough already, to the point that you...
  12. I wasn't there either. My cousin went. I so...

    I wasn't there either. My cousin went. I so wanted to go with her, but my overly-strict fuddy-duddy parents wouldn't let me. Hey, I was THIRTEEN (almost) damnit! And my cousin was EIGHTEEN! A...
  13. From the cited article, ". . . as O’Mara puts it....

    From the cited article, ". . . as O’Mara puts it. The larval sea squirt knew when it was hungry and how to move about, and it could tell up from down. But, when it fused on to a rock to start its new...
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    So, given your history with this most unpleasant...

    So, given your history with this most unpleasant affliction, do you know if yours is typically bacterial or fungal? Either way, you already know that moisture and friction is the enemy allowing the...
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    Technically, Maine can charge people for rescue...

    Technically, Maine can charge people for rescue costs under §10105.4 ( http://legislature.maine.gov/statutes/12/title12sec10105.html ) but it rarely does so except in cases of extreme negligence...
  16. They pretty much suffer from them during their...

    They pretty much suffer from them during their hiking life - not just later. Like any athlete, they are almost always nursing some sort of minor injury. You can't push yourself to the levels they...
  17. With the exception of a couple of posts here that...

    With the exception of a couple of posts here that I agree were out of line, I think you got a lot of honest answers given your particular situation. You're basically broke, and want to pursue an...
  18. Two really short days (for him) if the tracking...

    Two really short days (for him) if the tracking is correct.
    Sunday Aug 8: ME4 to ME17, 13.1 miles.
    Monday Aug 9: ME17 to South Arm Road, 13.3 miles

    Wonder if there is an injury or if the...
  19. Maybe he stayed overnight at Chimney Pond and...

    Maybe he stayed overnight at Chimney Pond and took the Saddle Trail to the summit at first light and then started the thru going down the Hunt Trail/AT? It's about 2 1/4 miles from Chimney Pond to...
  20. Reality checks are painful, both physically and...

    Reality checks are painful, both physically and psychologically. Based on what you posted here and in your gofundme posts, you started March 15 and got off the trail roughly July 18. You went 750...
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    48478 Of course. I knew that!

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    Of course. I knew that!
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    Yep. The OP's picture is a hybrid with a...

    Yep. The OP's picture is a hybrid with a "butterfly" type opener and a "church key" all in one. A swiss army knife of an opener from its looks.


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    "Butterfly" type rotating wheel can...
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    While not a topic for polite mealtime discussion,...

    While not a topic for polite mealtime discussion, just an observation after years of "regular" daily experience: A proper amount of fiber in one's good (ratio of protein, fiber, carbs, water) diet...
  24. Welcome to Whiteblaze! We’re an interesting...

    Welcome to Whiteblaze! We’re an interesting bunch. There’s a LOT of really good info to be had here along with some entertaining discussions at times. See ‘ya around!
  25. Crossing the Palisades Parkway in NY at rush hour...

    Crossing the Palisades Parkway in NY at rush hour can be an unforgettable AT experience. Route 7 in VA is said to be pretty bad as well. There used to be an equally dangerous one in NJ, but I think...
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