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    This just came across Twitter:...

    This just came across Twitter: http://appalachiantrail.org/home/community/news/2019/09/04/overmountain-shelter-closed-until-further-notice-due-to-structural-damage

    The Barn is closed until further...
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    2020 Thru-Hike Registry

    Who is ready to go for a hike ... in 2020? Make it official now!

    Trail Name
    Direction/Start Location (if other than either terminus)
    Estimated Start Date
    Approach Trail - yes or no
    any...
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    I believe elevation is a problem for the...

    I believe elevation is a problem for the moldering privies. We typically just move this one every several years.

    I missed our last Partnership meeting due to being down at Springer, but I don't...
  4. Another good time down at Springer Mountain this...

    Another good time down at Springer Mountain this year. Some stats:

    354 hikers currently on their way to ME (104 started from FS42)
    316 hikers hiking to destinations between GA and ME (152...
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    I would plan between 12-15 mpd. If you can do...

    I would plan between 12-15 mpd. If you can do more per day then you might be able to shave off a day. If I recall I planned 8 days to get to Breck but did it in 7. If you haven't already, get the...
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    Sticky: Over 50 on the spreadsheet, so far. I am sure...

    Over 50 on the spreadsheet, so far. I am sure everyone is busy making their preps. If you haven't found the spreadsheet yet, here it is: Class of 2019

    You can also find it from the Homepage,...
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    We did some work on the retaining wall by the...

    We did some work on the retaining wall by the sleeping platforms. If I remember we added some logs.

    I'll try to keep everyone updated as I learn things.

    See you on the trail,
    mt squid
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    Yeah, that is me. I don't believe funds are an...

    Yeah, that is me. I don't believe funds are an issue. Inspections have been made but a resolution has not yet been decided as I mentioned already. Yes, it is an icon and many, many, many hikers...
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    hmmmm ... very interesting ... I'd like to know...

    hmmmm ... very interesting ... I'd like to know who posted what on Instagram.

    The Barn is leaning and in need of repair or possible destruction. No decisions have been made at this point, but it...
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    Sticky: 2019 Thru-Hike Registry

    Wow! Has a year gone by already. I'm sure many of next years hikers are itching to hit the trail now. Just be patient, only a few more months ...

    Trail Name
    Direction
    Estimated Start Date ...
  11. They've been encouraging hikers to hike the...

    They've been encouraging hikers to hike the approach trail. As mentioned, I saw a lower percentage start via FS42 than in years past. Plus February had pretty good weather.

    See you on the trail,...
  12. You're Welcome, 4shot. I always enjoy going down...

    You're Welcome, 4shot. I always enjoy going down there.

    See you on the trail,
    mt squid
  13. Some stats from this year: 441 hikers...

    Some stats from this year:

    441 hikers currently on their way to ME with 148 starting from FS42 (34% - I think the lower % might be because ATC has been encouraging to start from the Approach...
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    Over 100 on the spreadsheet! Check it out here...

    Over 100 on the spreadsheet! Check it out here. Good Luck and Have Fun .... many will be starting soon!

    See you on the trail,
    mt squid

    some observations
    how to hike

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    The spreadsheet is available for viewing now:...

    The spreadsheet is available for viewing now: https://whiteblaze.net/forum/2018thruhikers.php

    You can find it from the homepage, left side, under 'Departments'. Click on 'Appalachian Trail', then...
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    2018 Thru-Hike Registry

    You've been planning and planning and planning ... now it is time to make it official! (Section hikers can sign-up also!)

    Trail Name
    Direction
    Estimated Start Date
    Approach Trail - yes or no...
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    The following hikers are scheduled to begin...

    The following hikers are scheduled to begin hiking on Saturday (4/22/17):
    Fxdgear23 (PCT)
    GolfHiker
    wkmays

    24 Apr:
    Tai Chi Guy

    28 Apr:
    Scalf3
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    Best bang for the buck might not be good quality...

    Best bang for the buck might not be good quality gear (and probably not lightweight...). Suggest going to TrailDays next month in Damascus, VA. Lots of gear vendors will be plying their wares. ...
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    The following hikers should have already started...

    The following hikers should have already started hiking on Monday (4/10/17):
    dlgartner
    Longknife

    11 Apr:
    Christoph

    12 Apr:
    skinnbones
  20. They definitely work hard! Thanks! See you on...

    They definitely work hard! Thanks!

    See you on the trail,
    mt squid
  21. It was great to meet you too! Sorry you got...

    It was great to meet you too!

    Sorry you got sick. Being sick on the trail is not fun ... get well soon!

    See you on the trail,
    mt squid
  22. Very interesting...I hadn't even compared the...

    Very interesting...I hadn't even compared the numbers. Quite the contrast indeed! Thanks for the comparison.

    See you on the trail,
    mt squid
  23. That is what I heard ... and there was no...

    That is what I heard ... and there was no confirmation.

    See you on the trail,
    mt squid
  24. I did see several Boy Scout groups. See you on...

    I did see several Boy Scout groups.

    See you on the trail,
    mt squid
  25. I suspect it should start to slow down, but...

    I suspect it should start to slow down, but clearly there are alot of hikers ahead of you. I know that the ATC Ridgerunners (and probably the GATC Ambassadors, as well) have been hauling out trash...
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