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    The climb out of Bly gap is a "stairway to...

    The climb out of Bly gap is a "stairway to heaven". It's not hard, just a long and steady up. Mt Albert a few miles north is more of a little scramble near the top.
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    You can't even see Stagecoach Road on Google...

    You can't even see Stagecoach Road on Google earth. Looks to be all of three houses off the road, probably seasonal places. Just hike out to RT9.
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    If you have a synthetic fill bag, that is the...

    If you have a synthetic fill bag, that is the problem. Down will compress much smaller and be much lighter. For a price.
    The tent might also be a problem. A single wall, trekking pole supported,...
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    Ballance rock is off the side of the trail. I...

    Ballance rock is off the side of the trail. I don't remember the trail past it as being much of a problem. Getting over to the Ballance rock is another thing. It was a bit more of a rock scramble...
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    Most trailheads are located at the top of a...

    Most trailheads are located at the top of a steep, narrow, twisty road which may or may not be paved. Not the best roads for an RV to navigate and forget the gas mileage. Consider having a car to...
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    I got into following several of those V-bloggers...

    I got into following several of those V-bloggers this season. Most have intro videos with gear and planning before the hike. Once on the trail, it is pretty much rinse and repeat, but that's what...
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    There used to be a shelter called "Webster...

    There used to be a shelter called "Webster Shelter" near the road crossing (Arlington - W. Wardsboro Rd) on the trail leading to Stratton Mountain. The LT used to go around Stratton Mt, so that...
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    Just show up, you'll meet all kinds of like...

    Just show up, you'll meet all kinds of like minded friends to hike with. In fact, too many.
  9. The Inn at the Long Trail is at the start of the...

    The Inn at the Long Trail is at the start of the Killington -> NH dog leg. I don't believe there is any convenient lodging along that section. Maybe a B+B ($$$) Anyway, it can be done in a few days.
  10. September and early October is without a doubt...

    September and early October is without a doubt the best time to hike ME/NH. I can't wait. However, it can also be the worst time to hike.

    Columbus weekend is typically when the weather turns, and...
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    I walked by the Barn last night while killing...

    I walked by the Barn last night while killing time until the July 4th fireworks started. Saw 8-10 tents set up in an area behind the building. Can only be seen from the sidewalk and looking in the...
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    Yes, you must park across the street from the...

    Yes, you must park across the street from the inn.
    Parking at the inn is only for guests.
  13. The Mahoosucs (and much of Maine) doesn't get...

    The Mahoosucs (and much of Maine) doesn't get much maintenance so is overgrown. If you have to hike through there in the rain, your Frogg Toggs will get shredded.

    Cell phone coverage in Maine is...
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    Then you're pretty much screwed. While there are...

    Then you're pretty much screwed. While there are a couple of small clear spaces just big enough to lay down in along the trail south of the shelter, those may also be in use if the shelter and tent...
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    Weekday you'll be fine. Weekend, maybe not so.

    Weekday you'll be fine. Weekend, maybe not so.
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    Zeros cost you extra money, so unless you really...

    Zeros cost you extra money, so unless you really need the break, most thru hikers try to avoid them. Weather can be a factor, especially if you start early and need to avoid bad weather (like...
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    I went stove less on my recent LASH from HF to...

    I went stove less on my recent LASH from HF to DWG - PB+J for dinner, usual assortment of snacks for breakfast and lunch.
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    The bus to Gorham often arrives up to an hour...

    The bus to Gorham often arrives up to an hour late due to traffic leaving Boston if it's a weekday. Usually on time for Sat/Sun. The stop is at the Erving gas station, which adds a mile to get to the...
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    If I were to go back to CO, I'd go straight to...

    If I were to go back to CO, I'd go straight to Leadville and spend a week there doing easy day hikes before getting serious. There's a bus from Denver to Leadville, so getting there is no problem.
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    1) I wanted to support the new owner and was...

    1) I wanted to support the new owner and was curious about the renovations
    2) The hostel was already full
    3) I didn't want to go any farther that day.

    In retrospect, it was a mistake to stay...
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    It probably took that long to map out a route and...

    It probably took that long to map out a route and to create it. Any new trail work would have had to have waited until spring.
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    I recently completed the HF to DWG section and...

    I recently completed the HF to DWG section and stayed at the "renovated" Doyle.

    Sadly, I was a bit disappointed. First the price: Hiker rate for a twin bed with a plastic mattress cover as the...
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    There are lot of dangerous road crossings on the...

    There are lot of dangerous road crossings on the AT. I just completed the HF to DWG section and many of the road crossings in PA have very limited line of sight and drivers who crested the hill at...
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    It can take 4 to 6 months to complete the trail....

    It can take 4 to 6 months to complete the trail. Where in that time span do you think you fall?

    Let's assume you have an overall average of 12 miles a day which factors in zero and nero days....
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    Any type of stove has the potential to start a...

    Any type of stove has the potential to start a fire, if it malfunctions or is miss-used. I can think of situations where having an off switch isn't going to help much if you can't get near it. (Out...
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