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    It is interesting that the rule applies to...

    It is interesting that the rule applies to isolating at night (camping). You’d think hiking during the day would be more likely to spread COVID.
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    You will see and hear many unexplained things on...

    You will see and hear many unexplained things on a long hike. Days, weeks and months in the woods teach you to say, “No idea what that sound was. Now go to sleep.”
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    If you hiked the entire trail then you earned it....

    If you hiked the entire trail then you earned it. Leave it on your pack. I do. Leaving it there for a thru hike attempt that ended early seems a little irritating. That goes along with the people I...
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    I’ve had the same experience on the AT and felt...

    I’ve had the same experience on the AT and felt as you do. But the reality is that after thousands of trail miles snakes have been an issue only in my head. There are so many unlikely dangers. Keep...
  5. For a thru hike carry only what you will hike in....

    For a thru hike carry only what you will hike in. I carried two sets of clothes. One was camp clothes for first two or three nights out of town. Then camp clothes were hiking clothes until next town...
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    Hiking is far more enjoyable when better...

    Hiking is far more enjoyable when better prepared, regardless of daily mileage.
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    No, you do not have to camp at the shelters in...

    No, you do not have to camp at the shelters in the Smokies. Some of us hiked straight thru without stopping just so we could avoid their camping rules. Yes, I am proud of those insanely big miles...
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    If you see a bear enjoy the experience. You are...

    If you see a bear enjoy the experience. You are fine. Bear problems are almost always after everyone has gone to sleep and they come into camp for food. The super friendly bears will wander in when...
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    Correct. In the past this has been an area with...

    Correct. In the past this has been an area with friendly bears.
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    Avoid ice water springs shelter. It’s between...

    Avoid ice water springs shelter. It’s between Newfound Gap and Charlie’s Bunion. This is the most popular day hike and one nighter in the smokies. Avoid Max Patch on Friday or Saturday night. There’s...
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    The signs posted on the trail in that area are...

    The signs posted on the trail in that area are comical. You aren’t even allowed to stop walking. By the time I got there I already had done 20 miles that day. So I sat on a log, drank some water,...
  12. Thread: Why SOBO?

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    Here is your SOBO challenge: You start in a...

    Here is your SOBO challenge:

    You start in a very remote area so make sure you have experience. Gear changes or shipping equipment home won’t happen in the first few days.

    Your first two days...
  13. The world has drawn the line at “otherwise...

    The world has drawn the line at “otherwise preventable deaths”. In other words, if people who got the virus would have survived with proper healthcare but start dying at home because that healthcare...
  14. The other coronaviruses (SARS, MERS and the...

    The other coronaviruses (SARS, MERS and the others less mentioned in the news) gave one immunity for months to 3 years. It’s not quite that simple but the short answer is that you don’t have immunity...
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    Crazy Larry isn’t nearly young and healthy enough...

    Crazy Larry isn’t nearly young and healthy enough to be exposing himself to this virus.
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    In my experience the coverage maps work poorly...

    In my experience the coverage maps work poorly when on the trail. AT&T and Verizon work reasonably in NC and GA. You likely can get a message out daily but don’t wait until you camp. Check frequently...
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    This seems reasonable if the hike is very close...

    This seems reasonable if the hike is very close to where you live. That is assuming it is legal at the time you are out. Travel restrictions to fight this virus may seem impossible here in America,...
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    Is this sarcasm or ignorance? This new virus...

    Is this sarcasm or ignorance? This new virus will kill far more than the ones you listed. Why would you compare this to Ebola, for example? Ebola is far less contagious, and for that reason is not...
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    You come across a surprising number of people on...

    You come across a surprising number of people on a thru hike. Without corona virus you have to take initiative to avoid getting sick. But with corona virus... oh my. Towns and hostels will be the...
  20. That sounds like a very reasonable plan, but if...

    That sounds like a very reasonable plan, but if the 9.7 is going to be tough then consider putting the hardest day as the first instead. By the third day you may not have slept as well and may be...
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    If you do long hikes you quickly find that you...

    If you do long hikes you quickly find that you can burn only so many calories per day. Your stamina will improve but you will hit your physical fitness limit after 3 months. So you fix what you...
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    This won’t work on most of the trail. I saw one...

    This won’t work on most of the trail. I saw one person doing this in TN. My first thought was that it’s a lot of extra weight. Instead, put LOTS of effort into reducing weight. These are the people...
  23. There are many ways to spend our time and money...

    There are many ways to spend our time and money in life. If you thru hike then enjoy it and prepare well. If you spend that time taking on other challenges, then take on those like you would a thru...
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    Zpacks. It worked surprisingly well on many rainy...

    Zpacks. It worked surprisingly well on many rainy days. Very lightweight. Your body heat increases the temp. under the rain kilt. That lowers the relative humidity a bit and you actually dry your...
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    An orange that you eat? I encountered one all...

    An orange that you eat? I encountered one all alone, sitting on a boulder in the woods in New York (or NJ or some state. They blur together). After a few weeks you think nothing about eating food...
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