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  1. Gooch Gap is easy to access. It's a short and...

    Gooch Gap is easy to access. It's a short and well maintained forest service road after leaving the pavement. Not a long drive from Woody Gap. You may be confusing this with some other location. ...
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    The 31 miles from Newfound Gap to Davenport Gap...

    The 31 miles from Newfound Gap to Davenport Gap is on a nicely maintained trail. Easy hiking, especially going north. But that’s a bunch of miles for one day.

    Another great option is to hike...
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    The frugal thru hike is much different than the...

    The frugal thru hike is much different than the “go into town whenever convenient” thru hike. It’s not uncommon to see people who say they ran out of money, or people who get ultra frugal near the...
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    There are no bugs out other than a few nats. I...

    There are no bugs out other than a few nats. I just finished up a thru hike at Springer. GA is very mild and pleasant right now.
  5. Spring just north of Wesser Bald was flowing a...

    Spring just north of Wesser Bald was flowing a week ago. 130.8
  6. A week ago it was running just fine. It's always...

    A week ago it was running just fine. It's always amazing to see a spring at the top of a mountain flowing with all this dry weather.
  7. I’m a few days from finishing my thru hike and...

    I’m a few days from finishing my thru hike and have found water reports notoriously inaccurate for some reason. As I’m heading south I ask NOBO section hikers about water. It must come down to what...
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    Russell Field Shelter source was dry yesterday...

    Russell Field Shelter source was dry yesterday when I walked by. The source 1.7 miles south of Mollies Ridge has water although section hikers told me they found no water there. Walk downhill a bit....
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    Stay at Mountain Harbor B&B and hostel just off...

    Stay at Mountain Harbor B&B and hostel just off the trail at 19E. They will shuttle you to Carver’s Gap. It’s an easy 15 mile hike back. They have THE best breakfast on the trail. And I’m not...
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    It indicates the last section of finished trail...

    It indicates the last section of finished trail that connected all parts of the AT. I walked by it earlier this year. Some people have mistakenly thought it was the original northern terminus.
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    It’s dry. You need a scoop. Cut the bottom 4...

    It’s dry. You need a scoop. Cut the bottom 4 inches out of a plastic water bottle. Scoop gently so you don’t silt up your water source.
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    There are people out here section hiking some...

    There are people out here section hiking some areas. What section did you intend to do? For an enjoyable experience I highly recommend getting good water info from someone that just hiked that area...
  13. Many of the “reliable” sources are dry in this...

    Many of the “reliable” sources are dry in this area and all the way north to SNP. This is making it difficult for sure. I have chosen hostels over camping a number of times in the past 2 weeks just...
  14. Four days ago I walked across this bridge in the...

    Four days ago I walked across this bridge in the dark before sunrise. It wasn’t taped off or blocked in any way. There was a sign on it saying Corners Creek Bridge is unsafe. I didn’t skip a step...
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    The failure rate I saw through there for section...

    The failure rate I saw through there for section hikers or new SOBOs was high. Train well. Quite a few people were surprised by the difficulty. The better your trail legs when you start the better...
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    A few miles south of Duncannon to the High Point...

    A few miles south of Duncannon to the High Point Shelter in NJ. From Duncan to Port Clinton is baby rocks. Port Clinton and further north is more serious. Very noticeably less rocks north of the...
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    The very vast majority of those “visitors” just...

    The very vast majority of those “visitors” just drive the road across the mountain. They don’t see much at all.
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    It can be anything at that time. Watch the...

    It can be anything at that time. Watch the weather forecast carefully and follow it daily up until the day you leave. Make last minute adjustments as required.
  19. Camped there night before last. Water is down to...

    Camped there night before last. Water is down to a trickle. The pool at the shelter is full of bugs and is muddy and easily silted up when disturbed. Walk upstream a bit. You can find a clean pool...
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    Do you have a donkey to carry it?

    Do you have a donkey to carry it?
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    Every Lyme disease patient will proudly tell you...

    Every Lyme disease patient will proudly tell you how they preserved the structural integrity of the fibers in their Darn Tough socks by not treating them against ticks.
  22. Unless you are already in thru hiker shape you...

    Unless you are already in thru hiker shape you should arrange a food drop in the hundred mile. I met people using Shaw's who said it cost $80 to have your own food dropped. Some people tried to...
  23. So true. “Hard” is when the trail wrecks your...

    So true. “Hard” is when the trail wrecks your body beyond what you can fully recover from during the night. You can discover this in NH and ME when hiking 8 to 12 hours daily. No single mountain or...
  24. Madison?? No. It's steep but the trail...

    Madison?? No. It's steep but the trail maintenance could not be better. You just walk up it.

    Southern Maine is the hardest part of the trail. But keep in mind that all of it is very doable. ...
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    I'll also add that NH and ME mess with your head....

    I'll also add that NH and ME mess with your head. You may be used to looking at mileage and total elevation gain to guesstimate how hard a section is and how far you can hike in a day. That won't...
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