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    Certainly nothing to obsess about. It's tragic...

    Certainly nothing to obsess about. It's tragic anyone has to die that way, but it's also very rare on the AT. It looks like if you avoid VA and PA, you reduce your risk to nearly zero.

    Now on the...
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    There have been 11 murders on the AT in it's...

    There have been 11 murders on the AT in it's history.

    The first was 1974 at low gap shelter in GA.
    In 1975, Janice Balza was murdered for her backpack
    In 1981, two hiker were killed, no...
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    The probability of any thru hiker you meet...

    The probability of any thru hiker you meet finishing is highly dependent on where and when you meet them. If you meet a NOBO in NH in August, there is a good chance they will finish. If you meet a...
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    Your young, so if there are no complications or...

    Your young, so if there are no complications or other health issues which might complicate recovery, I would think you'd heal fairly fast. Unless they need to remove it intact, I imagine they don't...
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    There are quite a few people who hike to Trail...

    There are quite a few people who hike to Trail days, starting a few days north or south. The whole area is congested that weekend and a week on either side of it.
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    Yea, hiking in marginal early winter weather is a...

    Yea, hiking in marginal early winter weather is a pain.
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    If you end up needing them, you need them right...

    If you end up needing them, you need them right away, not in 2-3 days. You don't want to wake up one morning and find you can't leave the shelter.
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    All I can say is really bad timing. 100's leave...

    All I can say is really bad timing. 100's leave NOBO out of Trail Days. Talk about crowds and standing room only at campsites. In fact, the whole state of Virginia suddenly fills up as groups of 20...
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    Depends on if it rains and is then immediately...

    Depends on if it rains and is then immediately followed by a polar vortex. Which is a good possibility. PA rocks are bad enough dry, put a coating of ice on them and will be deadly.
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    Jezzum, the guy only wanted suggestions on how to...

    Jezzum, the guy only wanted suggestions on how to save up money to pay for a thru hike. The answer to which is pretty simple - spend less, save more.
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    It's not easy these days. What ever you do, don't...

    It's not easy these days. What ever you do, don't go into debt doing it.

    First of all, if your on any kind of budget, don't start in March. That takes more expensive gear and your more likely to...
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    No, I figure they have as much right to be there...

    No, I figure they have as much right to be there as I do. But I once run into a couple of guys who would set out multiple traps and then string up the nights kill for all to see. Kind of grossed some...
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    I carry asprin, Benadryl, a few bandaids and a...

    I carry asprin, Benadryl, a few bandaids and a bottle of New Skin. My sew kit has needles. That's it. In 20 years of LD hiking, never had a need for anything more. If I did, I wouldn't be here.
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    Ideally you'd pick a week with good weather, but...

    Ideally you'd pick a week with good weather, but that probably isn't possible and will have to deal with what you get. Which could be freezing rain, an ice storm or 2 feet of snow. In the winter you...
  15. Personally, I prefer to go up especially steep...

    Personally, I prefer to go up especially steep sections then go down them. Yep, the Garfield ridge has some interesting sections.
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    A lot of sail boats use alcohol stoves, so I...

    A lot of sail boats use alcohol stoves, so I would think it would be available near ports. There is a difference between the alcohol used for drink and that which is used for fuel, so I wouldn't...
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    The next few days might convince him to get...

    The next few days might convince him to get warmer gear or get off the trail. It's gonna be like -3 up here in the Whites in a few days. If that is any indication of how this winter goes, it's going...
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    YOu have to go through the booking process to...

    YOu have to go through the booking process to find the prices.

    Bunk in the common room - $35, includes a breakfast of sorts.
    Private room - $90
    Shuttle to Springer - an additional $90
    Pick up...
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    Shelter mice are good at getting into food bags...

    Shelter mice are good at getting into food bags hung in shelters, dispite deterants. And they knew exactly where to chew to get at the nuts. Leaving candy wrappers in your pack side pockets isn't a...
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    How much to carry definitely depends on a number...

    How much to carry definitely depends on a number of factors, but on the AT I leave camp with 2, 20 oz soda bottles full, having drank 20 oz before leaving. I usually leave town with a 20oz Coke, so I...
  21. Then you come across something like this and...

    Then you come across something like this and think "how the heck am I suppose to get across that?", then look up and see the rope and say "thank you". Pretty much wouldn't have been possible without...
  22. Given the steep trails and thin soil, it's...

    Given the steep trails and thin soil, it's impossible to avoid. That and some of these trails have been in the same place for over a 100 years. If it's raining and your not walking in a stream, your...
  23. If you take a close look, you'll see there really...

    If you take a close look, you'll see there really isn't any other option. That's just the nature of these mountains and how the glaciers scored them and left behind a lot of really big rocks in...
  24. Thread: Permethrin

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    Besides the insect poison, my spray bottle of...

    Besides the insect poison, my spray bottle of Premethrin says it contains 99.5% inert ingredients. Which is probably mostly water. Nothing that will melt nylon or plastic. The spray can version...
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    The site should specify the weight and stuffed...

    The site should specify the weight and stuffed sized of the bag. If it doesn't I wouldn't buy it from them.

    Rule of thumb - for a given temp rating, a down bag will be lighter and stuff smaller...
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