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  1. Welcome to Whiteblaze! We’re an interesting...

    Welcome to Whiteblaze! We’re an interesting bunch. There’s a LOT of really good info to be had here along with some entertaining discussions at times. See ‘ya around!
  2. Crossing the Palisades Parkway in NY at rush hour...

    Crossing the Palisades Parkway in NY at rush hour can be an unforgettable AT experience. Route 7 in VA is said to be pretty bad as well. There used to be an equally dangerous one in NJ, but I think...
  3. Fletcher obviously carried loads larger than what...

    Fletcher obviously carried loads larger than what would be considered normal today, largely do to the tech and materials available in his day. But as Tipi Walter noted, he was no ultra-lighter even...
  4. Yeah, in the beginning he gets under your skin...

    Yeah, in the beginning he gets under your skin sometimes and might smell a little funny - but he grows on you. :D
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    As there is no "official" formal organization...

    As there is no "official" formal organization regarding FKT's on trail runs, the default organization recording these runs/hikes is https://fastestknowntime.com/ , and they, along with the runners...
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    Corey Nunlist on Appalachian Trail In progress...

    Corey Nunlist on Appalachian Trail
    In progress

    Athlete: Corey Nunlist
    Route: Appalachian Trail
    Start date: 2021-06-24
    Style: Supported
    Status: In progress
    My friend Kyler and I are...
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    The FKT website now says "end" (But not DNF), but...

    The FKT website now says "end" (But not DNF), but at 170 miles behind, it would seem to be far past over.


    FKT website now shows him 19 miles behind as of 7/8.

    Observation: As these times get...
  8. Yeah, the list of tick transmitted diseases is...

    Yeah, the list of tick transmitted diseases is l-o-n-g. Here's a copy and paste of diseases just in the US from CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/index.html

    Anaplasmosis is transmitted to...
  9. Are we finally getting a Lyme vaccine for human use?

    Some 20 plus years ago it looked as if a Lyme disease vaccine was going to happen. It was approved for dogs - but pulled for human use. The reasons were complicated and perhaps unreasonable. But...
  10. It all depends upon where and when you're hiking....

    It all depends upon where and when you're hiking. Weather (temperature, wind, rain, humidity), insects (black flies, ticks, mosquitos), flora (poison ivy, stinging nettles, etc.) all play into...
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    Creds:...

    Creds: https://statistik.d-u-v.org/getresultperson.php?runner=252947
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    Yeah, basically 2 marathons...in the...

    Yeah, basically 2 marathons...in the mountains...every day. He covers more ground by lunch than I can in two days. :o
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    I can't understand the pushback. It's a very...

    I can't understand the pushback. It's a very difficult climb for someone who isn't regularly going up and down thousands of feet over rocks. More so if carrying a full load at the beginning of a...
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    or even some hikers. :banana

    or even some hikers. :banana
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    According to...

    According to https://fastestknowntime.com/tracking , he is past Kennedy Meadows and camped in the Arrowhead Lake area on June 17. He's averaging about 1 mpd short of the 50.6 mpd pace he needs to...
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    Here's a short article on her retirement....

    Here's a short article on her retirement. https://www.atmuseum.org/news/laurie-potteiger-is-leaving-atc-but-not-the-trail
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    Traction vs durability. Choose either one. All...

    Traction vs durability. Choose either one. All soles have reduced traction on wet rocks, but some much more so than others. I too have had a bad experience with Oboz about 10 years ago. They...
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    While some here on WB are known in the hiking...

    While some here on WB are known in the hiking community, most members are anonymous. One of the problems with FB is that, unlike WB, names are mostly verified. As such, posting details of travel,...
  20. Are Opsaks completely odor PROOF? Would you trust...

    Are Opsaks completely odor PROOF? Would you trust it with a kilo going through customs? If not, you have your answer.

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    I'll second the recommendation to access WB and...

    I'll second the recommendation to access WB and other similar forums on tapatalk if you're using a phone. Makes navigating the site pretty phone friendly. It only takes a few minutes to learn the...
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    You're not alone. Many a brave man has cowered...

    You're not alone. Many a brave man has cowered in fear from the call of an 6" tall screech owl. It always seems to me the smallest critters make the most ruckus too. But other than ticks,...
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    https://media0.giphy.com/media/rY6oYt4OaF59C/200.g...

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    Ah, a Vermuder chimes in.

    Ah, a Vermuder chimes in.
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    Just an FTI on Tyvek as a footprint if you go...

    Just an FTI on Tyvek as a footprint if you go that route. There are multiple types of the stuff. Get the stuff they use for making kites and clothing - I think it's 1443R. Lots of sellers on ebay...
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