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    Experience with freeze-dried food?

    Do any of you purchase bulk freeze-dried ingredients to prepare your own backpacking meals? This is getting past buying prepared meals from places like Backpacker's Pantry, Mountain House, and Alpine...
  2. You can hike in across a woods road or trail....

    You can hike in across a woods road or trail. Driving to the shelter is not possible (thankfully, in my opinion--shelters right next to roads are often the ones that have problems with parties,...
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    What are you hiking in?? Sounds great--comfort...

    What are you hiking in?? Sounds great--comfort and being able to dry out.
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    I've never brought along camp shoes because of weight and the seeming hassle of hanging crocks or some other...
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    This thread has been a great read. Lots of...

    This thread has been a great read. Lots of practical stuff--appreciate experienced folks sticking around and sharing their experiences.

    As a very small step towards winter backpacking, I hiked the...
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    Thanks so much for posting this! Those...

    Thanks so much for posting this!
    Those conditions are hard to even imagine.
    It's fun checking out the Mt Washington Observatory weather site. But, I've gotten out of the habit and haven't checked...
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    I worry about this because I always seem to have...

    I worry about this because I always seem to have lots of extra gear and stuff in my car that might make it look like a target. I cover it but I think that makes it look like there might be something...
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    No trip report available yet....I didn't get to...

    No trip report available yet....I didn't get to hike up at Bear Mountain today. Just didn't work out logistically for today.
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    Thanks so much for the quick reply. That's...

    Thanks so much for the quick reply. That's exactly the local confirmation I needed.

    Cheers--enjoy the holiday.
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    Bear Mountain NY trail conditions

    Hi all,

    How is the trail at Bear Mountain after the snowstorm on December 16-17? I know some areas in NY and PA got a foot or more of snow and some parts north got much more than that.
    I'm...
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    Teacher & Snacktime: Thanks--I love your...

    Teacher & Snacktime:

    Thanks--I love your photos! I hiked the rocks in that top photo just after sunrise and heard a Barred Owl calling when the sky just looked magical. Special moment, indeed......
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    That's one of my favorite sections in the NJ/NY...

    That's one of my favorite sections in the NJ/NY section of the trail. I've backpacked through and returned to day hike it quite a few times, only once in wet conditions. The rocks are tricky when wet...
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    Keep a very close eye on the guidelines for each...

    Keep a very close eye on the guidelines for each state as you approach your hike, because they can significantly change. And, each state has a different schedule to update their restrictions.
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  13. Finding information on AT re-routes

    Hi all,

    Where can I find out about AT re-routes over the decades? I'm looking backwards not forwards (i.e. not as much what might be proposed or coming, but what's happened to date).

    I'd like...
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    Hiking T-shirt recommendations

    I'm looking for a hiking shirt with a few specific qualities.

    I'm trying to replace a couple REI Sahara T-shirts. They're what I hike in all the time, and I can't seem to find anything close.
    As...
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    Your story reminds me to stick with hydrating and...

    Your story reminds me to stick with hydrating and emphasizes the risks I used to take.
    Doing something later.......it always seems too late!!
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    Thanks for providing the details. It's exactly...

    Thanks for providing the details. It's exactly what I expected--a story that can really help me (and maybe others). You're in great shape to be able to hike at that pace and pull off 14 miles with...
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    I think I would've been pretty stubborn (maybe...

    I think I would've been pretty stubborn (maybe against my best interests and safety) and pushed it to try to make the roadwalk work. I've gotten used to cycling on some roads that are extremely...
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    The Backpacker Campground in New Jersey faces...

    The Backpacker Campground in New Jersey faces west and has good (but not great) sunset views. It's in Worthington State Forest, near the scenic Sunfish Pond. This campground was closed b/c of...
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    Thanks so much for the trip report. It's always a...

    Thanks so much for the trip report. It's always a great thing when folks come back and report on what actually happened after all the planning and expectations.

    Sounds like a fabulous trip before...
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    Meadow Lark Farm B&B is definitely AT friendly....

    Meadow Lark Farm B&B is definitely AT friendly. The owner (Dorothy Haup) shuttles AT hikers and is on the WhiteBlaze shuttle list.
    I used her for shuttles and she's great. I haven't stayed at the...
  21. If you're starting on a multi-day hike, then...

    If you're starting on a multi-day hike, then walking in a couple miles and setting up a tent is a great option. You'll be on the trail and ready to go early the next morning.
    If you're going for a...
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    Regarding the parking question: I know of two...

    Regarding the parking question:
    I know of two options below and neither are flexible or ideal. I'd like to hear other options.

    I haven't been able to make this official NPS parking lot work,...
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    I used Carlin's AT Shuttle Service (on the...

    I used Carlin's AT Shuttle Service (on the WhiteBlaze list posted above) a couple times around Port Clinton. Joyce Carlin runs it, but a family operation.
    Friendly great service and reasonable...
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    Wow, nice job! I'm impressed. You started out...

    Wow, nice job! I'm impressed.

    You started out by asking if the hike was even possible.
    You ended with a 2.5 mile per hour average. That's some pretty fast trail miles. Especially for someone...
  25. I'm curious about choosing cotton for your...

    I'm curious about choosing cotton for your typical long sleeve.

    I think you described it as your long sleeve thermal camp shirt--for typical hikes, but you're switching it out for this NH trip....
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