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    Sounds like your trip is almost 75 miles. If I...

    Sounds like your trip is almost 75 miles. If I remember correctly, you will not qualify for Smokies thru hiker permit but I am guessing you already know that.

    I would remove:
    -Extra hiking T...
  2. Some of you are clearly missing my point and some...

    Some of you are clearly missing my point and some of you will never understand my point unless you completed a thru hike. I am not trying to be mean but it is the truth. Thru hikers are a different...
  3. You get it! I couldn't have explained it any...

    You get it! I couldn't have explained it any better.
  4. I am glad someone agrees with me. You hit the...

    I am glad someone agrees with me. You hit the nail on the head about the emphasis today being about mega daily miles. The yellow blazing and excessive slack packing but the young kids is being more...
  5. I don't disagree except the part where you said...

    I don't disagree except the part where you said technology is frustrating me. I am in my 30's, doesn't frustrate me.

    I wasn't out there to try to reenact a hike 50 years ago (much respect to...
  6. Yes, people of all ages do it, never said...

    Yes, people of all ages do it, never said otherwise. But the young kids are abusing the service. You completely missed the point of my rant.
  7. Not true! HYOH is being abused and used...

    Not true! HYOH is being abused and used incorrectly. Quick example... I met a "thru hiker" who admitted skipping 110 miles of trail because he had to get off trail for a couple days and wanted to...
  8. My 2016 Thru Hike - Excessive Slack Packing

    I just finished my 2016 thru hike. It was an awesome experience. All of the people on the trail were friendly and I did not encounter or hear of any issues involving people, just animals. Every...
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    I just completed a thru hike in 2016. Verizon is...

    I just completed a thru hike in 2016. Verizon is clearly the best carrier for the AT. I was able to send out a text message at camp 95% of the nights. Other hikers nearby with different carriers...
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    Sawyer Squeeze Question

    Please see picture... what is the purpose of the gray screw cap on the Sawyer Squeeze? Does anyone carry it with them? It has to be unscrewed every time I want to filter water, I could see myself...
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    Thanks for the heads up!

    Thanks for the heads up!
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    I think we just found patient zero of the...

    I think we just found patient zero of the norovirus.
  13. Waterproofing your gear before a long distance hike?

    Just curious, do any of you use that waterproofing spray on some of your gear before a long distance hike? If so, what gear do you apply it on and any particular waterproofing product you recommend?...
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    Rolling your Ankle - How often?

    How often do you roll your ankle while hiking? Do you do any ankle exercises for injury prevention?

    Where I hike there a lot of hidden dangers underneath the leaves or camouflaged on the trail...
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    Sock Liners - Yay or Nay?

    I have never tried sock liners before but I do see quite a bit of gear videos showing hikers with them. I do wear Darn Tough low cut socks with trail running shoes. I currently do not have any...
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    Head Net for bugs

    Doing on NOBO starting in late April. I plan on sleeping in a tent most nights. Do I bring a bug net for my head at the start, have it mailed to me, or not needed at all?

    From your past...
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    Trail Name: None Yet Direction: NOBO Estimated...

    Trail Name: None Yet
    Direction: NOBO
    Estimated Start Date: 4/19
    Approach Trail - Yes
    Looking for someone to carry my pack, preferably a Sherpa. $10 a day + free meals + better views than the...
  18. I found it!... Sawyer Fast Fill Hydration Pack...

    I found it!... Sawyer Fast Fill Hydration Pack Adapter Kit: https://www.rei.com/product/858765/sawyer-fast-fill-hydration-pack-adapter-kit
  19. How do I fill my hydration reservoir without removing it from pack??

    Couple weeks ago, I saw a video that allows someone to fill their hydration reservoir (bladder) using the Sawyer Squeeze without removing the bladder from your pack. I believe it was a plastic piece...
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    What to do with empty fuel canisters?

    I have not used fuel canisters and I have not been on the AT, hope to experience both very soon. Just curious... what do you do with empty fuel canisters along the AT? I would imagine many stores...
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    Leaving Pack Outside of Restaurants??

    I heard/read from 2 different thru hikers that they leave their pack outside a restaurant... I guess due to the smell and/or size of pack. The thought of leaving my pack outside, unattended, just...
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    Good food bag?

    I was looking at getting the Zpacks Dry Bag that is 12.3L and 1.2oz made of Cuben Fiber for my food bag. Would you recommend this or something else for me?

    I don't plan on sleeping in any...
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    What do you use to hang socks on pack?

    What do you use to hang your socks on your pack?

    I plan on switching out my socks halfway through the day and hanging a pair on the back of my pack to dry while I hike. From what I have read,...
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    OK, i just googled it and it does seem popular. ...

    OK, i just googled it and it does seem popular. They also make some nice cozy bags to keep the zip lock bags warm. I always thought that hot water and cheap plastic was a recipe for eating/drinking...
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    Liners for Quilts - worth it?

    I read that it is a good idea to use a sleeping bag liner to keep your sleeping bag clean. I recently purchased a 20F down quilt from Enlightened Equipment and now I am debating on whether or not to...
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