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    My guess on benefits hierarchy: Loving partner...

    My guess on benefits hierarchy:

    Loving partner > owning a dog (pet) > hiking > good tequila

    Order rotates daily.
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    There has got to be a reason so many folks give...

    There has got to be a reason so many folks give up backpacking after their thru hikes.

    Boredom on the trail is as good an explanation as any.
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    It’s an acquired tase, I think.

    It’s an acquired tase, I think.
  4. So very interesting to learn about talking to the...

    So very interesting to learn about talking to the horse and rider that you meet.

    I will make sure to do that better in the future.

    Out of curiosity, would the average horseman pickup on and...
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    TBH I have not read all that much when hiking,...

    TBH I have not read all that much when hiking, but for fun I like the Joe Picket series (he is a fictional Wyoming game warden) by CJ Box and am looking forward to the release of the next in 2 weeks.
  6. I agree that if a Harvard Degree were given out...

    I agree that if a Harvard Degree were given out to anyone who asked for one in a non-covid year, its value would be greatly diminished.

    A Harvard Degree is rather unique, however. One could...
  7. The ATC is correct to deny recognition to any...

    The ATC is correct to deny recognition to any hiker that violates their “Morals Clause”, which I have copied below:

    We hold high expectations of 2,000-milers that include treating the natural...
  8. Poll: OP here. While this is a straight forward...

    OP here.

    While this is a straight forward topic, I would like to state that I have believed (and have suggested on WhiteBlaze previously) that the ATC should dispense with the 2,000-Miler...
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    That, or you could reference the actual regs. ...

    That, or you could reference the actual regs.

    https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/whitemountain/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5228795&width=full

    Not worth the effort if you are just passing thru. ...
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    Very valid points. Even if you do your very...

    Very valid points.

    Even if you do your very best to adhere to local LNT guidelines, I think this is important (for some) to recognize this just to have a more chill experience.

    For example,...
  11. Poll: Straight forward poll: Should the ATC eliminate the 2000-miler award

    This poll asks if the ATC should cease handing out the 2000-Miler Certificate. Other groups like the ALDHA could fill the void if there was an interest.

    I have been saying this for years. I...
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    Slo-go’en didn’t mention it explicitly (it’s on...

    Slo-go’en didn’t mention it explicitly (it’s on theHighland Center property) but if you take his advise, I think the Shapliegh Bunkhouse is reserved under its own name.

    Still AMC but cheaper and...
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    You could consider putting the item up on eBay...

    You could consider putting the item up on eBay for a high price, but then let your preferred buyer(s) know through other channels that you would accept his offer.

    Downside is the eBay/PayPal cut....
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    Me too. I cannot recommend this place highly...

    Me too.

    I cannot recommend this place highly enough, though I will happily admit my wife and I have only stayed in a private room/suite.

    https://notchhostel.com/
  15. Inspiring. Literally. I hike up Monadnock...

    Inspiring. Literally.

    I hike up Monadnock quite a bit, but never thought to do this trip. Figured camping was problematic.

    Thanks!
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    Another way to plan is to learn something more...

    Another way to plan is to learn something more about the history, and natural history, on and along the Trail before heading out.

    From the Trail of Tears to Audie Murphy and Shays’ Rebellion, to...
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    I would add that there are no off-trail...

    I would add that there are no off-trail waterfalls, views, hostels, AYCE’s or towns that are “must sees” on the AT.
  18. Thread: Scaring Bears

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    I was thinking I might cue up the Saturday Night...

    I was thinking I might cue up the Saturday Night Fever sound track before breaking out the Fenix.
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    I am sort of looking forward to seeing what kind...

    I am sort of looking forward to seeing what kind of impression the strobe on my tactical flashlight will make on a black bear.
  20. I understand what you are saying, but to be clear...

    I understand what you are saying, but to be clear the ATC does not and has not closed the Trail.

    Rather other controlling authorities have closed some sections.

    As for their 2,000 Miler...
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    As strange as it may seem, folks who have...

    As strange as it may seem, folks who have recovered or received the vaccine (or both in the case of an elderly relative of mine) are being cautioned that they should not deviate from prior social...
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    For New England, I would recommend your friends...

    For New England, I would recommend your friends and family fly into Manchester, NH [MHT], rent a car, and then stay in the large room /suite at the Notch Hostel.

    Super clean, with private bath...
  23. Thread: Painted Bunting

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    Painted Bunting

    Anyone care to track this guy down and post a picture?

    Bonus points if you get a blaze in the shot.

    JNI64?
    ...
  24. How about Hotel California. But this version...

    How about Hotel California.

    But this version ��

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7W-M70aFS6s

    Or just about any Nuevo Flamenco. Or finger style guitar magic like Preston Reed creates.

    Good...
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    As one who hiked SOBO without any prior...

    As one who hiked SOBO without any prior backpacking trips over 10 miles or so (spread over 2 or 3 days) at the age of 23, I would highly recommend it.

    With headnets, thin cotton gloves, ball cap,...
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