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    A few States have closed the AT to overnight...

    A few States have closed the AT to overnight camping this year, which would include the areas around closed USFS and NPS shelters and closed State/ATC managed shelters. It's up to the hiker or group...
  2. Autopsies and related necropsies take a while to...

    Autopsies and related necropsies take a while to conduct. Both the victim and the bear need to be examined, which probably will take upwards of 4-weeks or more once the process starts. To stay inside...
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    Agreed on shoplifting signage, perhaps the better...

    Agreed on shoplifting signage, perhaps the better example would be someone camping on your lawn, arguing since there are no signs prohibiting it and laws of trespass are available via the internet...
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    They are still closed. The AT does not have...

    They are still closed.

    The AT does not have signs at all shelters and privies stating they are closed, similar to stores not having signage at each aisle stating shoplifting is not allowed. The...
  5. Backpacks can qualify as carry-on but may have...

    Backpacks can qualify as carry-on but may have some issues with what's inside them. For example, trekking poles, fuel containers (even empty and dry), knives, tent stakes, and other related gear...
  6. Thread: Trail names

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    Trail names, aka "handles" have been used for...

    Trail names, aka "handles" have been used for centuries. In the American experience we have used them profusely to the point they have become part of our culture; Slim, Stonewall, Buffalo Bill,...
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    Perfect! Failure can be a subjective thing in...

    Perfect!

    Failure can be a subjective thing in many pursuits and likely necessary prior to success. Many people attempt a thru hike, some several times, before they finally make the full trek. I...
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    A call to the local police or Ranger station...

    A call to the local police or Ranger station would probably get you the answers you are looking for, if not a better or more secure place to park.
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    It seems counterintuitive, but the dryer is how...

    It seems counterintuitive, but the dryer is how the DWR water repellant coating is activated and restores the waterproofing on the fabric.
  10. Thread: Lurkers?

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    "Those who lurk also learn" Participating in a...

    "Those who lurk also learn"

    Participating in a discussion is not necessary to get the benefit of usable information. Perhaps the best example is Wikipedia, many people contribute to topics on that...
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    Happy to hear you responded to what your body was...

    Happy to hear you responded to what your body was telling you and left a planned trip to get help early enough so the condition could be addressed easily. A cautionary tale to be sure!
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    They were about 5 to 6-miles back to the...

    They were about 5 to 6-miles back to the trailhead parking from where we were. Though it was not too strenuous a hike under normal conditions I have to think it became untenable after a little time...
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    Reminds me of an episode at a remote camping area...

    Reminds me of an episode at a remote camping area on a brisk fall afternoon. A newlywed couple had set up a tent, stashed their packs (with food) in it, and went off to a nearby lake. Sometime during...
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    I agree with the above, synthetic shirts for me...

    I agree with the above, synthetic shirts for me are not all that comfortable in high temperatures (though oddly synthetic shorts and socks are) and I prefer hiking in cotton shirts in summer...
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    Puns aside, Alligator has a good point, the chief...

    Puns aside, Alligator has a good point, the chief cause of toenail damage (especially big toe) are boots, steep downhills generally are the contributing factor. Sometimes making a lacing adjustment...
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    As noted by others, there is a considerable...

    As noted by others, there is a considerable difference between hiking shoes, trail runners, and hiking boots. Each having their own benefits, drawbacks, and preferences.
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    Call a "toe truck"? Just had to say that.....

    Call a "toe truck"?

    Just had to say that.....
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    I use different footwear for the season and...

    I use different footwear for the season and terrain. I will use trail runners for fairly easy to moderate conditions, trail shoes for moderate into difficult terrain, and high leather boots for...
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    Developing a trail rating system on a national...

    Developing a trail rating system on a national level is would be extremely difficult. Just in this thread alone there are numerous thoughts on how to set them up, Tipi's idea of pack weight along...
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    FWIW - I've used an Osprey "Daylite" pack for day...

    FWIW - I've used an Osprey "Daylite" pack for day hikes for several years now and love it. It holds gear for any of the seasons I am out in, holds a 3-liter water bladder away from gear in the pack,...
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    Though rain measurements can differ...

    Though rain measurements can differ significantly, western CT and MA did not get all that much rain. The storm center took a track west of the Hudson River (approximately), bringing heavy rain to the...
  22. According to the NWS there were at least two...

    According to the NWS there were at least two tornadoes in Northwestern CT, one as ATtroll describes crossing the AT at Belters, the other on Caanan Mountain. Likely a few more under that weather...
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    There really is not a standard rating system for...

    There really is not a standard rating system for hiking trail difficulty, given the enormous differences of terrain, altitude, seasonal elements, and differences between the age and physical...
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    Much like you describe, a few years ago I...

    Much like you describe, a few years ago I developed a similar serious anxiety issue. These attacks were very unpleasant and pretty much rooted me to the ground when they occurred. I was not able to...
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    Quick update on drought conditions in New...

    Quick update on drought conditions in New England:

    Currently there has been little change in conditions despite localized rain squalls this past month. States having D1 drought conditions...
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