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    Not a loop, but get a shuttle from Damascus, Va...

    Not a loop, but get a shuttle from Damascus, Va to Watauga Dam Road (west of Boone, NC) and hike back to Damascus. This is a ridge line hike and fairly easy with good views and breezes.
  2. Thread: Newbie

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    Its not all about scenery. The AT is world famous...

    Its not all about scenery. The AT is world famous and I would want to walk on it if I was a hiker and from out west, just to see something different.
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    I booked and paid for a shuttle with the hostel...

    I booked and paid for a shuttle with the hostel at Dicks Creek Gap (Top of Mountain??) in Georgia. A tropical storm rolled in and although I paid to a nice lady on the phone, her son (I think) took...
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    Coming down Blood Mountain heading north, there...

    Coming down Blood Mountain heading north, there was one spot where it was mostly rock/boulders and the trail was not marked well in one spot, and others had missed the turns through the years and...
  5. I had one and went through the machine zapping...

    I had one and went through the machine zapping device that cost so much. They said they had it. All they did was knock it down close to the bladder. About a week later, I was peeing one morning...
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    Anyone done the Camino?

    I am starting to plan on my wife and I doing the Camino next year. Probably the French Way. Any advice from an experienced person would be greatly appreciated. Things like language difficulties,...
  7. Southbound could be a one day trip. Northbound...

    Southbound could be a one day trip. Northbound would be a killer in one day.
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    I switched over to hammocks years ago and would...

    I switched over to hammocks years ago and would not go back. However, I have put off the Smokies due to the park rules and am considering buying a one man tent to use when I do the Smokies, which...
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    Make a 2 day hike work around crossing Roan...

    Make a 2 day hike work around crossing Roan Mountain. I did Carvers Gap to Hwy 19 a couple of years ago, and it was the prettiest hike I have ever done.
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    I do not know if there is a difference or not,...

    I do not know if there is a difference or not, thus the question. With the concentration of people using the park, I did not know if using a canister, and finding some tree trunk outside the shelter...
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    Bear canister in the Smokies

    I have put off the Smokies as I would rather not sleep in the shelter areas. I cannot any longer as I am done with the south except the Park. I have been carrying a canister as I prefer the ease of...
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    I tried all the tennis balls, frozen water...

    I tried all the tennis balls, frozen water bottles, etc forever. Someone on this forum pointed me to a device called "One Stretch" and I bought it and problem solved. It offers support for the entire...
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    I am 63 now and just finished my 3rd section hike...

    I am 63 now and just finished my 3rd section hike of this summer. I did 14 miles/day for two days and finished up the 3rd morning on this last one. I use to dread uphills, but have started eating...
  14. Thread: Trail Hygiene

    by joec
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    I usually use wet wipes, but do carry a packable...

    I usually use wet wipes, but do carry a packable shower (got from REI, I think) if I will be camping close to a stream. It weighs next to nothing, and is worth it if it works out that I can use it.
  15. All the various opinions makes the average...

    All the various opinions makes the average persons head spin. It is a complex subject. I have lost about 40 lbs over the past ten years by changing what I ate. I did not increase exercise, just...
  16. If you book a shuttle at TOG, they do not refund...

    If you book a shuttle at TOG, they do not refund the money regardless if something comes up. I booked a shuttle last fall and a tropical storm came in. I called to cancel and get a refund and they...
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    My hiking buddy and I both tied to the same tree...

    My hiking buddy and I both tied to the same tree on one hike, using different trees for the opposite end. The tree was about relatively small but living with green leaves and big enough to hold us...
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    Agree with Damascus area. One issue with hiking...

    Agree with Damascus area. One issue with hiking into Damascus is the fairly significant downhill into town. It whipped my daughter and wife on a hike years ago. If I remember correctly, it is close...
  19. Thread: Eating for energy

    by joec
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    Of course I know you have to eat for energy, I...

    Of course I know you have to eat for energy, I guess I am wondering what and how often most people eat on the trail. I did not eat every two hrs before and this guy says it made all the difference.
  20. Thread: Eating for energy

    by joec
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    Eating for energy

    I met a guy on my last hike that was my age (62) and we chatted for a few minutes about food. He told me it made all the difference in the world when he got the advise how to eat on the trail from a...
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    I did this about 5 years ago. I found it easy to...

    I did this about 5 years ago. I found it easy to walk and should be great with a dog. It is 41 miles if I remember correctly, with many state parks etc to walk through.
  22. Go to Elk Park, NC and get a shuttle to take you...

    Go to Elk Park, NC and get a shuttle to take you up to Roan Mountain (at Carvers Gap) and hike north back to Hwy 19, where the shuttle company, at the hostel, is about 2/10th a mile from the AT. This...
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    I was about to cut my heel off after 6 months....

    I was about to cut my heel off after 6 months. Finally (a couple of years ago) I realized the hiking forum would be a great place to get help. Sure enough, one guy recommended I look into the...
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    I take one of the backpacking showers which...

    I take one of the backpacking showers which weighs very little. I lucked out (hammock camper) and camped close to a stream last hike, and filled up the bag and hung it from a limb close to my...
  25. Thread: Need your advice?

    by joec
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    "Trekking poles" for sure. I am 61 as well, as...

    "Trekking poles" for sure. I am 61 as well, as one of the biggest improvements for me in my hiking, has been to actually use the poles to help climb and take pressure off my legs on downhills. Using...
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