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  1. Good news. According to the BSP website the Hunt...

    Good news. According to the BSP website the Hunt and Abol trails are now finally open. The Knife Edge, Cathedral and Saddle trails, however, are still closed. So the top of Katahdin can be reached...
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    Lost Spectacles Gap, a little less than a mile...

    Lost Spectacles Gap, a little less than a mile past Dragon's Tooth and 1.7 miles before Newport Road, looked like a nice place to camp when I hiked through there a year ago -- no water though. You...
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    The north end is at SOBO mile 15.4, NOBO mile...

    The north end is at SOBO mile 15.4, NOBO mile 2176.6. (where the trail intersects with the Golden Road)
    The south end is at SOBO mile 114.5, NOBO mile 2077.5. (where the trail intersects with ME 15)...
  4. Hmmmm. I have a reservation for a cabin at the...

    Hmmmm. I have a reservation for a cabin at the Daicy Pond campsite for June 21 this year and am planning to go up and down Katahdin on the Hunt Trail that day. When I made the reservation three...
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    RangerZ, I do this too. If my mind is too active...

    RangerZ, I do this too. If my mind is too active when I go to bed I think back to a backpacking trip and try to remember in order each place I pitched a tent for the night. It does calm me. It has...
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    The article doesn't mention anything about...

    The article doesn't mention anything about dismantling the privy. There is supposed to be ample room for tents near the shelter so I wonder if they might leave it as a designated campsite with a...
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    Daleville: Kroger grocery store is a few tenths...

    Daleville: Kroger grocery store is a few tenths of a mile off trail if you want to shop as you go. If you want to overnight at the Howard Johnson or Super 8 both of those places accept packages you...
  8. The northbound hike is about 36 miles and the...

    The northbound hike is about 36 miles and the southbound hike is about 45 miles, if that makes any difference to you. Max Patch is the scenic highlight of the NOBO hike while Blackstack Cliffs is...
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    I'm 6'0" and 165 pounds, hike 15 miles per day on...

    I'm 6'0" and 165 pounds, hike 15 miles per day on multi-week (non cold weather) section hikes, and have found that if I eat 4000 calories per day that I don't lose weight. Since you are a bigger guy...
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    I have a reservation at Daicy Pond Campground in...

    I have a reservation at Daicy Pond Campground in Baxter State Park on June 21 and suspect I will be fine. I am becoming resigned to the idea that skeeters and black flies will likely be worse than...
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    ULA backpack owners who try to cram too much...

    ULA backpack owners who try to cram too much stuff into their CDT models also must beware the explosion risk.
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    Best time of year for the Collegiate loop: my...

    Best time of year for the Collegiate loop: my next hiking trip of that length into high elevation in Colorado will undoubtedly be tail end of August into early September. In a typical year, as I...
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    According to weather.com average lows at that...

    According to weather.com average lows at that time of the year are in the high 40s and record lows are in the high 20s.
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    Here is a table showing miles per day and miles...

    Here is a table showing miles per day and miles per hiking day for PCT NOBO completers keeping a thorough journal at trailjournals.com:



    MPD~~~~~~~MPHD~~~~~SECTION
    16.7 miles.........(17.5...
  15. The hostel's website, and 2019 editions of the...

    The hostel's website, and 2019 editions of the Whiteblaze hostel listing and AWOL and the AT Companion all give (828) 216-1611 as the main phone number. AWOL and the Companion also list a second...
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    I used to be prone to blisters in some spots...

    I used to be prone to blisters in some spots where my toes rubbed together until I switched to Injinji toe socks -- that took care of that problem for me.
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    Sticky: Orange SOBO June 21, 2019

    Orange
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    June 21, 2019
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    The very heart of the bubble would be around the...

    The very heart of the bubble would be around the CT/MA state line in mid-July. If you figure anything resembling a bubble would extend a month ahead and behind this point, then the northern part of...
  19. This is really illuminating. I have often...

    This is really illuminating. I have often wondered about the percentage breakdowns of the various reasons for discontinuing a thru-hike attempt. It looks like between 55 and 60% of those giving an...
  20. All four people I mentioned did it between Jan. 1...

    All four people I mentioned did it between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of a single calendar year (there is a fifth who has done it that way too but his name escapes me right now).
  21. Both Squeaky and Swami accomplished it in similar...

    Both Squeaky and Swami accomplished it in similar ways, hiking an entire trail before starting another. Both started in the first week of May with the PCT NOBO (finishing in the last week of July),...
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    1) The least "remote" parts of the AT run from...

    1) The least "remote" parts of the AT run from Maryland to Massachusetts -- civilization is often very near. So rule that part out if remoteness is important to you. The time of year you are...
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    Starting at Erwin would have fewer logistical...

    Starting at Erwin would have fewer logistical complications. The scenery would be good for either hike.

    The complications for the hike starting at Springer involve Great Smoky Mountains National...
  24. The North Country Trail Association is already...

    The North Country Trail Association is already showing a tentative route for this trail extension on their interactive map. It crosses Lake Champlain at a bridge to Chimney Point VT. Looks like a...
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    A couple longer hikes are at top of mind. ...

    A couple longer hikes are at top of mind. Starting at Katahdin and hiking as far south as I feel like going is one idea (though probably not a thru-hike attempt). Another is putting together a...
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