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    Altra shoes - worst service ever

    I want to warn everyone not to order shoes or anything else from Altra Running - an extremely dishonest outfit with stunningly bad service. On my CDT hike I ordered badly needed, hard-to-find (size...
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    I hiked the OCT last summer after fires closed...

    I hiked the OCT last summer after fires closed the PCT and enjoyed it despite the road walks. The guidebook says not to hike it in winter, but a friend did years ago and said she lucked out and had...
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    Maria McCabe is great - what a dear kind lady. I...

    Maria McCabe is great - what a dear kind lady. I still remember how sweet and thoughtful she was when I showed up drenched from a cold November rain. Probably my favorite person I met on the AT.
  4. Thread: Cdt sobo 18

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    I did start at Breckenridge 6-19 and am north of...

    I did start at Breckenridge 6-19 and am north of the Winds now. Cirque of the Towers was at least as spectacular as the High Sierras but without the crowds. I am already planning on returning to the...
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    I left my car at the trailhead, and it was fine -...

    I left my car at the trailhead, and it was fine - perk of having an ugly beat-up old car.
    I'd recommend a solar battery charger.
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    Took 3 hours to get a ride into Lake City, even...

    Took 3 hours to get a ride into Lake City, even with a ride bride. Two minutes later the free shuttle from town appeared.
  7. Thread: Cdt sobo 18

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    Snow conditions this year are looking much more...

    Snow conditions this year are looking much more favorable for a nobo hike - below average in NM, CO, southern WY and above average in northern WY and MT/ID. Now looking at going nobo, from...
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    Katadyn BeFree filter

    I would like to hear from those who have used the lightweight Katadyn BeFree filter, especially over an extended period. Someone I met on the FT highly recommended it and urged me to get one for the...
  9. Much easier to hitch at the ramp, which I was...

    Much easier to hitch at the ramp, which I was about to do when a trail angel who has been active since Z&B closed drove up and offered me and some other hikers a ride to resupply.
  10. Thread: Cdt sobo 18

    by LuckyMan
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    I plan a CDT sobo starting in July. Now at mile...

    I plan a CDT sobo starting in July. Now at mile 1,020 on the FT.
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    They are made by pocket gophers.

    They are made by pocket gophers.
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    I am on the trail now, near mile 700; app is all...

    I am on the trail now, near mile 700; app is all I need for nav.
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    I was hoping for the SKT but must try much harder...

    I was hoping for the SKT but must try much harder to go slower.
    Now in ONF, best part so far.
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    I started Jan. 6, now at Bull Creek. It is a good...

    I started Jan. 6, now at Bull Creek. It is a good time to hike the FT - water in Big Cypress was only knee deep; the hysteria about waist-deep floods was wrong.
  15. Thread: Florida Thru

    by LuckyMan
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    Pizza! That would be most welcome. Did not expect...

    Pizza! That would be most welcome. Did not expect any trail magic on the FT but was hosted 2 nights near Lake O by best trail angels ever, relatives of another hiker.
  16. Thread: Florida Thru

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    I started nobo Jan. 6, now at Billie Swamp...

    I started nobo Jan. 6, now at Billie Swamp Safari, and trail conditions are better than expected. Water in the black lagoon of Big Cypress was only knee deep, not waist deep as I'd been told. Was...
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    I took a city bus from the airport to downtown,...

    I took a city bus from the airport to downtown, then Greyhound to Truckee; easy hitch to Donner summit.
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    Might not need to go through Portland or Boston....

    Might not need to go through Portland or Boston. When I went from DC to Katahdin I found a cheap nonstop flight on American from National Airport to Bangor, then the usual buses and shuttles (via...
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    I figure if I can do it, nearly anyone can. I was...

    I figure if I can do it, nearly anyone can. I was in just average shape when I started. I have gained so much confidence from backpacking.
    Sarcasm the Elf: I remember meeting you in Georgia years...
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    I finished the AT after 25 years

    A quarter of a century ago I day-hiked the AT-BMT loops from Springer to Long Creek Falls and never imagined I would one day finish the trail. Now I have, after a hike from Pawling NY to the Potomac....
  21. Thread: Florida Thru

    by LuckyMan
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    I just spoke to FTA again and the woman I spoke...

    I just spoke to FTA again and the woman I spoke to previously was much more positive this time, said crews are getting the trail in shape, so I plan to do a thru starting after Christmas. There are...
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    Water PA and MD

    Trying to finish the AT with a hike from NY to Harpers Ferry, now at DWG. Looking for current info on water sources in PA and MD. (NY was dry, many sources listed in AWOL as reliable were nonexistent...
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    I planned to start after Christmas, called FTA...

    I planned to start after Christmas, called FTA about post-Irma conditions, was told some areas are a wreck and to call back in a few weeks. I plan to hike it if feasible but not if it is a big mess.
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    I agree, September over August. Less heat, less...

    I agree, September over August. Less heat, less crowding. I passed through that stretch last October and it was heaven.
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    Someone on the PCT-L posted a Reddit link showing...

    Someone on the PCT-L posted a Reddit link showing the triangular spiral looked like a pedophile symbol.
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