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  1. Check out the Perch campsite run by the Randolph...

    Check out the Perch campsite run by the Randolph Mountain Club (RMC) tent platforms and if a little over crowded they have (in the past) directed me to near by spots to pitch a tent. They also have...
  2. Black bear can be delicious. Some of the best...

    Black bear can be delicious. Some of the best bratwurst I ever had were made with black bear. Mmmmm. Any way, there's very little open space and an ever growing bear, and people, population in New...
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    Get up early and do Old Rag. If you sleep in,...

    Get up early and do Old Rag. If you sleep in, there are plenty of nice day hikes in the Shenandoah's. White Oak Canyon, Beecher Ridge and little Devil Stairs are always fun hikes. Hit a winery or...
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    Thanks for the information. I love Dolly Sods,...

    Thanks for the information. I love Dolly Sods, but it's going to be crazy since it's memorial day. I've camped a lot around the waites run and trout run area of the George Washington National...
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    Camping Spot Tips in WV?

    I'm meeting some family out in WV this weekend and we're looking for a good place to camp. We'll have a couple little ones so we're not looking to hike in anywhere. We'd like to meet up in/around...
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    I just skimmed the responses, so if this has been...

    I just skimmed the responses, so if this has been tried then I apologize. When I first bought my MSR filter I had a problem with pressure building up and a low water flow. The problem was I needed...
  7. Thread: Black Flies

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    Black flies still give me nightmares. ...

    Black flies still give me nightmares. Backpacking with my brother and friend in the White's, near Kinsman, they were so bad they drove us into the tent. It sounded like it was raining out as they...
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    I had it a couple years ago from running. I...

    I had it a couple years ago from running. I needed stiffer insoles. Now I replace all my shoe/boot insoles with Superfeet (the orange ones) insoles and haven't had an issue since.
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    Glacier is such a wonderful park. I wish I had...

    Glacier is such a wonderful park. I wish I had more time to explore it than the 9 days I was up there. You definitely need bear spray easily accessible since it would be your only defense. I did...
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    For shorter trip Starbucks via is the way to go. ...

    For shorter trip Starbucks via is the way to go. Coffee can be currency when camping. I was camping in Alaska (Denali State Park) this summer and had a couple trade me moose kielbasa for a couple...
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    There are some spots just south of Kinsman Pond,...

    There are some spots just south of Kinsman Pond, before you get to the shelter. Nice spots for tents and hanging. I tented and it wasn't an issue.
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    I started using a Hammock when hiking solo a...

    I started using a Hammock when hiking solo a couple years ago. Also used a sole tent and have always used some sort of tent before then. I can see the plus and minuses for both that have been...
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    I'll agree with the others... Check out Dolly...

    I'll agree with the others... Check out Dolly Sods. Fantastic hiking.
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    I'd call it a statement about the Stanley Cup...

    I'd call it a statement about the Stanley Cup Finals. A fellow bruin taking out a couple canucks.

    In all seriousness, it's a sad, freak accident. Not really a bear attack.
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    Cheapest place I know is the hostel in Takoma...

    Cheapest place I know is the hostel in Takoma park. As of 2 years ago it was still open. Right off the red line.
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    I've owned the baltoro for just over a year now. ...

    I've owned the baltoro for just over a year now. Absolutely love it! Is it the lightest pack out there? NO! But the comfort is unmatched compared to the various other packs I've tried.
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    I do both. If I go with someone it's usually my...

    I do both. If I go with someone it's usually my girlfriend who's still new to it so it's fun as she experiences things for the first time. When I go alone it's for me. It's wonderful to get out...
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    Thanks. I did see some information from them...

    Thanks. I did see some information from them when I was searching around earlier. I'm just more curious than anything. I'm pretty confident it was an elk, though. That's my story and I'm sticking...
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    Elk in Highland County, VA?

    Over the 4th of July weekend, my girlfriend and I were backpacking in the Laurel Fork area of the George Washington National Forest. The first night we set up camp along Slabcamp Run Trail next to a...
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    I guess I missed the white blaze over the top. 2...

    I guess I missed the white blaze over the top. 2 out of the 3 times I've been up there it's been so socked in with fog I could bearly see
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    I believe the AT actually skirts the summit of...

    I believe the AT actually skirts the summit of Mt. Washington. You need to take a spur trail to the actual peak.
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    I'm a holdout. I love my heavy leather boots,...

    I'm a holdout. I love my heavy leather boots, but I have backpacked in sandals when the trail's not to rocky and/or there's multiple river crossings. If you want to do it, go for it... personal...
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    I always thought it was a rule to backpack with a...

    I always thought it was a rule to backpack with a flask and canoe with a cooler
  24. Thread: Bear Dangers

    by DCHiker
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    Elmotoots, That sounds like the same bear. ...

    Elmotoots,

    That sounds like the same bear. Another week, I met a guy at russell field who was an idiot and slept outside the spence field hut in just a sleeping bag. A bear decided to see what...
  25. Thread: Bear Dangers

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    About 15 years ago I volenteered for GSMNP as a...

    About 15 years ago I volenteered for GSMNP as a hut caretaker. My huts included Russell and Spence field shelters. We had an agressive bear at spence field that use to get on to it's hind legs and...
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