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    I did Connecticut as a section hike during June...

    I did Connecticut as a section hike during June several years ago and it was just about perfect.YMMV
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    That campsite was in good shape when I stayed...

    That campsite was in good shape when I stayed there two years ago - a scattering of tent platforms and a good water source nearby. We saw a bunch of people hike by during the afternoon (I assume...
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    There are two in Franklin, NC; one in Bryson...

    There are two in Franklin, NC; one in Bryson City, NC; one in Cherokee, NC; one in Gatlinburg, TN; Erwin, TN has one; Elizabethton, TN has two. That's as far up the trail as I'm familiar with in the...
  4. If you !@#$ in it they will come?

    If you !@#$ in it they will come?
  5. Excellent point but, in a sense, that's the...

    Excellent point but, in a sense, that's the problem w/ most of the backcountry sites along the AT in the Whites - especially summer and fall weekends. I was up at Liberty Springs last summer - got...
  6. I scan some of the entries from trail journals...

    I scan some of the entries from trail journals occasionally and I noticed one lady quit because the group of fellow thrus she was hiking with ditched her in Franklin and it hurt her feelings. Plus...
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    I have two nephews who returned from their tour...

    I have two nephews who returned from their tour of duty in Afghanistan and they both told me that the first thing they did was head to the nearest five guys restaurant. So, yeah, they do come home...
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    Exactly. You want to feed a bunch of folks who...

    Exactly. You want to feed a bunch of folks who could really use it, why not meet a group of returning vets coming home from Afghanistan or your local first responders or the teachers at your kid's...
  9. Same Class (Arachnids) - different Orders. So,...

    Same Class (Arachnids) - different Orders. So, first cousins evolutionarily (not a real word) speaking.
  10. Sorry to hear that the RHK shelter is falling on...

    Sorry to hear that the RHK shelter is falling on hard times - I stopped in on my first thru in '76 and it was a falling down wreck. Came back with my wife in the early '80's during peak rhododendron...
  11. Also, in addition to the hundreds of prospective...

    Also, in addition to the hundreds of prospective thrus, it is also spring break season for many high schools and colleges and there will be scores of these folks as well - then add to that the...
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    Excellent point. I used to take public school...

    Excellent point. I used to take public school teachers up to the US Holocaust Museum for a week of study. One of the highlights of the week was an address by an Auschwitz survivor named Letti - an...
  13. My own experiences echo yours - I successfully...

    My own experiences echo yours - I successfully thru hiked in '76 and '80 and finished up a section hike project in 2003 and never left a record with the ATC or anyone else for that matter (nothing...
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    I'm 60 and have spent my summers guiding rafts on...

    I'm 60 and have spent my summers guiding rafts on southeastern rivers since the late 70's and the kids we get nowadays are every bit as tough as any we got thirty or forty years ago. They put in 8-10...
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    I know of one thru hiker for certain killed by an...

    I know of one thru hiker for certain killed by an auto - 1976, just north of Monson near a strange little spot called Bodfish Farm - truck hit a hiker that I had spoken with not an hour before the...
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    In my experience, both as a thru hiker and as...

    In my experience, both as a thru hiker and as someone who has lived close by the AT most of his life, I think the number one thing most aspiring thrus aren't prepared for is the sheer physical...
  17. There's about a month-long window between the...

    There's about a month-long window between the middle of May and mid June when its still relatively springlike but the bulk of the thru-hoard is gone and the summer vacation folks haven't arrived yet....
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    Holy smokes. I keep forgetting that we don't...

    Holy smokes. I keep forgetting that we don't really get winter down here - there's a dusting of snow in the high country of the park this morning and they nearly cancelled school.
  19. Most years, November is my favorite time to hike...

    Most years, November is my favorite time to hike the AT in Georgia and this year probably more so than ever as we've gotten a very late start on fall foliage and the water situation is fairly good....
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    I live at roughly 1,700 feet near Deep Creek in...

    I live at roughly 1,700 feet near Deep Creek in the Smokies and there is virtually nothing in the way of fall color yet. Strangest fall ive seen in long while
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    I live about nine miles from the tunnel and hike...

    I live about nine miles from the tunnel and hike there at least once a week and, while it is a pretty cool experience to walk thru it w/o benefit of a headlamp, it is worth noting that the local high...
  22. Before I set off on my first thru hike, I took...

    Before I set off on my first thru hike, I took every opportunity to go out for weekend hikes and longer both because I wanted and needed the experience but mostly because I loved being out in the...
  23. 1969 - my boy scout troop did a 50 miler from...

    1969 - my boy scout troop did a 50 miler from Sherburne Pass down to Bromley Peak. I didnt realize it was the AT until we camped with a college age thru hiker at Little Rock Pond - after listening to...
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    It might be worth mentioning one other serious...

    It might be worth mentioning one other serious objective hazard associated with fording fast moving streams, and that is foot entrapment. As a former 20+ year raft guide on Southeastern rivers, foot...
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    LOL - that's pretty funny. I think that the...

    LOL - that's pretty funny. I think that the Whites kinda' hurts the feelings of a lot of thru hikers for a variety of reasons, not just the fact that they have to check their map once in a while -...
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