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  1. USFS in NC has proposed the use of bear canisters...

    USFS in NC has proposed the use of bear canisters in National Forests there. With increased bear encounters it just a matter of time until canisters will be required in more locations along the AT.
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    I hear you. Forty-five years ago trail closures...

    I hear you. Forty-five years ago trail closures and temporary relocations were common occurrences. I think some are making a mountain out of a molehlll. I am sure the ATC is doing everything in their...
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    I agree with Old Hillwalker. Could be marking for...

    I agree with Old Hillwalker. Could be marking for the upcoming trail maintenance season. Flagging is often used to mark locations of trail structures like steps, water bars, dips, and future trail...
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    Tipi, do you carry any kind of GPS tracker or...

    Tipi, do you carry any kind of GPS tracker or beacon? I never considered carrying one until the last couple of years. I hiked from Reliance to Davenport Gap on the BMT and didn't run into another...
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    I used unleaded gas in my SVEA for my first AT...

    I used unleaded gas in my SVEA for my first AT hike. Never had any problems, just cleaned the orifice after every use. I switched to a Coleman Apex witch I still use when I go winter hiking. The...
  6. Everclear is illegal to sell or purchase in Ohio...

    Everclear is illegal to sell or purchase in Ohio as well as Maine, Maryland,Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina.
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    Seems kind of ironic to me.

    Seems kind of ironic to me.
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    How does this one differ from Sgt. Rock's?

    How does this one differ from Sgt. Rock's?
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    I would think that with a booming economy people...

    I would think that with a booming economy people in mid career would be more likely to take a break and hike knowing that they can find a job when they are done hiking. Ten years ago on my thru hike...
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    I was on the Rocky Top trail crew probably 20...

    I was on the Rocky Top trail crew probably 20 some years ago and we used the Birch Spring shelter site as our base camp. The shelter had been removed by a previous crew. We spent some time cleaning...
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    How about 15 cent drafts at the fire station in...

    How about 15 cent drafts at the fire station in Pt. Clinton and 25 cent drafts at the Mt. Springs Tavern in Swatara Gap. $14/night for bunk and meal at the AMC huts in the Whites. These were 1976...
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    Here are a couple of maps I scanned published in...

    Here are a couple of maps I scanned published in 1973 by PATC. They show the trail alignment bypassing Harpers Ferry and following 340 across the Sandy Hook bridge.45976
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    Back in 1976 I hiked SOBO using the railroad...

    Back in 1976 I hiked SOBO using the railroad bridge pedestrian plank walkway. The guidebook said thru hikers use the bridge at your own risk. The 1973 map and 1974 guide show the trail bypassed...
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    From 1936 to 1948 hikers "crossed the Shenandoah...

    From 1936 to 1948 hikers "crossed the Shenandoah River in flat bottom punts poled by ferrymen." - from 1974 edition of Guide to the Appalachian Trail from the Susquehanna River to the Shenandoah...
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    East Coast Trail

    I recently watched a TV show on the East Coast Trail. It runs about 200 miles along the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. I was wondering if anyone out there has any experience with this trail....
  16. Thread: Glasses

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    I never gave it a second thought and wore my...

    I never gave it a second thought and wore my regular glasses. They were plastic and metal and apparently quite fashionable. Sitting at the lunch counter in Andover I was approached by a local. He...
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    Just ordered a BV from Backcountry. 25% off for...

    Just ordered a BV from Backcountry. 25% off for Black Friday and free shipping.
  18. I disagree with the OP. This book is just another...

    I disagree with the OP. This book is just another hiker journal of an AT hike. I found it poorly edited and boring.
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    I did my first AT hike right after I graduated...

    I did my first AT hike right after I graduated college. I worked, I saved, I spent less. But things were different 43 years ago.
  20. When much of the original trail was built the...

    When much of the original trail was built the emphasis was on developing a continuous path and not sustainability. The ATC has been working to rebuild trails that will last into the future. If you...
  21. NC has no statewide restriction on hunting from a...

    NC has no statewide restriction on hunting from a road. It is a local issue. But it is against the law to discharge a firearm within 500 yards of a place of worship.
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    I believe hikers have caused the problem....

    I believe hikers have caused the problem. Regardless if one walks for a day, a weekend, or a summer, I classify them as a hiker. No distinction is necessary. People attempting a thru hike are not...
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    I have been on ATC trail crews in GSMNP and in NJ...

    I have been on ATC trail crews in GSMNP and in NJ where we used an electric fence around our kitchen. An electric fence was used as a temporary solution at Mt Rogers last year. I don't see electric...
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    In 2018 there were reported bear encounters from...

    In 2018 there were reported bear encounters from GA to MA along the AT. These resulted in over 20 shelters either closed or had warnings or alerts. In the 2019 Goddard shelter incident a bear box did...
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    AT Hiker Permit Cards at BSP

    Just curious since I have not heard much this year regarding the permit card at BSP. The number of cards was set at 3150 this year. Now that the hiker season is almost finished anyone have an idea on...
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