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  1. Yes, The Barn is still here and still operating....

    Yes, The Barn is still here and still operating. Hikers Paradise is gone. Rattle River Hostel in Shelburne is the most popular place of late. White Birches Campground has a very basic hostel. The...
  2. One of the selectman in town is a thru hiker from...

    One of the selectman in town is a thru hiker from 40 years ago. He ended working for AMC after his hike and ended up living here.
  3. Gorham NH to be named Appalachian trail town

    I saw in the local news paper that there will be a ceremony in Gorham in March to officially designate it a trail town.

    Unlike most trail towns, Gorham doesn't have festivals or activities...
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    The one I missed was in Warren NH where hikers...

    The one I missed was in Warren NH where hikers had "breakfast with the Governor". I was slacking these sections but heard a lot of good things. The owner was the former Governor of NH and also a...
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    AMC does analysis of accidents and rescues in...

    AMC does analysis of accidents and rescues in Whites in their quarterly Appalachia Journal https://www.outdoors.org/trip-ideas-tips-resources/appalachia. (Note this is not the same as the AMC...
  6. I have been in a few hostels that had a great...

    I have been in a few hostels that had a great reputation but unfortunately were fire traps. Folks don't seem to care about fire safety. There are lots of rules but the pretty simple one is that there...
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    The TY Gagne book on the Kate M death is probably...

    The TY Gagne book on the Kate M death is probably as close an investigation we will ever see of the incident. The claim is that Kate properly deployed the PLB antenna and then put it back in her pack...
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    During the annual training session for the MATC...

    During the annual training session for the MATC the regional ATC coordinator ran through the newATC policy for trail magic. They appear to have given up on discouraging hiker feeds and have now...
  9. The folks that seem to have done it successfully...

    The folks that seem to have done it successfully have a larger RV towing a small car or a smaller RV that is small enough to get up and down the many forest service roads that cross the AT. There...
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    There is also a national effort called First Net...

    There is also a national effort called First Net that is going to substantially improve emergency services cell service in rural areas. A side benefit will be improved regular cell service. They have...
  11. There is post elsewhere about a pipeline case...

    There is post elsewhere about a pipeline case that is going to the Supreme Court next week regarding what federal agency calls the shots on the AT. The USFS had given approval to cross the AT...
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    Many folks can get ACA plans effectively for free...

    Many folks can get ACA plans effectively for free if their income is low enough. Its likely a bronze plan that has high maximum out of pocket so make sure you have some reserve funds. Also make sure...
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    PLBs only work if the person has the presence of...

    PLBs only work if the person has the presence of mind to activate it. The first thing that goes with hypothermia is the higher mental functions. A Spot type device keeps a track and reports it to the...
  14. There is no point. Some PR person is just...

    There is no point. Some PR person is just desperately trying to come up with reasons to convince people to stop feeding bears by poor food storage practices which leads to more bear human...
  15. I did the Milford and the Routeburn tracks as...

    I did the Milford and the Routeburn tracks as post thru hike trip. Hard to beat southern NZ in their summer/fall.
  16. VFTT trail conditions is not act active as it was...

    VFTT trail conditions is not act active as it was in the past. A long term member created a dedicated site that is bit easier to use https://www.newenglandtrailconditions.com/.

    DWG to the VT...
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    https://www.wideshoes.com/ Hard to beat the...

    https://www.wideshoes.com/

    Hard to beat the selection
  18. I would consider starting at the Delware Water...

    I would consider starting at the Delware Water Gap and heading north. That's nice territory in the spring, Harriman and Western NY is nice except for the suicide run across a parkway. End up near the...
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    The Dave Ramsey method minus the religious...

    The Dave Ramsey method minus the religious commentary is pretty good. budget money into envelopes including an AT envelope. When an envelope is empty for that paycheck you cant borrow from the other...
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    I had a North Face of similar vintage that was...

    I had a North Face of similar vintage that was just plain wearing out. I picked up GoreTex ProShell LLBean jacket 2 years ago. It was a end of season markdown and I waiting until a 20% off weekend...
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    I dont claim to be an A-10 expert, I have just...

    I dont claim to be an A-10 expert, I have just seen them run really close to the tree tops and pull off some very impressive changes in altitude.
  22. Well 18 years will do it, I definitely had the...

    Well 18 years will do it, I definitely had the two confused. Thanks for the help all.
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    March is definitely winter conditions. You need...

    March is definitely winter conditions. You need full technical gear and have to apply in advance with a group. The roads into the park are closed so even visiting requires a several mile ski/snowshoe...
  24. I have already looked up the USGS map for the...

    I have already looked up the USGS map for the area. I see some dotted lines in the general area but nothing resembling a blue blaze.
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    I use tape on my AT boundary section. 25 year old...

    I use tape on my AT boundary section. 25 year old painted blazes are difficult to see under a full canopy especially when coming in perpendicular to the line. We are not allowed to add permanent...
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