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    I have read that book through a couple times and...

    I have read that book through a couple times and probably will again! What a story!!
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    Good Books to read about hiking the AT

    I love to hike, but it is tough in the cold PA winters so I read about hiking. I am currently reading (second time through) "Lost on the Appalachian Trail" by Kyle Rohrig. I love it! But now I am...
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    I would so much rather see a bear than to...

    I would so much rather see a bear than to experience an attack of mosquitoes. those that have never experienced it don't know how awful it is.
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    Mosquitos on the trail

    Can any of you veteran hikers give me some advice of when is a good time to hike or not to hike a section of the trail? I hiked part of the AT in VT in June a few years back and had a horrendous...
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    Interesting post. This is one of the reasons to...

    Interesting post. This is one of the reasons to thru hike the AT... to get away from the alcohol which I use to numb my mind from my hum drum 9-5 job and everyday struggles of the material world. I...
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    That's why I am questioning whether I need them....

    That's why I am questioning whether I need them. My tent does not require the trekking poles. I can pick up a big stick for chasing away cobwebs and thornbrushes. My only concern is balance. Maybe...
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    Do you really need trekking poles?

    They seem like they would be cumbersome to me, but I have not yet hiked a long distance.
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    Do I really need a GPS on the AT?

    I don't have a smart phone. So an app is out. But would really like to know what I am up against for the next day's hike. Would a GPS be advisable, and which do you all recommend?
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    I didn't reply anything embarrassing. It just...

    I didn't reply anything embarrassing. It just didn't make sense for the original post. I just thought White blaze could delete to make more sense for it's membership. Oh Well. *sigh. I really don't...
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    Once again this website baffles me.

    How do I delete my reply to a post? I inadvertanely commented on someones post that was not meant for the original poster, but someone who commented. I don't see an option to delete my comment and...
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    Me too! I am planning on doing a thru hike when I...

    Me too! I am planning on doing a thru hike when I retire. I am 55 now. Not sure if I can wait that long though! I live in Pennsylvania also.
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    That's me! I will be out there soon. Just...

    That's me! I will be out there soon. Just gathering up gear now.
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    oh my gosh, thank you. It worked, but it really shouldn't be that hidden. I appreciate your help.
  14. searching for something I posted a while ago

    How do I find the thread that I posted about half year ago? This is really not the most user friendly website, that's why I don't get on here much, but I really would like to
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    Backpacking stoves

    Can anyone give me advice? I see the MSR Pocket Rocket is a good price and weight, but thought I would throw this out there for anyone that has had experience.
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    Finding previous topics

    I am trying to find out opinions on the best backpacking stoves to buy. and I know this has probably been discussed before. How do I find a thread for that?
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    That makes sense. The youngest group are fresh...

    That makes sense. The youngest group are fresh out of college or high school and not established in a job and the older people are finishing with their careers and have the time and money.
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    Sometimes I have difficulty with balance. I was...

    Sometimes I have difficulty with balance. I was wondering if maybe yoga would help with that?
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    Thank you for this information. I walked some of...

    Thank you for this information. I walked some of the AT in Vermont near Killington pretty much straight up a mountain. And that was something I could handle.
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    omg you guys are awesome with your words of...

    omg you guys are awesome with your words of encouragement!
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    This is my philosophy exactly. I want to enjoy...

    This is my philosophy exactly. I want to enjoy the experience.
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    I know there will be difficult parts. My hiking...

    I know there will be difficult parts. My hiking friend gets me through some tough sections by saying take it an inch at a time. And don't look down! That is another obstacle is fear of heights. I...
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    Thanks for all the good advice everyone! I do get...

    Thanks for all the good advice everyone! I do get out and hike as much as possible everyday and up some pretty steep sections I might add. I just wasn't sure when AT hikers say a 'vertical climb'...
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    Very good advice! After I did a pretty vertical...

    Very good advice! After I did a pretty vertical section of a trail around here by using my hands to pull my body up the trail, I could really feel it the next day. It felt good, but I could see where...
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    Older female hiker planning on a thru hike

    Most people I see that hike the trail are younger and fit. I am in relatively good shape for my age (54) but am a bit apprehensive about parts of the trail. Because of work, I will not be ready to...
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