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    A lot of falls, but nothing serious. I do know...

    A lot of falls, but nothing serious. I do know that its important to pay attention to the "three-trip rule". Three trips within several minutes = time to take a break.
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    Interesting. Just a random check of comments...

    Interesting. Just a random check of comments along the AT shows the latest date posted is May 2018 (for the ones checked). I just posted a comment for Springer Mtn and it does appear at the bottom...
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    Guthook's AT Guide Comments Update?

    Anyone know when the comments are updated in the Guthook app? Just browsing through the app and the latest comments seem to all be from 2018.
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    The drive from the lodge to the top of Springer...

    The drive from the lodge to the top of Springer (parking area off Fire Service RD 42) is about 30 miles and takes close to 45 minutes. This is the western route along RT 52 to the Roy Road turn-off....
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    Ditto RockDoc. The long hours of darkness are a...

    Ditto RockDoc. The long hours of darkness are a problem. The boredom and lack of hiking generated body heat is a serious challenge.
  6. Thread: Glasses

    by Carbo
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    I never gave much thought to my glasses until I...

    I never gave much thought to my glasses until I saw this thread. Never had much of a problem except for a blowing, misty rain that can get on the lenses. It can be a pain to wipe them while hiking....
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    Just hiked the approach trail (12/2/19). My wife...

    Just hiked the approach trail (12/2/19). My wife drove up the Fire Service Rd42 to meet me at the top, no problem. Also started at the arch behind the visitor's center, without a pack, made an...
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    1. Losing weight to maintain an ideal BMI. 2....

    1. Losing weight to maintain an ideal BMI.
    2. Strength training such as Leg Press, Calf Raise and Leg Extensions.
    3. Hiking the hills with a pack.
    4. Carefully plan and test your "Dry Camp...
  9. The perfect punctuation is a giveaway

    The perfect punctuation is a giveaway
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    I find it's a battle between my mind and the raw...

    I find it's a battle between my mind and the raw determination of just doing it that gets me through most tough spots. Not only the heights, but to just keep slogging along. It certainly can be a...
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    I don't have a fear of heights, just a fear of...

    I don't have a fear of heights, just a fear of falling.
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    Climbing out of Lehigh Gap nobo is the one that...

    Climbing out of Lehigh Gap nobo is the one that scared me. Made the mistake of looking back. It took about 5 minutes to just calm down and breathe normally. You can always take the winter trail...
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    Had the same Leki grip problem. Slide the grip...

    Had the same Leki grip problem. Slide the grip down and glue the pole, slide the grip back up before it sets. I also wraped a few layers of gorilla tape around the pole against the base of the grip....
  14. Thread: Ticks

    by Carbo
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    In addition to the preventive measures listed...

    In addition to the preventive measures listed above, you may want to have a Lyme test done, one before the season starts to get a reference level, then a second one near the end of season to see if...
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    At his age I was thinking a Triple Crown hiker...

    At his age I was thinking a Triple Crown hiker was one who finished the AT in three years. This will be my 5th year at attempting to complete the AT, maybe I can be a Quintuple Crown hiker? Anyway,...
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    Will likely start last week of April. Prior years...

    Will likely start last week of April. Prior years I've been flipping from Harper's Ferry and north, and there got to be quite a few hikers doing the same. I like company but also a little solitude is...
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    I didn't sense any radical transformation in my...

    I didn't sense any radical transformation in my life, but I have to say the "ripple effect" and flashbacks have been with me many years. Overall a good experience.
  18. Thread: I retired today!

    by Carbo
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    Congrats, way to go! Hope to see you on the...

    Congrats, way to go! Hope to see you on the trail. Retired 5 years ago and this will be my 5th year on the trail.
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    Good video. I especially liked the comment "flip...

    Good video. I especially liked the comment "flip the script" when in an unpleasant situation. No matter how bad the trail got, it was always better than the hell of sitting 8-10 hours a day in a...
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    Guthook's app worked well for me, but also used...

    Guthook's app worked well for me, but also used the AWOL guide for planning a day or two ahead. Only concern is that Guthook is a load on the phone battery.
  21. Thread: A New Low

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    Temp is all the way up to 20 F here at the Jersey...

    Temp is all the way up to 20 F here at the Jersey shore! Think I'll sleep with the window open tonight!
  22. Also, as Slo-go'en said. Get to the shelters...

    Also, as Slo-go'en said. Get to the shelters early if you want to be sure you have a space. There were at least 3 others at every shelter I hit on weekdays. Weekends they were full by 6 -7 pm.
  23. Just completed the section from Bear Mtn, north...

    Just completed the section from Bear Mtn, north to Kent, Ct. Skeeters were out in the boggy areas especially on the warmer days. Nights a few bugs, but not bad since night temps still in low 50's...
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    On the 3rd year of use with the Sawyer filter,...

    On the 3rd year of use with the Sawyer filter, never had a problem. Just be careful not to contaminate the filtered water with the unfiltered source. If you have serious doubts you can always treat...
  25. Thread: Noreaster Coming

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    The storm is all my fault, just put the snow...

    The storm is all my fault, just put the snow blower and rock salt away.
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