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    On my thru-hike, I went about 400 miles before...

    On my thru-hike, I went about 400 miles before falling on a nondescript patch of loose dirt in Tennessee, just slid straight out from under me and I was left sitting on my butt, checking around to...
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    Do you wash your clothes and pack, too, though? I...

    Do you wash your clothes and pack, too, though? I clean up every night with a baby wipe and sometimes a little water bottle "shower" if it's warm enough, and change into my sleeping clothes, so I...
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    That REI video looks super helpful, thanks for...

    That REI video looks super helpful, thanks for posting!

    I hope to tackle the PCT in 2021, and maybe a shorter thru-hike (Tahoe Rim? Wonderland? etc.) in 2020. My main "training" for these far-off...
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    @Traffic Jam, I don't like them as much as what I...

    @Traffic Jam, I don't like them as much as what I make at home, but I still like them. The brand walmart carries has 3 varieties: spicy, mild, and then one that's basically just an avocado puree....
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    I carried them frequently on my thru! Tried to...

    I carried them frequently on my thru! Tried to use them within 48 hours. That number wasn't based on evidence of any kind, so maybe they last quite a bit longer. But from my anecdotal experience,...
  6. As a Floridian, I'm definitely familiar with...

    As a Floridian, I'm definitely familiar with being unprepared for elevation change, but altitude weakness/sickness doesn't affect most people until 8,000 feet or more. (According to Dr. Google, some...
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    ^Last year, I started Nobo in GA in mid-April and...

    ^Last year, I started Nobo in GA in mid-April and hit Katahdin the first weekend of October, and had absolutely peak NE fall colors and weather for the last 2-3 weeks of the hike. The 100-mile...
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    I went stoveless from Damascus to Katahdin...

    I went stoveless from Damascus to Katahdin because I found that warm food was only important to me when the weather was cold. Otherwise, it just felt like extra weight and more significantly, extra...
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    I would say everything in your pack should be a...

    I would say everything in your pack should be a must-have for you. If it isn't, don't bring it. I mean, I know plenty of people don't use poles or a water filter or whatever item, and I use those...
  10. If your base weight (weight of your pack except...

    If your base weight (weight of your pack except food and water, since that changes) is under 10lbs, that's considered ultralight. That's doable if you invest a lot of money and/or don't mind forgoing...
  11. I would say the biggest newbie mistake is failing...

    I would say the biggest newbie mistake is failing to make sure beforehand that you can tolerate hiking and camping in wet and cold weather beforehand. A lot of people start the AT without camping...
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    Oh, but to actually answer the question in the...

    Oh, but to actually answer the question in the title, I think from now until Labor Day there will be thru-hikers in NH! Some of the earliest, fastest Nobos have already finished the trail, while with...
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    I found hitching in VT and NH to be fairly...

    I found hitching in VT and NH to be fairly challenging on my thru last year. If you want to help hikers out, work some popular hitching spots into your everyday driving routes if you can, and pick...
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    I recommend reaching out to Akuna. He's a veteran...

    I recommend reaching out to Akuna. He's a veteran and thru-hiker who has been featured by Merrell for using thru-hiking to deal with PTSD....
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    They give you a tag at Amicalola Falls when you...

    They give you a tag at Amicalola Falls when you sign in. It's free and not mandatory, but it helps the ATC understand how many people are using the trail for a thru-hike attempt, and make maintenance...
  16. Part of my reasoning for my Nobo thru-hike was...

    Part of my reasoning for my Nobo thru-hike was the appeal of the classic, continuous line from GA to ME. But I definitely respect the ATC as the institution with the most legitimate right to...
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    I sleep like a mummy in "normal life" and almost...

    I sleep like a mummy in "normal life" and almost always wake up in the morning without having moved an inch, but on trail I sleep like a rotisserie chicken. My sleeping pad is quite comfortable, but...
  18. I'm not defending rude, ungrateful hikers who use...

    I'm not defending rude, ungrateful hikers who use HYOH to mean "Don't tell me what to do, I'll [disruptive/destructive behavior] if I want to, it's my hike!"

    Littering, hiking with speakers...
  19. This thread reminds me of the perennial "people...

    This thread reminds me of the perennial "people who use technology don't enjoy hiking properly" conversations on this site. If someone else likes to devote countless hours to research and plan every...
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    The advice to go sobo to avoid the crowds has...

    The advice to go sobo to avoid the crowds has always seemed a little odd to me. I get that for the first 10-20% it's not crowded and the last 50% it's not crowded, but man, in that middle 30-40%, you...
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    Anything by Mary Oliver, pretty much: ...

    Anything by Mary Oliver, pretty much:

    https://peacefulrivers.homestead.com/maryoliver.html

    Also a fan of William Waltz, whose book "Adventures in the Lost Interiors of America" is totally worth...
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    My first choice would be WTX2WY's recommendation...

    My first choice would be WTX2WY's recommendation to try to fit the classes in sooner and graduate in December. That way you could start your hike whenever you want in 2021.

    If that's not a good...
  23. Someone pointed out in the comments of one of his...

    Someone pointed out in the comments of one of his recent videos, that at the beginning of the trail he said something like "I drink a lot of soda... I don't really like just plain water." And in the...
  24. AkunaHikes is currently featured by Merrell in a...

    AkunaHikes is currently featured by Merrell in a story called "From PTSD to AT" and also has around 7,000 followers on Instagram. I highly recommend checking him out:...
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    We entered the Hundred Mile planning to stay at...

    We entered the Hundred Mile planning to stay at the Birches the night before Katahdin. But then because of two days of nasty weather preceding our summit day, we were worried the Birches would be...
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