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    This should help

    I have no more life force than anyone else on WhiteBlaze, but I had no trouble finding these:

    https://www.postholer.com/databook/Appalachian-Trail/3/1299.5...
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    If you've never done major back-packing before

    Shenandoah has a major plus factor for people new to this activity. Namely, you're never far from civilization. It's like doing your first high-wire act with a net -- you can concentrate on your...
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    Before you take the bait

    Be aware that there are companies that knowingly prey on people whose health plan consists of "we won't get so sick that we incur major expenses."
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    Some order of magnitude work

    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/112171-The-answer-to-the-bear-worries?p=1979837&highlight=#post1979837
  5. Thread: Base Layer?

    by GoldenBear
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    Does stink matter to you?

    I started my hikes wearing synthetics. When I would take off my base layer after a day of hiking, its smell made me think it would be banned as a chemical weapon. And this was EVERY DAY. Washing my...
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    I actually have definitions

    A "slide" is when my foot slides more than a few inches on slippery ground.
    A "slip" is when I need to use my pole, or my hand grabbing something, to prevent a fall. It's usually caused by a slide...
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    Cougars can EASILY be seen by car drivers

    Indeed, the problem is that cars HIT cougars.

    http://www.fox13news.com/news/florida-news/for-years-auto-collisions-have-been-the-leading-cause-of-death-of-endangered-florida-panthers

    There are...
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    A problem with your conclusion

    And yet a breeding population that was so small, that the entire sub-species would have died out in a few decades without human intervention...
  9. In grizzly territory outside of Alaska

    In Alaska while in grizzly territory, I would recommend a rifle over a handgun, but to each his own.

    But if you're in grizzly territory outside of Alaska, you're either in Yellowstone NP, Glacier...
  10. I stand corrected

    I was incorrect in stating that low caliber handguns do not stop grizzlies.
    I will no longer make that statement, as it is clearly not true.

    Thank you for showing me facts that correct my...
  11. The obvious problem

    > the firearm would be more reliable.

    Intelligent people in the outdoors have known since the days of Lewis and Clark that small caliber bullets absolutely do NOT stop a grizzly. It's like the...
  12. Another option

    Take a bus from DC to Front Royal ($28.50)

    https://virginiabreeze.org/

    and get a shuttle from there into Shenandoah.

    Hike back to Front Royal, and then take the bus back into DC ($28.50)
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  13. Thread: Parking

    by GoldenBear
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    No -- and don't do it anyway

    Sleeping in your car is considered "camping." That's why you can't sleep in your car at a picnic area that disallows camping.

    Gambit's warning is spot on. The one night I tried it, I slept...
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    Major upgrade!

    Eliza Brook Shelter was completely redone in 2010, using hand-crafted logs. There is a sign asking hikers NOT to vandalize these logs and, unbelievably, hikers have not done so!! My stay was quite...
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    https://whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/101174...

    https://whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/101174-planes-trains-buses-public-transit-access-points-near-the-trail?p=1839605&highlight=#post1839605
  16. With Davenport Gap to Hot Springs, you will not...

    With Davenport Gap to Hot Springs, you will not need to go through any hoops in order to stay at shelters or campsites -- you simply end the day at one of them and just plant yourself for the night....
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    Photos at Standing Bear Farm Hostel

    After I parked at Standing Bear,
    www.standingbearfarmhostel.com/home.html
    used one of its shuttles,
    www.standingbearfarmhostel.com/services.html
    returned to the hostel after a short section...
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    Flint Mountain Shelter update

    Since it's been nine years since anybody has said anything, I'll only note that the shelter still looks nice. The bear cables are a nice addition to the shelters in this area.
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    Hemlock Hollow signage update

    I saw none when I got to Log Cabin Road.
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    Little Laurel Shelter Update -- particularly on water

    As of late June, 2019, the spring at Little Laurel is flowing fine. It's about a five minute walk down from the shelter, on a an well-made staircase trail. I cameled there because I feared water...
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    Jerry Cabin Update

    The shelter is old but functional. Not spotless, but definitely not trashed. The fireplace still works. As of late June, 2019, the spring is flowing great.

    As noted, the bear cables lack hook on...
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    Don't need them for that trek

    > I have searched around and found conflicting thoughts.

    I can think of a dozen sites telling you that you don't need canisters in that area, but I can't imagine an official URL saying that you...
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    Only one choice for me

    Gotta be Guthooks. I also print out paper topo maps created from Delorme software, so I'm okay under almost any circumstances. Guthooks can tell me where I am, whether I'm heading in the right...
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    Here's the link you need

    https://traildistance.com/

    Do a search for "Carver" and "19e" and you'll get your result.
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    A mistake I made ONCE

    > do you set up your rain fly every night or only when its calling for rain?

    On my first night of real backpacking I felt so hot and sweaty that I didn't put the rain fly over my netting.
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