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    I bring flip-flops. My baseweight is 11 pounds. ...

    I bring flip-flops. My baseweight is 11 pounds.

    Lots of folks seem to mention stream crossing as a additional use for camp shoes. I forded a few streams in northern Maine only. It's much safer to...
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    Congratulations on completing the journey!! Took...

    Congratulations on completing the journey!! Took me 20-something years too!
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    I like your forward thinking right now. 2021 FTW!

    I like your forward thinking right now. 2021 FTW!
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    Thank you, Slo-go'en. Well said!

    Thank you, Slo-go'en. Well said!
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    I just hit the trail when the timing was right....

    I just hit the trail when the timing was right. There's a lot of logistics involved in section hiking. I wouldn't make it harder on yourself by constricting how you make your miles. I just made sure...
  6. I ran into Mr. Fabulous in the Shenandoah's with...

    I ran into Mr. Fabulous in the Shenandoah's with my brother back then. We stopped to chat and connected as we were both NYC-based. I remember that he was surprised that we drove down from New York....
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    A garbage bag is waterproof. At the higher end so...

    A garbage bag is waterproof. At the higher end so are Grundens favored by commercial fisherman. The rub is that for hiking or other high exertion activities, you will get really really wet wearing...
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    This may be hard to hear, but it will be soft on...

    This may be hard to hear, but it will be soft on your feet: ditch the heavy leather boots and buy a pair of trail runners!
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    Mcloed tool hand saw pruners Grit Sweat ...

    Mcloed tool
    hand saw
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    Volunteer on a trail crew. That's real trail magic right there!
  10. I stayed at Upper Goose Pond for an overnight in...

    I stayed at Upper Goose Pond for an overnight in June at one of the campsites. Caretaker never asked if we were thru-hikers. I stayed twice before on overnights and never had an issue.

    Pro tip:...
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    Thank you for all your hard work!

    Thank you for all your hard work!
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    I don't think there's a parking lot on Hoyt Road,...

    I don't think there's a parking lot on Hoyt Road, just a turnout to park a car or two. It's a secondary road that doesn't see a lot of traffic, so you should be fine just parking beside the road.
  13. I second what the guy above said. Just get a...

    I second what the guy above said. Just get a shuttle and you're good to go.

    There's a road crossing about 1 north of Springer. I recommend getting dropped off there (or leaving your car). Walk...
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    Hiker "registration" tags

    I was on the trail this weekend in Mass and noticed that every thru-hiker seemed to have these ATC issued orange tags hanging from their packs. A ridgerunner passing in the other direction glanced at...
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    I use Nuun (https://nuunlife.com/) tablets....

    I use Nuun tablets. Compact, lightweight, and pretty tasty. Two or three of those a day depending on mileage does it for me!
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    I posted on this before, after an exhaustive...

    I posted on this before, after an exhaustive search I settled on Teva Mush II flip-flops. 7.2 ounces per pair in size 12. Lightest flip-slops I could find that won't break in a day (which happened to...
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    Awesome! Thank you!!
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    [QUOTE=fastfoxengineering;2225823]In three thru...

    [QUOTE=fastfoxengineering;2225823]In three thru hikes. Ive never been sick once using only hand sanitizer. I dont see a need to use soap.

    That's like saying I've been driving for decades and...
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    Exactly. Ditch the hand sanitizer and get Dr....

    Exactly. Ditch the hand sanitizer and get Dr. Bronner's!!
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    I think it would be a lot more fun to bike the...

    I think it would be a lot more fun to bike the C&O Canal. That's the usual way to do it. It's straight and flat the whole way. I found the few miles the A.T. uses of the C&O route to be really...
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    I recommend carrying the cuben repair tape they...

    I recommend carrying the cuben repair tape they sell. Sticks nicely and blends seamlessly.

    I have the duplex which uses eight stakes. For the critical points, I use two V-stakes, one at each door.
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    Waynesboro has free camping for hikers in town....

    Waynesboro has free camping for hikers in town. It's not too far from 81. I stayed in town with my brother on a similar overnight on the way from New York to a section hike in North Carolina a few...
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    The current A.T. record for fastest hike is held...

    The current A.T. record for fastest hike is held by Joe McConaughy who did the trail unsupported!

    What's the point of a supported speed hike now?
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    I fished at a dozen different spots in Maine....

    I fished at a dozen different spots in Maine. Send your gear to Rangeley and have fun. It's not worth carrying the gear any other place on the A.T. in my opinion.

    I caught quite a few fish in...
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    Why don't you just start from Springer in late...

    Why don't you just start from Springer in late April? That way your husband can drive you down and do his thing. That gives you 5 1/2 months to finish (with a May 1st start date.) And if you can't...
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