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    I also always felt the uphill right of way was...

    I also always felt the uphill right of way was silly. I always stop for down hillers. I was going to stop anyway.
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    Pretty much any plastic jar food container of...

    Pretty much any plastic jar food container of approperate size will do. And as mentioned, they come with something good to eat before you use them. If you want totaly free, go through someones...
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    Saying your a thru hiker simply indicates your...

    Saying your a thru hiker simply indicates your goal is to hike the whole thing in one go and in for the long haul. Whether you do or not is debatable.

    I'm been answering the "are you thru hiking?"...
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    In the humid east, you definately want some back...

    In the humid east, you definately want some back ventulation.

    In the dry west, it's less of a concern and maybe benifical to trap mosture on your back, since you loose it so quickly anyway. But...
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    The Forest Service doesn't like to spend money to...

    The Forest Service doesn't like to spend money to maintain roads. Winter and spring travel on those roads can really chew them up. Eventually a culvert will wash out and that will be the end of that....
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    Your only 11 years older then me :) Since it...

    Your only 11 years older then me :)

    Since it sounds like these are all experienced day hikers, I'm sure they have honed a system they like. If there are any relative newbies, you'd have enough...
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    I didn't require any major surgery, but they did...

    I didn't require any major surgery, but they did poke a hole in my side to drain an infected liver abscess. (Which made it's presence known 4 days into a hike starting at New Found gap. If I had...
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    Look at the OP's age - 77. If that is any...

    Look at the OP's age - 77. If that is any indication of the average age of this group, I can see why they would want to slack pack. Plus, some or most may not have overnight gear.
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    It sounds like the OP is planning a 4 day slack...

    It sounds like the OP is planning a 4 day slack pack, not an overnight camping hike.

    Still, it's a good idea to keep the group a manageable size.
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    On club group hikes I participate in, we stop...

    On club group hikes I participate in, we stop periodically and wait for the slower hikers to catch up. Then of course the faster ones immediately take off as they have been resting for a bit, once...
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    The problem I have with frameless packs is the...

    The problem I have with frameless packs is the SBS (sweaty back syndrome) Those packs sit tight to your back and even in cool weather your back ends up soaked. That's a problem for a lot of packs,...
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    Unless anything changed, if your there before 3/1...

    Unless anything changed, if your there before 3/1 your good without.

    Personally, I'd stop at Jerrard anyway instead of descending down to Woods Hole. For me the timing always worked out better...
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    Certainly an option if you get there early...

    Certainly an option if you get there early enough.
    I've done the approach from the Lodge several times. I've yet to do the stairs as it seems I always arrive late in the afternoon. The approach...
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    Feb 12th yikes. Well, you shouldn't have trouble...

    Feb 12th yikes. Well, you shouldn't have trouble getting a room at the lodge then. Come March and early April they tend to be booked solid.

    I would consider the stairs an option, depending on...
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    Certainly nothing to obsess about. It's tragic...

    Certainly nothing to obsess about. It's tragic anyone has to die that way, but it's also very rare on the AT. It looks like if you avoid VA and PA, you reduce your risk to nearly zero.

    Now on the...
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    There have been 11 murders on the AT in it's...

    There have been 11 murders on the AT in it's history.

    The first was 1974 at low gap shelter in GA.
    In 1975, Janice Balza was murdered for her backpack
    In 1981, two hiker were killed, no...
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    The probability of any thru hiker you meet...

    The probability of any thru hiker you meet finishing is highly dependent on where and when you meet them. If you meet a NOBO in NH in August, there is a good chance they will finish. If you meet a...
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    Your young, so if there are no complications or...

    Your young, so if there are no complications or other health issues which might complicate recovery, I would think you'd heal fairly fast. Unless they need to remove it intact, I imagine they don't...
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    There are quite a few people who hike to Trail...

    There are quite a few people who hike to Trail days, starting a few days north or south. The whole area is congested that weekend and a week on either side of it.
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    Yea, hiking in marginal early winter weather is a...

    Yea, hiking in marginal early winter weather is a pain.
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    If you end up needing them, you need them right...

    If you end up needing them, you need them right away, not in 2-3 days. You don't want to wake up one morning and find you can't leave the shelter.
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    All I can say is really bad timing. 100's leave...

    All I can say is really bad timing. 100's leave NOBO out of Trail Days. Talk about crowds and standing room only at campsites. In fact, the whole state of Virginia suddenly fills up as groups of 20...
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    Depends on if it rains and is then immediately...

    Depends on if it rains and is then immediately followed by a polar vortex. Which is a good possibility. PA rocks are bad enough dry, put a coating of ice on them and will be deadly.
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    Jezzum, the guy only wanted suggestions on how to...

    Jezzum, the guy only wanted suggestions on how to save up money to pay for a thru hike. The answer to which is pretty simple - spend less, save more.
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    It's not easy these days. What ever you do, don't...

    It's not easy these days. What ever you do, don't go into debt doing it.

    First of all, if your on any kind of budget, don't start in March. That takes more expensive gear and your more likely to...
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