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    but I thought the trails were mostly maintained...

    but I thought the trails were mostly maintained by volunteers. or is that only the AT?
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    This is interesting to me. Three or four years...

    This is interesting to me. Three or four years ago we did a bushwhacking trip (with an experienced guide) to the area of the Park near Calderwood (My son-in-law's great-great-great-grandpa is...
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    Distance from NFG to Davenport Gap at the north...

    Distance from NFG to Davenport Gap at the north end of the park is 31.4 miles. If your intent is to complete those 31.4 miles, then dayhikes are impractical.

    One possibility might be ending...
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    Yeah, well you think that's something? I had...

    Yeah, well you think that's something? I had FROST on my windshield this morning!!!
    :eek::)
    Sunny and cool today.
    :sun
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    Yeah, I liked her name! I dunno where she...

    Yeah, I liked her name!

    I dunno where she is, just remember that she was frequently chastised for attacking anyone who posted in support of Christianity. I suspect she was permanently banned,...
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    My husband mowed over a yellow jacket nest in...

    My husband mowed over a yellow jacket nest in late summer or early fall with a full size tractor and bush hog. Despite the season, he was pretty well covered, wearing coveralls with long sleeves,...
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    Awesome pictures! Congratulations on your hike. ...

    Awesome pictures! Congratulations on your hike. :)
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    Here in the Knoxville area, the forecast for...

    Here in the Knoxville area, the forecast for M-T-W-Th this week is 94, 94, 95, 96.
    Normal highs are 77, 76, 76, 75.
    Previous records (set in 1888/1884) are 91, 92, 93, 94.
    Tomorrow is the first...
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    Believable. And a good explanation too.

    Believable. And a good explanation too.
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    I watched "The Revenant" a couple years ago. I...

    I watched "The Revenant" a couple years ago. I remember noticing how greasy looking everybody's hair was, and thinking how true-to-life that probably was. For those guys, a bath was a rare event.
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    I have 7 quart containers of dehydrated veggies...

    I have 7 quart containers of dehydrated veggies that I bought from Harmony House in 2013. Includes corn, peas, spinach, mushrooms, zucchini, bell peppers, and broccoli.
    I have made a few attempts...
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    I read a little of it on Amazon. Seems like an...

    I read a little of it on Amazon. Seems like an entertaining account. :)


    https://www.amazon.com/Unlikely-Thru-Hiker-Appalachian-Trail-Journey/dp/1628421185#reader_B07X42SQZ4
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    Current temperature where I live is 98. Record...

    Current temperature where I live is 98. Record high (in 1998) is 93.
    I thought September was when things start to cool off. And we haven't had any rain in a while, none in the forecast. ...
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    Best way to avoid the rocks: hike in snow. We...

    Best way to avoid the rocks: hike in snow. We slacked a 12-miles stretch north of Lehigh Gap last year end of March/early April. Seven inches of snow fell overnight and covered up a lot of the...
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    If you woulda told me ahead of time that you were...

    If you woulda told me ahead of time that you were going to ask, I could have been keeping a tally! :rolleyes: Fortunately I haven't fallen bad enough to break any bones. When young people fall, we...
  16. Our stove is a Primus, several years old now. I...

    Our stove is a Primus, several years old now. I couldn't find our model on the Primus website. I've been very happy with it. It boils quickly, and simmers well.

    We carry the stove, which has...
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    It's said that thru-hikers fall generally into...

    It's said that thru-hikers fall generally into two categories: young people just out of high school or college, and old people just retired. There are plenty of senior hikers out there. You won't...
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    Consider expanding the concept of "training" to...

    Consider expanding the concept of "training" to include actual multi-night backpacking somewhere. It's one thing to exercise for 30 minutes. It's a different thing to carry a pack all day long.
    ...
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    We did almost the same hike a couple years ago. ...

    We did almost the same hike a couple years ago. We started on the AT near Mt Collins, and went CCW down Sugarland Mtn, Rough Creek, and Goshen Prong to CS 23. Next day we continued from CS 23 up to...
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    That's sad. :(

    That's sad. :(
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    It's not an official goal, at least not...

    It's not an official goal, at least not currently. But we've already done about half just because we live here. Finishing the AT has been our goal, and we use the Smokies for training/conditioning....
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    Apparently the body was discovered near the road....

    Apparently the body was discovered near the road. Might not be a hiker. Seems odd for a person to die so close to the heavily traveled portion of the AT and so close to the road. You'd almost have...
  23. Heading north, you cross the Kennebec just before...

    Heading north, you cross the Kennebec just before the town of Caratunk.
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    When we did all those water crossings on Caldwell...

    When we did all those water crossings on Caldwell Fork, the water was muddy from storm runoff. I'm happy to hear they were "only" knee-high for you. Wading across them in January must have been...
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    We did the southern half of the AT (NFG to...

    We did the southern half of the AT (NFG to Fontana) in mid-October one year. We had chilly mornings, but generally very pleasant weather. I would expect early November to be similar. Of course, if...
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