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  1. Four days ago I walked across this bridge in the...

    Four days ago I walked across this bridge in the dark before sunrise. It wasn’t taped off or blocked in any way. There was a sign on it saying Corners Creek Bridge is unsafe. I didn’t skip a step...
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    The failure rate I saw through there for section...

    The failure rate I saw through there for section hikers or new SOBOs was high. Train well. Quite a few people were surprised by the difficulty. The better your trail legs when you start the better...
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    A few miles south of Duncannon to the High Point...

    A few miles south of Duncannon to the High Point Shelter in NJ. From Duncan to Port Clinton is baby rocks. Port Clinton and further north is more serious. Very noticeably less rocks north of the...
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    The very vast majority of those “visitors” just...

    The very vast majority of those “visitors” just drive the road across the mountain. They don’t see much at all.
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    It can be anything at that time. Watch the...

    It can be anything at that time. Watch the weather forecast carefully and follow it daily up until the day you leave. Make last minute adjustments as required.
  6. Camped there night before last. Water is down to...

    Camped there night before last. Water is down to a trickle. The pool at the shelter is full of bugs and is muddy and easily silted up when disturbed. Walk upstream a bit. You can find a clean pool...
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    Do you have a donkey to carry it?

    Do you have a donkey to carry it?
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    Every Lyme disease patient will proudly tell you...

    Every Lyme disease patient will proudly tell you how they preserved the structural integrity of the fibers in their Darn Tough socks by not treating them against ticks.
  9. Unless you are already in thru hiker shape you...

    Unless you are already in thru hiker shape you should arrange a food drop in the hundred mile. I met people using Shaw's who said it cost $80 to have your own food dropped. Some people tried to...
  10. So true. “Hard” is when the trail wrecks your...

    So true. “Hard” is when the trail wrecks your body beyond what you can fully recover from during the night. You can discover this in NH and ME when hiking 8 to 12 hours daily. No single mountain or...
  11. Madison?? No. It's steep but the trail...

    Madison?? No. It's steep but the trail maintenance could not be better. You just walk up it.

    Southern Maine is the hardest part of the trail. But keep in mind that all of it is very doable. ...
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    I'll also add that NH and ME mess with your head....

    I'll also add that NH and ME mess with your head. You may be used to looking at mileage and total elevation gain to guesstimate how hard a section is and how far you can hike in a day. That won't...
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    You won't know. People have vastly different...

    You won't know. People have vastly different hiking abilities out there. It's the hardest part of the entire trail. Consider going south instead and just ending where you end. If you do that you...
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    Poll: I carry an InReach that sends my location out...

    I carry an InReach that sends my location out every 10 minutes. It just lets family see where I am. But the primary reason for carrying this device has been the ability to send text messages from...
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    No, they are not “effectively saying” that...

    No, they are not “effectively saying” that either. No need to backtrack on your prior comment. You can just stop the false accusations entirely.

    To be clear: Some people would like to discuss...
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    No one said anything about ignoring consequences...

    No one said anything about ignoring consequences or blowing off a citation. Relax.
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    The whiteblaze policy references discussion on...

    The whiteblaze policy references discussion on HOW to break the rules. The poster did not discuss anything about HOW to skirt rules. I honestly can’t comprehend why this is hard to understand.
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    Don’t be logical. Environmental impacts are not...

    Don’t be logical. Environmental impacts are not the issue here. A hammocker in the overflow area isn’t creating an impact. This is about enforcement of rules and our requirement to follow them.
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    He said nothing about how to skirt the rules. He...

    He said nothing about how to skirt the rules. He simply stated there may be a fine if you get caught. You are being hyper sensitive. I don’t know why this always has to come up when someone wants to...
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    I'm currently doing a flip-flop thru hike from...

    I'm currently doing a flip-flop thru hike from HF. Just finished the North half st Katahdin. Will be starting from HF to Springer soon. I have not slept in a shelter yet due to hip issues, peeing...
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    Animals seem to learn where the food is every...

    Animals seem to learn where the food is every night. Not putting it in those locations is one solution. I’m not suggesting that bear cables are a bad idea, but a properly hung food bag away from...
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    Homeless people don't fit in on the trail. They...

    Homeless people don't fit in on the trail. They are easy to spot. To a hiker, hostel owner, etc., they don't look at all like hikers. Look for someone with unclear plans, poor hygiene, not doing...
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    There’s a SOBO bubble in southern Maine right...

    There’s a SOBO bubble in southern Maine right now. A number of them have already passed Rattle River and into the whites.
  24. GSMNP has about 2 bears per square mile. If your...

    GSMNP has about 2 bears per square mile. If your Shen. estimate is accurate then they are twice as dense in the Smokies.
  25. Ha! I disagree. There are numerous unmarked...

    Ha! I disagree. There are numerous unmarked trail intersections. We would have never made it without GPS. This trail is simply not marked in many areas. My thru of the ST was in 2018.
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