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  1. I'll be up hiking in CT myself in a couple...

    I'll be up hiking in CT myself in a couple weeks... maybe we'll run into each other.

    I'm planning to stay at shelters or designated campsites every night. I'm not crazy about the camping...
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    Congratulations! Always great to hear about...

    Congratulations! Always great to hear about someone completing such a long and epic journey over many years.
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    Here are the backcountry camping regulations for...

    Here are the backcountry camping regulations for Shenandoah NP:

    https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/backcountry-regulations.htm
  4. You don't have to leave a job to hike the trail....

    You don't have to leave a job to hike the trail. I've been continuously employed by the same employer for 11 years and section hiked 2/3 of the AT while doing it, using a week or two of leave each...
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    October is a nice time to be out pretty much...

    October is a nice time to be out pretty much anywhere on the southern 2/3 of the AT.

    My favorite part of Shenandoah was the Central district which goes from Swift Run Gap to Thornton Gap. It's...
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    The Smokies had air pollution issues back in the...

    The Smokies had air pollution issues back in the 1990's but that is no longer the case. Air quality has improved dramatically in the Eastern US over the past 20 years. Trust me, I work in the EPA's...
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    Answered my own question:...

    Answered my own question: https://appalachiantrail.org/trail-updates/new-york-bridge-closure-arden-valley-road/

    Summary: You can still drive to the Elk Pen parking area from the east by detouring...
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    Is the Elk Pen parking area still open? I'm...

    Is the Elk Pen parking area still open? I'm supposed to start a section hike there next month.
  9. I've been carrying a Baltoro pack for over a...

    I've been carrying a Baltoro pack for over a decade. Just bought my second one - not because the first one had problems - it was just showing some wear & tear and the newer version was lighter and...
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    I don't slackpack but people who choose to don't...

    I don't slackpack but people who choose to don't bother me.

    Once I saw a thru-hiker slackpack 10 miles in the wrong direction (as in, re-hiked 10 mles of trail they'd just hiked the day before)...
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    I think your plan would definitely work for...

    I think your plan would definitely work for Rockfish Gap in VA up through MA. Not sure about the rest of the trail... it's a little more remote and it would be hard to get between road crossings in a...
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    Another vote for southern PA: Pen-Mar to...

    Another vote for southern PA: Pen-Mar to Duncannon is a nice 5-7 day section. I recommend staying at The Doyle in Duncannon. Not for everyone, but that place has got some real character.

    The...
  13. I agree on GSMNP. I hiked it in 2012, right...

    I agree on GSMNP. I hiked it in 2012, right before they started charging people to camp in the backcountry. Too many people, and many are first time backpackers who are underprepared. The weather is...
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    Congrats Gambit! I've enjoyed following your...

    Congrats Gambit! I've enjoyed following your adventures these past several years.
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    Here is my itenerary from when I did most of that...

    Here is my itenerary from when I did most of that section (Port Clinton to I-87/Harriman SP) NOBO last fall. I averaged 13 MPD and mostly avoided shelters due to COVID. Just warning you - I found the...
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    Yeah, those slabs in southern NY really sucked. I...

    Yeah, those slabs in southern NY really sucked. I distinctly remember it took me 4 hours to get from the NJ/NY state line to NY 17A. A light rain was just enough to keep the smooth rocks wet the...
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    I hiked DWG to I-87/Harriman last fall. ​I used...

    I hiked DWG to I-87/Harriman last fall. ​I used Carl (845-820-1331) for a shuttle and was happy with his service.

    Those first 18 NY miles were pretty tough, though. Lots of steep trail and rock...
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    Back to the original topic - one major reason I...

    Back to the original topic - one major reason I think there are fewer posts now is Guthooks. There used to be lots of posts asking about trail conditions, water availability, etc. on WB. Those posts...
  19. There's a few old junker cars laying around in...

    There's a few old junker cars laying around in the woods near the MST here in Raleigh/Durham, NC. Most of the area was farmland 50 years ago, before the Army Corps of engineers dammed the Neuse River...
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    Usually $200 for a 1-week trip. Roughly half is...

    Usually $200 for a 1-week trip. Roughly half is spent on a shuttle. Most hostels and shuttles are cash-only. Always bring a card + ID. Nearly all restaurants take cards. Motels generally require a...
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    That's interesting. I always thought hunting...

    That's interesting. I always thought hunting season was roughly Oct/Nov-Feb/Mar. I'd never have thought to wear orange at this time of year.
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    I started having heel pain after a 2 week AT...

    I started having heel pain after a 2 week AT section hike last fall. I fought through it for months but it kept getting worse. Pretty sure it's Plantar Fascitis. I never went to a doctor, but I've...
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    There is also reliable water and tenting 0.5 mile...

    There is also reliable water and tenting 0.5 mile north of Eckville shelter.
  24. I still have an old Jansport from the 1990's when...

    I still have an old Jansport from the 1990's when I was a boy scout. Nowadays, it holds all my extra gear that I only take on car camping trips.
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    I suggest taking the detour at Rausch Gap,...

    I suggest taking the detour at Rausch Gap, assuming it's still in place. Going SOBO, turn right and follow an old dirt road for 1/2 mile, then left on an old railroad grade for about a mile. Marked...
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