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  1. Congratulations for being flexible and switching...

    Congratulations for being flexible and switching to a flip flop. You are the first person I've heard that flipped north to Baxter from Pawling! I'm delighted that you did it. Although, as I wrote...
  2. Here is another option for a flip flop, which I...

    Here is another option for a flip flop, which I plan to do starting in mid-April: Start at Springer and head north. Pick a date in the third week of July to flip to Baxter State Park. I will be...
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    NOBO flip flop

    Seeking feedback: I am an experienced backpacker, who section hiked the AT in 11 out of 14 years. I live in VT and have plenty of winter weather experience.

    Now that I am nearing retirement, I...
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    I am a regular! Cabot Hosiery usually advertises...

    I am a regular! Cabot Hosiery usually advertises the sale after Halloween. It is held two week-ends in mid November -- Deer Widows' Weekend. If I see it advertised, I'll post on WB.
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    I also wash and rinse socks and underwear, and...

    I also wash and rinse socks and underwear, and occasionally my hiking shirt, while on the trail in a large ziplock bag. A bear box also works well. Of course, it helps if you have a sunny spot to...
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    In June 2022, I met early NOBOs in the White...

    In June 2022, I met early NOBOs in the White Mountains. Most of them had started between 2/22/22 and March 1, and told me they had experienced winter conditions 5 times.
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    I am glad to hear your hike is going so well! ...

    I am glad to hear your hike is going so well! One word of caution is to check on hunting seasons. In VT, there is very active hunting from early to late November. Wear an orange hat and vest. ...
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    Father's Day week-end in NH, the nighttime...

    Father's Day week-end in NH, the nighttime temperatures probably ranged between the 20's and the high 30's/low 40's, depending on where you were. The hikers I met said generally that they...
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    It doesn't look as if you're carrying way too...

    It doesn't look as if you're carrying way too much gear from your list-- although you take more clothes than I take. Unless you're going to be out in cold weather, leave the puffy and long underwear...
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    I was at Liberty Springs Tentsite just below the...

    I was at Liberty Springs Tentsite just below the Franconia Ridge, NH, Father's Day Week-end this year. The NOBO's I spoke to started between 2/22/2022 and late March 2022. They had experienced 5...
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    I will take the Bear Boxer. I have to figure out...

    I will take the Bear Boxer. I have to figure out how to PM you!
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    It is on a well traveled road, but I don't...

    It is on a well traveled road, but I don't actually know the answer. You could contact the GMC and/or the Long Trail Inn for more information.
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    There is also parking at the LT trailhead about a...

    There is also parking at the LT trailhead about a mile or so from the Long Trail Inn.
  14. I am so sorry to read about the hiker who died. ...

    I am so sorry to read about the hiker who died. I was a volunteer Alpine Steward this past week-end on the Franconia Range. There were many hikers and back-packers, either hiking the AT or the Pemi...
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    The Green Mountain Club maintains a list of...

    The Green Mountain Club maintains a list of shuttlers.
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    I also have hot, sweaty, feet. I never wear...

    I also have hot, sweaty, feet. I never wear Gortex hiking shoes/boots except in the winter. I wear Keen non-Gortex shoes or boots with one pair of wool socks. In mid-summer, I wear thinner socks...
  17. I don't think that anyone mentioned that there...

    I don't think that anyone mentioned that there are tentsites on the trail -- Liberty Springs in Franconia, Garfield Tentsite, Guyette tentsite (off trail), Ethan Pond, Osgood.
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    Thanks for sharing this information. I signed...

    Thanks for sharing this information. I signed the petition opposing the plan.
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    Your wife could drop you and the children off at...

    Your wife could drop you and the children off at the southern terminus, drive to GMC HQ and get shuttled back. Calling GMC HQ is your best bet.
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    I did a figure 8 of the Northern Loop and Mother...

    I did a figure 8 of the Northern Loop and Mother Mountain in mid August and had a spectacular time. Your trip report is very informative and will be useful to anyone planning a trip.
  21. Thanks for sharing your experience as it is a...

    Thanks for sharing your experience as it is a good reminder to all of us that accidents do happen and why it is so important to be prepared. I hope you have a full and speedy recovery.
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    The Green Mountain Club maintains a list of...

    The Green Mountain Club maintains a list of shuttlers.
  23. As Slo-go'en wrote, you may want to stay at Lake...

    As Slo-go'en wrote, you may want to stay at Lake of the Clouds hut. It is not clear how much of the Presidential Traverse you are doing. There are campsite, where I assume one could put up a...
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    I don't live in that part of the state so don't...

    I don't live in that part of the state so don't have an answer for you about road construction. I suggest you contact the Green Mountain Club. Someone should have information about the road. In...
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    I am intrigued by the ideas about alternate...

    I am intrigued by the ideas about alternate hikes. I completed the AT as a section hiker in 10 of 14 summers. I am still working but have a goal to thru when I turn 70 in 3 1/2 years. I have a...
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