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    I've been planning for a 2021 PCT thru since...

    I've been planning for a 2021 PCT thru since mid-2019, and I'm feeling concerned. The PCTA is supposed to re-evaluate their decision on permits in January, so I'm still waiting to see what's going to...
  2. ^That seems to be the way of things with the PCT...

    ^That seems to be the way of things with the PCT for now as well. They postponed the usual October permit release and are going to reevaluate over the winter whether to release all the permits at the...
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    While leashed dogs aren't automatically safe,...

    While leashed dogs aren't automatically safe, I've had many more problems with off-leash dogs than on-leash, mainly because at least the owner is usually forced to pay attention to a leashed dog,...
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    Did you miss the photo of the literal harm done?...

    Did you miss the photo of the literal harm done? I mean, it's not a serious injury, but it's also not something to shrug off as an acceptable risk of hiking. When I go for a hike, I have to...
  5. I only did two "food drops" on my thru-hike in...

    I only did two "food drops" on my thru-hike in 2018, and that was only because I was also having my family send me seasonal pieces of gear/replacement shoes, so I was getting a package anyway. It's...
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    I agree with Traffic Jam that using Stronghold's...

    I agree with Traffic Jam that using Stronghold's murder as an example of gender violence or harassment on the trail is completely inappropriate. Like StephanD said, that perpetrator was a danger to...
  7. Most folks just use a heavy-duty trash bag as a...

    Most folks just use a heavy-duty trash bag as a pack liner. Effective, light, cheap, and easy to replace.

    For a rechargeable batter, Anker tends to set the bar for durability and power to weight...
  8. Yep, since it's a crosscut crew, we work in...

    Yep, since it's a crosscut crew, we work in wilderness areas where chainsaws aren't allowed, so all our hitches involve camping. Sometimes it's front country where we're at a campground/trailhead...
  9. ^I thru-hiked in 2018 and now I'm on a trail crew...

    ^I thru-hiked in 2018 and now I'm on a trail crew in AZ (although recently finished a month-long project up in WY, more your neck of the woods), and I'd say the fitness/lifestyle transfers pretty...
  10. The first half of this comment is an example of a...

    The first half of this comment is an example of a man attempting to be helpful in the women's forum. (Not necessarily succeeding, as I'm confident the OP didn't need a guy to point out the existence...
  11. I generally never carry more than two sets of...

    I generally never carry more than two sets of clothes: one for hiking and one for camp/sleeping
    Cold weather (early spring) I hike in athletic leggings and a tee and sleep in merino baselayers...
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    Did you read any of the threads I included? If...

    Did you read any of the threads I included?

    If so, I'm repeating myself, but I agree that loud noise affects the experience of others, so I find loud voices and music distruptive, but those are...
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    This topic gets discussed here about once a year....

    This topic gets discussed here about once a year. Here are a couple of previous iterations:

    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/132800-Too-Much-Technology-on-the-Trail
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    I climbed it Saturday and it was in the 40s at...

    I climbed it Saturday and it was in the 40s at the top, no views, but also very little wind so still tolerable. Did the Twins and Galehead yesterday and I was roasting even in a tank and shorts! I...
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    ^I started using a Diva cup before moving to...

    ^I started using a Diva cup before moving to North Africa where tampons could be hard to find, and I still like it for "normal life" now that I'm back in the US, but I feel exactly the same as you...
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    I personally wouldn't do the climb up from Lehigh...

    I personally wouldn't do the climb up from Lehigh Gap in the rain, but everything else is fair game. Just pay attention to where you're placing your feet. Trekking poles are a good idea. PA is very...
  17. I think the broader term for what you're...

    I think the broader term for what you're describing is "dispersed camping" and more specifically would be an unmarked/unnamed but legal dispersed site. At least on Guthook and in conversation during...
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    Poll: I see a lot more hikers bragging about not...

    I see a lot more hikers bragging about not needing the validation of a piece of paper than I've ever seen anyone brag about their piece of paper. At least, that's been my observation about both the...
  19. ^Apologies in advance for the unsolicited advice,...

    ^Apologies in advance for the unsolicited advice, but unless you really like hiking in the snow and cold rain, and the late spring bug swarms of New England sound appealing, I would probably...
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    Completed AT thru-hike blog

    If anyone is hunting for some pandemic reading material, yesterday on the two-year anniversary of starting my thru-hike, I finally finished my AT blog! (Although at this point, it might be more...
  21. As others have said, the northern half of the...

    As others have said, the northern half of the Hundred Mile Wilderness is way easier than the southern half, but even the southern half of the Hundred Mile is considerably easier than the...
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    When I hiked Monroe in August, I was delighted by...

    When I hiked Monroe in August, I was delighted by how many kids I saw out with their parents. At least half of the groups included kids, from toddlers in carriers up through teens. I also sponsor and...
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    What an amazing family trip! My parents and then...

    What an amazing family trip! My parents and then later two of my best friends visited me when I was living in Morocco, and it was great to share that adventure with them in person because otherwise...
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    My favorite this year was a two-day hike in...

    My favorite this year was a two-day hike in September in the Whites to get Zealand and the Bonds, with an overnight at Guyot. Bondcliff is now one of my favorite mountains. I also really enjoyed...
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    Update: kidney transplant was a success!...

    Update: kidney transplant was a success! Recipient and I are both doing fine, although the first few days were so much harder than we could have imagined. Now at post-op Day 8, and I went for my...
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