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    I find it's a battle between my mind and the raw...

    I find it's a battle between my mind and the raw determination of just doing it that gets me through most tough spots. Not only the heights, but to just keep slogging along. It certainly can be a...
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    I don't have a fear of heights, just a fear of...

    I don't have a fear of heights, just a fear of falling.
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    Climbing out of Lehigh Gap nobo is the one that...

    Climbing out of Lehigh Gap nobo is the one that scared me. Made the mistake of looking back. It took about 5 minutes to just calm down and breathe normally. You can always take the winter trail...
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    Had the same Leki grip problem. Slide the grip...

    Had the same Leki grip problem. Slide the grip down and glue the pole, slide the grip back up before it sets. I also wraped a few layers of gorilla tape around the pole against the base of the grip....
  5. Thread: Ticks

    by Carbo
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    In addition to the preventive measures listed...

    In addition to the preventive measures listed above, you may want to have a Lyme test done, one before the season starts to get a reference level, then a second one near the end of season to see if...
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    At his age I was thinking a Triple Crown hiker...

    At his age I was thinking a Triple Crown hiker was one who finished the AT in three years. This will be my 5th year at attempting to complete the AT, maybe I can be a Quintuple Crown hiker? Anyway,...
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    Will likely start last week of April. Prior years...

    Will likely start last week of April. Prior years I've been flipping from Harper's Ferry and north, and there got to be quite a few hikers doing the same. I like company but also a little solitude is...
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    I didn't sense any radical transformation in my...

    I didn't sense any radical transformation in my life, but I have to say the "ripple effect" and flashbacks have been with me many years. Overall a good experience.
  9. Thread: I retired today!

    by Carbo
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    Congrats, way to go! Hope to see you on the...

    Congrats, way to go! Hope to see you on the trail. Retired 5 years ago and this will be my 5th year on the trail.
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    Good video. I especially liked the comment "flip...

    Good video. I especially liked the comment "flip the script" when in an unpleasant situation. No matter how bad the trail got, it was always better than the hell of sitting 8-10 hours a day in a...
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    Guthook's app worked well for me, but also used...

    Guthook's app worked well for me, but also used the AWOL guide for planning a day or two ahead. Only concern is that Guthook is a load on the phone battery.
  12. Thread: A New Low

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    Temp is all the way up to 20 F here at the Jersey...

    Temp is all the way up to 20 F here at the Jersey shore! Think I'll sleep with the window open tonight!
  13. Also, as Slo-go'en said. Get to the shelters...

    Also, as Slo-go'en said. Get to the shelters early if you want to be sure you have a space. There were at least 3 others at every shelter I hit on weekdays. Weekends they were full by 6 -7 pm.
  14. Just completed the section from Bear Mtn, north...

    Just completed the section from Bear Mtn, north to Kent, Ct. Skeeters were out in the boggy areas especially on the warmer days. Nights a few bugs, but not bad since night temps still in low 50's...
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    On the 3rd year of use with the Sawyer filter,...

    On the 3rd year of use with the Sawyer filter, never had a problem. Just be careful not to contaminate the filtered water with the unfiltered source. If you have serious doubts you can always treat...
  16. Thread: Noreaster Coming

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    The storm is all my fault, just put the snow...

    The storm is all my fault, just put the snow blower and rock salt away.
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    When your neural oscillators that control...

    When your neural oscillators that control muscular locomotion reach resonance, the highest degree of efficient walking is achieved. Walking with or without hiking poles will chance the point at...
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    This year will be my 3rd attempt. I've finally...

    This year will be my 3rd attempt. I've finally learned to listen to my body and take it slow as needed. It may turn out to be another section hike, or if it feels right it will turn into a thru....
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    Port Clinton, PA has a Cabela's about 2 mi from...

    Port Clinton, PA has a Cabela's about 2 mi from the trail, also a Walmart.
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    "Walking Home" by Kelly Winters. Provides an...

    "Walking Home" by Kelly Winters. Provides an interesting view from a woman's perspective on hiking the AT.
  21. Thread: Rain jacket

    by Carbo
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    On cold, rainy days when your wearing gloves, the...

    On cold, rainy days when your wearing gloves, the long sleeves on a rain jacket can be pulled over your gloves to keep them dry.
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    I've used them for a quick ground cover to sit on...

    I've used them for a quick ground cover to sit on especially if the ground is moist. Also helps to spot ticks or other crawlers before they get to you. Used it as a wind block inside my tent on an...
  23. Thread: tis the season..

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    I bought a snow shovel and some ice melt already....

    I bought a snow shovel and some ice melt already. This should guarantee no snow around here.
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    Also, I'm not justifying quitting a job or...

    Also, I'm not justifying quitting a job or responsibilities to take a half year off to thru hike the AT. Just saying if you don't try, it will nag you for a long, long time.
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    2017 will be my 3rd attempt at a thru after...

    2017 will be my 3rd attempt at a thru after failing the last two times. Having tried and failed feels ok. At least its better than sitting in my lazy boy recliner wondering what it would have been...
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