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  1. I think you figured out the camino as you went on...

    I think you figured out the camino as you went on and it finally clicked. That's when it became your camino, or on the AT we say you started to HYOH. That's what the camino is about. The camino...
  2. I didn't run the numbers but it appears at first...

    I didn't run the numbers but it appears at first glance that in your calculations taking in those hikers didn't incur any expenses, you counted them all as pure gravy. I doubt that is the case IRL.
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    Though there is that reputation, Paris is also a...

    Though there is that reputation, Paris is also a international city so it's not hard to get around english only, but yes there are challenges. This also applies to Saint Jean Pied de Port (your most...
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    Fall really has become a very popular time on the...

    Fall really has become a very popular time on the Camino. Many reservations can be made in English and broken Spanish, but in my experience it can be a time consuming and somewhat annoying endeavor....
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    That would make sense. I long suspected it to be...

    That would make sense. I long suspected it to be that since CT has stronger rules that some thought it better to hide that one was in MA.
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    Here is the map:...

    Here is the map: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0495092,-73.4545176,15.85z
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    Sages Ravine Anomaly, any else notice?

    Sages Ravine is clearly in MA just over the boarder, as well as the AT though this Ravine. However the CT/MA sign is on the other (northern) end, making it appear that Sages Ravine campsite and the...
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    Coffee You're doing it in a way I wished I would...

    Coffee You're doing it in a way I wished I would have. The Frances is so well traveled that one could do it without a guide book or planning beyond the initial getting to SJPP. However be forwarded...
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    I've felt the cumulative effects of altitude on...

    I've felt the cumulative effects of altitude on my thru hike in the Smokies. Each day and night was above 5000 ft, some in the 6000's. What I noticed is I did't recover as well as I normally do. ...
  10. IDK which one you are talking about but it...

    IDK which one you are talking about but it appears like one of them the handle can be pushed in and perhaps slipped out of the holes, thus detaching it, which will allow one to carry the 2...
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    I think it's wonderful that you had a great...

    I think it's wonderful that you had a great camino and that how you did it your way. That's what makes it your camino, or in AT terms HYOH. I see the bug up my butt was this:
    REI turns a hike...
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    I really disagree, however I am glad you had that...

    I really disagree, however I am glad you had that experience, I have had things like that multiple times on my adventures, none of them near REI quality. Perhaps REI sets it up so that happens more...
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    Also just to add that the Camino de Santiago is...

    Also just to add that the Camino de Santiago is know as one of the cheapest travels one can take, but used to be more so.

    Spain is in general inexpensive, 4 years ago a bed was about $7 if one...
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    From someone who has done 3 Camino's I have to...

    From someone who has done 3 Camino's I have to say, though I don't know what the REI tour is, it is not needed on the Camino De Santiago on the French way or Portugal way. Yes there may be a little...
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    For someone who has shifted between 230 and 180...

    For someone who has shifted between 230 and 180 several times and sometimes rapidly, I can tell you that it makes a huge difference on trail. I can feel it in my joints, and feet as well as the...
  16. Says a biker. From a hiker's perspective I...

    Says a biker. From a hiker's perspective I suspect the answer would be different. I've noticed that bike use does alter the trail in a obvious way to me.
  17. It's $43 right now new on Amazon.

    It's $43 right now new on Amazon.
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    Bottled water companies don't make water, they...

    Bottled water companies don't make water, they make plastic containers (with the added convience of being prefilled). So that's part of that equation.
  19. E-Bikes will be allowed in GSMNP then as it does...

    E-Bikes will be allowed in GSMNP then as it does allow horses.
  20. Thread: headlamp

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    I have successfully used and hiked with a very...

    I have successfully used and hiked with a very small headlamp which uses a CR-123 battery or something like a quarter. I don't know what type it was, but it was bright enough, and even with a spare...
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    Why hitch in that direction? 302>Rt 16 (as easy...

    Why hitch in that direction? 302>Rt 16 (as easy as 302>3), then the second would be RT 16 to AT (or more northerly approach to Madison trailhead if one wanted to take a more direct route).
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    Not sure. Crawford notch does not have cell...

    Not sure. Crawford notch does not have cell service. AMC has a shuttle, the thumb works well there too.
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    On a thru one is so tired that sleep comes fast...

    On a thru one is so tired that sleep comes fast and sweet. On a backpack where one's path is set it can run into that situation mentioned by the OP, what to do. That's where shelters come in, but...
  24. Fontana Dam is not great, overpriced and limited...

    Fontana Dam is not great, overpriced and limited selection, OK to get the G-burg but slim pickings if one wanted to traverse the smokies w/o stop (NoBo assumed, SoBo it's a shorter trip to NOC)
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    If you haven't done the section right before...

    If you haven't done the section right before Great Barrington already and can adjust things a bit, I would consider backing you start point to Salisbury CT, the section from Salisbury to Great...
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