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  1. George Wash Natl Forest Trail /Trout Run Valley loop

    Does anyone have any recent (8 months) experience on the trail linked below? There are no current trail notes. I'm calling the Ranger District monday to see what they say but would be nice to hear...
  2. Thanks NJH I PM'd you.

    Thanks NJH I PM'd you.
  3. Thanks! I PM'd you.

    Thanks! I PM'd you.
  4. PATC Map F - Trails in Great North Mountain -George Washington National Forest

    Anyone have a copy of PATC Map F - Trails in Great North Mountain - North Half of George Washington National Forest they're willing to sell?
    It's not published anymore.
    Thanks
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    Some interesting/humorous relies here. :) I...

    Some interesting/humorous relies here. :) I didn't think anyone would actually wanna spend approx $200.00 for this. No doubt, would be much better use of funds applied to a nice mat or better bag...
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    Concur. I actually carry both air horn and bear...

    Concur. I actually carry both air horn and bear spray in the very unlikely event I have a bear problem.
    I thought this was pretty cool and would love to see the bears reaction.
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    Scaring Bears

    This is a lot more expensive than Bear spray (approx $200.00) but I think this would be an exceptionally effective way to scare away bears that may have taken too keen an interest in your camp...
  8. JNI64 is correct. I backpacked through that area...

    JNI64 is correct. I backpacked through that area 9-13 Sept and those two water sources were game changers. At that time, water from streams was very scarce from PenMar to Ed Garvey. WE were able...
  9. Yes I do actually because I have a reasonably...

    Yes I do actually because I have a reasonably high expectation that someone will walk in on me and it is the decent thing to do. Yes, I do wear clothes in public out of decency and I don't want to be...
  10. We lose our privacy when we enter the www and use...

    We lose our privacy when we enter the www and use cellphones. Privacy is non-existent. A trail cam should be the least of your worries.
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    Perfect lonehiker.

    Perfect lonehiker.
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    I think there are more wack jobs like this than...

    I think there are more wack jobs like this than we want to admit. Always trust your gut instinct even if it makes for an awkward situation. If the person seems sketchy, he/she probably is and is...
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    Good point. A quick search on the www using...

    Good point. A quick search on the www using frankiln, gooder grove, hikers turns up nothing. Not saying it didn't happen but....
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    Poll: Yes to both. Polls seem to be quite divisive...

    Yes to both. Polls seem to be quite divisive here.
    Also, I think it would be more fun and far more entertaining to make your own certificate commemorating whatever your backpacking achievement...
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    Poll: "Have to agree with Rickb. The "2000 Miler" award...

    "Have to agree with Rickb. The "2000 Miler" award is issued by the ATC and as such, they are the only arbiters of how it is administered. During a National Emergency as we are experiencing and the...
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    That's the Miraculous Medal so in all...

    That's the Miraculous Medal so in all probability, the person is Catholic. And the jacket looks like it's circa early 80s.
  17. Real classy CalebJ. Your own ignorance is now on...

    Real classy CalebJ. Your own ignorance is now on full display. Read what I actually typed.
    I asked for legal facts that proves someone has the legal authority to close the AT except for those...
  18. "But what none of these organizations can do, of...

    "But what none of these organizations can do, of course, is legally or logistically close trails that run the length of the United States."
    I've made this exact point numerous times when someone...
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    Well said!

    Well said!
  20. Precisely!

    Precisely!
  21. And as recently as 17 March there is a call to...

    And as recently as 17 March there is a call to suspend all thru hiking and get off the trail and if you haven't started, dont start. I thi k this is going way too far.
    This would also seem to apply...
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    Fall hike, Deer Lick to Birch Run

    I'm planning a fall backpacking trip, preferrably in Oct with a small group. I've hiked all of the AT in Virginia, time to try someplace new. I greatly prefer solitude, low density of other people....
  23. Trail condition James River footbridge to Punchbowl shelter

    Trail from John's hollow to the top of the mtn is fine. From that point at the top all the way to punch bowl along the ridge is virtually impassable due to fallen trees, branches resulting from...
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    They only have the authority one gives them. ...

    They only have the authority one gives them. They could certainly radio back to a Ranger or legitimate LE and report someone if they're breaking the rules but short of that, they're just another...
  25. And of course, so predictable, this cool post...

    And of course, so predictable, this cool post about youngest and oldest hiker veers off into multiple subjects wholly unrelated to the original post. In short order I expect that we'll be discussing...
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