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  1. If a person hikes 5 miles per day and sleeps each...

    If a person hikes 5 miles per day and sleeps each night on the trail, that person can make a serious claim to be a thru-hiker. That person is intuitively more of a thru-hiker than most thru-hikers....
  2. I don't think it is a matter of one way being the...

    I don't think it is a matter of one way being the right way to hike or not, it is about whether using the word will be considered dishonest. No one is criticizing another person's choice of how to...
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    How many times have you fallen?

    I'm sure I "stumble" at least every day on the trail and likely look kind of goofy as I recover, but rarely has this let to my actually completely falling onto the ground. My memory might be...
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    This section is pretty steep. 13.5 miles a day...

    This section is pretty steep. 13.5 miles a day may be doable, but it will also be a challenge to sustain 13.5 per day for 7 straight days. It may turn out to be "doable" in the same sense the...
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    Understood. This is not a widely discussed...

    Understood. This is not a widely discussed metric and as far as I know I'm the first person to bring it up. Although there are likely some that have beat this record, based on knowing other section...
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    For this year (2019), it looks like things are...

    For this year (2019), it looks like things are likely to be on the better side...

    https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?Southeast
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    Once you finish, 103 miles would be the lowest...

    Once you finish, 103 miles would be the lowest known record. At 95%, sounds likely this will happen.
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    I think I prefer section hiking, even if that one...

    I think I prefer section hiking, even if that one day means a fairly long section. Thru-hiking requires one of two things I find distasteful. (1) Speed at the risk of not feeling like you can enjoy...
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    Thanks for the info. At 114.5 miles, I'm noting...

    Thanks for the info. At 114.5 miles, I'm noting that as the "shortest longest section" record until I hear otherwise.
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    Thanks for the info. I'm curious of others who...

    Thanks for the info. I'm curious of others who have finished or are near finishing. 237 is probably lower than the vast majority of finishers.
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    If you don't mind me asking, what was your single...

    If you don't mind me asking, what was your single longest section?

    I'm curious because most people that finish either thru-hike or else attempt a thru-hike and finish in subsequent years. I don't...
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    I see you're 16 years old according to you...

    I see you're 16 years old according to you profile. Enjoy it while you can. I used to sleep with just a sleeping bag on concrete (camping out for football and basketball tickets). Not very...
  13. You said that your time off work is "far and few...

    You said that your time off work is "far and few between". For that reason, it is well worth the extra effort to get a shuttle. If you've never done it before, you might be tempted to hike "out and...
  14. A smart person understands that words can carry...

    A smart person understands that words can carry meaning whether or not one agrees to the legitimacy of the definition. Also, a person of integrity doesn't want to be dishonest and thus wants to...
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    I always use Melatonin. The good thing is that...

    I always use Melatonin. The good thing is that it is not addictive at all. I've been using it everyday for 8 years and having become addicted yet.
  16. It is what it is. One can debate fine shades of...

    It is what it is. One can debate fine shades of meaning and make reasonable arguments that muddy things up. However, when you cross paths with someone on the trail and they ask "are you...
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    Just click here......

    Just click here... https://www.atdist.com/atdist?k1=DE&k2=DI&h=8ecfef09&year=2019
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    Poll: Perhaps one category should have been "NC/TN Not...

    Perhaps one category should have been "NC/TN Not Sure Which". I had to make an educated guess as to which side of the border I was on. Was tempted to vote for both, but it was only one bear and...
  19. I concur. The east side is more scenic at least...

    I concur. The east side is more scenic at least on the AT. I don't recall any significant water falls on the AT either way though.
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    Good to hear. I'm also a bit slow with a heavier...

    Good to hear. I'm also a bit slow with a heavier pack. In the whole scheme of things paying for a hostel is not an issue. But getting caught at dark without a flat space for a tent is not an...
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    Piggybacking off this thread, would like advice...

    Piggybacking off this thread, would like advice on planning NH and southern ME.

    I've been section hiking for years. I'm not super fast not exceptionally fit. But I get by. So far, after hiking...
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    This is the "feel good" story of the day.

    This is the "feel good" story of the day.
  23. Thread: pen mar park

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    There is a parking area outside the park across...

    There is a parking area outside the park across the street. I don't recall the specific rules of the park and I think there is a gate that would prevent your getting your car out after hours. But...
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    If you're willing to go that far, Mt. Rainier is...

    If you're willing to go that far, Mt. Rainier is an obvious place. Not suggesting you climb it. There are trails in the park that circle all the way around the mountain and all should be low enough...
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    Congratulations. Completing the AT via section...

    Congratulations. Completing the AT via section hiking seems much more rare than completing via a thru-hike.
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