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    I cant tell if you don't like thruhikers, if you...

    I cant tell if you don't like thruhikers, if you don't like people or if you are just fond of drugs.

    For all of the angst here, I have yet to see any consensus that thruhikers are more damaging...
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    A note on the ATC and their view of a 2,000...

    A note on the ATC and their view of a 2,000 miler: In 2003 we came to the Piscataquis River in mid-October. The area had been flooded for days by both rains and snowmelt: we walked in ankle deep...
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    A big oversized puffy down jacket that I will...

    A big oversized puffy down jacket that I will never wear.

    But I got it at a great price.
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    There were many spots on the AT - SNP and parts...

    There were many spots on the AT - SNP and parts of Maine come immediately to mind - where I felt I was missing more scenic trails because I was fully invested in the AT.

    And if we want to broaden...
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    And a far cry from the opening premise of this...

    And a far cry from the opening premise of this thread.

    I would be very interested to know how many weekenders - of which I am very frequently one - come to the Smokies and hike the trail called...
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    Allow me to clarify what I didn't make clear: I...

    Allow me to clarify what I didn't make clear: I do not advocate "pushing people" to other trails. My point was that it makes as much sense - or nonsense - to regulate thruhikers as any other group. ...
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    I wouldn't do either one. Personally I don't...

    I wouldn't do either one. Personally I don't think there is a current problem.

    On the other hand, limiting the number of thruhikers able to hike ANY portion of the AT is fraught with the perils...
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    A lot of them would love the opportunity to not...

    A lot of them would love the opportunity to not be forced into a bunk space on the AT in a shelter.

    Not disagreeing with your sentiments questioning the "hike every mile" credo. But the AT is a...
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    Not disagreeing with you, but if you are taking...

    Not disagreeing with you, but if you are taking the kids out for a spring break hike in the smokies it wouldn't take a lot of research to realize that it's peak season. Whether the crowds are new to...
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    Prior to hiking in 2003 I had never been out...

    Prior to hiking in 2003 I had never been out longer than 6 days. If it were not for the invaluable information provided by Whiteblaze and the guidebooks my hike would have been VASTLY more difficult....
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    There are over 600 miles of hiking trails in...

    There are over 600 miles of hiking trails in SMNP. If someone does not want to encounter thruhikers on the Appalachian Trail - a bit of an oxymoronic thought when you consider that it IS a footpath...
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    This thread needs more beer.

    This thread needs more beer.
  13. Maker's Mark and daily foot rubs.

    Maker's Mark and daily foot rubs.
  14. Thread: Hiking boots

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    The thing I prefer about boots over trail runners...

    The thing I prefer about boots over trail runners is the thicker soles. The bottoms of my feet take a pounding when I hike, giving me far more problems than blisters or any other issue.

    Would...
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    Basic hiking principles will keep a down bag dry...

    Basic hiking principles will keep a down bag dry on anything short of a calamity. Learn how and where to set up a tent and use multiple dry bags for your pack and bag.

    My new love is a FF down...
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    There is a big difference between being stinky...

    There is a big difference between being stinky and being sanitary.

    I always hike with alcohol wet-wipes. Probably more diligent about washing my hands prior to eating than when I am not hiking,...
  17. Thread: Ho, Hum...

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    This is a bit of a shock. Miss Janet, you were a...

    This is a bit of a shock. Miss Janet, you were a highlight of my hike. Thanks, and I look forward to our paths crossing again. Good fortune to you!
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    There is no way in hell I could put up with the...

    There is no way in hell I could put up with the constraints and dynamics of a rigid group hike.

    If you walked all the miles on the AT then in my book you have hiked the AT. And we each get to...
  19. Poll: I didn't see "Sat on my ass and drank beer until...

    I didn't see "Sat on my ass and drank beer until I could feel my toes again" as an option.
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    Thx for responses. I take it there is no...

    Thx for responses. I take it there is no "official" rating then.
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    If you can get up the Abol with no hands you are...

    If you can get up the Abol with no hands you are one bad MoFo. There are spots where I had to wedge myself up. I'm sure others can scamper up quite quickly, but I can't see doing it without more than...
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    No, the most commonly referenced 5+ rankings are,...

    No, the most commonly referenced 5+ rankings are, but the system itself describes most all vertical rises:

    * Class 1: Hiking.
    * Class 2: Simple scrambling, with possible occasional use of...
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    Abol Slide Trail and YDS

    Does anyone know if the Abol Slide Trail at Katahdin has a Yosemite Decimal System grade, and if so what it would be? Some friends are having a discussion of the YGS and I am trying to relate it to...
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    Some of your 6 mile days in the 100 mile...

    Some of your 6 mile days in the 100 mile wilderness will take you all of about two hours to walk.
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    Maker's Mark. A hiker's best friend.

    Maker's Mark. A hiker's best friend.
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