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    Are you confusing this with the Devil's...

    Are you confusing this with the Devil's Marbleyard, which is a boulder field in Virginia near the James River? if so, the AT is at the top, and this is a side trail.
  2. Thread: Backup

    by Bati
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    Iodine tablets or similar. You may need to...

    Iodine tablets or similar. You may need to purify something like a dropped water bottle or toothbrush, and these, along with a large ziploc bag, will the trick. As well as serve as a backup in most...
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    Agreed. A ride to a pay phone, sharing a meal...

    Agreed. A ride to a pay phone, sharing a meal whether at someone's house or on the trail are excellent examples. Unplanned was the key. And there's no way to express the gratitude you felt when...
  4. When I passed through Grayson Highlands I was...

    When I passed through Grayson Highlands I was shocked to discover that another hiker, whom I heard complain about hunger, had yogi-ed an apple and was packing out the core. I was so hungry I...
  5. Perhaps something like lathyrism from eating wild...

    Perhaps something like lathyrism from eating wild plants, such as was suspected with Chris McCandless. This could lead to massive weight loss and paralysis.

    As for opening someone else's tent, I...
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    how about malnutrition or dispensing nutritional...

    how about malnutrition or dispensing nutritional advice, testing and treating lyme disease, and information about potential organ damage from vitamin I overdose.
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    I use a few sheets of notebook paper, mailing...

    I use a few sheets of notebook paper, mailing them off when I was done and adding in blank sheets when I needed more. It's small and compact and is also handy for leaving messages or recording...
  8. Instead of a footbed, you can try carbon-fiber...

    Instead of a footbed, you can try carbon-fiber inserts and put a footbed over them. However, they probably work better in boots as they are stiff. Available at any good shoe store, and can be a...
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    Ditto. It also helps if you camp without a water...

    Ditto. It also helps if you camp without a water source, and in cold weather you don't get as cold when you stop for the night.
    In really hot weather, I try to stop at a shelter or other shaded...
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    Out-hike them. Or let them get ahead of you and...

    Out-hike them. Or let them get ahead of you and blow past all shelters for the next week or so in case they are waiting. Heed the advice about registers when doing this.
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    +2 consider the zero freeze for the East coast,...

    +2 consider the zero freeze for the East coast, but whatever you do, get something that's got a rating from a certified standard, and for a 50 if you're fair-skinned
  12. Thread: Sun protection

    by Bati
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    Try Columbia sportswear (no relationship other...

    Try Columbia sportswear (no relationship other than a happy customer) for stuff that's rated up to 50 by the skin cancer foundation.
    The zero-freeze stuff works well if you're active and the...
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    I used a Kathryn pocket and pumped it dry...

    I used a Kathryn pocket and pumped it dry sideways. I had a couple of issues with small amounts of water freezing, but thawed it on top of my pot, with some snow inside to make a double boiler. The...
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    I used an expedition weight polypro or capilene...

    I used an expedition weight polypro or capilene top and a goretex jacket. Combined with the same for the bottom, and an expedition weight balaclave, and I survived a miserably cold trip.
    Before...
  15. I completely agree. But at the time, I had only...

    I completely agree. But at the time, I had only disposable film cameras, most without any flash.
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    Oslohiker left off one other important part of...

    Oslohiker left off one other important part of the law- you cannot camp in areas that are fenced in. When I was in Norway, I saw several fences that were simply a piece of string on a small stakes...
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    If you simply want to limit movement with a stiff...

    If you simply want to limit movement with a stiff sole, why not try carbon fiber inserts? For $100 to $150 bucks for a pair, they should work in (almost) any shoe you own. Find them in a good shoe...
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    Starting at the end of May is a bit late for the...

    Starting at the end of May is a bit late for the best time on the Sheltowee trace, which is spring, in my opinion. Regardless, you'll find it less crowded than the BMT simply due to the length of...
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    The big advantage to going Northbound (especially...

    The big advantage to going Northbound (especially in the Spring) is that you can catch a shuttle, etc. with AT starters, which simplifies the process of getting to the trailhead. The big advantage of...
  20. Thread: Compass?

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    I never would have made it out of Georgia without...

    I never would have made it out of Georgia without a compass, due to bad weather. But in a typical year, you should be fine without one. However, for the weight, it's a good idea. A compass also...
  21. Thread: BMT Thru-Hike

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    You've picked a good trail for your goals. As I...

    You've picked a good trail for your goals. As I entered SMNP, my goal was to finally start seeing more people than bears, and I did succeed. I had company my first night, and then no one at a...
  22. Thread: honey

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    If you're only out for short time, a small...

    If you're only out for short time, a small nalgene bottle works well. Resupply gets tricky on longer hikes.
    I typically only carry honey if I'm taking a bakepacker for pancakes.
  23. I recommend emailing the hiker hostel and...

    I recommend emailing the hiker hostel and mentioning that you may need to buy fuel and food first. They might be able to arrange a visit to a grocery store before you start.
  24. Thread: Bivy Length

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    I'm about your size and use a standard bivy (to...

    I'm about your size and use a standard bivy (to 6' 4"). Unlike a sleeping bag, some extra length is fine, whether you use it for storage or not. Typically I have almost nothing in the bivy except...
  25. Consider taking a train instead of a plane to...

    Consider taking a train instead of a plane to travel between countries. Ferries and buses work too. On both trains and some boats you can get a sleeper, saving the cost of a room for the night. If...
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