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    My agreement with my mom when I was thru-hiking...

    My agreement with my mom when I was thru-hiking the AT in 2018 was if I was out of touch for >48 hours (without warning ahead of time, such as in the 100-mile wilderness where I knew this would not...
  2. I saw a bear near there when it was closed in...

    I saw a bear near there when it was closed in 2016-- my first bear sighting in the wild! It ran off immediately but definitely got my adrenaline rushing!
    No bear issues in the area on my thru in...
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    I moved from the East coast to Flagstaff, AZ...

    I moved from the East coast to Flagstaff, AZ (around 7,000ft in elevation) to join a trail crew last year and proceeded to work and camp at 8,000-10,000 feet for most of the next several months on...
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    I usually go stoveless and definitely don't...

    I usually go stoveless and definitely don't consider it a safety issue. If you're in a situation where the stove/hot meal is the difference between a safe trip and an emergency situation, multiple...
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    As a woman who is about 5'8" and 145, I am, at...

    As a woman who is about 5'8" and 145, I am, at this very moment, literally wearing a t-shirt that is a women's XL under a sweater that is a women's S, and both items fit me nicely. Which is to say,...
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    ISO: Appalachian Trail Map Buff

    Hi all, this might be a long shot, but last month I did some hiking in Petrified Forest and carelessly left my beloved AT buff at the motel. I drove (multiple hours) back to the motel a week later...
  7. ^I'm a woman who started doing solo section hikes...

    ^I'm a woman who started doing solo section hikes at age 21, so I thought my experience as a young (although granted not as young as OP) female solo hiker trying to fit a thru-hike into my college...
  8. But *why* would you read anything beyond the...

    But *why* would you read anything beyond the title before completely missing the point and dismissing something??? /sarcasm

    One of my goals for my PCT hike is to do a better job with stretching...
  9. First 100-200 miles of trail in Dec/Jan?

    I am hoping to tackle the PCT in '21, but the conservation corps that I'm working for in COVID times has moved the end date of my term back from March 28th to April 17th and then to May 1st (due to a...
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    I've been planning for a 2021 PCT thru since...

    I've been planning for a 2021 PCT thru since mid-2019, and I'm feeling concerned. The PCTA is supposed to re-evaluate their decision on permits in January, so I'm still waiting to see what's going to...
  11. ^That seems to be the way of things with the PCT...

    ^That seems to be the way of things with the PCT for now as well. They postponed the usual October permit release and are going to reevaluate over the winter whether to release all the permits at the...
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    While leashed dogs aren't automatically safe,...

    While leashed dogs aren't automatically safe, I've had many more problems with off-leash dogs than on-leash, mainly because at least the owner is usually forced to pay attention to a leashed dog,...
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    Did you miss the photo of the literal harm done?...

    Did you miss the photo of the literal harm done? I mean, it's not a serious injury, but it's also not something to shrug off as an acceptable risk of hiking. When I go for a hike, I have to...
  14. I only did two "food drops" on my thru-hike in...

    I only did two "food drops" on my thru-hike in 2018, and that was only because I was also having my family send me seasonal pieces of gear/replacement shoes, so I was getting a package anyway. It's...
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    I agree with Traffic Jam that using Stronghold's...

    I agree with Traffic Jam that using Stronghold's murder as an example of gender violence or harassment on the trail is completely inappropriate. Like StephanD said, that perpetrator was a danger to...
  16. Most folks just use a heavy-duty trash bag as a...

    Most folks just use a heavy-duty trash bag as a pack liner. Effective, light, cheap, and easy to replace.

    For a rechargeable batter, Anker tends to set the bar for durability and power to weight...
  17. Yep, since it's a crosscut crew, we work in...

    Yep, since it's a crosscut crew, we work in wilderness areas where chainsaws aren't allowed, so all our hitches involve camping. Sometimes it's front country where we're at a campground/trailhead...
  18. ^I thru-hiked in 2018 and now I'm on a trail crew...

    ^I thru-hiked in 2018 and now I'm on a trail crew in AZ (although recently finished a month-long project up in WY, more your neck of the woods), and I'd say the fitness/lifestyle transfers pretty...
  19. The first half of this comment is an example of a...

    The first half of this comment is an example of a man attempting to be helpful in the women's forum. (Not necessarily succeeding, as I'm confident the OP didn't need a guy to point out the existence...
  20. I generally never carry more than two sets of...

    I generally never carry more than two sets of clothes: one for hiking and one for camp/sleeping
    Cold weather (early spring) I hike in athletic leggings and a tee and sleep in merino baselayers...
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    Did you read any of the threads I included? If...

    Did you read any of the threads I included?

    If so, I'm repeating myself, but I agree that loud noise affects the experience of others, so I find loud voices and music distruptive, but those are...
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    This topic gets discussed here about once a year....

    This topic gets discussed here about once a year. Here are a couple of previous iterations:

    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/132800-Too-Much-Technology-on-the-Trail
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    I climbed it Saturday and it was in the 40s at...

    I climbed it Saturday and it was in the 40s at the top, no views, but also very little wind so still tolerable. Did the Twins and Galehead yesterday and I was roasting even in a tank and shorts! I...
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    ^I started using a Diva cup before moving to...

    ^I started using a Diva cup before moving to North Africa where tampons could be hard to find, and I still like it for "normal life" now that I'm back in the US, but I feel exactly the same as you...
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    I personally wouldn't do the climb up from Lehigh...

    I personally wouldn't do the climb up from Lehigh Gap in the rain, but everything else is fair game. Just pay attention to where you're placing your feet. Trekking poles are a good idea. PA is very...
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