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    For a winter hike, I would advise you to start...

    For a winter hike, I would advise you to start with the Pinhoti Trail. Not only it is a beautiful trail, it is a great trail for winter hiking for a novice (like myself).
  2. speak to Nathan Wright from the Pinhoti Outdoor...

    speak to Nathan Wright from the Pinhoti Outdoor Center (205-202-9525). He's the person to go to with all Pinhoti questions.
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    We are a bit off thread here so I will say just...

    We are a bit off thread here so I will say just that - one does not obsolete the other. Not all backpackers are as experienced and skilled as Tipi Walter, especially on the AT. For those rookies...
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    In a snow storm and in winter, shelters can save...

    In a snow storm and in winter, shelters can save lives.
  5. Read both books and saw both movies. The books...

    Read both books and saw both movies. The books are, IMO, small masterpieces, each in its own way. As for the movies, it is more complicated. While "Wild" remains loyal to the narrative and spirit of...
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    Most hikers start by carrying a stove and cooking...

    Most hikers start by carrying a stove and cooking gear then decide what the want. For example, I, like you, don't cook but I must have a warm cup of coffee in the morning. So I carry a stove, small...
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    Absolutely agree that physiological needs come...

    Absolutely agree that physiological needs come first (you probably also had to learn Maslow's pyramid of needs, oh college)and sleep is a physiological need. As for comfort, it is in the eye of the...
  8. Thread: Bread Crumbs

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    When I have to do my business in the forest, I...

    When I have to do my business in the forest, I always make sure I have eye contact with the trail. Safety surpasses modesty. also, I always go to the higher elevation. People tend to pay more...
  9. Thread: Daisy Hikes

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    Apparently dog attacks are a real problem on the...

    Apparently dog attacks are a real problem on the Florida Trail. Past summer I met a ECT hiker in Virginia who, as he told me, got bitten quite badly by dogs in Florida and had to get stitches. He did...
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    [QUOTE=sam1000000;2280474]How do liner socks...

    [QUOTE=sam1000000;2280474]How do liner socks solve the sliding issue? Aren't they really thin?[/QUOTE
    Liner socks are meant to be thin, and on top of them you wear your hiking socks. The idea is to...
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    You may solve this problem by using liner socks....

    You may solve this problem by using liner socks. I know it is cumbersome but liner socks will solve both the "sliding" issue and prevent blisters.
  12. Thread: Shelters

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    It really depends on how much are you willing to...

    It really depends on how much are you willing to invest. As a rule of thumb, the lighter is the gear, the more expensive it is.
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    I'm REI member and I love REI, but on the trail,...

    I'm REI member and I love REI, but on the trail, it is nice to support local outfitters. Most important is to buy a size one to 1.5 bigger so you can keep all your toenails.
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    Here'a an advice: Go to "Forum" then go to...

    Here'a an advice: Go to "Forum" then go to "Thru-Hiker Specific Topics Q/A" and open the thread "2020 Sobo Thruhike Cost". You will find there some good information concerning your post. Good luck...
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    They charge, I think, one dollar per mile or...

    They charge, I think, one dollar per mile or $1.50. Not sure
    Some hotels/motels popular with hikers do offer a free shuttle, most do not.
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    It is very hard to predict the cost of a thru...

    It is very hard to predict the cost of a thru hike. People usually tend to spend MORE rather than less from their budget. There was a thread here not long ago from a gentleman who spent over...
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    You forgot the cost of shuttles to towns and back...

    You forgot the cost of shuttles to towns and back to trail. Hostels usually provide free shuttle with stay from a specific road crossing but if you stay at a hotel/motel, or if you want to be picked...
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    If you go northbound, I highly recommend a stay...

    If you go northbound, I highly recommend a stay at the Mountain Home either at the "cabbin" (hiker hostel) or the main house (B&B), which is also a on the National Register of historic homes. Check...
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    Open Arms at the Edge of Town hostel in Luray for...

    Open Arms at the Edge of Town hostel in Luray for shuttle, resupply, laundry, etc. Call 540-244-5652
  20. Thread: Camp shoes?

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    I agree. I carry camp shoes mostly for that...

    I agree. I carry camp shoes mostly for that purpose. Otherwise, it is a matter of comfort.
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    This should be our new national motto....

    This should be our new national motto....
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    Seems to me you are already better prepared than...

    Seems to me you are already better prepared than most who start a thru hike. The ancient Greeks said: "Know Thyself". So my advice to you is; know your hiker self. For example, are you a southbounder...
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    To the above I would add Roanoke, VA. Located...

    To the above I would add Roanoke, VA. Located exactly where you need to break this Virginia blues.
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    I got a Buff, which can be used for face covering...

    I got a Buff, which can be used for face covering and other things, but I also cary a face mask just in case I go to towns.
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    Thanks for sharing. Writer of # 8 comic must have...

    Thanks for sharing. Writer of # 8 comic must have hiked the tinker cliffs, VA...
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