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    You will pass by some AT landmarks: 1. The...

    You will pass by some AT landmarks:
    1. The Washington monument in Maryland
    2. the shelter with the "snoring" and "no snoring" sections
    3. The iconic half way sign.
    4. The AT museum and the...
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    Maybe BMI by itself alone is not a good...

    Maybe BMI by itself alone is not a good indicator. the point is, you do not want to have excess weight, whichever way you define it. Every extra pound you carry, is extra burden on your knees.
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    And don't forget the AT museum in Pine Grove...

    And don't forget the AT museum in Pine Grove Furnace State Park.
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    Have you thought of the Pinhoti trail in Alabama?...

    Have you thought of the Pinhoti trail in Alabama? Much closer to home.
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    I assume that you suffer from osteoarthritis, AKA...

    I assume that you suffer from osteoarthritis, AKA "wear & tear" arthritis. So, the answer to your question "would that wear out the knee faster?" is definitely in the positive. Hiking, especially the...
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    Knee replacement is not a magic bullet, and...

    Knee replacement is not a magic bullet, and should be considered as last resort. Many things can go wrong with knee replacement surgery. I have the same problems you describe in my left knee; torn...
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    Like many other occurrences in nature and...

    Like many other occurrences in nature and society, it is cyclical.
  8. I do agree with you, although I would not call...

    I do agree with you, although I would not call the AT a "wild place". On the other hand, I would not want to come face to face with a grizzly or a mountain lion, so the AT is wild enough for me :D....
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    Greyhound is your cheapest way home, and not that...

    Greyhound is your cheapest way home, and not that bad if you can take a nap in a bus, just very long. I did a section from Newfound Gap to Springer in 2015, so I took the Greyhound from NYC to...
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    Sounds interesting. As a fellow aging and section...

    Sounds interesting. As a fellow aging and section hiker, i will definitely check it out. I understand you did not do the entire CDT, but did you finish the AT? Just curious.
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    I stayed there in 2018, and it wasn't dirtier...

    I stayed there in 2018, and it wasn't dirtier than your average hostel. It is, as correctly said, a donation based hostel, so you are expected to clean after yourself (shower, bathroom kitchen,...
  12. Thread: Oboz boots

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    My first pair of Oboz (the trail runner kind)...

    My first pair of Oboz (the trail runner kind) carried me from Front Royal to Damascus and yes, they are slippery on wet rocks. But since everybody deserve a second chance, I got a second pair in...
  13. Being critical = Freedom of Speech. Insults =...

    Being critical = Freedom of Speech. Insults = trolls
  14. And this dancing banana AGAIN :mad:

    And this dancing banana AGAIN :mad:
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    At least we don't have baby shark (yet)......

    At least we don't have baby shark (yet)......
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    Section hikers, like myself, tend to be older,...

    Section hikers, like myself, tend to be older, less fit and probably have a better credit score. Otherwise, it is a false dichotomy. The same rules apply to everybody.
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    Beware of the vortex. The vortex is the # 1 enemy...

    Beware of the vortex. The vortex is the # 1 enemy of the thru hiker.:D
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    You could flip-flop, say from Harpers Ferry early...

    You could flip-flop, say from Harpers Ferry early May.
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    Whichever way you choose, you are in for a unique...

    Whichever way you choose, you are in for a unique and a life changing experience. Good luck and happy trails :)
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    If I'm not mistaken, the #1 reason why thru...

    If I'm not mistaken, the #1 reason why thru hikers quit the trail is running out of money. The sense of freedom is exhilarating, you meet a bunch of people your age from all over the country and the...
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    The gold standard is one dollar per mile, but if...

    The gold standard is one dollar per mile, but if you are frugal enough, you may make it with half that amount. The problem is the temptations are many, especially for a young guy like yourself.
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    Why "others"? There's nothing in the story that...

    Why "others"? There's nothing in the story that points of him being a danger to others.
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    Completely agree. Long pants will also protect...

    Completely agree. Long pants will also protect you from ticks and all kind of insect bites, especially treated with permethrin.
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    Cardinal signs of diabetes (high blood sugar)...

    Cardinal signs of diabetes (high blood sugar) are: (1) increase thirst (2) increase hunger (3) increase urination. Other signs are weight loss or gain (in type II diabetes), blurry vision, headaches,...
  25. I'm not an expert by any means, but I think you...

    I'm not an expert by any means, but I think you are right. Look what happened to the grizzly bear in California. They are eradicated completely and exist today only on their flag
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