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  1. Thread: Electronics

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    That is my point. I am sure that Earl upgraded...

    That is my point. I am sure that Earl upgraded his gear for his 1965 hike using the latest technology. And he did again on his 1998 hike. The trail and trail experience is dynamic. The trail you hike...
  2. Thread: Electronics

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    What would Earl Shaffer or Grandma Gatewood think...

    What would Earl Shaffer or Grandma Gatewood think about those hikers in 1996 using all that new fangled technology? Nylon internal frame packs, down sleeping bags, leather boots with Vibram soles,...
  3. Thread: Electronics

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    Why stop at eliminating electronics on the trail...

    Why stop at eliminating electronics on the trail to achieve a "wilderness experience?" Why not eliminate all shelters, privies, picnic tables, bridges, signs, and blazes?
  4. Thread: Electronics

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    Electronics have not ruined the AT that you...

    Electronics have not ruined the AT that you experienced in 1996. I hiked ME-VA in 1976 with pen, paper, and a 110 camera. I could not afford a 35 mm. I thru hiked NOBO in 2010. I carried a digital...
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    There is a fellow who posts on the ALDHA facebook...

    There is a fellow who posts on the ALDHA facebook page that is currently thru hiking the BT. The other day was day 75 and 1000 miles for him. I live about 10 miles from the BT and have section hiked...
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    Good luck with your hike. I was planning to do...

    Good luck with your hike. I was planning to do the southern loop this past April and park at Amicalola. I am considering to reschedule this hike for this fall, but most likely will wait til next...
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    The northern terminus of the BMT used to be the...

    The northern terminus of the BMT used to be the intersection with the AT at Davenport Gap. After leaving Big Creek there was a road walk to the AT intersection. Because the road walk was boring the...
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    The Hike Inn will accept resupply box if you are...

    The Hike Inn will accept resupply box if you are a guest. I have used them twice, once on my AT thru and once on my BMT hike. Highly recommend.
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    I had the same feeling.

    I had the same feeling.
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    Is Mr. Amazing female? Regardless, wow, a few out...

    Is Mr. Amazing female? Regardless, wow, a few out of thousands. We sure are making progress.
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    I didn't even go there on my AT thru. Stopped in...

    I didn't even go there on my AT thru. Stopped in on my BMT hike for a cold drink. Had planned to do a mail drop there this spring on my COVID cancelled BMT/AT loop hike. I did use the Hike Inn to...
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    Their website says they are closed because of...

    Their website says they are closed because of COVID 19. Their facebook page says they surrendered their lease back to TVA because of the loss due to COVID.
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    Female, black AT thru hiker

    Here is an interesting and timely article about the lack of diversity among AT thru hikers....
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    Orange blazes on trees can denote property lines....

    Orange blazes on trees can denote property lines. I have blazed my boundaries with yellow blazes. My one neighbor is a paper company and they blaze their lands with orange paint. When you sign up for...
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    I remember it well. Went thru Hot Springs in 1977...

    I remember it well. Went thru Hot Springs in 1977 on the day Elvis died. One hiker was so distraught he bought a bottle of Jack Daniels to drown his sorrow. I stopped in to use the phone and the...
  16. Check the date of the OP. It is from two years...

    Check the date of the OP. It is from two years ago.
  17. He was one I was thinking of in addition to the...

    He was one I was thinking of in addition to the ER doctor in NY and the other NY doctor who committed suicide. Hundreds of healthcare workers worldwide have died. And we are bitching about not being...
  18. It isn't only the AT. Local and regional trails...

    It isn't only the AT. Local and regional trails in Colorado, Philly, Atlanta, and Phoenix to name a few have reported overcrowded trails. One report of a popular trail at as state park near Atlanta...
  19. Times like these bring out the best and the worst...

    Times like these bring out the best and the worst in people. We are all in this together, but some people are going to do what they want to do. Just my opinion but I feel that the hike I cancelled is...
  20. Thread: Rain pants

    by soilman
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    I have a pair of Marmot PreCip rain pants that I...

    I have a pair of Marmot PreCip rain pants that I carry. In the last 10 years and thousands of miles, I have only worn them once while hiking. Use them more in town while doing laundry. I prefer to...
  21. Thread: Why SOBO?

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    I don't think starting in Maine is any more...

    I don't think starting in Maine is any more difficult than starting in Georgia as far as terrain. With the exception of Kathadin and White Cap the first 170 miles are relatively easy. For me the bugs...
  22. Thread: Why SOBO?

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    My brother and I started a SOBO on June 16, 1976....

    My brother and I started a SOBO on June 16, 1976. We chose SOBO because he just graduated high school and I just graduated college. We made it 1300 miles before we got off the trail. I did a NOBO in...
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    I had a EMS tent that I used only for winter...

    I had a EMS tent that I used only for winter hiking. After about 15 years it started to smell and delaminate. I had a Sierra Design tent that was over 20 years old and it bit the dust 2 years ago. In...
  24. Three US Navy sailors on a ship at sea have...

    Three US Navy sailors on a ship at sea have tested positive. Just goes to show you no where is immune.
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    Is thru hiking selfish?

    There has been a bit of discussion on many social media platforms whether a thru hike today is selfish. Selfish is defined as "lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one's own...
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