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  1. Thread: Tent size

    by Koozy
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    That's completely doable. Actually, that sounds...

    That's completely doable. Actually, that sounds like a great tent for a thru hike.
    I used the Lightheart Gear Solong 6 on my thru hike, which is 100" wide and almost 2 pounds (~32 oz).
    Your tent...
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    I haven't done the Slippery Brook Trail but have...

    I haven't done the Slippery Brook Trail but have done the 10 mile loop as an overnight backpack hike. The approach to South Baldface using the Baldface Circle Trail is a Class 2 rock scramble,...
  3. My favorite place didn't even make the...

    My favorite place didn't even make the tournament.

    Lon & Thersa's in Hampton, TN.
    Breakfast was so good I took a zero and brought other for breakfast again the next day.
  4. White mountains definitely begin heading north...

    White mountains definitely begin heading north out of Glencliff. I think the National forest portion of the WM officially terminates at Rt 2 in Gorham, but it doesn't feel like you're out of the...
  5. Thread: foggy glasses

    by Koozy
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    With regards to managing contact lenses... ...

    With regards to managing contact lenses...

    Carry wet wipes, hand sanitizer and/or biodegradable soap to clean your hands prior to removing or putting in your contacts each day. My eyes/eyelashes...
  6. The numbers as published by the ATC are likely...

    The numbers as published by the ATC are likely the best you'll ever get for this estimation. There are so many factors that go into under or overcounting hikers at any given section of the trail. ...
  7. Thread: Tent choice

    by Koozy
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    I can vouch for this. I'm 6'3", thru hiked the AT...

    I can vouch for this. I'm 6'3", thru hiked the AT with this tent, and never had issues with anything getting wet inside.

    I'm curious why you'd get inside any tent with muddy shoes, if that's your...
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    Drag'n'Fly holds the records I believe. She was...

    Drag'n'Fly holds the records I believe. She was 74 when she thru hiked in 2014. I had the pleasure of crossing paths with her during my thru hike.
    ...
  9. My initial thought is that your 2018 plan might...

    My initial thought is that your 2018 plan might be a tad ambitious; you might go slower in 2019 (through the hardest section of the trail); and that you don't need as much slack for the last section....
  10. Shenandoah, Smokies, and NJ. I saw 23 bears...

    Shenandoah, Smokies, and NJ.


    I saw 23 bears over the course of my thru hike.
    1 in Georgia (dead bear cub laying in the trail...does that count as a bear sighting?);
    2 in the Smokies;
    16 in...
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    Third shout-out for Potaywadjo; best damn water...

    Third shout-out for Potaywadjo; best damn water source on the entire trail IMHO. Think Poland Spring...

    The Pipe Bellows leanto near Mt Greylock doesn't get much use either. 1 mile and 1,000 feet...
  12. Thread: Fake Knees

    by Koozy
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    I have not had a knee replacement (yet), but have...

    I have not had a knee replacement (yet), but have had 3 ACL reconstructions and 3 separate arthroscopic surgeries on the same knee within a 7 year span. 5 years after the last surgery I completed a...
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    If you are prepared for 3 weeks of rain during...

    If you are prepared for 3 weeks of rain during the first month of your hike, you'll be sufficiently prepared to deal with anything. It's more likely that the wetness will get to you before the cold...
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    The Lightheart Gear Solong 6 was easy to setup in...

    The Lightheart Gear Solong 6 was easy to setup in sudden downpours. The tent is all one piece (i.e., the fly is attached) and I would throw all of my gear inside then set my trekking poles in place....
  15. I started the first weekend of April in 2014, and...

    I started the first weekend of April in 2014, and a 15 degree synthetic was sufficient for even the coldest nights (~10 degrees) along with all of my clothing.

    Definitely have a good system of...
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    Making the muscles stronger around the knee...

    Making the muscles stronger around the knee (i.e., quads, hamstrings) will tighten up the knee. Join a gym and do hamstring curls, leg presses, squats and calf raises. At home you can do one-legged...
  17. Dismal Creek - one of the better swimming holes...

    Dismal Creek - one of the better swimming holes (~20 miles before Pearisburg, VA)

    Woods Hole Hostel - best hostel on the trail IMHO (~12 miles before Pearisburg, VA)

    The Captains - nice spot to...
  18. Thread: maps or not?

    by Koozy
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    You don't need maps for the AT. I have the...

    You don't need maps for the AT.

    I have the entire set for the AT, and during my thru hike I had them sent every 400 miles. But the only time I looked at them was after I completed a section, and...
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    I agree with the first response to your post....

    I agree with the first response to your post. Cracks become crevasses, and no, (in general) absence does not make the heart grow fonder during a thru hike. Thru hiking is essentially a selfish goal,...
  20. Wish I invested in ultralight gear the first time...

    Wish I invested in ultralight gear the first time around. After even a few hundred miles, it was easy to rationalize the extra money would have been worth eliminating the discomfort of the extra...
  21. Thread: Going thru PA

    by Koozy
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    Starting from the Mason-Dixon line...(and based...

    Starting from the Mason-Dixon line...(and based on the 2014 mileage)

    If you're starting here with a full supply, no need to resupply; otherwise, hitch into Waynesboro for good options, or...
  22. Nice hike! Tried doing this last year but in the...

    Nice hike! Tried doing this last year but in the opposite direction and ran into issues because of drought conditions, and had to stop.

    My only logistic questions would have been for the ~27.8...
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    Glencliff to Gorham

    Glencliff to Gorham
  24. Thread: Starting Date?

    by Koozy
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    I started April 3rd, 2014. While the first week...

    I started April 3rd, 2014. While the first week was unseasonably warm (high 70s during the day), winter made a last hurrah around April 15th with snow and nighttime temperatures around 10 degrees. I...
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    I'm 6'3" and during my thru hike I went from 230...

    I'm 6'3" and during my thru hike I went from 230 pounds to 170 pounds. Ridiculous hiker hunger. I only filled the 20L bag on 2-3 occasions....from Fontana to Hot Springs (7-8 days), and during a...
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