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    I hang if and only if I'm staying in a shelter...

    I hang if and only if I'm staying in a shelter (rare) and there's no bear box or cables. If tenting, I'll use bear box or cables if available, otherwise I sleep with my food in my tent. I keep all...
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    The longest I've been out on the trail is 2 weeks...

    The longest I've been out on the trail is 2 weeks (multiple times, always solo).

    Do I get bored? No. Do I start to miss my wife and kids the 2nd week? Yes.
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    *facepalm*

    *facepalm*
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    Reading is a nice way to spend the 2 hours...

    Reading is a nice way to spend the 2 hours between sunset and 9 PM in October.

    I bought a complete set of paperback novels by Carl Hiaasen and started bringing one of them on each of my trips...
  5. McAfee was nice, but so was Tinker Cliffs......

    McAfee was nice, but so was Tinker Cliffs... similar view without the crowds.
  6. Poll: Yes they should eliminate it.

    Yes they should eliminate it.
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    Good question. I've done both in the past and I...

    Good question. I've done both in the past and I think there are pros and cons to each.

    For example, 2 years ago I did park my car at the end of my hike and shuttle to the beginning. It was a 7...
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    I've done most of my section hikes by arranging...

    I've done most of my section hikes by arranging for a shuttle pickup at the END of my hike, specifying the date/time in advance. I've done this about a dozen times now for hikes of 1-2 weeks and...
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    [QUOTE=Gambit McCrae;2280260]Lets look at the top...

    [QUOTE=Gambit McCrae;2280260]Lets look at the top 5 cooked vs cold items I have brought in the past. I say "I" so that others dont object to there not being other options. But we all know that...
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    I could see going stoveless during the summer....

    I could see going stoveless during the summer. During the rest of the year I don't think I could do it.

    I do all my backpacking in the spring/fall and there's usually at least a day or two on...
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    I bring rain pants along with my rain jacket and...

    I bring rain pants along with my rain jacket and I've mostly ended up using them as town clothes. At under 2 oz. they are the lightest item of clothing in my pack.
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    Sorry for the thread drift - for us younger folks...

    Sorry for the thread drift - for us younger folks with children there's also a program where kids and their families can get free access to national parks during their 4th grade school year.
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    Depends on what season you are hiking in. If you...

    Depends on what season you are hiking in. If you are hiking during the 'warm season' (~May-September in the south), then no you probably don't extra clothes for camping/sleeping. If you are hiking in...
  14. If hiking in March/April (especially in March), I...

    If hiking in March/April (especially in March), I suggest adding miles to the north. The section to the north of Troutville is mostly lower elevation, the trail is easy, and it closely parallels the...
  15. Thread: Camp shoes?

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    This has been discussed at length in the past on...

    This has been discussed at length in the past on this forum and you will undoubtedly find a range of opinions.

    I always bring camp shoes. Having a lightweight pair of slip-ons that I can quickly...
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    Second c), hiked the AT for 2 weeks fall 2020 and...

    Second c), hiked the AT for 2 weeks fall 2020 and planning to do it again in 2021. Would be nice if COVID were no longer an issue by then but I'm still going either way.
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    FWIW, I spent only $600 on my last 2 week section...

    FWIW, I spent only $600 on my last 2 week section hike (Port Clinton, PA to I-87 in NY, which included 2 travel days and 13 hiking days):
    $75 Gasoline (roughly 1,000 miles of driving in a Toyota...
  18. Suggestion (since you and I are from the same...

    Suggestion (since you and I are from the same area): Take your gear out for a weekend on the MST in June starting at the Pleasant Green trailhead in Eno River State Park, hike 18 miles to the first...
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    I second this - that's probably the easiest...

    I second this - that's probably the easiest section on the entire AT. Elevations are generally below 2000', and the terrain is pretty easy. Front Royal, VA to Duncannon, PA is 178 miles which seems...
  20. If you're willing to go a little further north,...

    If you're willing to go a little further north, central VA (Pearisburg to Waynesboro) is not busy in April.
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    I was going to suggest NJ, NY, CT, MA also. The...

    I was going to suggest NJ, NY, CT, MA also. The cost of living is high in those states and it seems like it would be difficult to break even, much less turn a profit running a hiker hostel.
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    Not a thru, but I remember doing a loop hike in...

    Not a thru, but I remember doing a loop hike in the Smokies with a friend in early March one year. On our way up to the AT, it was snowing the entire time and we were wading through a foot of powder...
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    Congrats! Kinda funny y'all saved the section...

    Congrats! Kinda funny y'all saved the section right next to home for last, but to each his own.

    I'm 10 years in and still a little over 800 miles to go...
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    As others have said, it's gonna be hot and buggy...

    As others have said, it's gonna be hot and buggy any time June through September in GA. Bring bug spray, plan to get up and start hiking early while it's cooler then take a siesta in the afternoon...
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    Never seen the movie, but my favorite parts of...

    Never seen the movie, but my favorite parts of the book are where Bryson goes on asides with factual information (and a healthy dose of sarcasm) on various aspects of the trail (e.g. the Forest...
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