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    I wore fishing pants for most of my thru hike as...

    I wore fishing pants for most of my thru hike as well, did great keeping the ticks off of me though they really weren't designed for hiking. Light weight offshore fishing pants, perfect for fishing...
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    I had several friends go down with injuries late...

    I had several friends go down with injuries late in the trail, and it was really troubling for me to see them go home. I hope that all of you make it back to the trail again some day and finish what...
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    Yeah I always felt that the shelters/established...

    Yeah I always felt that the shelters/established tenting areas offered a good brush cleared area to set up camp and eat. Also another reason I preferred using the privy's as it didn't require...
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    I some how got it right on the first try, but...

    I some how got it right on the first try, but like most of my hike I was pretty sure I was going the wrong way. By the way the Dairy Queen in town was very nice with the added bonus of free...
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    In my experience the shelters were pretty popular...

    In my experience the shelters were pretty popular early on (April-early May) and in most cases would fill up early. Some of those spring storms can be pretty vicious and while you may be a bit...
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    That's really cool! You definitely made good...

    That's really cool! You definitely made good time on your hike and didn't dilly dally with too many zero days. Also good choice on the White Mountains hostel, I was ready to quit the trail and live...
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    At one point (weeks before flying to Georgia) I...

    At one point (weeks before flying to Georgia) I wasn't even sure that you could remove the canister from the stove with out all of the fuel leaking out...good times. :)
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    "Lost on The Appalachian Trail" is a good read,...

    "Lost on The Appalachian Trail" is a good read, also the same Author put out a new one which I haven't read yet called "Hear the Challenge".
  9. I finished my thru in October of '14 and it...

    I finished my thru in October of '14 and it wasn't until mid summer (early August) '15 that I felt fully recovered. Walking a thousand miles on tendonitis ankles didn't help, and though it wasn't...
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    You're right, Dicks Dome was the geodesic dome,...

    You're right, Dicks Dome was the geodesic dome, the Hexacuba shelter is a long ways from there.
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    Dicks Dome...

    Dicks Dome...
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    Caught red handed...from the 2014 DDodd AT...

    Caught red handed...from the 2014 DDodd AT series. I can remember watching this video prior to my departure and wondering why they are setting up their tents in the shelter, "just because"...
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    Hexacuba Shelter in Virginia, pouring rain, the...

    Hexacuba Shelter in Virginia, pouring rain, the creek in front of the shelter is at flood stage, no way in the world I'm going to try and wade out to set up my tent in the mud, as dark falls the rain...
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    In my experience pitching a tent is by far the...

    In my experience pitching a tent is by far the best way to dry it out, at lunchtime, in the sun, it will dry in minutes. Even in tough weather conditions, if you are setting up a sopping wet tent...
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    Well, I don't have a free standing tent so I...

    Well, I don't have a free standing tent so I couldn't set up my tent in a shelter even if I wanted to, but i would guess the reasons for sheltering inside a shelter would be.
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  16. He would probably get better sound if he set up...

    He would probably get better sound if he set up in a shelter...he just better be set up before lights out :-}
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    100% agree with you, I started the AT as an...

    100% agree with you, I started the AT as an absolute novice and after just a few days of seeing the water sources start to fill up with rice and noodles and cheerios...absolutely blew my mind how...
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    So I'm guessing they had their tents set up in...

    So I'm guessing they had their tents set up in the shelter in an attempt to dry them out? It was a rainy day as the OP stated. I only saw this once on my thru-hike and it was a small half dome...
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    If you show up after lights out you shouldn't...

    If you show up after lights out you shouldn't even approach the shelter unless you are in an emergency situation. The same goes with setting your tent up, stay clear of everyone who is already set...
  20. Thread: Wet tent

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    Yes, the lunch set up works well especially if...

    Yes, the lunch set up works well especially if the sun pops out. Don't be lazy and just lay it out, set it up fully and it will dry much quicker. Always be aware when you have a wet tent that you...
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    It's hard to describe the Camino when talking AT,...

    It's hard to describe the Camino when talking AT, the best I can say is it's more of a extended day hike that lasts 30-ish days and always ends in towns. You cover several different regions with...
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    I have to say if I hadn't of seen this movie I...

    I have to say if I hadn't of seen this movie I would have never walked the Camino and definitely wouldn't have hiked the AT. As for my trail name when I was on the Camino all of the French and Swiss...
  23. That's definitely the one...so dang confusing. ...

    That's definitely the one...so dang confusing. As I recall there was a blaze about every 20 feet in that stretch and on either side of the trail. After a while they just all looked the...
  24. Oh yeah almost forgot, Pennsylvania also held the...

    Oh yeah almost forgot, Pennsylvania also held the most confusing section just south of Palmerton where they developed some sort of alternative to the white blaze, I believe it was a white blaze with...
  25. I definitely got furthest off trail while walking...

    I definitely got furthest off trail while walking with a group. First day into Pennsylvania walking with a couple of friends, crossed a road and missed an arrow and a crude stick barrier and walked...
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