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  1. nytimes: A Chance to Bond on a Perilous Hiking Trail in Iceland

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/21/travel/iceland-hiking-father-son.html

    A good read, with gorgeous photos. Enjoy...
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    Funny you should mention Jerimoth Hill. I'm...

    Funny you should mention Jerimoth Hill. I'm planning to make the great ascent in September, when I'll be attending a wedding not far from there.
  3. Thread: Itís Done!!!

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    Well, yes, the trail legs aspect is the hardest...

    Well, yes, the trail legs aspect is the hardest part of section hiking. That, logistics, and efficiency. I always marveled at how quickly thrus would set up and take down their tents and hammocks,...
  4. Thread: Itís Done!!!

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    When I began my sections, I would introduce...

    When I began my sections, I would introduce myself as "just" a section hiker. My third trip, NY/NJ, I met a trail maintainer who told me to drop the "just." He reminded me that the original intent of...
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    I was an every blazer, too. Section hiking just...

    I was an every blazer, too. Section hiking just fit better into my life. When I began, I was working and had to fit my hikes into my vacation time. After I retired, my sections grew longer (Damascus...
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    Hammock sites abound in Georgia. You shouldn't...

    Hammock sites abound in Georgia. You shouldn't have a problem finding nice ones.
  7. Thread: Itís Done!!!

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    Bravo to you!

    Bravo to you!
  8. Thanks. I just phoned, and was told water supply...

    Thanks. I just phoned, and was told water supply should be good next week.
  9. Current water availability between Middlebury Gap and Mt. Mansfield?

    Has anyone been on this part of the trail lately? Many water sources are listed as iffy in the GMC guidebook.
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    Poll: I don't either. I do carry maps, a guidebook, and...

    I don't either. I do carry maps, a guidebook, and a very basic Tracfone, which is off 99 percent of the time.
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    So in that case, you won't need a campsite? Or...

    So in that case, you won't need a campsite? Or will you need one for one night?
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    What about Abol campsite? If sites are available...

    What about Abol campsite? If sites are available you could book two nights, then ascent Mt. K on the Abol Trail, descend via the Hunt Trail (the official AT route), and hitch or walk the 2 miles back...
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    No, that's not it. I did all but one of my...

    No, that's not it. I did all but one of my section hikes, over a period of 14 years, using a combination of bus, train, and shuttles to access start and end points. Granted, my sections were longer...
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    OP, you've asked a lot of open-ended questions...

    OP, you've asked a lot of open-ended questions recently. Are you writing a book, or listicle posts for a hiking website? Am I the only one who is finding these qs mildly annoying? Yes, I know, I...
  15. Thread: Trail Completed

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    Congratulations! I finished last year, after a...

    Congratulations! I finished last year, after a similarly long section hike that included over a year and change for a broken ankle to heal. I was happy to summit Katahdin, but felt more wistful than...
  16. Generally people advise leaving the car at the...

    Generally people advise leaving the car at the end point and shuttling to the start. That way you can leave whenever you finish your hike.
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    Yes, MARC is quirky. I took it on a Friday...

    Yes, MARC is quirky. I took it on a Friday evening, and it was like one big happy hour. The conductor and many of the other commuters, including a group from the Library of Congress, of all places,...
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    There are also late-afternoon commuter trains...

    There are also late-afternoon commuter trains from Washington's Union Station to Harper's Ferry. These run only on weekdays, and are a lot cheaper than Amtrak.
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    Even when the weather looks good at sunset,...

    Even when the weather looks good at sunset, storms can blow in during the night, especially in the mountains. I'd rather just set up the fly to begin with.
  20. And I'm glad I finished the AT, period. I have a...

    And I'm glad I finished the AT, period. I have a family member who never fails to email these stories. These incidents don't deter me from hiking, however. But I do try to avoid hikers doing drugs...
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    Summer sausage and cheddar on a tortilla for me,...

    Summer sausage and cheddar on a tortilla for me, along with dried fruit and almonds.
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    Yes, both shelters exist. See...

    Yes, both shelters exist. See https://www.atdist.com/ for all AT shelters and the distances from one to the next.

    I don't think there is a shelter north of Mass Rt. 2 and south of the VT line, but...
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    Like many of us, I too have a moderate fear of...

    Like many of us, I too have a moderate fear of heights, but that didn't stop me from completing the AT as a section hiker. Going uphill, I learned to focus on what was immediately ahead of me....
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    Yes, the ponies used to bare their teeth at the...

    Yes, the ponies used to bare their teeth at the kids while they were at the water fountains, trying to get the kids to leave so they could get at the water.
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    We did some family beach camping many moons ago...

    We did some family beach camping many moons ago at Assateague Island. In addition to the sand and wind, there were dive-bombing green biting flies that took chunks out of us before we could react,...
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