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    I wasnít attempting to prove it. I was simply...

    I wasnít attempting to prove it. I was simply trying to explain it in an easy to understand way. This isnít the place for me to give a math lesson that very few people here are interested in. Itís...
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    Ugh. Have to correct my typo. Trying to do this...

    Ugh. Have to correct my typo. Trying to do this on an iPhone. It should read ďsome will misunderstand this to mean that when they meet a thru hiker on the trail that person has a 25% chance of...
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    Dogwood, your stats are correct. I am well aware...

    Dogwood, your stats are correct. I am well aware of them. But some will misunderstand that to mean that 25% of those they meet on the trail attempting a thru have a probability of 20% to 25% of...
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    This needs clarification. If you place yourself...

    This needs clarification. If you place yourself at a random position on the trail and talk to the next person who walks by who is attempting a thru hike, their odds of success are FAR higher than...
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    After a couple of months on the trail itís not...

    After a couple of months on the trail itís not hard to tell. Living in the trail grind for a while changes your body, your thoughts, motivations, etc. You can spot it right away as they are coming...
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    There was one common difference with section...

    There was one common difference with section hikers during my thru: They tend to stay up late, start late, make a bit more noise, and just sometimes complain about thru hikers moving around too...
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    Dogwood is exactly correct. Training time is...

    Dogwood is exactly correct. Training time is about spending that time just as you would on the trail. Donít cut corners and assume something will work out. Eat, sleep and hike as you will on your...
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    I met this hiker. He is a foreigner. There is...

    I met this hiker. He is a foreigner. There is absolutely no bigotry in the OPís description. It is you that is letting race guide your assumptions. This foreign hiker with two backpacks was very...
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    I met this guy just north of Dasmascus on my thru...

    I met this guy just north of Dasmascus on my thru hike. He was heading north and I was going south. Very nice guy. Carriers two packs as you describe. He is indeed moving slow. When I talked to him...
  10. If everyone used canisters it would almost...

    If everyone used canisters it would almost certainly solve bear problems. I don’t want to carry a bear canister. So people need to stop being stupid with their food. This isn’t hard to figure out....
  11. Slackpacking helps a bunch in NH and ME. Itís...

    Slackpacking helps a bunch in NH and ME. Itís not just that itís steep, but the rocks and boulders require deep knee bends. Going light sure is nice. I slackpacked that section.

    If thatís a...
  12. On my thru hike it was absolutely overwhelmingly...

    On my thru hike it was absolutely overwhelmingly obvious that weekend warriors are primarily the ones with bad behavior. There are FAR more of them, they are less experienced, and did less research...
  13. This summer I saw two lost hunting dogs on the...

    This summer I saw two lost hunting dogs on the trail and wished the owners had put GPS trackers on them. Is it better if they are harder to find??
  14. Thatís the narrow minded thinking we want to...

    Thatís the narrow minded thinking we want to avoid. You may be convinced of your favorite solution to this problem, but I assure you there are others.
  15. Where are you seeing bear boxes full of trash?? ...

    Where are you seeing bear boxes full of trash?? I hiked the entire trail, used many bear boxes, and never found this. I suppose it ďcouldĒ be a problem, but the reality is that it is not.
  16. It's a LOT cheaper than for everyone to buy a...

    It's a LOT cheaper than for everyone to buy a bear canister. The right leadership can most certainly get this done. If they need someone in GA to hike out with components for assembling the box...
  17. Metal bear boxes were greatly appreciated when...

    Metal bear boxes were greatly appreciated when available at shelters on my thru hike this year. Why would they require everyone to carry a bear canister prior to trying to solve the problem with...
  18. No one appreciates the difficulty of elevation...

    No one appreciates the difficulty of elevation change until they are walking up a mountain. You canít explain to the non-hiker that they will hit a limit on daily elevation change just like they will...
  19. Gooch Gap is easy to access. It's a short and...

    Gooch Gap is easy to access. It's a short and well maintained forest service road after leaving the pavement. Not a long drive from Woody Gap. You may be confusing this with some other location. ...
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    The 31 miles from Newfound Gap to Davenport Gap...

    The 31 miles from Newfound Gap to Davenport Gap is on a nicely maintained trail. Easy hiking, especially going north. But thatís a bunch of miles for one day.

    Another great option is to hike...
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    The frugal thru hike is much different than the...

    The frugal thru hike is much different than the ďgo into town whenever convenientĒ thru hike. Itís not uncommon to see people who say they ran out of money, or people who get ultra frugal near the...
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    There are no bugs out other than a few nats. I...

    There are no bugs out other than a few nats. I just finished up a thru hike at Springer. GA is very mild and pleasant right now.
  23. Spring just north of Wesser Bald was flowing a...

    Spring just north of Wesser Bald was flowing a week ago. 130.8
  24. A week ago it was running just fine. It's always...

    A week ago it was running just fine. It's always amazing to see a spring at the top of a mountain flowing with all this dry weather.
  25. Iím a few days from finishing my thru hike and...

    Iím a few days from finishing my thru hike and have found water reports notoriously inaccurate for some reason. As Iím heading south I ask NOBO section hikers about water. It must come down to what...
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