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    The only parts of the CDT that I’ve hiked are...

    The only parts of the CDT that I’ve hiked are those concurrent with the Colorado Trail. The Collegiate West is absolutely spectacular. I hope to someday hike more of the CDT.
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    I don't see the durability of mass marketed mainstream cell phones getting anywhere near the level of PLBs because the use case for 99.9% of customers does not require it and it would add weight and...
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    I was stubborn and tried to cure myself for a...

    I was stubborn and tried to cure myself for a long time. I cannot recommend a good physical therapist strongly enough. Made all the difference in just a few months. I had a good insurance plan that...
  4. Although the InReach can pair with a smartphone,...

    Although the InReach can pair with a smartphone, it also has a (primitive) ability to compose messages on the device itself. Which is how I have used it to send non emergency messages to family...
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    Nothing other than several months of physical...

    Nothing other than several months of physical therapy fixed my plantar fasciitis. The stretches and exercises they recommended, when done diligently every day for months, finally eliminated the...
  6. One very important feature of a plb is not having...

    One very important feature of a plb is not having to use a touch screen which is hard with gloves on and in cold temps. My InReach has a physical button for emergencies. That’s the type of detail...
  7. PLBs are physically more durable and robust than...

    PLBs are physically more durable and robust than cell phones and have dedicated search & rescue functionality.
  8. Unless it has robust PLB emergency functionality,...

    Unless it has robust PLB emergency functionality, it probably won’t completely replace devices like the in reach in terms of functionality. But it might be enough for what most people want which is...
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    I agree. In some cases great camping is available...

    I agree. In some cases great camping is available just off the AT. The park publishes some very useful information.

    https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/backcountry-trips.htm
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    I stayed at a motel (I think it was Quality Inn)...

    I stayed at a motel (I think it was Quality Inn) next to Middlesex Diner. I'm not sure the food is all that much better than any diner, but I have to say it was spectacular the evening and morning I...
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    I liked the entire section from HF to Boiling...

    I liked the entire section from HF to Boiling Springs. Have yet to go further north. That southern section isn’t yet in “Rockslyvania”
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    It’s an amazing accomplishment. I assumed that a...

    It’s an amazing accomplishment. I assumed that a continuous chain of footprints from border to border was the idea, with whatever detours are needed, but it sounds like that was just not practical...
  13. Flying to Dulles and taking an Uber to HF would...

    Flying to Dulles and taking an Uber to HF would get you on trail the fastest. To save some money (or to visit DC prior to the hike), fly to DCA and take the MARC train or Amtrak to Harpers Ferry. ...
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    When I started running seriously in 2003, I was...

    When I started running seriously in 2003, I was 30 and experienced the full range of ailments including knee problems but by first scaling way back and then gradually increasing increasing my...
  15. I wear REI convertible pants and either smart...

    I wear REI convertible pants and either smart wool or icebreaker shirts, with a slight preference for Icebreaker. I love these shirts -they perform well in all kinds of weather and don't retain...
  16. The General Palmer is a historic hotel and it is...

    The General Palmer is a historic hotel and it is right next to the train station. I stayed there for two nights in 2014 after my thru hike of the Colorado Trail. I took the train out to Silverton...
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    I’d measure the loft height after it sits for a...

    I’d measure the loft height after it sits for a while and if it matches the manufacturer’s stated loft in the specs for the bag, it’s probably fine. Both of my down bags come back pretty quickly...
  18. Big Meadows to Front Royal seems like a good hike...

    Big Meadows to Front Royal seems like a good hike if using a shuttle is an option. Uber/Lyft from Dulles Airport to and from Front Royal is an option and there is also a bus but only one trip per...
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    Here’s some info on the Dickey Ridge trail option...

    Here’s some info on the Dickey Ridge trail option https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/virginia/dickey-hill-trail?mobileMap=false&ref=sidebar-static-map
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    According to atdist.com, it is 46.2 miles from...

    According to atdist.com, it is 46.2 miles from the Big Meadows wayside to US 522 taking the AT. From the US 522 crossing, youd hitchhike to Front Royal. To walk to Front Royal, Id recommend leaving...
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    I can only comment on the vicinity of Harpers...

    I can only comment on the vicinity of Harpers Ferry.

    If you go southbound 50 miles from Harpers Ferry, that would take you into the northern district of Shenandoah National Park. About 40 would...
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    It'll be interesting to see how that's handled....

    It'll be interesting to see how that's handled. PCTA says there's no walkable detour.

    https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/closures/oregon/lionshead-fire-mount-jefferson/
  23. Thanks for posting this video and the other...

    Thanks for posting this video and the other content on your website! I crossed the Pyrenees on the Camino Frances in 2019 but now plan to return to do the GR11 one day! Beautiful terrain.
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    SNP has an online form for permits and an email...

    SNP has an online form for permits and an email response serves as the actual permit. The form doesn’t ask for age information and I don’t think you have to be 18. Of course, a wilderness permit...
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    I'm only 6'1" but I opted for the Altaplex and...

    I'm only 6'1" but I opted for the Altaplex and will using it on trail for the first time in two weeks. When I set it up at the local park, it seemed like it would be better for tall hikers than my...
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