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    carried my car keys on a thru hike last year....

    carried my car keys on a thru hike last year. Left my car at Springer, carried a key ring with no less than 12 keys on it thru Erwin TN. Couldn't figure out where to leave them in case I had to get...
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    Pit sniffing judging goes terribly wrong..

    I was only witness to this @ a shelter in NC last year.

    Rainy day, late afternoon, lots of alcohol and other stuff being passed around the shelter.

    In attendance, 4 college guys and 4...
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    Drive Time..

    Congrats Ron! How long is the drive time between Hiawassee and your Budget Inn location in Franklin? Just curious..
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    last year`

    I brought a copy of Catcher in the Rye. As I read the book I used the pages as fire starter.

    I read close to every book available on the AT prior to my hike, it was nice reading a "classic"...
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    cakon..

    i went with a zero bag with a liner, had some 8 degree nights and was good..
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    if you have the money....

    you can start early. I started early last year, midle of Feb, lucked out, everytime the weather turned bad I was approaching a town. I could afford to stay as long as I deemed necesary to not hike...
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    Word of warning, I only hiked last year from...

    Word of warning, I only hiked last year from Springer to Erwin but it was enough for me to appreciate a different lifestyle. I re entered the corporate work place when I got back and I dread it day...
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cgq8nDBcufo&feature...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cgq8nDBcufo&feature=related
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    Stayed @ Hiawassee Inn this year on a 350 mile...

    Stayed @ Hiawassee Inn this year on a 350 mile Section Hike to Erwin and probably had the best experience along with Ron Haven at the Budget Inn in Franklin.

    Ron (Hiawassee Inn) was extremely...
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    Do everything you can to keep yourself under...

    Do everything you can to keep yourself under 25lbs! I got back Easter Sunday this year after hiking Springer to Erwin TN. 340 Miles, 2.5 mo's.

    I was also new to LD Hiking and my 40-50 pack...
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    Ben

    Got an email with slide show from Pembrook VA on 05-29. JS
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    Anyone seen Rehab???

    I came off the trail just south of Erwin TN after an incredible hike from Springer. Met so many incredible people!

    I hiked with Rehab for about a month. We have stayed in touch since Easter...
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    Tn-- Standing Bear Farm

    Anyone mention Standing Bear Farm??? Absolute great time. Curtis was a great host! Stopped there this year, didn't plan on a zero but it sucks you in! http://www.standingbearfarm.com/
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    I met him...

    Momma always said, nothin nice to say, don't say it.

    Boy would he get off seeing close to 500 posts about him though...



    Had to say that.
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    Bought a $5 pack of these little guys at Neels Gap. (Sea to Summit makes them)

    Your pack weight looks great. I just finished on Easter a hike from Springer to Erwin TN. It was simply put, the...
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