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How do you avoid Norovirus on the AT?

The best strategy is to probably hike an alternate hike. Instead of the traditional NOBO GAME route with a start date at the end of March, you could go SOBO, or do a flip flop, or start early or late. ...
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How do you avoid Norovirus on the AT?

Acquire it 6 months or less before your trip on the AT. There is some controversy but it seems you can probably count on immunity from an exposure to last 6+ months. Some of the best places to ...
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How do you avoid Norovirus on the AT?

In the civilized world you wash your hands regularly, and food handlers should so and additionally wear gloves so if they carry any pathogen, it's not transmitted to the food. We don't have that ...
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Hanging food on the appalachian trail

When at a shelter, there're usually short strings with a tuna-type can to prevent the rodent from accessing your food bag. One can use those instead of hanging the food. See picture from 'Marks AT ...
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Frequency of crime/assault on the Appalachian Trail

Note: I don't know that its possible to answer this without mentioning the things that have happened, some of which were pretty horrible. Not everyone may want to read this. TLDR: People will be a ...
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Mother is attempting full Appalachian Trail next year - how can I help her now and while she is doing it?

It's great that you're being so supportive, but there's a limit to what you can do to help. Thru-hiking is all about self-reliance, so your mother really has to develop her own skills and mental ...
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Mother is attempting full Appalachian Trail next year - how can I help her now and while she is doing it?

I suggest that you and your mother read Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail. For a look into the book, including sections of text, see here. It also comes ...
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Daily distance estimation AT Maryland

TL;DR You should be fine, assuming your daughter is reasonably capable (dealing with the weight of a multi-day overnight pack) and/or you are capable to carry enough extra to make up for what she ...
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How should regular Appalachian Trail hikers interpret this weekend's attack?

You should probably interpret the incident as a rare fluke and try and forget about it. Murders and crime have happened on the AT before: Frequency of crime/assault on the Appalachian Trail I have ...
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How should regular Appalachian Trail hikers interpret this weekend's attack?

Realistically this is something to be aware of, horrible assaults and murders have happened before on the trail. Beyond that, for me at least this isn't a reason not to hike, it's a reason to be aware ...
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Is there a mountain with a summit cross in the USA or Canada?

Canada: Mount Royal Cross, Montreal. Wikipedia states The Mount Royal Cross is a monument on top of Mount Royal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It stands at the northeastern peak of the mountain and ...
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Is there a mountain with a summit cross in the USA or Canada?

There is at least one summit cross: the Hollywood Cross in California. Although you may not consider it to be a mountain it can be called a summit by geography and ideology. Image from Wikipedia ...
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New Hampshire A.T. Section Hike in May? Logistics and Trail Conditions

Well, the good news is you'll either have to deal with black flies or the last of the snowpack, but you won't have to deal with them both at the same time. May is peak black fly season : N.H. Black ...
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Bare Essentials for 2-3 day Hike

TL;DR short version You have a reasonable list, though I would add a tarp or some other water-proof shelter that is quick and easy to set up and take down. This is to increase mobility or in case an ...
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