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  • I still hang my food 95% of the time. Only had a bear approach me during lunch on the AT. Been bothered by a buck and his two does at night once cause I was stealth camped in the middle of his blueberry patch which probably wasn't too bear smart either.

  • 2019 or 2020 Outback

    jimmyjam - - Coffee Talk

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    A lot of engines with turbo require you to run high test gas- might or might not be a consideration for you.

  • Quote from Astro: “Anyone here have experience with Ursack? For the last 1500 or so miles of the AT I have been using bear boxes, poles, and cables when there, otherwise usually sleeping with my food in my tent. Last one I did was at a really remote campsite by myself in PA where I spent a long time hanging one and it fortunately worked (or at least per the article/comments was "untested"). ” No, but I have run across a few people on the AT using them. Just carefully tie it to tree. The bear can…

  • AT Tattoo?

    jimmyjam - - General

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    Not AT specific, but here's one of mine with my favorite Muir quote. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…c7fc0217cbcfb72514bed2bcb

  • Hiking Plans 2019

    jimmyjam - - Trip Planning

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    When I took my first leave of absence I gave them a six week warning. Then I became an independent construction consultant for them and came and went as I pleased until just a couple of weeks ago. But I have a long long history with them dating back to 1986 and was once VP of two their companies. I say talk to them at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance, you might be surprised and they might gladly give you a LOA.

  • Wildlife Sightings Today

    jimmyjam - - General

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    Saw these two lizards yesterday at the Outer Banks. One had the others head clamped in his jaws and wouldn't let go. I interfered and separated them with a stick. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…c7fc0217cbcfb72514bed2bcbappalachiantrailcafe.net/index…c7fc0217cbcfb72514bed2bcb

  • Question about PA

    jimmyjam - - Appalachian Trail

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    Quote from Astro: “Quote from Drybones: “I hear they have rocks in PA ” What you have heard is true, and I probably even have a few little scars. Definitely know they are also slippery when wet. ” They clean out the rocks from the woods by throwing them in the trail.

  • Took a walk today

    jimmyjam - - General

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    DB, very nice! Linville Gorge has been on my list for a while now. Beautiful area!

  • AT Thunder Ridge to RT. 60

    jimmyjam - - Trip Report

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    Quote from Traffic Jam: “Quote from StalkingTortoise: “Quote from Traffic Jam: “Quote from jimmyjam: “Quote from Traffic Jam: “JJ, y’all always look like you’re having a blast. That’s just great! Hope to run into you one day. ” We always have fun. I wouldn't re-hike these sections if I didn't. I think it would be cool to run into you too. If you hike in VA let me know. ” I’ll be headed to PA for a few weeks this month for my grandbaby’s birth and I’m taking my backpack. Hope to get at least one …

  • AT Thunder Ridge to RT. 60

    jimmyjam - - Trip Report

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    As side note, bugs and things are out. I had treated my gear and clothes, but we did not bring any bug spray as we didn't think we'd encounter any bugs. Wrong! The gnats swarmed us one day and I got five chigger bites on my arm apparently on one of my cathole expeditions. Thank goodness I didn't get any chiggers, well you know where lol !!!!

  • AT Thunder Ridge to RT. 60

    jimmyjam - - Trip Report

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    Quote from Traffic Jam: “Quote from jimmyjam: “Quote from Traffic Jam: “JJ, y’all always look like you’re having a blast. That’s just great! Hope to run into you one day. ” We always have fun. I wouldn't re-hike these sections if I didn't. I think it would be cool to run into you too. If you hike in VA let me know. ” I’ll be headed to PA for a few weeks this month for my grandbaby’s birth and I’m taking my backpack. Hope to get at least one night out in PA or Northern SNP. If I hike in SNP on th…

  • Foothills Trail hike

    jimmyjam - - Trip Planning

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    Quote from Traffic Jam: “Quote from Drybones: “tj...there are lots of volunteers to provide foothills shuttles...donations only...which for me always cost more...which is just fine...I can probably find find a number for Jim, don't remember last name, but a great guy, if you need it....or, I can come up and hike with you and help with the shuttle if I know in advance ” Hike is done. Used Jim and agree he’s a great guy. Did 16.8 miles today (24+ total) and 3 1/2 hr drive home. Awesome birthday we…

  • AT Thunder Ridge to RT. 60

    jimmyjam - - Trip Report

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    Day 4: We had a gentle on and off rain starting about 3:30 am. We ended up packing up in the rain and leaving camp about 8:15 with rain gear on. As we hiked around the reservoir, eyeing a couple prime although illegal campsites along the shore, it decided not to rain after all. We came out of our rain gear and and the sky cleared off to a beautiful blue. We came to a fairly new trail detour sign saying "Bridge out, follow detour". Mmmm no mention of a bridge or detour in the guide book (Also not…

  • AT Thunder Ridge to RT. 60

    jimmyjam - - Trip Report

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    Day 3: Started with a rain shower as we were packing up and then thankfully it cleared off as we had a steep 2,000 foot climb in 3 miles up and over Big Rocky and then up and over Bluff Mountain (another 400 feet) before desending down to Punchbowl Mountain and Punchbowl shelter for lunch. After lunch we continued on over Rice Mountain and across the swinging footbridge and finally stopping for the night at a couple of stealth spots just before the Lynchburg reservior. 13.6 miles. appalachiantra…

  • AT Thunder Ridge to RT. 60

    jimmyjam - - Trip Report

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    Day 2 We hiked thru the James River Face Wilderness. Stopping at Marble Spring for water and then lunch at Matt's Creek shelter. After lunch we continued across the footbridge over the James River and part way up the mountain to John's Hollow shelter where we camped. 13.1 miles. appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…c7fc0217cbcfb72514bed2bcbappalachiantrailcafe.net/index…c7fc0217cbcfb72514bed2bcbappalachiantrailcafe.net/index…c7fc0217cbcfb72514bed2bcbappalachiantrailcafe.net/index…c7fc0217cbcfb72514bed…

  • AT Thunder Ridge to RT. 60

    jimmyjam - - Trip Report

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    I did little AT hike over the past few days with my hiking buddy Slingshot. It was a 35 mile hike from Thunder Ridge Overlook to RT.60. We met our shuttle driver at RT. 60 Thursday evening at about 6:15. There was a little confusion as he told us he was driving a Volvo, but actually it was a BMW lol. We got to our drop point right at sunset. So we snapped a few sunset pictures and put on our headlamps and headed north. Our destination 1.8 to Harrison Ground Spring where we knew there was water a…

  • AT Thunder Ridge to RT. 60

    jimmyjam - - Trip Report

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    Quote from Traffic Jam: “JJ, y’all always look like you’re having a blast. That’s just great! Hope to run into you one day. ” We always have fun. I wouldn't re-hike these sections if I didn't. I think it would be cool to run into you too. If you hike in VA let me know.

  • AT Thunder Ridge to RT. 60

    jimmyjam - - Trip Report

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    Here's a preview. Story to follow after I rest .appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…c7fc0217cbcfb72514bed2bcb

  • Astro on the AT 2019

    jimmyjam - - Trip Report

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    Quote from LIhikers: “Quote from max.patch: “Quote from LIhikers: “While we don't have a hard plan yet what we're thinking is to start in Monson and hike south to Stratton. Then we'll get a shuttle back to Monson and hike north to Baxter. Astro, you'll pass us somewhere along the way to Katadyn. We're the old, white haired couple hiking with, or without our shepherd dog and carrying packs that are too big and heavy. ” i'm sure you have a good reason, but i'm curious why you would choose to hike …

  • looking for a 90 mile hike

    jimmyjam - - Trip Planning

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    Shenandoah National Park. Resupply and shower in the park campgrounds.