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  • ATQOTD

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    Quote from rhjanes: “Today refresh just changed the order of the possible answers. Cattle-Guard should have been a choice! ⛰️ AT Question Of The Day – June 29, 2022 ⛺ My answer today was – CORRECT Total questions answered – 115 Total answers correct – 103 Percentage answers correct – 90% Longest correct streak – 46 hykeroo.com/atqotd #hykerooatqotd ” Made me think of old western trains.

  • Wildlife Sightings Today

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    Quote from LIhikers: “Scotty, thanks for sharing your trip with us! ” I agree. I wish I had your photography skills. Interesting you were in Ireland overlapping my wife's trip there.

  • And In Other News

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    Quote from LIhikers: “Let me play devil's advocate. Why should white collar criminals be penalized when so many violent criminals are not? And no, I'm not advocating for ANY criminals. ” People are not scared of them, just jealous.

  • Baseball Thread

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    Guess I need to get a Twitter account.

  • And In Other News

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    Quote from max.patch: “Not news: CPA firm employees caught cheating on exam. News: The ethics portion of the exam. $100 million fine?! <snip> New York (CNN Business)Ernst & Young has been slapped with a record $100 million fine from the US government after regulators discovered that the company knew some of its auditors were cheating on exams for several years and did nothing to stop it. The Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday that a "significant number" of the accounting firm's audi…

  • Astro on the FHT 2022

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    Quote from IMScotty: “Great trip report Astro. Makes me want to take a walk... ” Thanks, you could this one in the future some time. Less than 1,000 miles from Boston and no desert issues like the PCT.

  • Astro on the FHT 2022

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    One other note, I went the second week of May which was great. The young woman I hiked on SNP of the AT this past week said she did it September, which was still fine with her since everyday there was a least once place she could get into the water and cool off in. So you could probably hike it year round, unless there was a lot of snow or ice, which probably is not that all common in SC. Once again it is very well maintained thanks to Duke Energy. While I don't know that all trails should go NA…

  • Astro on the FHT 2022

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    I know my photography leaves a lot to desire, but trust me this is a great trail to do if you get a chance. I know TrafficJam and DryBones have also hiked it. And if you some better views of it, there are several YouTube videos of it.

  • Astro on the FHT 2022

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    Map side.

  • Astro on the FHT 2022

    Astro - - Trip Report

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    While I strongly recommend the trail, as for navigation I would recommend FarOut (Guthooks) which just recently added it, and the AntitGravityGear PocketProfile to provide a basic map and elevation profiles for quick glances at the big picture. I also bought the Foot Hills Guidebook, but did not find it useful. I left it with my sister just in case I had to bail out due to injury. I do not regret buying as I know money goes by to the Foot Hills maintaining club. Similar to how I bought a few AT …

  • Astro on the FHT 2022

    Astro - - Trip Report

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    I would definitely recommend this trail. Lots of waterfalls and some nice views. Plenty of stairs/steps to make the elevation gains/losses easier. Lots of campsites, many with benches. At 76.2 miles easy to do in a week. I started at 3:30pm Sunday and finished 1pm Saturday, so would have had no problem doing it in 6 days (and Friday I stopped early after only 8.5 miles). Thus easy to do with a week's vacation if you spend a day traveling each way. Unlike the AT, most people I met were in their 5…

  • Astro on the FHT 2022

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    Day 7 8.7m to Table Rock State Park Only half day as it was mostly down hill. Had opportunity to speak with guy who had thru hiked AT about 10-20 years ago who I had originally met at Mt Sassafras the day before. He was planning to the Bartram Trail next, so I shared my experiences with him. Arrived at park office by 1pm so plenty of time to throw trash and relax a little before my sister arrived at 2pm. Some nice views on the way down. And as if there were not enough bridges already, they are a…

  • Astro on the FHT 2022

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    Day 6 (cont.) Once I arrived at the Cantrell Homesite I set up my tent and went to search for the water source. Was really flowing very deep, so I used the cistren. Back at camp I relaxed talking with the other couple on the Flintstone furniture. Fortunately during our conversation I also eventually boiled the water for my supper. After pouring the hot water in and letting it sit for the 9 minutes, the rain started to fall, so I ate from tent seating with my feet and food outside my tent under t…

  • Astro on the FHT 2022

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    Day 6 8.5m to Cantrell Homesite Campsite First highlight of the day was panoramic views from Sassafras Mountain the highest point in SC. Some of the views were also of NC. Forecast was for rain that afternoon and evening. Sprinkled some on me at the observation deck. Also why a much shorter day today. Also the largest elevation gains of the trip.

  • Astro on the FHT 2022

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    Day 5 (cont) More waterfalls. Met a couple my age the day before and would leap frog them through out the day and spend the last two nights at them at campsites. Heading up Heartbreak Ridge would be last I would see of the man and two women from WI. He was talking to his GoPro as he went. So who knows I might be on YouTube somewhere.

  • Astro on the FHT 2022

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    Day 5 12.8m to Flat Rocks campsite. Morning before too long has me start walk along Toxaway River then over impressive Toxaway Bridge. Campsites with picnic tables on other side. But soon after that was Heartbreak Ridge 596 steps. There was one bench to rest at, but they could have used more.

  • Astro on the FHT 2022

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    Most trails just throw some dead limbs to let you know not to go that way, but the Foothills Trail has built nice posts with signs to stop you.

  • Astro on the FHT 2022

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    Day 4 14.0 miles to campsite on FarOut (Guthhooks) Stopped at Bear Gap campsite to cook dinner (water and benches) and then carried on a few more miles to dry camp at a campsite on FarOut. Made it to the halfway point today along with lots of stairs and bridges. Some went swimming to cool off, but I just got some water and a snack and kept moving.

  • welcome to the cafe

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    Quote from max.patch: “Congrats to Ole Miss. Ole Miss, which started off the SEC Conference play with a 7-14 record -- and finished 5th in the 7 team SEC West Division with a 14-16 record -- is now considered the best team in college baseball. Not bad as they were the last team to make the tournament field. Probably should be noted that the SEC was considered the strongest conference in college baseball. Kennesaw was in the tournament this year and actually won a game. ” Sort of like the Atlanta…

  • ATQOTD

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    Quote from max.patch: “Quote from Sarcasmtheelf: “Dang! Not fair to post a "what state?" question when it's practically on the border of two of the states that are options! ” This is why I don't like different answers. The question Elf missed was what state the Perkins Memorial was in. I'm assuming that Elf chose NJ instead of NY based on his comment. One of the answer choices replaced NJ as a choice and replaced it with GA. ” My one wrong answer of my 69 on the new phone was a NY/NJ question.