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Creepy Moments on the Appalachian Trail, Part Two

Inherently, hiking isn’t especially dangerous.  But, if you do it often enough, you’re bound to come across some weird/creepy/less-than-ideal situations.  If my memory serves, in 5,000 miles of backcountry adventures, I’ve been in exactly five human interactions that have engaged my fight-or-flight response. Sometimes, they’re simple, as in the case

Creepy Moments on the Appalachian Trail, Part One

Most of the time, the Appalachian Trail feels like a safe place.  To commemorate Halloween, I thought I’d recount the first time I didn’t feel safe in the eastern woods. It was the summer of 2011, my first on the trail.  I was hiking solo in New Jersey, as my

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