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Old 08-25-2016, 12:22 PM   #1
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Definitive resource for route?

Out-of-towner here, attempting to plan a thru hike.

Just got my NatGeo map #736 of the NPT, ordered direct from NatGeo, dated "2015".

I see that DSettahr has posted on October, 2015 some corrections to campsites on this map. Thank you.

On the website, was posted the Gifford Valley Re-Route on September 16, 2015. This matches the printed NatGeo 736 route. Whew.

I have the 4th edition of the guidebook, copyright 2007, with a map copyright 2007, and a Cedar River Rd re-route insert that is copyright 2010. This seems outdated.

The ADK-Schenectady website reports that "The Adirondack Mountain Club revised and reprinted the Northville-Placid Trail Guide in 2015." Is this accurate? I can only find the "4th Edition" online.

My question to you knowledgeable folks is....Can I rely on the NatGeo #736 for the route and planning (notwithstanding the campsite designations)? Or is there other more recent info I would be missing? I'm thinking of just carrying the 736 map.

Thanks sincerely,

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Old 08-26-2016, 08:04 AM   #2
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The 4th ed has the reroutes sketched in dotted lines. For an up to date single-list mileage chart try here:

My plan was carry the book, using mileages previously noted on the chart. If you don't leave the trail to any significant degree (i.e. pee breaks dont count) then you don't need the map. About half the book is dead weight, I'm tempted to tear it apart.
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The book may be helpful in planning the trip, (how many days between road crossings, shelters, etc.) but all you really need is the map. The trail is very well marked and you'd have to try and get lost. I take the map as something to look at and as an emergency aid.
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Old 08-27-2016, 10:29 AM   #4
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Agreed, in fact like any long trail, you need neither a book nor a map. Follow the blazes, sleep when tired, eat when hungry, drink when thirsty. No amount of planning will change the distance to the end or the location of things along the way, you're forced to take them as they are.
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