Matt has written a fine article and the fact that I regularly read his "Equipped" postings for AMC show that I'm a fan. But on a humorous note, let me add my 100-mile wilderness story.
Matt says: "Several major unpaved roads intersect the AT in the 100-Mile Wilderness and can provide alternate access points." To which I add, "and beer."
In 1983, my partner was 20 minutes ahead of me and came to one of those clearings
where a road crossed. As he approached the road, a car drove by, screeched to a
halt, and the driver asked if he'd like a cold beer. "Sure," said Roger Suttles
(with his dog,Tiny), "but I have a friend coming right along. You got two?"
No problem! When I came along, Roger was grinning from ear to ear and said,
"Check the creek for a little surprise I have for you!" Well, after enjoying
that little surprise on that hot day, I wondered what to do with the heavy empties,
lamenting having to carry out 2 glass bottles for several days. Sure enough,
along came ANOTHER car and I talked the driver into taking out our empties.
So, I gotta ask ya...What kind of "wilderness" is it where you can enter a
clearing, get handed 2 cold ones from one car, and before you can leave,
minutes later, have another car take out your empties????!!!!