Hi there! I've hiked for decades in Southern California and the southwest, and I'm quite familiar with all the issues with desert and arid mountains. I've just moved back to the east coast and am living in central New Jersey. I need advice about how to prepare for and handle the issues that exist in northeastern landscapes that are different or more prevalent than in the desert southwest: rain, mud, streams/creeks, denser/higher vegetation, more ticks, and any other factors folks want to provide guidance for. I never really dealt with getting wet, either from above or from crossing water features. I never really dealt with much mud. Thanks for any insights you want to share!
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