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  1. all in all it was a fun hike

    Thought I'd share a link to my girlfriends blog of her journey on the trail.... I was able to pull off hiking all of Massachusetts and a small bit of VT,NH, and CT in true Backpacker style..... I also have done some "slack packing" on the trail in the past few months...... I hope that all the amazing people that I met along the way are doing well !!! http://www.whimsyseasons.blogspot.com/

    I hope that I was a good trail steward along the way in my feeble attempts ...
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  2. Good definition of ultralight/minimalist method for gear selection

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Murphy View Post
    I have posted this before but here goes

    Lightweight Backpacking
    The concept of Lightweight Backpacking is based on the idea that a lower pack weight will make the time spent hiking on the trails much more enjoyable. The trade-off is a reduction in the camp comforts.
    Weigh all gear and record so that accurate comparisons can be made
    List what gear are you bringing and why you are bringing it
    o Don't pack anything you don't plan on using
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  3. About 150 miles behind me

    With about 150 miles behind me, my feet and legs are feeling much lighter and stronger. The pace which I walk has also increased. I am ready to hit the trails again---( just waiting for hunting season to end at LBL) ---some good day hikes of 11 / 14 miles and I am planning on a 60 mile moderate to difficult hike which I done a few years back at LBL should help me decide on my finale gear list. My weight is still hovering around 288lb.
  4. New perspectives

    In 2011, when I started my TH, I had intended starting on 20Mar. Because of a kitchen remodeling job I HAD to finish before I could leave MN, I didn't get on the Trail until 29Mar. The nighttime temperatures I ran into from GA all the way the GSMNP were moderate enough that my 40F REI Lumen was all the bag I needed. The coldest night I experienced (18F) I stayed at Mountain Crossing...
    In 2013, I am going to start on 01Mar, increasing the likelihood that I will have to take a warmer ...
  5. Leaving Springer Earlier vs. Later - Quantitative information!

    Quote Originally Posted by map man View Post
    Your question intrigued me enough that I decided to spend some time going over the data I gleaned from studying 240 completing NOBO thru-hikers in the classes 2001 to 2010 who kept thorough journals at trailjournals.com for my article here at WB on hiking rates. I divided them into five groups and here's how many hikers I have for each time period for hikers leaving Springer:

    Jan. 1 -- Feb. 24 (22 hikers)
    Feb. 25 -- March 10 (51 hikers)
    March 11 -- March 24 (78 hikers)
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