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  1. Got my hands on a TNF 15 Synthetic Sleeping Bag

    What? There's been a like-new fifteen degree bag in a closet upstairs and I'm just now finding this out? Well -- hecks yeah -- I'm grabbing that puppy and using it through to Damascus.

    I like my new MontBell and all -- I even tested it down to the upper 20s -- but why not opt for the added comfort of a warmer bag? It [the fifteen degree bag] doesn't compress down into the small package the MontBell does, and I'm sure it weighs more, however I'll gladly debate the merits of one bag over ...

    Updated 02-17-2012 at 22:52 by bgood360

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  2. Asheville area get together

    Asheville area hikers and other AT enthusiast are getting together once a month to stay connected. This month the AT Bonanza will be meeting at the Mellow Mushroom, http://www.mellowmushroom.com/ashevi...ndex/asheville, on February 16th from 6-8pm. Come out for a piece of pie and a pint with other hikers. If you know that you are for sure coming, let me know so that we can be sure to have a large enough table. When you do get there, look for the white blaze and you will find us! ...
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  3. Food, food, food...

    The grocery store (and even the convenience stores and gas stations) look a lot different now that I have my Hiker Goggles on.

    Where I used to scan the shelves and look for best price or a favorite brand, I now find myself picking an item from the shelf and weighing it in my hand and deciding if it's worth the weight and volume it'll occupy in my pack. Never mind that I'm not actually shopping at that moment for food for my hike, the mindset has already taken residence and established ...

    Updated 02-08-2012 at 22:48 by bgood360

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  4. Torture Is...

    an itch right in the middle of your back, about five minutes after you've got your pack perfectly adjusted and when you're just hitting your stride.

    -- Hat, 2012 NOBO AT

    Updated 02-08-2012 at 22:49 by bgood360

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  5. North Face Cats Meow vs the Osprey Exos 46, Part 3 (Finale)

    I've been meaning to write this awhile, seeing as how I've resolved the sleeping bag vs. backpack issue.

    As I mentioned earlier, I ended up buying a MontBell U.L. Super Spiral Down Hugger #5. The sleeping bag comes in at 16 ounces and compresses down to the size of a Nerf football. I know it was a rash decision, but I said "I'll take it!" as soon as I saw it stuffed into a small stuff sack and cinched down. But, even as I was making the purchase, I figured there was numerous ...

    Updated 02-08-2012 at 22:49 by bgood360

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