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  1. Thread: Tarp Size ?

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    Thanks for the advice :) Sounds like a 7x9 x10...

    Thanks for the advice :)
    Sounds like a 7x9 x10 tapered tarp is the way to go.
  2. Thread: White gas

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    Unleaded auto gasoline has various addatives...

    Unleaded auto gasoline has various addatives designed to help with valve lubrication, the catalytic converter, etc.

    Irregardless of what it does to the stove jets or not - I wouldn't want to be...
  3. Thread: Tarp Size ?

    by JohnG10
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    Tarp Size ?

    I'm thinking of getting a MLD 5x9 Monk tarp. Does anyone have any experience using this type of tarp on the AT ?

    I think the general consensus is that 5x9 is not big enough for the Sierra's and...
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    Forgot to mention: i always carry a map and...

    Forgot to mention: i always carry a map and compass - but its so i can leave the trail and bushwack the shortest path to civilization in case of an emergency.

    For staying found on the trail, ive...
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    The parts of the AT that i have been on are very...

    The parts of the AT that i have been on are very hard to get lost on. The trail is travelled so much that it is essentially a rutted groove of hard packed rocky soil forming a meandering "path"...
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    Is there any fishing in the area - or upstream ? ...

    Is there any fishing in the area - or upstream ? Is the ANY chance of lures or fishhook in the sand?

    Are the rocks slippery with algae? Will it hurt when you slip, move your foot quickly to...
  7. Trail runners are noticeably cooler to hike in...

    Trail runners are noticeably cooler to hike in during the summer.

    Trail runners are significantly lighter, resulting in much less fatigue and stumbling/catching your toes on rocks after 6-8 hours...
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    If you have swap or leather bots, then shake the...

    If you have swap or leather bots, then shake the water out of your boots when they get submerged in water, and then wipe out the inside with a pack towel.

    Now they are just damp :)

    Wear thick...
  9. Thread: Pack Problem

    by JohnG10
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    It seems like you have a lot of stuff in your...

    It seems like you have a lot of stuff in your pack...
    What is the weight of your pack when it's fully packed ?
    I'd start with posting a list of your gear and asking for advice.

    But to answer...
  10. Thread: Tent Sizes

    by JohnG10
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    My wife and I do fine with a free standing 2-pole...

    My wife and I do fine with a free standing 2-pole dome tent - with 1 door (old Sierra designs lightning tent).

    The key things are vertical walls so both can dress or pack at the same time, a...
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    Your comment about pulling your cell phone out to...

    Your comment about pulling your cell phone out to check the time throughout the day is interesting.

    For me, a watch is only useful if I need to be someplace on time. Like, "the post office closes...
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    I just let my feet get wet, but I wear thicker...

    I just let my feet get wet, but I wear thicker wool socks so that my feet stay warm. If it stops raining, I change into dry socks. I hate walking around with squishing feet. I seem to lose to much...
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    I like a rain jacket and pants when it's chilly,...

    I like a rain jacket and pants when it's chilly, and a poncho in the summer. The jackets are all too hot to hike in during the summer. The. Pants are too hot to hike in except when it's winter or the...
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    Coming from the perspective of "the old days", I...

    Coming from the perspective of "the old days", I can tell you that a pack that weighs 15% of your body weight is about right if you are trying to balance comfort with low weight. However, even in he...
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    The ice climbers wear a camelback inside their...

    The ice climbers wear a camelback inside their coat to ensure the water doesn't freeze, and they can hydrate easily/often. I've never tried it (since I have a "mule" style pack with storage) but...
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    Quote: I think the suggestion about the fleece...

    Quote:
    I think the suggestion about the fleece was because you can't hike in the puffy and in a sustained cold rain the two silk weights might not be enough (they wouldn't for me light fleece hoody...
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    Assuming your base layer is silk weight (it...

    Assuming your base layer is silk weight (it should be), then for a mid Feb start:

    I'd add 1 top + bottoms heavy weight base layer OR a 100wt fleece 1/2 zip (depending on if your legs get cold -...
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    Here's what you need to know about the East...

    Here's what you need to know about the East Coast:

    Main things:
    Spring and fall are short. Summer is looooong.
    The buggy season is all summer long.
    It's too hot and humid for bivvies in the...
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    I live and hike in the md/va area. My opinion is...

    I live and hike in the md/va area. My opinion is that a windshirt is a very valuable piece during the shoulder seasons. Often a 100 wt fleece is too chilly, but a 200 wt fleece is sweaty. The 100...
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    If you have healthy ankles, I'd use trail runners...

    If you have healthy ankles, I'd use trail runners or hiking shoes (not boots).

    I have an ankle with an old injury, that strengthening exercises don't seem to help with... For that ankle, I notice...
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    If the water comes from a spring, you shouldn't...

    If the water comes from a spring, you shouldn't need to purify it. Lots of rural homes have well water. A spring is the same thing.

    If the water comes from a stream or pond in an area with lots...
  22. Good news - you don't need a new bag :). You...

    Good news - you don't need a new bag :). You should be toasty warm with a 15 degree quilt and a down coat.

    What you really need is a MUCH warmer pad (down filled pad = warmest by a significant...
  23. Thread: Your Thoughts

    by JohnG10
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    Don't plan on splitting the freeze dried meals. ...

    Don't plan on splitting the freeze dried meals.
    They feed 1 hungry hiker each - at BEST.
    For males, you'll probably need to supplement the freeze dried meal with an energy bar to feel unhungry. ...
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    I sweat a lot too. I found that thin, quick...

    I sweat a lot too.

    I found that thin, quick dry clothing was the key.

    Especially underwear. They dry extra slow since they are covered by shorts.

    I also found that a bathing suit with a...
  25. Planning a section hike in VA - need resupply info

    I'm starting in harpers ferry and heading south. I'm not comfortable hitching. I tend to walk 15-18 miles per day. Where are good places to resupply ?

    Also, where are good places to get...
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