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  1. 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...
  2. 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...

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    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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  17. 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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    Any modern, name brand camera that is waterproof...

    Any modern, name brand camera that is waterproof and is a size that is easy to fit in your pocket :)
    I've had good results from Cannon, Nikon, and Olympus. I like the auto exposure accuracy on...
  19. Mid Atlantic summer quilt

    the local favorite in northern va seems to be the 55 degree rei down travel quilt.

    I was in harpers ferry 2 weeks ago during the cold spell with a 40 degree bag and it was way to hot until about...
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    Layering advice needed

    I find myself needing to add or subtract insulation layers more often than I'd like when hiking in 30-45 degree temperatures.
    Ie: adjust as the day warms up, the elevation gets higher, the terrain...
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    Not all the USA phones are CDMA. GSM is wide...

    Not all the USA phones are CDMA. GSM is wide spread. TDMA is more prevelant than CDMA. iDEN is no longer widespread since sprint bought nextel.

    If you have a GSM phone, you'd just need a US...
  22. I have a weak ankle from previous sprains. I can...

    I have a weak ankle from previous sprains. I can definitely feel the much greater ankle support in my mids versus my trail runners. Boots are even more supportive for my ankle, and don't feel heavy...
  23. Forgot - also add liner gloves.

    Forgot - also add liner gloves.
  24. Ditch the bag liner. Replace with expedition...

    Ditch the bag liner. Replace with expedition weight fleece long john top and bottoms.

    Bring active weight long john top and bottoms plus wind pants and a windbreaker to hike in. Some use their...
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    We use lipton sides + tuna packets (etc),...

    We use lipton sides + tuna packets (etc), mac-n-cheese, instant loaded mashed potatoes, etc as easy meals. So we cook 1 in the pot, and eat that while the 2nd one is cooking. Cleaning 1 pot is easy,...
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