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  1. 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...
  2. Thread: Your Thoughts

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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...
  4. 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...
  6. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. Forgot - also add liner gloves.

    Forgot - also add liner gloves.
  11. 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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    I live in the harpers ferry area. most folks want...

    I live in the harpers ferry area. most folks want a 55 degree bag here in the summer. 40 degree from mid May to early June. 30 degree from late april to mid may. 20 degree last week in March to mid...
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    I use a marmot mummy bag, big agnes 2.5...

    I use a marmot mummy bag, big agnes 2.5 inflatable pad, and a thermarest pillow. I normally sleep with 1 leg making a 90 degree angle straight forward from the waist (and 90 degree angle at the...
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    Down bag ? Wind shirt & pants ?

    How does a down sleeping bag fare ? Does it absorb the humidity at night and need drying during breaks, or every town stop?

    Are a wind shirt and pants worth bringing, or is a baselayer top and...
  16. Thread: Sleeping bags

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    Sleeping warmly

    Are you camped in a valley, or low spot ?
    Are your thermal long johns cotton ?
    Does your sleeping pad have a thick layer of air ?
    Does you tent have a lot of mesh at the bottom ?
    Have you eaten...
  17. Thread: Sleep...

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    Sleeping Warm Advice

    I think the "sleep naked" advise is a hold over from decades past - and only part of the saying.

    The whole advise was "put on a dry set of clothes when you go to bed - or sleep naked (if you...
  18. Tarp Tents on the AT - How much condensation ?

    With the humid air and rainy nights typical of the East coast, and the forested (low wind) trails typical of the AT - what percentage of the rainstorms does your tarp tent get enough condensation...
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    Trekking Poles - Yes or No ?

    I see trekking poles seem to be in vogue. Did you find trekking poles worth carrying, or were they one of the things you mailed home after awhile ?

    I tried some out on a hike or two, and my...
  20. Questions

    Great write-up. Very helpful.

    What type of sleeping bag liner did you use in the smokies ? How much warmth did it add ? Would an extra base layer have been better ?

    When you switched from...
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    Frameless Pack Questions

    I'm thinking of making the jump to frameless, and have some questions.

    Does using the CCF pad as buritto to pack your gear into offer better weight transfer than folding the pad into layers and...
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    Distances

    Does anyone have distances ? The map at the link above has GPS waypoints, but no map scale - so I don't see a way to estimate distances. Leaving tomorrow mid-morning, so any help would be much...
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    Mileage

    Thanks for the link. Is there a way to convert the lat/long or UTM coordinates of the waypoints to distance between points ?
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    MD Day Hike - Gathland to C&O

    I'm trying to take a 3 kids on an overnight trip this weekend - and I can't find a copy of the AT trail guide anywhere locally. Does anyone know the distance along the AT between the following...
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    SD Lightning

    Thanks for all the advise so far. The SD Lightning I have is the current double wall version (1 door, mesh starts about 12-15" inches up from the bottom).
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