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    How much duct tape do you carry?

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    I have about 3/4 of an inch wrapped around a pencil that I have carried on my hikes for the last 5 Or 6 years. I really don't use a lot of it out there. I find it useful for hot spots and I think I patched up a boot once. I find good cordage is more useful.

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    I roll a few feet around a hiking pole. This is for section hikes though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nutbrown View Post
    I roll a few feet around a hiking pole. This is for section hikes though.
    Same here.

    Keep in mind, you are only doing a series of section hikes, even if you are a thru-hiker. Plenty of opportunities to buy more and replenish what you carry.

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    I used to keep a few wraps around my nalgene until I had a tent pole catastrophe and needed a lot more. Now I carry a flat pack. Weighs about an ounce and has three yards or so on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nutbrown View Post
    I roll a few feet around a hiking pole. This is for section hikes though.
    Same-Same here

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    A couple of feet in its own roll. I keep it off my trekking pole--why lift it several million times over the course of a long hike?
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    I got about three of four feet worth wrapped around my knife handle. It serves a dual purpose since my knife has an olive drab handle and is very hard to find if dropped in the middle of the night.

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    I roll it around my pole until it's thick enough to easily loop cord around it to hold up a tarp.

    More important I think is the type of duct tape. On my last trip I brought Gorilla Glue Duct Tape. It's very sticky and doesn't seem to creep, but it's too stiff.

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    About 24" wrapped around the film can that holds my sewing needle, a few pins and safety pins, some waxed dental floss, and some nylon thread, and maybe a spare button.
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    Duck tape is like mothers milk to a hiker, so I just throw a whole SOL brand tape from REI in my backpack and not worry about it (yes, I know, all of my UL friends get mad at this, but its not much tape and its not heavy).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duff View Post
    How much duct tape do you carry?
    Too much. Can't remember when I actually needed/used duct tape in the field. I think I have about a foot or so wrapped around my hiking poles...I should take Garlic's advice.

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    The myth busters made a hammock,kayak,tarp,and more,But I don't usually bring that much.
    I hike for hikin'

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    Because of my recent attempt at lightening my load I am now down to 3 rolls.
    I find that if I kinda "stack them all together" the center hole in the rolls holds the quart of olive oil perfectly.

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    Save that for the humor forum - honest I don't carry any - I have never used duct tape in 25 years of hiking. I do carry a small amount of electrical tape on the pole - cus its less messy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daddytwosticks View Post
    Too much. Can't remember when I actually needed/used duct tape in the field. I think I have about a foot or so wrapped around my hiking poles...I should take Garlic's advice.
    Another good question for this forum would be, "How much duct tape have you actually used on a thru hike?" I've never used more than a foot total. On the AT I made a few patches for my trash compactor bag pack liner and fixed one small tear in the pack itself. The only time I used more than a few inches at a time, on any hike, was to make a major repair on a spinnaker cloth pack I tried once. Spinnaker was a mistake. The duct tape worked great, though. I always carry it in my first aid kit.
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    Don't carry it. Never missed it.
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    See FB we can agree on a few things...
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    The times I've used it, nothing else would do, and we would have been up a creek without it. 1. my feet sweat and would blister when I wore boots. Band aids would slide off. The tape was the only thing that worked. Not even sport tape would hold. 2. My friend's sole came mostly off her boot. She had a duct tape shoe for the rest of the section, but worked fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Old Owl View Post
    See FB we can agree on a few things...
    Quite a few, I expect.
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