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  1. Non-free Standing tent in the Whites

    I am currently thruhiking the AT and am just finishing MA. Someone from NH told me I was going to have trouble using my Zpacks Duplex in the Whites on their tent pads because it is not free standing. I have used it on a wooden tent pad in MA and was able to make it work. I know that Zpacks sells the poles needed to make it free standing but I'd rather not spend $125 for this option and carry the extra weight. Can I get some feedback on using a Duplex on the tent pads in NH/the Presidential range? ...
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  2. March 1, 2020 [3Jul17]

    ,,, because I like to plan ahead ...

    2020 metaphor for fore-sight [?]

    I had the pleasure of reading Awol's, Grandma's, and Earl's hiking adventure in '16 (seems so long ago) and got the bug. Then LIFE struck. Now it's almost nine months later and a very good friend brought up the subject: my dream got reignited!

    There is plenty of time for me to test some essential gear, learn a few things, start drawing social security, retire from work, then go for a walk. ...

    Updated 07-07-2017 at 17:02 by Click (edit)

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  3. Recovering from an accident and following your dreams.

    First of all let's get my trail name out of the way. I'm sure you've heard duct tape can truly fix everything. I have a roll of duct tape with me everywhere I go. When picking a trail name one of my friends said why don't you just call yourself duct tape. So when I found out that the name "Duct Tape" was already taken I settled with Duck Tape. Oh well...

    Now that that's said I can return back to my original topic.

    So there I was in North Carolina on a job interview. ...
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  4. Trail Magic - Max Patch - April 15th weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by -Rush- View Post
    Trail magic should be magical, not a big festival at a gap or other known area. I don't usually eat their food, but I'll grab a soda or energy drink. If you want to be part of real magic here are a few ideas:

    Position yourself with a cooler full of Gatorade at:

    - the top of Kelly Knob, Courthouse Bald, or some other ass-kicking climb.
    - down a blue blaze leading to a view that most hikers should see.
    - spell a number combo with rocks/sticks on the ground
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  5. Appalachian Trail - Compton Gap to Gravel Springs - Columnar Jointing Formation


    This hike is in the northern most section of Shenandoah National Park and ascends Compton Peak where there is a unique rock formation called Columnar Jointing. I’ve included some links below describing the formation. The hike to visit the formation is 2.4 miles round trip and has 835 feet of elevation gain to hike. The parking is very good at mile marker 10.5 and the hike well worth it just to visit the rock formation. The hike guide can be found ...
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