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  1. Why trail running shoes over waterproof boots?

    Quote Originally Posted by jpolk84 View Post
    Trail running shoes are lighter, first off. Over the course of the entire route that makes a difference. It's also a difference you notice off the bat. Second, even your waterproof boots are going to get wet. And waterproof boots take a lot longer to dry than trail running shoes. FWIW, I have both and the shoes are my first reach. If it's really cold or a shorter hike I might reach for the boots. There are different takes on this and everyone has to make that choice for themselves. If ankle support
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  2. Tommorrow is the first test

    So tomorrow I'm doing my first test. I'm planning to do 10 miles through Dogtown Common trails in Gloucester Ma. The terrain is variable and should prove challenging. I purchased a new Gregory pack that will not be in until next week so I'm going to use my old army ruck sack and carry 15 lbs or so for the day. I feel confident, not really worried about the mileage, I'm on my feet moving all day anyway. I really am looking at how long it will take. The weather should be beautiful so I'm looking forward ...
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  3. Want to replace my GPS

    I have an Ancient GPS. Basically it just gives you your position and allows limited way points. I am thinking about upgrading to a Garmin eTrex20. Going to do some research today but it seems like a good fit.
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  4. Continued training wtih a twist

    Well, Still continuing the journey of preparing for my first section hike in 27 years. Several months ago I began indoor rock climbing. It is very challenging but I find it totally rewarding. I booked an Ice Climbing day adventure in the White Mountains as went on it this past weekend. It was one of the most thrilling things I have ever done. It was uniquely hard, balance, strength and attention to detail were all necessary. I climbed for 6 hours with a group of 9 others of which I was easily the ...
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  5. Pennsylvania Hikers

    My name's Alex Peterson and I just joined this forum. Are there any people who live in Pennsylvania interested in doing a few short hiking trips this summer?
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