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  1. If I hiked in shorts, I would, indeed, get some...

    If I hiked in shorts, I would, indeed, get some dirty girl gaiters. I looked into it once, and I think their website suggests going up a size?
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    What they said. Don't do what your doctor says...

    What they said.
    Don't do what your doctor says to not do, and just as importantly, DO as your doctor (or physical therapist) says to do.
    I realize this isn't a kidney removal, but:
    After getting...
  3. Thread: Needle Ice

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    I didn't know what it was called (until just...

    I didn't know what it was called (until just now), but I have seen it several times in the southern portion of the AT.
  4. Thread: Kincora...

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    Black bear is just down the road from kincora,...

    Black bear is just down the road from kincora, also.
  5. My two concerns about ebikes being allowed on...

    My two concerns about ebikes being allowed on regular bike trails (mountain bike trails) were:
    1. That the electric assist bikes would erode the trails in a manner similar to (but obviously less...
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    I trip/ stumble at least once or twice a day,...

    I trip/ stumble at least once or twice a day, usually able to recover by planting the trekking poles. I actually fall about once a week... except for those couple of days in the Smokies on ice; I...
  7. Thread: headlamp

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    I have used a few different versions of the store...

    I have used a few different versions of the store bought headlights. I started off with a 100 lumen energizer, found it not bright enough to identify some critters I encountered while night hiking...
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    Very large for one person, at 35" wide floor -...

    Very large for one person, at 35" wide floor - and it says it can be expanded to 40" wide, so it can accommodate two people in a pinch using 20" wide sleeping pads; The Stratospire 1 by Tarptent. Two...
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    Very similar experiences here. I have seen the...

    Very similar experiences here.
    I have seen the subtle looks on thru hiker's faces change from one of superiority when they thought I was just a section hiker to that of respect or camaraderie when...
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    A friend of mine's hubby is a wildlife officer....

    A friend of mine's hubby is a wildlife officer. Occupationally, he's in the woods regularly (daily?) catching poachers and whatever else they do. His Lyme disease went un-diagnosed long enough that...
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    Congratulations! I started in October of '14...

    Congratulations!
    I started in October of '14 and I'm up to mile 755 or so. About a third of the way.
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    Another benefit the Notch has over some tents is...

    Another benefit the Notch has over some tents is that it has no head or toe, no left or right - so you don't have to figure out which way to pitch it. Every second saved pitching your tent when it's...
  13. Taking the boots off at lunch break does wonders...

    Taking the boots off at lunch break does wonders for drying out the socks!
    The boots may dry a little, too, if they are put in a sunny spot.
    Remember, dry feet are happy feet (as far as blisters...
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    I like this guy!

    I like this guy!
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    I'm happy with mine. Very light, comfortable...

    I'm happy with mine. Very light, comfortable grips and straps, only about $45 directly from the manufacturer...I understand they can be found cheaper elsewhere...
  16. I had something similar happen a few years ago,...

    I had something similar happen a few years ago, without the itchiness (as far as I recall).

    It was the last day of a week long hike. I finished the Smokies (nobo) and walked the gravel road back...
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    The only thing I see about this tent that looks...

    The only thing I see about this tent that looks questionable in the photos I've seen is how low it sits to the ground.
    Comparing it to the Notch, since you brought that up, the Notch seems to be...
  18. To address the "lighter" part of the op's...

    To address the "lighter" part of the op's request...

    First, I am a cold sleeper. I am comfortable in 15 degree nights in my 0 degree down bag. My 0 degree down bag weighs close to 4 lbs because I...
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    Get moving early, stop at 10:30 and nap until...

    Get moving early, stop at 10:30 and nap until 4:30.
    I met a thru hiker from England last week, and that's what he was doing due to his inability to tolerate 90į temperatures.
    I believe our southern...
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    Mockingbird is Florida's state bird, so yes...but...

    Mockingbird is Florida's state bird, so yes...but I've not heard a mockingbird sing like this bird.
    Maybe I'll post the question on the Facebook AT page. There seems to be a lot of people from that...
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    These Olicamp XTS pots work much better with the...

    These Olicamp XTS pots work much better with the pocket rocket style stoves that shoot their flames straight up than they do with other stoves that shoot the flames outward.

    My gigapower stove...
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    I don't remember the song, but it was more of a...

    I don't remember the song, but it was more of a song than just a few notes. It was very loud, and it started at 5:00 am, where everywhere else I slept during that section, they (the birds) started...
  23. A good night's sleep is important to me, and it...

    A good night's sleep is important to me, and it has been elusive until this last trip.
    I started with a regular sized ridge rest and was totally uncomfortable.
    Then I bought a short one to put on...
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    It wasn't a whippoorwill, I'm familiar with their...

    It wasn't a whippoorwill, I'm familiar with their song. This one was much more melodious...and loud :)
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    Laurel Creek Shelter

    Does anyone know what kind of songbird lives at the Laurel Creek Shelter that sings so incredibly loudly at 5:00 am?
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