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    Actually, having done both in hiking the entire...

    Actually, having done both in hiking the entire trail, I can tell you that hiking up and down Katahdin is just as legitimate or traditional as hiking up the approach trail. Almost all NOBO thrus have...
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    I've already tested my gear out in single digits....

    I've already tested my gear out in single digits. The first test in the 20s did not go well but we learned and didn't bat an eyelash when it dropped close to zero. Getting outside in varying...
  3. Alyssa, I completed the AT in a bunch of...

    Alyssa,

    I completed the AT in a bunch of section hikes (some as long as 2 weeks) with my wife and 3 of our 4 children, ranging from 15 to 10 now but 10 to 6 when we started. In the beginning we...
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    Why not arrive in Millinocket and stay at the AT...

    Why not arrive in Millinocket and stay at the AT lodge? They can shuttle you into the park to do your out and back ascent/descent of Katahdin back to the birches. You could possibly hike as far as...
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    Gambit - I completed the AT this summer along...

    Gambit - I completed the AT this summer along with my wife and two of my children, this over 5 years. I'll admit that it was a bit emotional for me to reach the sign and I was thrilled for my kids...
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    The Jam was sold as a 50 liter pack. I love mine...

    The Jam was sold as a 50 liter pack. I love mine but after a full hike on the AT it is showing its age and it's time to find a replacement. I'd buy another if they were available but sadly they...
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    I have not thru hiked with my Alaskan Husky but...

    I have not thru hiked with my Alaskan Husky but she did finish the whole AT in sections with our family. Our experience is similar to yours with regard to heat and humidity and we evolved her hiking...
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    Then keep at those day hikes for some...

    Then keep at those day hikes for some conditioning. If you can get out everyday and do some walking with your pack on, even if it's on pavement, or do some stair climbing with your pack on or do any...
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    Are you intending to go for long section hikes or...

    Are you intending to go for long section hikes or attempt a thru hike? Day hikes are great but if you can string them into a section hike (even for only 2 or 3 days, say, a long weekend) that will...
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    I make muffins on the trail all the time and use...

    I make muffins on the trail all the time and use the "just add water" mixes. But (and you knew there was a but coming, didn't you...) it requires two pots. Because I'm cooking for 6 I carry a 4 liter...
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    Size of the pack is less important than how...

    Size of the pack is less important than how comfortably it holds your gear. Is the Volt too big? Not if it rides comfortably and holds your gear without a lot of wasted space. My best advice to you...
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    My wife and I just completed our last section of...

    My wife and I just completed our last section of the trail with our kids this August. My son was 6 when he started (doing his first 500 miles that year) and 10 when he finished. My oldest started...
  13. Like others I am still going lighter as my kids...

    Like others I am still going lighter as my kids get older and I carry less gear for them. That means I can afford to carry a lighter pack as I don't have to hump as much food. I've also swapped out...
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    Flannel in the summer (if anything) and...

    Flannel in the summer (if anything) and fleece/merino in the winter. I used to use a bag and had a silk liner in it that worked well. Now I use a quilt and don't worry about it.
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    I just use a wool knit-cap. Works fine for me. A...

    I just use a wool knit-cap. Works fine for me. A fleece buff might be good around your neck if you can't cinch the quilt down there but I also use a quilt for ground-dwelling and the hat is all I...
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    Raptelan - I'm not sure what would make you...

    Raptelan - I'm not sure what would make you comfortable but I can tell you what has made my wife and I comfortable for what it's worth.

    My wife uses a Neoair x-lite on a Z-lite and I just use the...
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    I have slept down into the single digits with a...

    I have slept down into the single digits with a Z-lite sol and an Apex quilt over top. Due to the cold, I also wore Smartwool merino wool leggings and lightweight + midweight top and Darn Tough thick...
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    SNP is lovely this time of year and views are...

    SNP is lovely this time of year and views are abundant. If I had a choice between that and Maryland I would choose SNP. The tradeoff is the weather is tougher in SNP than in MD that time of year so...
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    Parking - Pen Mar parking at the official spot is...

    Parking - Pen Mar parking at the official spot is not that great. Last time I checked overnight parking wasn't permitted in the park parking lot. But here's an idea that might work better for you...
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    Depends on what your goal is with the hike, how...

    Depends on what your goal is with the hike, how far you're willing to travel, etc. Off the cuff, I could recommend knocking off WV and MD plus a bit of southern PA or a bit of Northern VA down to...
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    Loved the video and the jig but I'll be working...

    Loved the video and the jig but I'll be working more or less freehand. Still, that makes it look like the router is the way to go....so far. Any other techniques?
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    Making Trail Signs

    On my hike of the AT, I saw numerous signs along the trail that were wooden and appeared to have routed out lettering/numbering on the face. I was thinking of making something very similar as...
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    I wouldn't skip the Whites if you can avoid it....

    I wouldn't skip the Whites if you can avoid it. They are well worth the trouble and camping is not nearly as hard as it sounds. That said, keep in mind that when you exit the 100MW you are at the...
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    There are hostels in two of the three notches and...

    There are hostels in two of the three notches and an AMC center in the third so if you can go notch to notch you can avoid huts. The tricky spot is Mt. Washington as it is an epic one day hike notch...
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    This is what I do with my alky stove (penny...

    This is what I do with my alky stove (penny stove). I place a can lid I've cut off with a can opener under my stove and then hardware cloth around it as the pot stand. I too use hooks on the end to...
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