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    I've been using a gossamer umbrella and a rain...

    I've been using a gossamer umbrella and a rain skirt for the last three years. Still carry a rain jacket for those tight spots where the umbrella won't work. The umbrella is a must in my kit now as...
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    I wear lightweight long pants tucked in to my...

    I wear lightweight long pants tucked in to my socks in areas with heavy brush along the trail. All outerwear is treated with permethrin.
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    On one cool, overcast, drizzly morning on a FL...

    On one cool, overcast, drizzly morning on a FL trail hike I was going through a section that winds around several small ponds. The ponds were low, due to lack of rain, which made the muddy rings...
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    FWIW, the bear that tried to get into my can did...

    FWIW, the bear that tried to get into my can did not play soccer with it. It got the can out of some bushes where I stashed and I found it about ten feet away. The greater fear is it rolling down the...
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    You will experience much less stress using a bear...

    You will experience much less stress using a bear can.
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    Forgot the spoon one trip, made on-the-fly...

    Forgot the spoon one trip, made on-the-fly chopsticks out of some twigs which worked surprisingly well
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    I use an UL umbrella and carry it on all trips....

    I use an UL umbrella and carry it on all trips. It keeps 3/4ths of me mostly dry and the rain out of my face. I also like having it around camp so I'm not stuck in the tent. Yes, it's not going to...
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    General gun season ends 1/24 in zone c where you...

    General gun season ends 1/24 in zone c where you are doing most of the hike. I hike frequently in this zone. Wear orange and stick to established campsites. There are more hunters this year than in...
  9. FYI, my past couple of weekends have been nearly...

    FYI, my past couple of weekends have been nearly mosquito-free in Juniper Wilderness. A hard freeze is expected in this area Christmas night so bugs will be minimal for a while.
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    Duh, I completely forgot about the second pic...

    Duh, I completely forgot about the second pic which makes more sense.
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    Tree limbs, bears the berg is taking a beating....

    Tree limbs, bears the berg is taking a beating. John camping in right off the trail. That's the one leading out to the fir grove (54A)?
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    Check out the Durston X-Mid 2. I have the X-Mid...

    Check out the Durston X-Mid 2. I have the X-Mid one and it's a great tent for the money. The two seems to have the same great reviews.
  13. http://www.exped.com/usa/en/product-category/mats/...

    http://www.exped.com/usa/en/product-category/mats/megamat-lite-12-lxw-ruby-red

    just 3oz more than the LW 3D pad. I have both and use the mega for car camping or short overnighters. Beware, in some...
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    300ish is about right for these carrying under...

    300ish is about right for these carrying under 30lb loads. FWIW, I switched to the the "pro XA" shoe with "3D" chassis and they last a bit longer and feel more stable under load.
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    Rolling it forward creates drag. It'll take at...

    Rolling it forward creates drag. It'll take at least a 10th of a second off your top speed.
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    A snowed-in fir grove is something I gotta do....

    A snowed-in fir grove is something I gotta do. Quite a get together at hangover, must have been fun.
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    a spring chicken trying to put a chicken in the...

    a spring chicken trying to put a chicken in the spring.
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    Has this guy been caught?

    https://whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/136884-SC-Murder-Suspect

    Never had a problem is GSMNP backcountry, except for the odd camp bear.
  19. Absolutely correct. If I'm not mistaken there...

    Absolutely correct. If I'm not mistaken there have been a couple of members here that have become despondent enough to end their lives in the wilderness. These are very tough times for quite a few...
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    This is a short review of my experiences with the...

    This is a short review of my experiences with the X-mid. I stumbled across this tent on Drop and was intrigued by its features and price. As a dedicated trekking pole user, I own a Notch and am...
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    Did not know him but enjoyed his posts here....

    Did not know him but enjoyed his posts here. Condolences to his family and friends.
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    Have you looked at the Tarptent double rainbow? ...

    Have you looked at the Tarptent double rainbow?

    I've had the X-mid 1P out for a week in some wet conditions. I'll do a review soon.
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    Bustello in a ziplock bag.

    Bustello in a ziplock bag.
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    I see bears on about 75% of my smokies hikes. The...

    I see bears on about 75% of my smokies hikes. The most important thing is to remain calm. I know this will be difficult. The bear can most definitely sense your anxiety so it is important to minimize...
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    What really helped me for mountain hiking was...

    What really helped me for mountain hiking was adding weighted step-ups to my workout. Grab a dining room chair and two 25lb dumbbells. Place the chair against the wall and, holding the dumbbells...
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