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    If you do long hikes you quickly find that you...

    If you do long hikes you quickly find that you can burn only so many calories per day. Your stamina will improve but you will hit your physical fitness limit after 3 months. So you fix what you...
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    This wonít work on most of the trail. I saw one...

    This wonít work on most of the trail. I saw one person doing this in TN. My first thought was that itís a lot of extra weight. Instead, put LOTS of effort into reducing weight. These are the people...
  3. There are many ways to spend our time and money...

    There are many ways to spend our time and money in life. If you thru hike then enjoy it and prepare well. If you spend that time taking on other challenges, then take on those like you would a thru...
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    Zpacks. It worked surprisingly well on many rainy...

    Zpacks. It worked surprisingly well on many rainy days. Very lightweight. Your body heat increases the temp. under the rain kilt. That lowers the relative humidity a bit and you actually dry your...
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    An orange that you eat? I encountered one all...

    An orange that you eat? I encountered one all alone, sitting on a boulder in the woods in New York (or NJ or some state. They blur together). After a few weeks you think nothing about eating food...
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    Agreed. Be agile. Stay on top of the rocks.

    Agreed. Be agile. Stay on top of the rocks.
  7. We have a canoe on the AT. Maybe we can have a...

    We have a canoe on the AT. Maybe we can have a raft too.
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    1) You donít hike the AT because itís easy. 2)...

    1) You donít hike the AT because itís easy.
    2) You will adapt.

    The rocks and bolders are bad. You will learn to walk on them and find they arenít so bad. Thatís why you get wildly different...
  9. Thread: Lunches

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    If you hike a lot then the “keep moving”...

    If you hike a lot then the “keep moving” mentality is fine. But you better be in shape approaching that of a thru hiker who is well into their hike. For those of us not currently settled into the...
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    It is very common for that parking area to fill...

    It is very common for that parking area to fill up and for people to park along the road. It would be rude and inappropriate to park there overnight. I get the ďI was here first so I have the right...
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    Hike up and down steep hills. Set goals for both...

    Hike up and down steep hills. Set goals for both distance and total elevation gain. As a thru hiker you will find a very common day to be 15 miles and 5,000 feet of elevation gain. It varies a...
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    It happens all the time. Itís usually just...

    It happens all the time. Itís usually just inexperience. People carry too much weight, are out of shape, planned too many miles, etc.
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    Make a best effort to sleep in the shelter you...

    Make a best effort to sleep in the shelter you are permitted to sleep in. Carry a tent/hammock/tarp/bivy or whatever you need and then find a cozy place near some trees if plan A did not work,...
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    Itís not nearly as much a survival experience as...

    Itís not nearly as much a survival experience as you may currently imagine. Youíre just walking from hotel to motel and hostel to hostel. Staying warm should be priority 1. Starting later in the...
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    You wonít be catching a shuttle at the GA/NC...

    You wonít be catching a shuttle at the GA/NC border. Itís kind of in the middle of nowhere. Consider hiking on to Winding Stair Gap as a good option. Thatís a major road with easy town access. Itís...
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    Not needed. If you change your mind itís easy to have it sent to you.
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    Started off hiking with 4 to 5 days of food and...

    Started off hiking with 4 to 5 days of food and roughly 80 to 100 miles planned per resupply. By the end of my thru I was getting much better at carrying less food and doing more frequent resupplies....
  18. Thread: InReach

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    The texting capability is nice. If getting to a...

    The texting capability is nice. If getting to a Gap and expecting to meet a shuttle I could always text them if there was no cell service. Would also text home often. The month-to-month expedition...
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    The DoD did a study on the shelf life of...

    The DoD did a study on the shelf life of different food storage methods. You can google for it. It depends greatly on the temperature it was stored at. Freeze dried storage is very long, especially...
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    If I did another thru there is no chance Iíd...

    If I did another thru there is no chance Iíd carry them. But it depends on your hiking style. Dealing with that kind of wet and ice and cold would be very hard while attempting a thru hike. Iíd be...
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    This past summer I met a SOBO in the hundred mile...

    This past summer I met a SOBO in the hundred mile hiking with a helmet and 360 view camera on his head. He was thru hiking for Google. It took pics every 30 seconds. He could only hike on good...
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    You also need those micro rest stops that come...

    You also need those micro rest stops that come with letting someone pass. Even on my crazy big mileage days I welcomed the little break as I let someone pass or used the opportunity to chat. Thereís...
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    Right. This is how it works. And in those rare...

    Right. This is how it works. And in those rare instances where you encounter someone rude enough for it not to work, what makes you think they will follow some rule?

    Just hike and be nice. This...
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    They make entertaining videos but I donít give...

    They make entertaining videos but I donít give them more credibility based on their number of viewers.

    The reality is that passing etiquette just isnít an issue. 99% of hikers handle it just fine...
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    9 out of 10 times you make eye contact with the...

    9 out of 10 times you make eye contact with the other hiker and the strategy for passing each other is quickly realized through body language. Uphill hikers seem to want to yield at about the same...
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