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    Yep, the shelters are probably safer, but even...

    Yep, the shelters are probably safer, but even they can be crushed during a windstorm. Here's a post that I made a few years ago after hiking the Northville Placid Trail in upstate New York:
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    I would say that an easy and inexpensive place...

    I would say that an easy and inexpensive place for a family visit in New England would be Rutland, Vermont. Fly to Burlington and drive a rental to Rutland -- it's about 60 miles of easy rural...
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    Oh, I think that culture is a real thing. I...

    Oh, I think that culture is a real thing. I enjoy a number of activities which have become strangely white over recent decades.

    I like jazz, but if you go to a jazz festival, it's a sea of...
  4. I hiked the GR5 from Lac Leman to Menton last...

    I hiked the GR5 from Lac Leman to Menton last summer, which coincides with the TMB for perhaps 50 kilometres from Col du Brevent to Col du Bonhomie. The alps are a beautiful place to hike, but the...
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    I carry a bear can because it is required by...

    I carry a bear can because it is required by regs, but if it wasn't required, I would just sleep with my food anyway. So, when make camp with a bear container, I usually sleep beside it and use it...
  6. People who are unable to show good judgement need...

    People who are unable to show good judgement need rules as a substitute. Pack it in, pack it out is just another rule that is substituted for thinking.

    When you are using public land, what you...
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    Yes, I end up doing this on occasion too. You...

    Yes, I end up doing this on occasion too. You roll into a shelter to spend the night, and the pigs from the previous week or two just abandoned their crap in the shelter. No biggie, just get a...
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    I concur. Phone Mormon Lake in advance to find...

    I concur. Phone Mormon Lake in advance to find out when they are open in April. I walked down the hill in April 2013 to discover that they were only open a few days per week, so I didn't get my...
  9. There are some really insecure people in this...

    There are some really insecure people in this thread. Why would you allow somebody else to define for you what your goal is and then also decide for you what are your measures of success? Just do...
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    Well, I'd say that advice is situation specific. ...

    Well, I'd say that advice is situation specific. If you are on a trail with short re-supply intervals which enables you to frequently recharge your phone, then I would agree that there's not much to...
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    This question might be considered somewhat...

    This question might be considered somewhat indiscreet, but do you have adequate wealth to pay for two homes? It strikes me that owning a home in the north for use during the summer, and a second...
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    Excellent! Thank you. I still need to buy a new...

    Excellent! Thank you. I still need to buy a new Z-rest pad for use in the desert and I'll definitely need a couple more pairs of trail runners for next year (I threw my last pair in the garbage in...
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    I bought a Jam70 pack online from MyTrail last...

    I bought a Jam70 pack online from MyTrail last night. There wasn't any standing in line for me! IMO, the Jam70 is a steal for $117 and free shipping.

    My current pack has about 3,000 hard miles...
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    I sweat like a pig when I hike, so I almost...

    I sweat like a pig when I hike, so I almost always need to change into drier clothes before I sleep. I just do it. People will see what they will see. That's part of life on the trail. To date,...
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    Black Friday Sales

    Okay, it's that time of year again. So, for those of us who need to update our gear for the 2019 hiking season, I thought I would start a Black Friday sales thread. To date, I have seen the...
  16. Thread: Bugs!

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    Well, black flies are not generally a problem at...

    Well, black flies are not generally a problem at night because they "sleep" once it gets dark. Mosquitoes, on the other hand, are quite happy to fly at night, feeding on their victim. I have found...
  17. Being a bit of a dickhead, I want to table the...

    Being a bit of a dickhead, I want to table the question of the Via Algarviana. It's a selfish thing because I go to the Algarve province of Portugal from time to time but I've never hiked it. It's...
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    For anyone who doesn't already know, the USDA...

    For anyone who doesn't already know, the USDA maintains a site that tracks the amount of snow depth at various high points in the western US. You can also look at year-to-date precipitation for the...
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    I'm still rocking my TarpTent Contrail, and I too...

    I'm still rocking my TarpTent Contrail, and I too have found that its size is a serious constraint on the campsites that I can use. Working from memory, the Contrail is 9 feet long, so in practical...
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    Sticky: 9) Fuel for alcohol stoves is as scarce as hens'...

    9) Fuel for alcohol stoves is as scarce as hens' teeth. Southern Arizona is warm and dry, so they don't need to worry about moisture or ice in their car's gas lines, so you won't generally find HEET...
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    Sticky: Wyoming, Excellent document. You've hit...

    Wyoming,

    Excellent document. You've hit everything bang-on. This should be a FAQ/wiki for the Arizona forum.

    A couple of comments which you might consider adding:

    1) When hiking NOBO,...
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    If you take everything then you probably will...

    If you take everything then you probably will need to check your bag which costs $25-30 each direction. If you leave your knife, poles, tent pegs and stove with somebody near the trail, then the...
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    A mid hike trip home is both a pain in the rear...

    A mid hike trip home is both a pain in the rear and an opportunity.

    If you can find a hostel owner or motel owner that is hiker friendly, you might be able to leave a box or a bag containing...
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    It weighs 13 grams? I would never have guessed...

    It weighs 13 grams? I would never have guessed it would be that much. I'm not sure that I want to remove the knob entirely, but it does give me pause to consider shrinking it using a grinder. ...
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    I use my bandanna to move the pot when it's hot. ...

    I use my bandanna to move the pot when it's hot. To save fuel, I usually cook my food "al dente" and just let it sit for 10 minutes to finish cooking. Even at that point, I find the pot too hot to...
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