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  1. Well, I did just finish reading Ben Montgomery's...

    Well, I did just finish reading Ben Montgomery's 2014 book, Grandma Gatewood's Walk. She was one tough woman. I'd say she was also the first ultralight hiker. I thought it was a very good read....
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    Favorite cold soak container

    Does anyone have a favorite container that maybe I can repurpose for a cold soak container. My only requirements are that it has a lid, is leakproof and hopefully, free or nearly so. Thanks
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    [QUOTE=Slumgum;2259213]Keep in mind choosing a...

    [QUOTE=Slumgum;2259213]Keep in mind choosing a pack that can handle a bear canister if you plan to hike anymore of the A.T. I wish I had done that before I began my thru hike.
    Do tell. I had heard...
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    Good advice from Gambit. I go go with...

    Good advice from Gambit.

    I go go with statistics. I believe the most dangerous part about a hike is the drive to the trail head. Yup, I know random murders have happened on the AT but,...
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    We are lucky enough to have a small place on...

    We are lucky enough to have a small place on Block Island, Rhode Island which is a summer tourist destination 13 miles off the Rhode Island coast. There are a lot of tourists there from the New York...
  6. [QUOTE=ldsailor;2257318]Just received my...

    [QUOTE=ldsailor;2257318]Just received my electronic issue of the ATC's magazine "Journeys." There is an article in it about food storage on the trail. Here is an excerpt from the article titled...
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    I like and use quilts but, I am a hammocker. I'm...

    I like and use quilts but, I am a hammocker. I'm told they start to lose their advantages when it's very cold, like below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. (But Shug does it!)
  8. Me too. Planning to step off on March 1st.

    Me too. Planning to step off on March 1st.
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    [QUOTE=Venchka;2257071]Swap your 6 ounce Nalgene...

    [QUOTE=Venchka;2257071]Swap your 6 ounce Nalgene for the 3 ounce Nalgene.


    3 oz. Nalgene?
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    I'll bring a pad if I have to sleep in the...

    I'll bring a pad if I have to sleep in the shelters. Not looking forward to that but I can hope they are full (hike late into the day so the unwashed masses get there before me.).
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    Yeah, I get it. I was hoping someone would have a...

    Yeah, I get it. I was hoping someone would have a magic solution to keep me toasty on those cold nights without carrying the extra weight of the Nalgene. I guess I do have the system dialed in IF I...
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    Nalgene 1L for cold months

    I'll be stepping off NOBO on or about 1 March 2020 from Springer for a two month LASH. (I know . . . Better weather, more daylight, lighter pack if I were to wait 6 or 8 weeks to start but, I don't...
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    I'd say 15' apart minimum. Like someone above...

    I'd say 15' apart minimum. Like someone above said, with the hammock suspension system (for instance, whoopies) added to the length of the tree strap (or the distance from the post to the Marlin...
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    I have ordered from Harmony House in the past and...

    I have ordered from Harmony House in the past and have been happy. They have many choices and combinations.
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    If memory serves me correctly, the SOL Emergency...

    If memory serves me correctly, the SOL Emergency bivy is not breathable whereas, the SOL Escape bivy is breathable. I played around with the Escape bivy a few years ago and was surprised at how...
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    Well, it's hard to imagine how one could sleep on...

    Well, it's hard to imagine how one could sleep on a concrete floor in winter with only a blanket. I suppose I could do it for one night (not getting much sleep) but, for a four to six month thru...
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    To answer the original question: yes, pre...

    To answer the original question: yes, pre cooked, dehydrated beans will rehydrate and can be eaten. That said, it's been my experience that adding boiling water or nearly boiling water will...
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    Falls and trips

    Falls and trips
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    I've heard that many or most times, even when...

    I've heard that many or most times, even when there is a clear cut case of justifiable homicide, the innocent person is still put through hell legally, financially and emotionally in the aftermath of...
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    Lincoln Gap to App. Gap or, the other direction.

    Lincoln Gap to App. Gap or, the other direction.
  21. Thread: New stove

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    New stove

    I'm heading out next week on an easy, three day backpacking/camping trip and I thought I'd take an alcohol stove this time. I have a box of homemade alchy stoves . . . everything from the simple cat...
  22. So, here's the report on the 4lb. jug of pre...

    So, here's the report on the 4lb. jug of pre cooked, whole, dehydrated pinto beans that I got from Harmony House.
    They are perfect for my needs. They do take 15 or 20 minutes to rehydrate...
  23. My back started to bother me about 5 years ago. ...

    My back started to bother me about 5 years ago. I thought I'd have to give up backpacking/camping. Fortunately, I tried a hammock and haven't looked back. I sleep better in the hammock than...
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    A 20 degree quilt is a nice compromise for three...

    A 20 degree quilt is a nice compromise for three season camping/backpacking. I know 20 degrees sounds too warm for summer but, the ability to vent a quilt or, move most of it off your body or,...
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    Filtering water for a large group

    This summer I am going on a camping trip with a group totaling five people including myself. We're not going backpacking per se but, more like setting up a base camp by a remote lake and probably...
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