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    I second the suggestion of Icebreaker NZ merino...

    I second the suggestion of Icebreaker NZ merino wool for base layers. Not scratchy and no funk. We got head to toe merino goods: socks, long underware, ss and ls tops, and balaclavas. Wonderful...
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    Climbing ropes! Ha!

    Climbing ropes! Ha!
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    If your training is walking I might recommend a...

    If your training is walking I might recommend a weighted vest or backpack. Otherwise walking doesn't have much training effect--just too easy.
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    We had lots of snow north of Neels Gap, but you...

    We had lots of snow north of Neels Gap, but you just stomp through it (or get off the trail). Never thought we needed spikes. You're not in Colorado or the Sierra, this isn't mountain climbing.
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  5. More power to you, firesign. You are correct...

    More power to you, firesign. You are correct about Freedom of Speech. As another who tends to be honest about what I think, I find it surprising that so many are intolerant of opposing views.
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    Why does this thread remind me of the old joke...

    Why does this thread remind me of the old joke about never mud wrestling with a pig?

    You know, you both get covered with mud, and the pig likes it.
  7. Well try it. You'll have to glue a new piece of...

    Well try it. You'll have to glue a new piece of velcro to the outside of the heel. We've done it with many different shoes.
  8. Here's an interesting study in which dogs were...

    Here's an interesting study in which dogs were allowed to choose what they like. They select fat and protein (52% Fat, 44 % Protein, 4% Carbs). The amount of carbs that they select is not...
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    Yes, definitely do it in sections. I hiked SOBO...

    Yes, definitely do it in sections. I hiked SOBO in WA Section K in Aug-Sept and passed 300-400 thru hikers. The majority were jaded and negative at that point (many just had their head down and...
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    Bananas are nothing to dance about.. they've even...

    Bananas are nothing to dance about.. they've even banned them for monkeys in zoos

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fqpD3v_aOQ
  11. I remember seeing an article about Alaskan sled...

    I remember seeing an article about Alaskan sled dogs, where the ones fed vegetarian couldn't finish the Iditarod... Healthy dog nutrition seems to require animal protein and fat, not fruits,...
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    Sounds more like Section Hiking...

    Sounds more like Section Hiking...
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    Today's packs are all so good, that you can't...

    Today's packs are all so good, that you can't lose. Unless IMO you get an ultralight pack and overload it. If there's any doubt about pack weight, get a beefier suspension system. Your shoulders...
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    Thanks for the link. I met him on the trail in...

    Thanks for the link. I met him on the trail in 2013(?) in NC, he had a lady named Starcatcher watching out for him IIRC.

    Much respect. Sleep soundly, Sir, you led a very full life!
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    If you do the approach trail and avoid the drive,...

    If you do the approach trail and avoid the drive, you may avoid vomiting on the curvy road. Honestly, the lodge owner drove his van up that road at about 50 mph, and I was in the back with ten other...
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    After 20 years of trying to make these new light...

    After 20 years of trying to make these new light frameless packs work, with sub 10 lb base weight, I longed for the old frame pack days when you could carry a lot and put almost all of the weight on...
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    Yes, you have the right to disable yourself with...

    Yes, you have the right to disable yourself with chemicals. Not the smartest route IMO.

    There are reasons why the Government wants the electorate to be chemically pacified at best and mentally...
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    I would encourage you to backpack after surgery...

    I would encourage you to backpack after surgery because perhaps the most important factor regarding recovery is blood flow. What better way?
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    Section hiking is underrated. You don't lose...

    Section hiking is underrated. You don't lose your enthusiasm, you don't get bored, you don't start to hate your hike.

    Truth be told, most of the so called thru hikers are really section hikers.
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    You are OK when you are hiking, that's not the...

    You are OK when you are hiking, that's not the problem. It's when you stop that the problem begins.
    I would recommend including a down sweater (if not a full blown down jacket) and merino wool,...
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    Mixed bag. We started on April 4 NOBO and the...

    Mixed bag. We started on April 4 NOBO and the hottest days were in the 80's; day one at Springer and day 22 at Hot Springs. In between it was usually friggin freezin, with significant snow and tons...
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    OK well you've taken care of the carbs. That...

    OK well you've taken care of the carbs. That will keep you dying for more food.

    What about protein? Hummus will give you 8 grams/serving... not so "protein packed", and not complete protein...
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    I did my first 1000+mile AT hike starting the day...

    I did my first 1000+mile AT hike starting the day after I graduated high school. I used old army surplus gear and minimized costs. I stretched $20 bills to last for weeks. Did what I had to do,...
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    First of all, we would never even day hike...

    First of all, we would never even day hike without a respectable FAK. That's irresponsible.

    Having said that, things that we carry, and invariably use, that we don't hear much about from others...
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    If you hike enough, mice are going to get into...

    If you hike enough, mice are going to get into your food. Especially in AT shelters although we recently had the problem camping off trail on the PCT.
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