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    I haven't found anywhere on the LT that you...

    I haven't found anywhere on the LT that you couldn't hammock... tenting is another story. Photo is on Doll Peak (just north of Laura Woodward) just moments before a severe squall line came through...
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    The Long Trail Guide is sufficient, and the maps...

    The Long Trail Guide is sufficient, and the maps in it are good... but I also liked to carry the map, folded to the current location, for quick reference while hiking. If you were to choose either...
  3. Thread: NOBO in August

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    A full zip bag around 40 degree rated would be...

    A full zip bag around 40 degree rated would be ideal. Full zip mainly for the south when you'll need to vent... a lot. As far as hooking up... I know of a few E-2-Er's going at about the same time,...
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    There are a LOT of variations in pitching the...

    There are a LOT of variations in pitching the Contrail. Here are a couple of the many I've tried.

    http://i444.photobucket.com/albums/qq164/Quoddy1/BeakedContrail.jpg

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    I've had several different TarpTents from Henry...

    I've had several different TarpTents from Henry and the Contrail is still my favorite. So fast to put up (around a minute), good protection, excellent ventilation, and lightweight. No real downside...
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    Only about 350 miles on each of my last 3 pairs...

    Only about 350 miles on each of my last 3 pairs of Inov-8 Terroc 330's, but it was on brutal trails... mountains, rocks, roots, and water. The very low weight makes up for the lack of mileage.
  7. Thread: 23 days?

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    It's an easy hitch into Waitsfield from the trail...

    It's an easy hitch into Waitsfield from the trail head at Appalachian Gap. The Hyde Away Inn is the area's usual stop for LT hikers, accepts resupply packages, and is relatively inexpensive for the...
  8. Thread: August E2E

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    I did see Northern Harrier on the approach trail...

    I did see Northern Harrier on the approach trail to Journey's End on my way out. I did see you previously on August 22nd, south of Taylor Lodge on your way to Duck Brook while I was heading from...
  9. Thread: August E2E

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    I was on an LT E-2-E at the same time as...

    I was on an LT E-2-E at the same time as Cookerhiker (saw each other in the north). I was using a 50 degree bag and had NO insulated clothing. I found that my warmth was marginal twice when the...
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    Late June is traditionally peak black fly season...

    Late June is traditionally peak black fly season on much of the LT. I think a 40 is a good bag choice unless you sleep cold. I've done an E-2-E with a 50 degree bag, but mountain temperatures at...
  11. You might ask Ron (MLD) about a Revelation, which...

    You might ask Ron (MLD) about a Revelation, which are no longer in regular production. I use both the Spinntex (3.5oz) and Spectralite (6.1oz) versions for SUL (base around 3 pounds) during 3 season...
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    Most tenters head to the large tenting area...

    Most tenters head to the large tenting area behind and to the right (facing the shelter). It's almost split into two areas back there and should hold close to ten tents.
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    You're right. It's south, back toward Lula Tye...

    You're right. It's south, back toward Lula Tye shelter, and serves them both.
  14. Thread: Congdon Shelter

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    I think that the best spot is across the stream...

    I think that the best spot is across the stream which is approximately 45 degrees toward the left looking out from the shelter. I know that location has space for at least 6 tents.
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    Good to know. I've found that when reaching Big...

    Good to know. I've found that when reaching Big Branch I've always used it to wash off several days of grime. In most situations and in many locations it is possible to wade across, if necessary.
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    I'd say that a photo at the border marker is a...

    I'd say that a photo at the border marker is a must at the completion of a NOBO E-2-E hike. (It's tricky getting a foot in each country when the camera is on a timer)
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    I've found that 32 to 40oz of water allows me to...

    I've found that 32 to 40oz of water allows me to drink 8 to 10oz on each five minute hourly stop I make. That average amount allows for 5 hours of hiking, or halfway, before the needed next fill-up...
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    Depending upon where and when I'm sectioning, I...

    Depending upon where and when I'm sectioning, I add items to my 4 pound base. Usually I end up with a realistic base base between 5 and 6 pounds. At the start, I carry an average 40oz of water, once...
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    Dr Bronner's. Use it sparingly. A couple of...

    Dr Bronner's. Use it sparingly. A couple of ounces should last a month.
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    If you plan to stop anywhere except shelter areas...

    If you plan to stop anywhere except shelter areas you are going to find it difficult to find a spot to pitch a tent. I've used a hammock extensively on the LT and love the freedom to stop anytime,...
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    I've done sections every year since moving to...

    I've done sections every year since moving to this area and one E-2-E. I was really psyched for the E-2-E and did a lot of planning. Since then I just grab my gear and go. I'm looking forward to...
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    In March, Greylock is going to be tough. I'm...

    In March, Greylock is going to be tough. I'm sure, based on other mountains in this area, that you'll hit at least two or three feet of snow and even more at the summit. Above 3300' mountains in this...
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    You might try convertibles with a draw string....

    You might try convertibles with a draw string. I've found that, after awhile, hiking with a belt of any kind interferes with my the upper portion of my hip belt. I must admit that I've never needed,...
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    I wear a Suunto (Observer) as much, or more, for...

    I wear a Suunto (Observer) as much, or more, for the altimeter as for the time. When used with a good map it pinpoints my position by mountain heights. Another benefit is the built in compass for...
  25. Thread: Is it cheating?

    by Quoddy
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    The GMC considers completion of the trail,...

    The GMC considers completion of the trail, regardless of how many sections it is done in, an End-to-End hike. It is entirely up to the individual as to how they want to do it. I, personally,...
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