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  1. Here's what I use, Exped UL: ...

    Here's what I use, Exped UL: http://www.exped.com/usa/en/air-pillow-ul-m

    I'm a side sleeper, tried all kinds of variations of stuff sacks, clothes bag, pack, etc. I finally bought this on sale...
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    Need advice on Scenic Section Hikes

    I have hiked 600 miles of the AT, but recently moved to Phoenix, AZ. I'm looking for some one weeks hikes out here incorporating the PCT. The JMT is on my bucket list, but work limits me to shorter...
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    I bought a pair of Black Diamond poles for $45,...

    I bought a pair of Black Diamond poles for $45, that retail for around $80, which is fairly cheap--probably the cheapest trekking pole they make. I have had no issues with them and really like using...
  4. Here's some advice from a fellow Jacksonvillian...

    Here's some advice from a fellow Jacksonvillian (is that what we're called?:)):

    I've only ever used the regular size Sawyer Squeeze. It works great and is so simple. I use a clear 2 liter...
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    I never wash clothes on the AT. I wash...

    I never wash clothes on the AT. I wash everything in town, which comes along at least once/week. I once had socks so filthy that they stood up on their own and the grit was chaffing my skin. A...
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    I have a moderate to below avg fitness level. I...

    I have a moderate to below avg fitness level. I sectioned Springer to Standing Bear Farms in 23 days. If I kept going, would have made Hot Springs in 25 days. Once you get to Hot Springs you can...
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    For something in that temp range I would...

    For something in that temp range I would recommend a quilt. Mine is from Enlightened Equipment, 30*, around $200, and only 20 oz. A 20* is not much more than that. I dont think you need a hood on...
  8. I, too, was dreading the shelters. I never used...

    I, too, was dreading the shelters. I never used one until the Smokys. And then I did it 4 days in a row after that. They really were not as bad as I expected. In mid-April every shelter was...
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    Check out Enlightened Equipment. There are other...

    Check out Enlightened Equipment. There are other cottage makers, as well. I have a 30* quilt, weighs 20oz, paid around $200. Looks like the 40* is now going for $215, 50* is $200. In 40-50*...
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    I wonder how many leaving about now had...

    I wonder how many leaving about now had originally planned a Feb start date, but pushed it back due to the snow? I'll bet that has something to do with the spiked numbers this year.
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    The grocery store in town previously closed. But...

    The grocery store in town previously closed. But a new one just opened in the same space a few months ago, Grant's. It is a local grocery store chain. They also have a Dollar General in town.
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    Yes. I had a Tarptent Contrail, but similarly...

    Yes. I had a Tarptent Contrail, but similarly did not like the single wall condensation issues. I also did not like the end entry and extremely slippery bathtub. I did a ton of research and...
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    Can you make a 25 liter pack work? Yes. But I...

    Can you make a 25 liter pack work? Yes. But I think it would be more functional to have something more appropriate. Most people carry 50-65 liters of gear. Most that carry a smaller pack have...
  14. Thread: Storms

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    Went through a very severe thunderstorm last...

    Went through a very severe thunderstorm last year. I just kept on hiking. I actually stopped into Double Springs Shelter, but the weather seemed to be passing. And just sitting there was getting...
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    Your photo made me chuckle....those nice,...

    Your photo made me chuckle....those nice, futuristic, high tech looking shoes---next to an old low tech radio. Classic!

    And I think you will be surprised how much you like this over the mid. The...
  16. If you want quiet on the AT, I'd say stay north...

    If you want quiet on the AT, I'd say stay north of Erwin. For whatever reason, March 1 seems to be the start of the bubble leaving from Springer. And they will easily be to Hot Springs, some we be...
  17. Hey LittleRock, how do you ship your box? How...

    Hey LittleRock, how do you ship your box? How much does that cost? Maybe I should rethink this.
    I did 4 drop boxes from Neel Gap to Fontana, but stopped because the postage expense seemed...
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    Zpacks medium pack cover is only 1.2 ounces, $44....

    Zpacks medium pack cover is only 1.2 ounces, $44. I've heard that cuben fiber is waterproof, so that might be one benefit of getting a Zpacks backpack--no need for a pack cover.

    I still love my...
  19. Laughed out loud at this one! Sounds like a...

    Laughed out loud at this one!

    Sounds like a real cultural difference in Russia vs US. It really sounds like he's shopping for a used piece of gear. But then again, as Tina Turner once said,...
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    I think most people have crunchy meals simply...

    I think most people have crunchy meals simply because they are impatient. I use a cozy made from a reflective windshield sunshade. I've let my meals sit for 30 minutes before eating and they are...
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    Hmmmm..... Good point, Fox! I never thought of...

    Hmmmm..... Good point, Fox! I never thought of it that way. I carry a 4 oz pack cover every step of the trail. Why not just carry the extra water weight only when your pack is wet, maybe 5% of...
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    Wow!:( Certainly a reminder to live every day to...

    Wow!:( Certainly a reminder to live every day to the fullest. We had a long conversation when he shuttled me into Asheville 2 years ago. Certainly seemed healthy and vibrant.
  23. Thread: Trail Magic

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    There's a couple that do trail magic out of a...

    There's a couple that do trail magic out of a white pickup in rememberance of their son at Newfound Gap last few years, at least. Sandwichs and cans of pop/soda. Not sure if they had/needed a...
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  25. Thanks everyone for the advice! Great input. :)...

    Thanks everyone for the advice! Great input. :) I'm heading to James River this year. I ended last year in Marion and spent 34 hours there waiting on my bus, so am very familiar with it. I'm...
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