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    durability of altra lone peak 4,0

    My favorite trail shoe is the non waterproof altra lone peak 3.0. I couldn't get a good fit in the 3.5. I have a new pair of 4.0, which feel great, but the fabric and construction seem to differ...
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    Is there any reason to be concerned about scented...

    Is there any reason to be concerned about scented soaps and attracting bears to tent sites? I like bronner's rosemary solid soap, carry small pieces. I've heard that bears may be attracted to...
  3. pm sent for tarp

    pm sent for tarp
  4. Thread: In camp shoes

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    They've upgraded them, the retail ones are now up...

    They've upgraded them, the retail ones are now up to $95.00, and apparently are made from algae-based foam; this would seem to price them well out of the range of camp and water shoes. I picked up a...
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    The "don't break the silence unless you can...

    The "don't break the silence unless you can improve on it" whiteblaze award, which should be highly coveted.
  6. Thread: Loop ideas

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    There are a large number of loop trails that use...

    There are a large number of loop trails that use the AT has one part of the loop. You can put two together to form a sort of figure 8, like austin mountain, trayfoot mountain, paynes run trails,...
  7. deceptive site warning

    I think I figured it out, this appears to be a google Chrome feature; when I used a different browser it didn't come up, so it may not be the security of the network, but a browser feature (which...
  8. There's something about the site that is...

    There's something about the site that is triggering that warning, it's not malware. I am using a corporate pc with very high level firewall, and it displays that warning when I click on the link,...
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    You can take a risk management approach to...

    You can take a risk management approach to thinking about hiker deaths on the AT from homicide. First, they’re fortunately quite rare (although if it is you that doesn’t matter). Second, the...
  10. Our main problem with reducing the carbon...

    Our main problem with reducing the carbon emissions that now threaten us with extreme weather patterns is a short term focus on heating our houses with the cheapest option, typically relying on...
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    Nitecore nu25, if you don’t mind spending an...

    Nitecore nu25, if you don’t mind spending an extra $10. It has a lot of good features at that price point, it’s a very good value.
  12. Thread: Ibuprofen

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    Currently our tests for acute kidney injury have...

    Currently our tests for acute kidney injury have difficulty separating apparent injury caused by simple dehydration from a marathon (which resolves completely) and more permanent injury; in the...
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    Agree, likely 5-8 years of work before we know if...

    Agree, likely 5-8 years of work before we know if this is really something worthwhile. There are a lot of things that look good at first in the lab and then fail repeatedly in human trials, like...
  14. Here's one explanation for problem bears in Virginia

    According to an article from the Washington Post, this man has been feeding black bears in his yard for a decade. His home is about 1/2 mile from where the AT crosses I 66 in Northern Virginia.
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  15. Thread: probiotics?

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    Fermented foods are the best bet, you can’t be...

    Fermented foods are the best bet, you can’t be sure what mix of probiotics you are getting in a supplement, they may vary significantly from what they claim to include.
  16. I second the suggestion that your group use a...

    I second the suggestion that your group use a developed campground as a base. Then you could send out separate smaller groups for either day hikes or overnight camping, keeping in mind the park back...
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    The vivobarefoot ultra is a great water/camp...

    The vivobarefoot ultra is a great water/camp shoe, but at list price of about $70 it's pricey. I bought mine like new off ebay for less than half that. You can actually hike in them on smooth...
  18. Thread: Doxycycline

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    It's based on some old case reports of what...

    It's based on some old case reports of what happened to 3 people who took out of date tetracycline (precursor of doxycycline). The army tested doxycycline (since it's used for anthrax exposure) and...
  19. Thread: Doxycycline

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    Here are a couple of things that everyone should...

    Here are a couple of things that everyone should know:
    1. Most Lyme disease comes from the tiny tick nymphs, about the size of a poppy seed, who transmit the disease in spring and until midsummer,...
  20. Thread: Shenandoah NP

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    One problem with peak leaf season in October is...

    One problem with peak leaf season in October is how close the road is to the trail (I believe the road runs along the original AT route, they then moved the trail). You get a lot of vehicle noise,...
  21. You can do a great two day loop from Reid's gap...

    You can do a great two day loop from Reid's gap returning on the mau har, total distance about 12 miles. The 3 ridges provides good views, the mau har a scenic (significantly) steep walk up a creek...
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    With your dried foods like the bean burgers, do...

    With your dried foods like the bean burgers, do you make up full meals at home for rehydration, or take the individual ingredients along and mix them up in the field when you cook (trying to decide...
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    Sorry, referring to the Nite Ize ties.

    Sorry, referring to the Nite Ize ties.
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    There are a lot of models, do you use the 6 inch...

    There are a lot of models, do you use the 6 inch one for this?
    thanks
  25. It's so easy to carry net material that it makes...

    It's so easy to carry net material that it makes sense not to take the risk. Unless you're on bare ground there will always be bushes and/or grass around. They are amazingly sensitive to mammals...
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