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  1. Though far from a thru-hiker and not even a...

    Though far from a thru-hiker and not even a descent LASHer, ever since I took up this little distance hiking obsession in 2011 or so, I have noticed my own blood lipid profile change markedly -- for...
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    You mentioned redundancy in your water treatment...

    You mentioned redundancy in your water treatment by bringing "repackaged aqua mira" in addition to your filter.... If you are doing that as a backup in case you lose or freeze your filter, you can...
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    Hmm....hadn't thought of that. But then I'd be...

    Hmm....hadn't thought of that. But then I'd be loaded down with the weight of all that money I'd make.
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    I too have one and yes, it is kind of a nice perk...

    I too have one and yes, it is kind of a nice perk at the end of the day. I haven't used it for hiking since I updated my pad to the newer ExTherm, which is mummy shaped and smaller in volume than my...
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    Yes -- read Skywalker's AT book and did enjoy...

    Yes -- read Skywalker's AT book and did enjoy that one. I actually met him up in Maine in 2014 when I was starting my attempt at a SOBO and he was starting a SOBO section. He checked into the AT...
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    Love this.

    Love this.
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    Yes -- "The Body: A Guide for Occupants" is a...

    Yes -- "The Body: A Guide for Occupants" is a great audio book for a long hike...as is "A Short History of Nearly Everything" (though not narrated by Bryson.

    Back to the original topic: I really...
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    This is so true...unfortunately, the only audio...

    This is so true...unfortunately, the only audio version narrated by him (that I know of) is an abridged version, which is disappointing. Even so, there really is no one better suited to read Bryson...
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    A user manual for a trowel. Huh...never saw that...

    A user manual for a trowel. Huh...never saw that before.

    It was an idle thought on an idle day. I think I'll just go on digging like I have been (without a user manual) and call it good.
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    In the movie "Wild" there is a classic scene...

    In the movie "Wild" there is a classic scene where she struggles to put on and stand up with her massive Beast of a pack. I laughed so hard because yeah, that was me once (with 50lbs.) I wouldn't...
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    Didn't lose me -- I look forward to your trip...

    Didn't lose me -- I look forward to your trip reports. I enjoy seeing and hearing about the many different places you hike, the challenges you encounter, and the different people you meet....
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    Yeah starting to think it's not worth the effort...

    Yeah starting to think it's not worth the effort of even thinking about it. And I sure can't afford braces for it! [emoji2957]
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    New Teeth in an old Deuce of Spades

    I bought a Deuce of Spades trowel a few years ago, and just recently noticed that they now appear to come with serrations or "teeth" on the digging edges -- something I wished they had had when I...
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    "Gone woke"...? I this yet another something...

    "Gone woke"...?

    I this yet another something where I'm behind the curve?
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    Curiously, Venmo is owned by PayPal.

    Curiously, Venmo is owned by PayPal.
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    Nice! I look forward to Minnesota and the SHT...

    Nice!

    I look forward to Minnesota and the SHT if you ever make one of those!
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    Just another anecdote about OPSacks -- my lessons...

    Just another anecdote about OPSacks -- my lessons learned and observations after using them since 2014:

    I learned early that the zip seal is a little bit harder to seal than a regular Ziploc; it...
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    For whatever my input is worth, I agree with this...

    For whatever my input is worth, I agree with this and would encourage a second thought about bringing two "in case of failure".... I have a couple of Ankers (10k & 21k) and have used both...
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    If traveling to hike far from home or areas you...

    If traveling to hike far from home or areas you commonly visit, a good Last Minute Chore is to contact your bank and/or credit card company. It is not unheard of for them to deny charges to your card...
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    Another one here who really likes the Steripen....

    Another one here who really likes the Steripen. Mine is the "Adventurer Opti" that I bought years ago, which does require two C123 batteries, but that is the only downside and one I happily put up...
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    One person's boredom is another person's passion...

    One person's boredom is another person's passion or solitude; what interests one person doesn't necessarily interest another. I know that I can watch lengthy documentaries about obscure subjects with...
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    The claustrophobia factor is the reason I've...

    The claustrophobia factor is the reason I've never really considered getting one. The idea of sleeping in a potato sack inside a sleeping bag just didn't sound appealing. I did, however, score a...
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    Sleeping bag liners

    Whenever I see any YouTube hikers prepping for an early start, it seems many of them say they are bringing a sleeping bag liner (usually the Sea-to-Summit Reactor) because "they say it can add, like,...
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    I had the same concern about my Ursack, but agree...

    I had the same concern about my Ursack, but agree that it really doesn't get as wet as you'd think. It gets wet, but not soaked.
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    I have, and love, my Jetboil Sol -- and at the...

    I have, and love, my Jetboil Sol -- and at the risk of jinxing its so-far perfect performance, I have wondered what I'd do in the event it (or the gas canister) failed for any reason. I always bring...
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