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  1. Your daughter is adorable, and an absolute...

    Your daughter is adorable, and an absolute inspiration to this "old lady".

    Several years ago I met a young girl hiking south with her grandmother to complete the AT in Georgia. I think she was...
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    I was worried about the same thing, and contacted...

    I was worried about the same thing, and contacted TarpTent a couple of years ago. They said that the silnylon would not delaminate or wear off, and no waterproofing was necessary. They did...
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    A couple of weeks ago I tripped over videos on...

    A couple of weeks ago I tripped over videos on youtube done by Abbie Barnes of, it seems, every possible hiking trail in the UK. The first one I watched was for the West Highland Way, and it is now...
  4. I don't have that one, but I do have Hiking the...

    I don't have that one, but I do have Hiking the Florida Trail by Johnny Molloy. If you're interested, I'd be happy to send it to you. It's going to need a new home by the end of January.
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    I love my Deuter Act Lite 65+10. It is a little...

    I love my Deuter Act Lite 65+10. It is a little heavy, compared to some other packs, but it has never, ever hurt me, anywhere, even with a 32 pound winter load. For me, the balance and fit are...
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    HooKooDooKu - Great idea about the string line...

    HooKooDooKu -

    Great idea about the string line level attached to a hiking pole. Thanks!
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    Hey, Skinnbones, I'm in Clearwater. The dream...

    Hey, Skinnbones, I'm in Clearwater. The dream never really dies. After a failed attempt four plus years ago, I'm trying to get to the AT in October to do a shake down hike (again) in Georgia,...
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    I'm 67 and overweight (ok, morbidly obese) and...

    I'm 67 and overweight (ok, morbidly obese) and nothing has worked so far. On a whim (and with a little more desperation than I like to admit), I joined Weight Watchers online. I know. Weight...
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    A guy I was dating in the late 70's who...

    A guy I was dating in the late 70's who introduced me to camping and hiking. We spent one New Years at Amicalola and nearly froze, but hiking the approach trail got me hooked. Thanks, Raymond!!
  10. How really cold it was in them there mountains at...

    How really cold it was in them there mountains at night, especially for a Florida girl. Next time I'm taking a much, much warmer sleeping bag!
  11. Gossamer Gear has a padded pouch that attaches to...

    Gossamer Gear has a padded pouch that attaches to the shoulder strap with Velcro that looks like it might have a little added protection for smart phones, etc.
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    IMHO, just like a lot of other things, getting...

    IMHO, just like a lot of other things, getting over the fear of being alone at a shelter or campsite comes with doing it anyway. I was nervous at first, even car camping without friends and family...
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    Lnj - I had the same issues when preparing for my...

    Lnj - I had the same issues when preparing for my 2013 thru attempt. I ended up walking three to four miles a day, with a longer hike on the weekends, every couple of weeks. I also used a step...
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    Walking England, Wales and Scotland is one of...

    Walking England, Wales and Scotland is one of three things left on my priority bucket list. Have a great time!!
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    I've used Marie Callender's Easy Sides (add water...

    I've used Marie Callender's Easy Sides (add water to fill line on the package and microwave) on the trail, and they work great. Just add boiling water and stir occasionally until the pasta...
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    +1 on zappos.com

    +1 on zappos.com
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    I slow to the posted speed limit in small towns...

    I slow to the posted speed limit in small towns out of respect for the people who live there. I know how I feel when some idiot drives like a maniac through my neighborhood full of kids, pets, and...
  18. Thread: Inspiration

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    Thank you! I've been struggling to make a...

    Thank you! I've been struggling to make a comeback from a miserably failed thru in 2014, wondering if everyone was right about how I shouldn't have even tried because I'm too [insert adjective]. ...
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    Saj - Give them something to do to participate...

    Saj -

    Give them something to do to participate in the hike like sending you mail drops or collecting and mailing cards and goodies. Invite them over and show them everything in your pack, explain...
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    I am just simply speechless.

    I am just simply speechless.
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    Check your airline's website and the TSA website...

    Check your airline's website and the TSA website for what is and isn't allowed (note that they may not be the same). Overheard a conversation today at a local outfitter where they said poles with...
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    Thank you! Great info.

    Thank you! Great info.
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    Since the jacket is already dry, I'd run it first...

    Since the jacket is already dry, I'd run it first on cool or air fluff or whatever dryer setting has no heat. Use the balled up socks (much more gentle than tennis balls!), and run it for five...
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    Nido is much, much better than the "old" powdered...

    Nido is much, much better than the "old" powdered milks. For Annie's white cheddar mac and cheese I add two to three teaspoons with the cheese powder and just a little water after the macaroni has...
  25. Thread: Basic skills

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    I have to admit that sometimes I too shake my...

    I have to admit that sometimes I too shake my head and wonder, but often as I read the posts I either learn something new (imagine that!), have my opinion confirmed (always nice!) or not, or begin to...
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