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    This is also a cool loop that features Old Rag in...

    This is also a cool loop that features Old Rag in Shenandoah. Kids usually love the scrambling there and great views. You could alter it so it was shorter...
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    The Killington Loop from Inn at long trail is...

    The Killington Loop from Inn at long trail is worth considering. 9.4 miles and a good climb on the way up, but not technically difficult. You get a great 360 view at the top and there are nice views...
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    If you've never backpacked at all, you might want...

    If you've never backpacked at all, you might want to consider doing an overnight somewhere local to figure out your gear
  4. While I agree that pushing it on the last day can...

    While I agree that pushing it on the last day can be ok (less food, no setting up camp, and you can pig out for dinner when done...), it can also be very depressing to start day 3 and be staring at...
  5. That's a good time of year. I have hiked sections...

    That's a good time of year. I have hiked sections there twice in early to mid-May. Temperatures can be all over the place, but on average very good

    One route option: go south from Front Royal. You...
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    Not everyone has the capacity to save a lot,...

    Not everyone has the capacity to save a lot, depending on circumstances, so it can be really easy to do or a big challenge.
    1. For cutting expenses, I would start with a list of everything you...
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    If you're comparing to quilt ratings, I would say...

    If you're comparing to quilt ratings, I would say your current bag would be most comparable in warmth to popular 20f rated quilts. Except you would need to add more head/neck insulation with the...
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    Another small pad underneath will definitely...

    Another small pad underneath will definitely help, but also make sure your head/neck insulation is adequate. It becomes an important consideration when you're getting into lower temps and have a...
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    Here is some data from the Trek thru hiker...

    Here is some data from the Trek thru hiker surveys. I think this trend may continue. Long-distance Hiking is booming with certain demographics, but not as much in young people. It will take awhile...
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    Have other hikers tried the Katadyn befree for...

    Have other hikers tried the Katadyn befree for prolonged use? I use the squeeze and have always liked it, but the flow rate on the befree crushes my squeeze (I have friends that use it that are done...
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    This is true. People have access to find the best...

    This is true. People have access to find the best trail, best views, very easily, and to get there affordably.
    My dad hiked a lot in the 60s and 70s. He grew up on the west coast, and when he moved...
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    I only thing long-distance hiking numbers will...

    I only thing long-distance hiking numbers will generally decline over time because more people of all ages, but especially young, are joining the "everything must be quick and connected" MO. Also,...
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    Trail isn't much of a secret anymore or viewed as...

    Trail isn't much of a secret anymore or viewed as an experience that few do, which may cut down on the allure.
    Not that it was ever a big secret, but the influx of hollywood movies and other hiking...
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    Practice steep hikes to dial your gear in and...

    Practice steep hikes to dial your gear in and make sure your shoes are optimal for that type of terrain (eg: no blisters...).

    I agree that if you're relatively fit, you should be fine, but being...
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    That's definitely a favorite "somewhat local"...

    That's definitely a favorite "somewhat local" trail of mine. I did the superior provincial park coastal trail in the spring, and it was also a great trail.
    If you haven't done that one, a few...
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    You definitely can combine quilts, and I have...

    You definitely can combine quilts, and I have done so with a 40f and 20 of different brands (hammock gear 20f + unknown summer quilt from amazon), which worked fine. However, if you do that and go...
  17. I don't think you will want to use the xlite AND...

    I don't think you will want to use the xlite AND the zlite to start. That's a bit overkill
    At most, if you think the 1/8 won't be enough, you could do xlite & something similar to this (3/8"):...
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    If you attach your first quilt as normal and then...

    If you attach your first quilt as normal and then attach the other over the top, what issue are you running into?
    I don't have a problem doing this with my setup. For the quilt on the top I just use...
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    This thread did turn humorous, so all was not...

    This thread did turn humorous, so all was not lost!
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    This is a good point here. Around Nov 21 - Jan 21...

    This is a good point here. Around Nov 21 - Jan 21 (the couple months with the least light of the year) I don't typically do much backpacking unless it's an opportunity I can't pass up!
    By...
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    yeah, you definitely need to the straps if you...

    yeah, you definitely need to the straps if you want to get proper use out of the quilt on the top. I do it frequently in the winter
    If your bag is roomy and the quilt doesn't get compressed too...
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    Your main gear sounds good. For winter, I...

    Your main gear sounds good.
    For winter, I personally go with a low cut waterproof shoe (merrell moab).. +gaiters if it's actually continuous serious snow, but that shouldn't be needed in your case....
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    Usually you can just go with that stuff sack and...

    Usually you can just go with that stuff sack and stuff the thing in the bottom of the pack without issue? Haven't heard of that being an issue!
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    For the mix, msr (what I mostly use) and snow peak have worked well for me a bit under freezing. If you grab fuel in a pinch, avoid primus/coleman
    Would be interested if others have other cold...
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    I agree that a loop somewhere scenic but not very...

    I agree that a loop somewhere scenic but not very high on difficulty is a good start. Tons of options all over the place for that

    If you go to Vermont, Killington from the US4 is a nice starter...
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