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    Yep, good old Obama Care, the ACA. It seems like...

    Yep, good old Obama Care, the ACA. It seems like this is tailor made for thru hikers because thru hikers generally have lower incomes the year of their thru hike. You should check it out.

    I've...
  2. Yep, what a fantastic and friendly country. Two...

    Yep, what a fantastic and friendly country. Two years ago we did a similar trip, loved every minute.

    One example of a cultural difference: We took a short flight from Nelson to Auckland to...
  3. I don't know JN, I'm a bit skeptical on the...

    I don't know JN, I'm a bit skeptical on the reliability of that video myself, as Traveler mentioned about that "lumber", it sure looks like that pile has been there for a while. If we knew who this...
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    I don't have any magic words other than to say...

    I don't have any magic words other than to say this is my method for long trails as well, skipping around and cherry-picking huge sections depending on snowpack, bugs, "crowds", etc.

    One little...
  5. I misspoke, it's the tube that keeps clean with...

    I misspoke, it's the tube that keeps clean with the shaker thingie. Bottom line, using it extensively for a couple weeks using leaded Russian gas, no problems, two separate trips.
  6. Wisperlite international, comes with various...

    Wisperlite international, comes with various orifices, one of which is for plain old gasoline, works even with leaded gas, which was all we had available on a two week mountaineering expedition in...
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    Depending on where I'm hiking, I really like...

    Depending on where I'm hiking, I really like hiking shoes with stiffer soles as these tend to give me much less foot fatigue. I relied for years on various Merrells, but alas, they stopped making my...
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    I was going to ask the same thing.... Yeah, the...

    I was going to ask the same thing.... Yeah, the AT is super-cool, and I'm kinda doing it a second time in big pieces for my wife's benefit, but there are a lot of options out there for some really...
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    Yikes! My bad, I'd like to call it a "typo", but...

    Yikes! My bad, I'd like to call it a "typo", but it's more like a "brain-O", just some bad math, the total is 7.5, 2.8 for panel, 4.2 for 6700 BP, 0.5 for cord, except now I have a 0.4 oz cord, so...
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    99.99% sure, unless I have two bad scales. My...

    99.99% sure, unless I have two bad scales. My gear scale says 2.8 ounces, or 78 grams in gram mode. My wife's baking scale says 2.9 ounces, no gram mode on that scale.

    Here's the Amazon link to...
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    I recommend getting familiar with Caltopo, if you...

    I recommend getting familiar with Caltopo, if you do, you'll probably never have to buy another map again. Just go to caltopo.com and start playing around.

    You can print 8.5x11 maps from caltopo,...
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    I went ahead and bought that little solar panel...

    I went ahead and bought that little solar panel on Amazon for $17 and tried it out yesterday, in about 4 hours of sitting outside, stationary, on a mostly sunny day, it brought my 6700mAH battery...
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    I did do it myself. I don't know anything about...

    I did do it myself. I don't know anything about the baffle-geometry of other EE quilts, but it turns out on the double quilt EE accomplice, you can "access" all of the main baffles making only one...
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    Good info, thanks. My take after reading your...

    Good info, thanks.

    My take after reading your post and thinking a bit more is that a BMI of 20 would be in the general vicinity that elite runners probably have, including trail runners. I'm...
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    Yeah, another +1 to Katabatic quilts, though I've...

    Yeah, another +1 to Katabatic quilts, though I've only owned one, and it's the closed foot box version, the 21 degree "Alsek" (same as palisade, I believe, with more down).

    I am biased though...
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    Yeah, me too... according to the CDC, at 6-1,...

    Yeah, me too... according to the CDC, at 6-1, 151 pounds is a BMI of 20. I've never weighed less than 165 since I reached 6-1 height, even as a competitive long distance runner in College, when I...
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    FWIW, I wrote the following guide book, having...

    FWIW, I wrote the following guide book, having lived and hiked in the Denver area for about 30 years at the time:
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    Yes, yes, yes, of course, we've already heard the official ATC position, and I'm not really knocking it, it's probably wise. I'm asking: Has anyone looked at crossing the bridge with their own...
  19. All super cool and interesting history! I...

    All super cool and interesting history!

    I would fall over from a heart attack if any sort of repair is anywhere close to being soon enough for this main hiking season.

    So, I'm still very...
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    Wow, death valley.... I love the place in...

    Wow, death valley....

    I love the place in winter, having been there three times now, the latest just this last December. I happened to catch Badwater Basin after a fairly heavy rainfall, so there...
  21. Yep, most all of this, having hiked NH and ME...

    Yep, most all of this, having hiked NH and ME twice now. Southern/western ME is tough, tougher than that early 100MW. I think we did 15-16's in the early 100MW (they 20's to finish, except...
  22. Pretty cool, I'll be following. Don't rule 71...

    Pretty cool, I'll be following.

    Don't rule 71 year olds out just because you're in that general age vicinity (or even much younger) and because of your own fitness level you can't imagine uber-fit...
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    Your knee woes sure sound familiar, so I'll share...

    Your knee woes sure sound familiar, so I'll share my short story.

    About 15 years ago, right at about your age (48 in my case), my right knee pain started and got worse over the course of maybe a...
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    Well, yeah, well said, I think assuming you...

    Well, yeah, well said, I think assuming you include yourself in the mix of folks on here with this little attribute??? I certainly am included....

    Yeah, same deal here in CO, actually starting...
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    One more thought, I just saw your note on the...

    One more thought, I just saw your note on the rain jacket in the lighterpack link.... Since I'm doing an early start, instead of my usual Frogg Togg jacket use, I'll be carrying my Arcteryx Beta SL...
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