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  1. This sounds like great training! It's good that...

    This sounds like great training! It's good that you have an area nearby with some challenging terrain and elevation gain
    After you've hiked more on wet rocks, you'll know exactly what you can get...
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    Agree that long trail is a good option if you...

    Agree that long trail is a good option if you want extended non-AT hiking. If you're going to do the AT later, could do the LT up near mansfield/camel's hump. Great in Sept/early Oct. Difficult hike ...
  3. Same with me... a quick Killarney trip as soon as...

    Same with me... a quick Killarney trip as soon as they allow backcountry sounds pretty good about now
  4. Thread: Why SOBO?

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    If you don't like the cold, you could do a NOBO...

    If you don't like the cold, you could do a NOBO later start (eg: mid-april, or into May if you want less crowds and hike fast enough to beat the cold and closing).
    SOBO would definitely be less...
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    Always sad to hear. It is often shocking to see...

    Always sad to hear.
    It is often shocking to see the antics people get up to with poor footwear, including flip flops. A little bit of showing off or selfy positioning mixed in and the danger...
  6. Our medical system here in Canada is still very...

    Our medical system here in Canada is still very far behind with non-emergency surgeries (many incredibly important to survival or qualify of life) because of all the covid focus. We're nowhere near...
  7. Sure, HYOH, but stay away from people and places...

    Sure, HYOH, but stay away from people and places you don't need to be.

    Isn't "dragging it out" half the point of social distancing? To avoid the worst case of medical system inundation

    I...
  8. I don't have much from tnf, but I have gotten a...

    I don't have much from tnf, but I have gotten a lot of great use out of the thermoball jacket. It's a 12 oz synthetic puffy style jacket and it's kept me warm in damp conditions and surprisingly...
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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
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  25. 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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