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    That would be interesting if true, esp. since...

    That would be interesting if true, esp. since tents are not stored loosely before being sold, while sitting on the shelf. I have heard similar advice, but have never seen that guidance provided by a...
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    Thanks for your reply! But I think you may be...

    Thanks for your reply!

    But I think you may be mixing up a couple things. The seam sealer on the outside would be significantly newer (by years) than the failing seam tape on the inside. So its...
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    Here are three I know: Camelback mountain...

    Here are three I know:

    Camelback mountain
    Piestewa Peak
    McDowell-Sonoran Preserve
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    bump ... and update: since I posted this I...

    bump ...

    and update: since I posted this I did come across a couple videos in which it was recommended to not even try to deal directly with the failing PU seam tape on the inside of a tent or...
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    Tents, PU & Seam Tape

    I have a couple tents on which the seam tape is starting to peel off. About 90% of what I find online about PU-waterproofed tents is that once it starts to fail, it's irreversible (and not really...
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    Here's a curiosity - apples to oranges data point...

    Here's a curiosity - apples to oranges data point - my regular length Snugpak synthetic bag (14F EN comfort) packs 10-15% smaller than my 20F (not EN rated) LL Bean long down mummy. The down bag is...
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    For the OP - I agree with TW, bag temps tend to...

    For the OP - I agree with TW, bag temps tend to be over-rated. As he notes, one reason is loss of loft due to accumulation of moisture in the bag over multiple nights. This is related to how down...
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    This sounds like the classic conundrum: cheap,...

    This sounds like the classic conundrum: cheap, durable, light - pick two (at most).
    The only way around it that I know of is to buy used. Find someone who has something durable and light, but...
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    In Pennsylvania, apparently, the nearest trial...

    In Pennsylvania, apparently, the nearest trial site to me, in southeast Tennessee. Unfortunately.
    Scoff all you want but all approved drugs were once experimental. I, for one, think a safe and...
  10. Couple extra thoughts - I think Tipi Walter...

    Couple extra thoughts -

    I think Tipi Walter has commented on tarps at least indirectly - via hammock campers. At higher elevations in the southern Appalachians, where he sometimes camps, winds...
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    IIRC a couple reasons are that they're not that...

    IIRC a couple reasons are that they're not that moist (they dry out before spoiling) and with what moisture they have, they are pretty salty (salt - preservative). There's no magic to it. Whether...
  12. I have the 3m x 3m DD Hammocks tarp (roughly 10'...

    I have the 3m x 3m DD Hammocks tarp (roughly 10' x 10'). Had a couple Noah's Tarps from Kelty prior to that.

    It's fun to try the various configurations. One could go on quite at length (no pun...
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    I too struggled to throw a rock for a PCT hang;...

    I too struggled to throw a rock for a PCT hang; many failures using the overhand throw method (what you'd use to throw a baseball). A great irony is that the best way for me to throw a rock for a PCT...
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    Tipi, do you have to foot the bill to return the...

    Tipi, do you have to foot the bill to return the pad to Thermarest? How does that change the true cost of any given inflatable for you? I.e., is it inevitable at least once for any given pad, or...
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    Not a thru hike, but on a section hike I opted...

    Not a thru hike, but on a section hike I opted for glasses. Some will use disposable contact lenses or extended wear ones. But as Mikerfixit notes, it's pretty hard to keep your hands clean enough to...
  16. Not necessarily. Give it a try with some Zote....

    Not necessarily. Give it a try with some Zote. Costs $1.45 or so at Walmart for a 14-oz bar*, way up from $1.14 a year ago. I found it rinsed very well, 2 rinses was sufficient for me. After...
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    Thanks all. Yeah, it is a little too solid for...

    Thanks all. Yeah, it is a little too solid for backpacking probably. Maybe frontcountry, I've been using ziplocks for the firestarters Zelph mentions(wrapped in wax paper like homemade candy!). Maybe...
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    Use for a nice "tin"?

    Mrs. Time Zone set aside for recycling a container (a "tin", but made of aluminum) that struck me as having potential for a DIY project ... some kind of alcohol stove came to mind.

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    The...
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    And a bad one will perform a wallet extraction...

    And a bad one will perform a wallet extraction procedure over a period of weeks. Sadly my experience with PTs is that they often mix in pseudoscience ... you may need to to watch out what your...
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    Those strike me as contradictory. 60% of the...

    Those strike me as contradictory. 60% of the space in a Eureka Solitaire can't fit 2 people, even if 1 is a baby. Was that a typo? Was it supposed to be 90%? Even so, that's tight, one would have to...
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    McGill Creek Section

    Hiked yesterday with Tennessee Trails Association members on the McGill Creek section of the Cumberland Trail. It not only shares a trailhead & parking area with the Graysville Mountain section, it...
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    I suspect lots of elevation change makes a big...

    I suspect lots of elevation change makes a big difference (esp. on the "gain" side), but any differential in breathability of the material (tights vs pantyhose) might factor in as well.
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    Nice shot of the eye. IIRC the vertical slit...

    Nice shot of the eye. IIRC the vertical slit pupils are characteristic of venomous ones, round ones are not venomous. There may be exceptions to that generalization, but IDK. That's my recollection....
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    Just a word of caution, most bivy sacks are...

    Just a word of caution, most bivy sacks are condensation traps, even if they claim to be breathable. They're essentially single wall tents whose exterior wall you're touching all the time, and you're...
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    That's generally true for UL tents, but not all...

    That's generally true for UL tents, but not all others.
    I converted a large (37.5 sf) heavy-ish (7 lbs) double-wall, 2P frontcountry tent to one passable for backcountry use by replacing the...
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