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    Poll: To be complete, this poll needs an unconditional...

    To be complete, this poll needs an unconditional yes option.
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    My prehike standards were: Not treat if I saw...

    My prehike standards were:

    Not treat if I saw it coming out of the ground as a natural spring
    Filter if it was a small stream or a piped source
    Filter and treat (aquamira) it if it was a larger...
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    My S2S pillow greatly improved my sleep

    My S2S pillow greatly improved my sleep
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    I use a plastic pint Jim Beam bottle for (...

    I use a plastic pint Jim Beam bottle for ( appropriately ) my alcohol fuel. The flat shape fits my pack side pocket well.
  5. I’ve walked on both ends. Now all I have to do is...

    I’ve walked on both ends. Now all I have to do is everything in between.
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    I’ve carried the same Camillus demo knife for 47...

    I’ve carried the same Camillus demo knife for 47 years now. I think that it’s had the same dummy cord for the whole time. The belt sheaf is frayed and repaired several times. It’s cut everything -...
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    All good advice above. I didn't know a lot...

    All good advice above.

    I didn't know a lot about thru hiking the AT when I started thinking about it in 2013. I needed a plan just to have some idea of the where/when of hiking the trail. I also...
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    46280 I did 2 miles to train and pump up the...

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    I did 2 miles to train and pump up the local economy.

    I have been doing about 5 mpd walks.
  9. +1 on Marc “Strings” Cusic. He helped me get...

    +1 on Marc “Strings” Cusic. He helped me get back to HF when I injured my knee in 2018.
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    It was probably a blank 7.62 round, either loose...

    It was probably a blank 7.62 round, either loose from a belt for an M-60 machine gun or ( unlikely ) from an M-14 rifle magazine. No bullet but a paper disk sealing the end. Both weapons are...
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    46110 I visited Camp Merrill before I started...

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    I visited Camp Merrill before I started the trail in 2018.

    Barracks in 1976 ( now museum )
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    Barracks in 2018
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    I’m the good looking kid with glasses, 4th row, 3rd in from...
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    I don’t usually do real cold ( towards 0* ) but I...

    I don’t usually do real cold ( towards 0* ) but I was warm at 17* with my Thermorest, Zlite, reflectix and 23* bag. Just had on UA base layer and balaclava, and socks. I didn’t have my puffy on but...
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    I was in the Mountain Phase of Ranger School in...

    I was in the Mountain Phase of Ranger School in 1976. We reconned Hawk Mountain shelter one night, I was somewhere out on security.

    We might have observed the trail if a patrol got near it. We...
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    Any update on the shelter? Have/will they tear...

    Any update on the shelter? Have/will they tear it down?

    I’m glad that I stayed there in 2018.
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    I like my Magic Mill. The construction is...

    I like my Magic Mill. The construction is durable and the heat control and air flow is fine.

    ( I didn’t know that the 40 year wedding anniversary gifts were dehydrators. )
  16. Thread: Glasses

    by RangerZ
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    I have a pair of titanium frame glasses, not...

    I have a pair of titanium frame glasses, not because I’m a gram weinee, but because I was the kid always breaking my plastic frames.

    i started the trail with just them last year. Somewhere in VA I...
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    I totally agree. The AT is ninety percent...

    I totally agree.

    The AT is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical. (Apologies to Yogi Berra).

    :banana
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    I slack packed SOBO down the steps to the visitor...

    I slack packed SOBO down the steps to the visitor center, met my wife and drove back up to the lodge. Stayed there, had a nice dinner. Next day kissed by wife goodbye where the approach trail crossed...
  19. Thread: Oboz boots

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    Completely agree. The Oboz fit well but I didn’t...

    Completely agree. The Oboz fit well but I didn’t like them on wet rocks. They were the only thing available in Damascus when I needed new boots. I’ve returned to Lowa Renegades.
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    Visited some national parks. Thursday and...

    Visited some national parks.

    Thursday and today ( at least I didnít have to walk 200 miles to get there today )

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    I got the treehouse so it wasn’t a problem. ...

    I got the treehouse so it wasn’t a problem. :banana
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    I’ve cut two cheap plastic water bottles to use...

    I’ve cut two cheap plastic water bottles to use as a scoop and funnel. They’re sized to fit my Aquamira bottles inside when they nest together. I’ve also made a female-female connector using bottle...
  23. Thread: Base Layer?

    by RangerZ
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    I hike in Smartwool merino 150 weight boxer brief...

    I hike in Smartwool merino 150 weight boxer brief underwear and a synthetic short sleeve shirt. Merino shirts seem to wear out fast from the pack.

    I carry a spare pair of underwear and a long...
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    I’ve fallen about 25 times in 1540.3 miles on the...

    I’ve fallen about 25 times in 1540.3 miles on the AT, about every 60 miles on average. But I fell three times in one day on those sloping flat exposed rocks in NJ or NY, once while standing still.
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    [QUOTE=LazyLightning;2254139]I wear merino boxers...

    [QUOTE=LazyLightning;2254139]I wear merino boxers all the time and upper/lower merino base layer when temps call for it, but I always wear a polyester shirt/nylon pants over to help protect from...
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