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    He's not the only one who advocates that method....

    He's not the only one who advocates that method. But I would recommend washing hands well with soap and water over hand sanitizer, if you have the option.
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    The squeeze bottle I have is made of silicone and...

    The squeeze bottle I have is made of silicone and springs back to shape. It weighs a few ounces (at least) I think, so it's not nearly as light as a topper to a regular plastic bottle. I'm not sure...
  3. Agreed - we have an elliptical at home, and while...

    Agreed - we have an elliptical at home, and while it's a nice workout, it's not the same. You don't really do ascending work; your weight pushes one foot platform down, which causes the other to...
  4. Welcome! Kudos on your plans. If you have...

    Welcome! Kudos on your plans.

    If you have access to a treadmill that elevates (changes grade), that might help you train.
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    Ditto here. I use the travel bidet from Hello...

    Ditto here. I use the travel bidet from Hello Tushy, home and away, and would NOT go back if I could avoid it. I wish I hadn't waited so long to try it! Will probably install aftermarket attachment...
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    That's a good idea. Not permanent either. I...

    That's a good idea. Not permanent either.

    I have a newish Kelty external frame pack on which the load lifters loosen up as I hike. Having them correctly adjusted makes hiking so much easier - it...
  7. Thanks for the reminder; I heard that story on a...

    Thanks for the reminder; I heard that story on a podcast a couple months ago. That vaccine would be good. You know what would be great? A vaccine (or series) against all the tick-borne diseases. Lyme...
  8. I had an interesting experience last month with...

    I had an interesting experience last month with both a FT poncho and a traditional waterproof rain jacket. I was outside for a college graduation in Ohio, on a day with a cold snap, high winds, and...
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    The shelter ... or the privy? :eek:

    The shelter ... or the privy? :eek:
  10. Another thought - perhaps Old Anderson Road was...

    Another thought - perhaps Old Anderson Road was unmarked. If so, I likely assumed it was someone's driveway. The other two roads I explored in the area were marked (Barker Cir, Johnson Rd). So I...
  11. OK, just an update - I went to look for the Hall...

    OK, just an update - I went to look for the Hall Road trailhead and failed to find it. I went up and down that road 3x. But taking a closer look at the ArcGIS map and Google Maps, I now suspect it's...
  12. What is "general beta" ? In any case, I'm...

    What is "general beta" ?

    In any case, I'm unable to find much informatoin about that section. It doesn't appear to have merited a page, map, or the kind of point-by-point trail description on the...
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    I choose CCF because it's a no-fail option, and...

    I choose CCF because it's a no-fail option, and thus it's one less thing to worry about. I'd also add that I don't like the pool-float sensation of inflatables.

    Minor benefits IME include:CCF...
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    Two thumbs up from me! That's fantastic. This is...

    Two thumbs up from me! That's fantastic. This is like the hiker's version of Field of Dreams.

    Watch out for tourists ... and Grandma Gatewood walking out of the rhododendrons, saying, "is this...
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    Unfortunately you are mistaken. From the material...

    Unfortunately you are mistaken. From the material data safety sheet for permethrin:
    "Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects."
    "Avoid release to the environment."
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    on repellent vs. headnets 100% DEET can be...

    on repellent vs. headnets

    100% DEET can be pretty damaging to synthetics, painted surfaces, etc. I once carried a little spray bottle of it, but it really damages plastics. Basically melts them....
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    Several years ago I got a UST mosquito head for a...

    Several years ago I got a UST mosquito head for a dollar at Walmart. Then I snipped out a section at the crown for a tent mesh repair. Doesn't hurt functionality since I always wear a hat or bandana....
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    I use the PCT method; once I found a throwing...

    I use the PCT method; once I found a throwing motion that worked for me (underhanded, like Rick Barry free-throws), proficiency in setting the line came quickly. Sometimes in a forest of southern...
  19. the BRS was tiny, light, and inexpensive, but...

    the BRS was tiny, light, and inexpensive, but IIRC it only lasted a couple years for me. And it wasn't the only stove I used during that time either. I also used alcohol and propane on different...
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    Do any of you good folks have a sense for what is...

    Do any of you good folks have a sense for what is the (typical) minimum amount of fuel that will work with a fancy feast stove that is of the "double-walled plus [carbon felt] wick" variety?

    I...
  21. I have a Kelty Trekker that carries weight...

    I have a Kelty Trekker that carries weight wonderfully - it practically hikes itself - but I'm still trying to learn how to pack efficiently. It has too many pockets and dividers and such, so my...
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    I've been sleeping on CCF since I was a teen, and...

    I've been sleeping on CCF since I was a teen, and nearly 40 yrs since my first foray onto the AT. My 1st tip: don't sleep perfectly perpendicular to the ground. Go over "top dead center" a little bit...
  23. Another clarification - if you have to use...

    Another clarification - if you have to use vinegar to clear out your filter, follow that up with distilled water. Else you might get a vinegar taste for your first filtering! :P
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    Sulfur? I bet it kept more than just ticks away....

    Sulfur? I bet it kept more than just ticks away. :D
  25. I'd strongly encourage you to try them at home...

    I'd strongly encourage you to try them at home first - and more than once. I bought a few last year, thinking, "what a great and convenient invention!" The first one was decent, OK, kind of a little...
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