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    I wish they planted a little more variety, but...

    I wish they planted a little more variety, but any (native) tree is a good tree.

    Monocultures tend to create problems when pathogens enter the ecosystem. The Asian Longhorn Beetle in...
  2. Worst experiences: Snakes: Rattlesnakes along...

    Worst experiences:

    Snakes: Rattlesnakes along the trail on a cliffside in PA. There were four of them spaced out along a ledge at about shoulder height, basking in the morning sun. When my...
  3. There is also a service out there that can take...

    There is also a service out there that can take your favorite clothing (including socks) and subject them to the same durable treatment as the military and bug-off clothing gets. Good for something...
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    I wear Keen work boots for some of the work I do....

    I wear Keen work boots for some of the work I do. They hold up pretty good. Two seasons of Industrial Weed Control work on them without major issues. Though I'm starting to feel something a bit...
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    Arborwear Tech Pants. Not cheap, but they'll...

    Arborwear Tech Pants. Not cheap, but they'll last several times as long as Carhartts. They are a high tenacity nylon, double knees, reinforced butt, and a crotch gussett designed for tree climbing....
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    Jim Butcher's Dresden Chronicles are damned...

    Jim Butcher's Dresden Chronicles are damned entertaining. How can you go wrong with a story about a real-life wizard running a detective agency in modern Chicago dealing with all the supernatural...
  7. Thread: Gear Sale

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    Just to toss in a couple pennies here. I've got...

    Just to toss in a couple pennies here. I've got one of the Marine Corps packs, they are darned nice packs for hauling heavy loads. Well built and well designed for the purpose. The only problem...
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    Dead on. Most of these things happen because...

    Dead on. Most of these things happen because people bite off more than they can chew, often deluding themselves that they are more capable than they actually are. Following the initial decision to...
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    My reading list on the AT was pretty much pure...

    My reading list on the AT was pretty much pure fiction. I stayed away from philosophy and much of the environmental philosophy etc. posted above...I was living that, so I didn't need to read about...
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    One other point. Have some means to sharpen...

    One other point.

    Have some means to sharpen your knife available to you. There are many tools out there for this purpose some may, or may not be appropriate for the knife you choose. Serrated...
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    I tend to keep a small swiss army knife with...

    I tend to keep a small swiss army knife with scissors and a can opener in my first aid kit, and a small knife like an ESEE -3 or a Becker Necker hanging around my neck inside my shirt when hiking.
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    I'll preface this by saying that I work in...

    I'll preface this by saying that I work in utility arboriculture maintaining vegetation and treelines along transmission powerlines in New England. If Northern Pass goes through, there is a pretty...
  13. Too bad they can't get the golrawn wind turbine...

    Too bad they can't get the golrawn wind turbine clutter out of the mountains. I make money off the vegetation management of the powerline right of way and around the towers themselves, but the...
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    I've been trying to calm down recently. Studying...

    I've been trying to calm down recently. Studying some Zen. Trying not to load myself up with unnecessary conflict and controversy. I think this would help a lot of hikers enjoy their hike more.
  15. Not in PA. There are species of red ants up...

    Not in PA. There are species of red ants up there that will sting, but not the same. Got into so fire ants or something similar at Ft. Benning in 1990. That sucked.
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    I thru-hiked in 1995, at the beginning of the...

    I thru-hiked in 1995, at the beginning of the ultra-light thing. I was not part of that thing. My pack weighed in at 75 pounds or so at Amicolola, and didn't seem to bad to me at the time...but I...
  17. My thing was skittles. I had a pack of skittles...

    My thing was skittles. I had a pack of skittles per day along the trail during my thru. Made a big difference in my mood.

    There is some water along the trail, or at least there was in 95, that...
  18. I found the sweat and dirt and skin oils from a...

    I found the sweat and dirt and skin oils from a thru-hike are actually pretty good protection against poison ivy. But I also washed up after exposure just in case. these days I am exposed to...
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    I chafed like crazy wearing running shorts with...

    I chafed like crazy wearing running shorts with the mesh liner. and the mesh would grab hairs and pull them out rather painfully. Not fun. Wicking underwear didn't do the job back then either. ...
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    Looking for a permanent attachment or temporary? ...

    Looking for a permanent attachment or temporary? For permanent attachment, I would think sewing a good rollovewr seam would be the way to go. If you are looking to attach and reattach, then sew and...
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    I've had moose in my backyard in SW New...

    I've had moose in my backyard in SW New Hampshire, and they hav e been seen down through Central Massachusetts. Look for them in boggy areas.

    I've gotten pretty close to moose in the wild...
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    You are waaaay overthinking this. As long as...

    You are waaaay overthinking this. As long as you've got the basics put together, you can do it. Remember that Earl Shaffer and many others did this trail with only a fraction of the resources...
  23. Thread: Hubba Tent

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    Walrus Tents (the previous incarnation of that...

    Walrus Tents (the previous incarnation of that series of MSR tents) were all quite tight pitching. You really have to stretch things. But a good tight pitch is critical to good ventilation and...
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    Then it doesn't seem like the best option for...

    Then it doesn't seem like the best option for reading in shelters at night.

    I'm just not a big fan of carrying too much tech with me out hiking. Even an MP3 player is pushing it for me. I did...
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    sNICKER.....But The Judge is right, an unfamiliar...

    sNICKER.....But The Judge is right, an unfamiliar weapon is dangerous to the person carrying it and anyone around them. If you aren't familiar and comfortable with a particular weapon, don't bother...
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