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    Estimated costs of the trip "Camino de Santiago"...

    Estimated costs of the trip "Camino de Santiago"
    REI Adventures $4299 + sales tax = $4729
    SEA to BIL $850
    SCQ to SEA $2564 (not sure why this is so high; this is from Travelocity.com)
    airport...
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    It may not matter much around other hikers, but...

    It may not matter much around other hikers, but townspeople definitely notice "hiker funk".
    I stopped into a store in Daleville, VA for something on a long section hike, and the girl said "I know...
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    Nice info. Please tell us how the experience...

    Nice info. Please tell us how the experience would have been different (better or worse?) if you had gone on your own instead of hiring guides on a package trip. Let's face it, one big problem with...
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    If you dehydrate a pound of frozen vegetables...

    If you dehydrate a pound of frozen vegetables yourself, like I did, you might yield 2.5 ounces of material.
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    I know there are places in PA with that name, but...

    I know there are places in PA with that name, but Devils Racecourse is also a general name for the landscape feature. These boulder fields are remnants of the periglacial ice age environment, south...
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    I've known outdoors people who wore hats with big...

    I've known outdoors people who wore hats with big eyes attached to the back. Apparently cougars are scardy cats who will attack from behind when no-one is watching. They open their mouth wide...
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    Sounds doable, although I'd rather see a zero day...

    Sounds doable, although I'd rather see a zero day in a 7 day period, just for recovery and enjoyment.
    Section hiking is underrated. Enthusiasm and appreciation is high, and then you can stop before...
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    Great stuff. I've done it twice. If you camp at...

    Great stuff. I've done it twice. If you camp at west Chairback lake you have the use of free canoes (at least a few years ago).
    Go slow and enjoy it.
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    Great stuff if you want to join the happy ranks...

    Great stuff if you want to join the happy ranks of the deaf-blind.
    ...
  10. For a weekend it doesn't much matter. Take about...

    For a weekend it doesn't much matter. Take about what you might cook at home. Even meat, eggs, bacon, cheese, cream, yogurt, lots of protein. For longer hikes, look into home dehydrating, and...
  11. Go dehydrated and you can cook the same food with...

    Go dehydrated and you can cook the same food with a single liter size pot and a spoon. Just boil water, add food, wait, eat.

    Dehydrate the food yourself. Don't buy Mountain House garbage...
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    I just went SOBO for 10 days at the northern end...

    I just went SOBO for 10 days at the northern end of the PCT, and met hundreds of PCT thru hikers. Probably 300+. Often seeded about one/minute for miles. All the way from Mexico, over 2500 miles...
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    We make protein bars using protein powder, nut...

    We make protein bars using protein powder, nut butters, crushed nuts, MCT oil, eggs, dates, and swerve sugar substitute. So tasty. Very satisfying, as well as good repair of muscle damage from...
  14. I see these every day on a rails-to-trail in...

    I see these every day on a rails-to-trail in Seattle. Large numbers of older adults are using them to commute to work and back, at high speeds. Generally, these e-bikes are 30-50% of the bike...
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    No, it really works. If you use the right...

    No, it really works. If you use the right dehydrated foods, like whole eggs, sausage, hamburger, vegetables, cheddar cheese, etc, a six ounce package can be split into two huge bowls of food for two...
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    Well those are two different things, both worth...

    Well those are two different things, both worth doing.
    The Havasupai hike is 8 miles down, then more to the beautiful waterfalls. Very high volume area, lots of people. Huge campground almost a...
  17. They quit before the best part of the hike. Over...

    They quit before the best part of the hike. Over the pass to Skogar...
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    I've found that doing some trail running events...

    I've found that doing some trail running events really helps my backpacking. Things that improve include foot placement skill, ankle strength, leg strength, and lung capacity. However, it doesn't...
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    Actually a lot of vegetarians get gout, and there...

    Actually a lot of vegetarians get gout, and there is a connection with sugar.
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/side-effects/gout
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    I would question the idea that eating meat causes...

    I would question the idea that eating meat causes gout. What else are you eating?
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    We have finalized and packed our food, and it...

    We have finalized and packed our food, and it comes out to 15.7 lbs total for two people for 10 days. I'll carry 10 lbs and my petite wife will carry 5 lbs, and this will get lighter as the days go...
  22. Thread: Lambs Knoll MD

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    Ah, Lamb's Knoll. I've gone there since the late...

    Ah, Lamb's Knoll. I've gone there since the late '60's for hiking, Boy Scouts (4 state hike, back when the AT crossed the Sandy Hook highway bridge and went through VA for a hot, dusty mile to get...
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    Poll: I still use an older Garmin GPS. I like to see...

    I still use an older Garmin GPS. I like to see the elevation gain/loss at the end of the day, and it can be useful for knowing where to find springs, distances to shelters, answering all sorts of...
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    I would say that a sleeping pad is option if you...

    I would say that a sleeping pad is option if you are young and healthy, essential if you are older.
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    "Toughest" may be too subjective to agree upon. ...

    "Toughest" may be too subjective to agree upon. Does that mean lots of rocks and roots, or elevation gain/loss, or loose dogs trying to bite you, or too many ticks/mosquitos? What are you really...
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