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  1. Thread: Camp shoes?

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    Like so many things, it's a personal choice. ...

    Like so many things, it's a personal choice. I've never carried camp shoes.

    But I bet if I tried them, I'd like them, so I won't try them.:-?
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    So this isn't "hanging a hammock", this is using...

    So this isn't "hanging a hammock", this is using a hammock as a bivy. Your but is more than touching the ground, you are entirely on the ground, and your poles are only holding up the ends of the...
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    Traveler, your point is well taken on buying...

    Traveler, your point is well taken on buying quality gear, but rainwear is one place I draw the line. I looked at a Zpacks Vertice and other rain coats, they get great reviews, but more than $200...
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    My regular kit is a Frogg Toggs jacket, a kilt,...

    My regular kit is a Frogg Toggs jacket, a kilt, and an umbrella. I might go with a tougher rain jacket for the reasons already stated above, but at $20 a pop, you can have a new FT jacket waiting at...
  5. Thread: Shoe Spikes

    by Deadeye
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    As noted there is a variety of traction devices...

    As noted there is a variety of traction devices out there suitable for varying trail conditions. As far as trail damage goes, anytime you have muddy winter conditions is a good time to choose an...
  6. Thread: Guacamole cups

    by Deadeye
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    Bingo!!!!!

    Bingo!!!!!
  7. ...that's such an obvious solution, it's...

    ...that's such an obvious solution, it's brilliant. I assume that you pack your food in it when retiring for the night, but have a relatively light can bobbing about during the day.
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    Sounds like all good advice, and I second it. I...

    Sounds like all good advice, and I second it. I started with short one-nighters with my father, and hiked the Long Trail with him over a three year span of one- and two-night hikes. Once you have...
  9. There are plenty of places on the trails I hike...

    There are plenty of places on the trails I hike where upper body strength is very helpful for hoisting yourself up or easing yourself down. For smooth trails, sure, all you need to train is to walk....
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    No weather-related advantage, but it's likely to...

    No weather-related advantage, but it's likely to be a whole lot less crowded on a weekday. I try to avoid popular summits - wherever they are - on weekends.
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    Why else would we be here talking about the...

    Why else would we be here talking about the proper way to handle one's potato-based snacks?
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    There are so many things in life that don't...

    There are so many things in life that don't really matter, but that doesn't mean we can't ponder them. I have a roll top pack, and while I don't really think there's a right or wrong way, I have...
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    Whether to call it a chip or a crisp, and how...

    Whether to call it a chip or a crisp, and how best to pack same was the most serious issue of the day. Until somebody who I won't name used board (a flat piece of wood) instead of bored (a state of...
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    Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but...

    Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.

    If you can pawn your extra food off to other hikers, great, otherwise take it home with you. I'll take the SPAM off your hands.
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    It's also illegal in many places to use anything...

    It's also illegal in many places to use anything but dead and downed wood.
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    A couple of good firestarters: cotton balls...

    A couple of good firestarters: cotton balls saturated with vaseline (if you use an alcohol stove just bring cotton balls and a few extra ounces of alcohol), or Fritos (and you can eat what you don't...
  17. Thread: Heated gloves?

    by Deadeye
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    I'd use a heated pole for sure if they make one. ...

    I'd use a heated pole for sure if they make one. The one thing I didn't get on my snow blower was heated handles - regretting that!
  18. Thread: Heated gloves?

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    I think that's exactly what happens, and it's a...

    I think that's exactly what happens, and it's a two-way street - the hand warms the handwarmer enough to get the chemical reaction "excited". Without some feedback, the handwarmer itself can't...
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    Yup, unfortunately that makes getting materials...

    Yup, unfortunately that makes getting materials and manpower to said shelters a much more difficult endeavor. That's life.
  20. Thread: Heated gloves?

    by Deadeye
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    LL Bean has (or had) a pair of down mittens with...

    LL Bean has (or had) a pair of down mittens with a handwarmer pocket - I didn't find it nearly as warm as just having the warmer inside with my hand. Great concept, not so great in execution.
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    To be clear, I wasn't advocating banishing...

    To be clear, I wasn't advocating banishing shelters, just speculating a general shift toward tenting areas. Just as the enclosed shelters/lodges/camps that were once common on the Long Trail have...
  22. I don't know what your limit is on "ultralight",...

    I don't know what your limit is on "ultralight", but I'm very happy with my Granite Gear Crown pack, and if frameless is your thing, the Virga 2 is a solid choice.
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    As do all the hikers on the PCT and CDT. This...

    As do all the hikers on the PCT and CDT. This may push the organizations that sponsor long distance trails to move away from shelters toward more tenting areas. Whole lot cheaper to build and...
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    [QUOTE=Time Zone;2275914]A cautionary tale -...

    [QUOTE=Time Zone;2275914]A cautionary tale - Hiram Cook points out it may not be suitable for anything but Sterno

    There's always the caveat that you're using a product in a way not intended by the...
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    [QUOTE=Time Zone;2275914]A cautionary tale -...

    [QUOTE=Time Zone;2275914]A cautionary tale - Hiram Cook points out it may not be suitable for anything but Sterno
    https://youtu.be/RutNj_DUm5k

    There's always the caveat that you're using a...
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