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  1. I maintain a shelter on the AT in Virginia as...

    I maintain a shelter on the AT in Virginia as well as a trail section. The shelters and privies are officially closed and PATC members have been instructed to not engage in maintenance activities...
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    Best sections of the AT in Virginia

    I live in Virginia and want to do some section hikes on the AT in the state. Any opinions on the best sections of the AT in Virginia? I am thinking of doing around 150 mi. or so.
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    I generally plan 1 liter per 5 miles for drinking...

    I generally plan 1 liter per 5 miles for drinking and then add for cooking and cleaning. When it is cooler, that figure is a bit generous but not so much that I reduce it. So, you will be looking at...
  4. Can't say about that section for sure, but it has...

    Can't say about that section for sure, but it has been the driest September on record for norther Virginia. Some places still have water, but it is a trickle compared to normal. I am thinking of...
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    Has anyone taken a close look at the blue and...

    Has anyone taken a close look at the blue and brown tarps at HD and Lowe's They make some that if cut to size should be lightweight, tough and waterproof. I don't know but think the edges could be...
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    Mice are a bigger problem than bears IMHO. I...

    Mice are a bigger problem than bears IMHO. I have had them gnaw into food bags, through plastic tubes to get to peanut butter, etc. My buds have had holes gnawed in packs and tents. Best to keep...
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    Yes. It is castille soap. I use it for dish...

    Yes. It is castille soap. I use it for dish cleaning, clothes, shampoo and soap. Works fine. Not as elegant as other stuff but it works.
  8. Being a SE backpacker, I never carried spikes or...

    Being a SE backpacker, I never carried spikes or crampons in N. GA or NC. Hiking poles sufficed. Its not that southerners don't respect the benefits of these items, its just that we rarely get...
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    Some rules of thumb that I learned as a freshman...

    Some rules of thumb that I learned as a freshman in college PE is that people burn roughly 1 calorie/pound/mile. For example, 170 pound person plus 30 pound pack is 200 lbs. 200 pounds x 30 miles...
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    Anyone tried using K Cups on the trail. Seems...

    Anyone tried using K Cups on the trail. Seems you could just add hot water and get the same result as a kurig. Not a good solution for a through hike, but may be good on 1- 5 nighter.
  11. did you go with the copper spur or the nemo? 1P...

    did you go with the copper spur or the nemo? 1P or 2P? I am looking at the 2p for a bit more room especially in bad weather when I may want all my gear inside. The Hornet looks good because of the...
  12. Creative approach. Thanks for the suggestion and...

    Creative approach. Thanks for the suggestion and review. I have some tent poles from past tents that I can try. The extra space and light weight are what interests me, but not being able to stake...
  13. Nemo Hornet 2P vs free standing alternatives

    I am planning a thru hike on the CDT and want a lightweight tent. Does anyone have experience with the Nemo Hornet 2p? I am particularly interested in its durability and its semi-freestanding...
  14. Anyone go with the freeze-dried bulk foods that...

    Anyone go with the freeze-dried bulk foods that can be ordered? Surprised no one has mentioned it. Wide range of offerings on some sites. It is expensive but then there is a hight content to weight...
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    Yes, but warning.... don't wrap it around you...

    Yes, but warning.... don't wrap it around you tightly. If you do, you are likely to wake up in a bathtub from the condensation. I lay it loosely over my sleeping bag so that it can breath around the...
  16. Thread: NoBo Winds

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    I have done 3 - 7 night BPs in the Winds. It is...

    I have done 3 - 7 night BPs in the Winds. It is a real toss up as to whether SEKI or the Winds are my favorite BP desitnations. If you are not in a rush, it is relatively easy to go off-trail...
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    Food in a tent is asking for trouble. Mice,...

    Food in a tent is asking for trouble. Mice, ground squirrels and rats will knaw holes through a tent in heart beat. Also, my nephew left food in his pack on a BP in SEKI. Bears visited, stole the...
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    Go to Home Depot and get one of the 6 x 8 - 5 mil...

    Go to Home Depot and get one of the 6 x 8 - 5 mil medium duty tarps and trim it down. It is basically a waterproofed version of Tyvek and is under $5. I have not tried heat sealing the edges yet. ...
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    An easy way to get a tough footprint is from a...

    An easy way to get a tough footprint is from a cheap Walmart tarp. It will be heavier than 2 mil plastic and much tougher too. I have used this as a Tyvek substitute. It also worked well under my...
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    Low temps for a NOBO, Mid April start

    Just curious what low temperatures to expect/prepare for on a NOBO on the CDT with a mid April start. Research seems to say low to mid 20s. Any experience or advice. I know that there could be...
  21. Thread: Microspikes

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    Microspikes

    I am curious about other folks experience with microspikes. I have found them to be heavy and of little benefit on snow plus on anything steep they tend to slide out of position. They are of some...
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