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    Rather than "meals," I pay attention to total net...

    Rather than "meals," I pay attention to total net weight. I know how much food weight I need for x miles, and just eat something like a small meal or large snack every time I stop to rest, usually...
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    My CDT hike was in 2007, even farther in the past...

    My CDT hike was in 2007, even farther in the past and a different era. Smart phones existed, but not on the trail. I didn't even carry a cell phone. There was a great resource for maps, Jonathan Ley,...
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    Yep, just like packing, it's a very personal...

    Yep, just like packing, it's a very personal list. I'd never take off on a hike with someone else's pack. Similarly, I'd be at a loss at how to take care of someone else's life while they're gone.
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  4. Ditto all the above. You have a unique set of...

    Ditto all the above. You have a unique set of circumstances. I sought medical advice on a minor, developing sciatica problem from a chiropractor. His very sensible advice was to walk--a lot. That...
  5. Thread: Slackpacking

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    I hiked the AT with an ultra-light pack. I never...

    I hiked the AT with an ultra-light pack. I never slackpacked because there's not much point in that if you don't carry enough stuff to notice it. I still got questioned about whether my fast and...
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    I had to check to be sure this wasn't in the...

    I had to check to be sure this wasn't in the humor forum. But I'll go there anyway. I visited a friend's house recently for the first time since COVID arrived. She had installed a fancy toilet seat...
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    A year or two after my wife hiked the AT solo,...

    A year or two after my wife hiked the AT solo, she took me on a nostalgia trip to hike the approach trail, round trip. It was a cold Thanksgiving weekend trip to Georgia. I'd never been there before....
  8. Any hiker my age or older was pretty much weaned...

    Any hiker my age or older was pretty much weaned on Colin Fletcher. It's good to hear his legacy is still alive.
  9. I also used hardware cloth for the stand and...

    I also used hardware cloth for the stand and aluminum foil for the windscreen. I had both materials on hand so cost was nil. The welds in the hardware cloth will eventually fail but it will last a...
  10. I always wear light nylon trousers, light nylon...

    I always wear light nylon trousers, light nylon long sleeve shirt, wide-brim hat. I keep covered up from sun, insects, poison plants. In my pack is homemade silnylon raingear, about 3 oz for the...
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    I think down can be mechanically damaged by...

    I think down can be mechanically damaged by compression, but once it's compressed it doesn't matter how long it stays that way. As long as it's clean and dry, that is.
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    In my emergency medical training, we referred to...

    In my emergency medical training, we referred to heat and cold injuries often.

    Your body's cooling system must be well-maintained and well-supported in these temps, if you must be exposed to them....
  13. I can't believe this thread went 22 posts before...

    I can't believe this thread went 22 posts before someone mentioned Nordic skiing. When you use poles for propulsion, it's by far the best way. You actually hold the pole with only your thumb and...
  14. That was my first thought when you mentioned a...

    That was my first thought when you mentioned a squeeze bottle of ghee. My solution would be a baggie of cashews. (I think you mentioned earlier you are trying to be vegan.) The only packaging I ever...
  15. You're right in line with my personal metrics. I...

    You're right in line with my personal metrics. I plan one pound for every ten miles, sometimes less. I packed eight pounds of food for the Hundred Mile Wilderness on the AT, for example, but that was...
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    I heard a good tip on a thru-hike once--don't...

    I heard a good tip on a thru-hike once--don't carry anything that has a repair kit next to it on the store shelf.

    I also used the old Thermarest back in the last century. I switched to the Z-rest...
  17. Thread: $$$ís

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    Same here. I once got a $100 motel room during a...

    Same here. I once got a $100 motel room during a severe lightning storm for $50 because the network was down and I had the cash. A few twenties is all I've ever needed, and I carry four of five of...
  18. Yes, life is a fatal disease. And it's sexually...

    Yes, life is a fatal disease. And it's sexually transmitted, at that.
  19. If the quilt insulation is down, depending on the...

    If the quilt insulation is down, depending on the baffling you may be able to shift insulation to the sides for warmer nights. My EE down quilt has a nice "open square" baffling system that lets me...
  20. Thanks for bringing this up--my thoughts exactly....

    Thanks for bringing this up--my thoughts exactly. Agriculture is one of the cornerstones of human civilization. In the pre-colonial Americas, we hear about maize, beans and squash as important...
  21. In my experience, it takes nearly a month for the...

    In my experience, it takes nearly a month for the serious "hiker hunger" to set in, as your body starts trying to eat itself.

    I managed to eat enough on my AT hike to end at roughly the same...
  22. I test my liner the same way I check for bike...

    I test my liner the same way I check for bike inner tube punctures. Fill with air, twist the top closed, compress it, listen and feel for air leaks. It's sort of a habit most mornings.
  23. I've always found pack covers difficult to keep...

    I've always found pack covers difficult to keep hole-free, from brush and setting on the ground. And mine would gather a puddle of water in the bottom "pocket." Only once did that puddle get my gear...
  24. Bicycling is my favorite form of travel. I...

    Bicycling is my favorite form of travel. I commuted my entire work career by bike. Work mates couldn't imagine why I would take the risk of cycling during rush hour traffic. I couldn't imagine...
  25. I know a couple of thru hikers who have had...

    I know a couple of thru hikers who have had post-hike heart disease, and one with glandular issues including adult-onset Type 1 diabetes, all of whom blame the horrible diet and constant...
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