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  1. We stayed in a dank, dirty, overstuffed cabin...

    We stayed in a dank, dirty, overstuffed cabin full of weird stuff at Uncle Johnny's near Erwin, TN, while the good ol boys sat on the porch surfing the web. They might have thought of doing some...
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    I thought the SOBO climb of the Priest was no...

    I thought the SOBO climb of the Priest was no real problem, and we did it at the end of a long day. Heavily switchbacked. Nice view at the top.
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    Oh, so Whiteblaze is the place for speculation...

    Oh, so Whiteblaze is the place for speculation without facts. Thanks a lot.
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    I would like to see a factual summary of events,...

    I would like to see a factual summary of events, without speculation, of what went wrong.
    In studies of outdoor fatalities, it's never one thing, it's cascading errors, problems, and weather, many...
  5. Not exactly an impartial news story: "But one...

    Not exactly an impartial news story:

    "But one thing is clear: Large energy companies are having trouble forcing their will on communities and land managers with the same ease they have enjoyed in...
  6. Tipi dude, so correct but you forget that...

    Tipi dude, so correct but you forget that regulators are immune to common sense arguments.

    Like Jordon Peterson says, the people making the rules are the last people that you would ever want to...
  7. Thread: More lo tech

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    Yes! As someone old enough to remember the...

    Yes! As someone old enough to remember the friendly pre-phone era when long trailside conversations (sometimes leading to lifelong friendships) were normal, I wince when I approach a shelter or pass...
  8. Did the Routeburn track as a day hike two years...

    Did the Routeburn track as a day hike two years ago. Great stuff.
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    It takes a major sacrifice, but it's worth it...

    It takes a major sacrifice, but it's worth it when you are young and relatively free IMO. I took off on the AT when I was 17, for a whole summer, with very little money. It worked.

    Don't wait for...
  10. Thread: Base weight

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    I think it's funny that so many hikers who are...

    I think it's funny that so many hikers who are clearly way overweight make a huge point out of going ultralight. The elephant in the room is that they should drop 20 or 30 from their middles. Then...
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    If you have a disability you could make an...

    If you have a disability you could make an argument for using one of these under ADA. I think it's a great idea, although perhaps easier to use on the PCT and other switchbacked trails. I wouldn't...
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    "Originally Posted by LDog ...

    "Originally Posted by LDog https://whiteblaze.net/forum/images/Eloquent/buttonsgreen/viewpost-right.png

    The rocks got there cause the glacier...
  13. Stunning, georgeous, insane views?? Um. How...

    Stunning, georgeous, insane views??

    Um. How about .... rather tame??
  14. Unless you are independently wealthy start with a...

    Unless you are independently wealthy start with a good section hike, like Springer to Hot Springs (3 weeks).

    Then, stop and think about it for a while... it will either catch on or not.

    This...
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    Poll: I've carried a Garmin 60sx for many years. Super...

    I've carried a Garmin 60sx for many years. Super duper. Answers all my questions about navigation, mileages, elevations, spring & shelter locations, distances to any waypoint. Creates a track that...
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    6-7 days Monson to Abol bridge. 1 day to...

    6-7 days Monson to Abol bridge.
    1 day to Katahdin Camp.
    1 summit day
    I've done it twice; I would tend to go slow and enjoy this lovely section.

    It's a horrible shame that so many people rush...
  17. Direct order from the web. Another option is...

    Direct order from the web. Another option is http://www.runningfunky.com/gaiters-1/
  18. Thread: Hiking the AT

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    Do the math. Walking speed times hours spent...

    Do the math.
    Walking speed times hours spent walking, tempered by trail difficulty.
    My wife and I averaged 1 mph through difficult terrain in Maine, in our 50's some years ago. Otherwise on easier...
  19. I buy Everclear by the half gallon in Montana. I...

    I buy Everclear by the half gallon in Montana. I forget what it costs, but it's not expensive. I use it with shellac flakes to make musical instrument varnish. Of course when I tell the seller...
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    Good for you, the trail will be different SOBO...

    Good for you, the trail will be different SOBO and you'll see the other side of the trees.
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    Harney Peak Wilderness has it's moments in the...

    Harney Peak Wilderness has it's moments in the Black Hills, for a real hiking experience with good access points. Spectacular needles & pinnacles.
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    Thanks for your opinion, Dogwood. Just an...

    Thanks for your opinion, Dogwood. Just an opinion... with no real evidence IMO. Parks are protected by Federal Law.

    Why don't you tell us about global warming now?
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    Not a documentary at all; a "hit" piece by...

    Not a documentary at all; a "hit" piece by leftist preservationists. Against tourism, against mining, pretty much against America.

    Not about hiking... It's about an agenda.

    FWIW the...
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    I agree. I think that if you get out and hike...

    I agree. I think that if you get out and hike your kit will sort itself out.

    When you return home, mark on the list what was used or not; you'll find much is not used and can go, unless it is...
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    I would encourage trail running. You should not...

    I would encourage trail running. You should not get injured, the surface is soft and speeds are slow, and you can walk the uphills. I did my best hiking at a time when I was running a lot of trail...
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