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    Not sure I can diagnose the problem you had, but...

    Not sure I can diagnose the problem you had, but I've gone to avoiding any canisters that contain butane, in favor of those that have just propane and isobutane. I do a lot of shoulder season...
  2. Thread: Trowel test

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    I think it's great to test gear in an...

    I think it's great to test gear in an evidence-based fashion. One result that surprised me was this one:

    Practical Test Overview



    Push into lawn
    Dig a hole
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    Here's another option I learned from a Leave No...

    Here's another option I learned from a Leave No Trace (LNT) Master Educator: Rather than packing out your TP, make "Poop Soup" (I have included general information on good cathole technique.

    A...
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    I might not treat water from a spring with good...

    I might not treat water from a spring with good flow, but would always treat from a standing body (lake, pond) or stream. It's not that hard or time consuming to do so.
  5. Thread: Trowel test

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    I think the idea of comparing cathole trowels is...

    I think the idea of comparing cathole trowels is really cool. I can dig it. My own experience is that thinner trowels dig better and cut small roots better. They will also go into sand in a bucket...
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    Nice mod. Looks like it would break up hard soil...

    Nice mod. Looks like it would break up hard soil just fine, but maybe not scoop out the dirt in the cathole quite as well as something more trowel-shaped. I know I quibble and bottom line is what...
  7. Thread: Free Camp Pillow

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    Thanks for posting. Was not familiar with this...

    Thanks for posting. Was not familiar with this company.
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    I think a cathole trowel is essential to digging...

    I think a cathole trowel is essential to digging an actual hole that meets LNT guidelines. Some disagree but they must be digging if different soil conditions than I have to deal with.
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    I think this is good advice (shelters can have...

    I think this is good advice (shelters can have nails sticking up, etc. that can be a source of punctures). When sleeping on ground, I just use my tarp groundsheet, but when in a shelter, I am very...
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    Allegheny National Forest in PA is even closed to...

    Allegheny National Forest in PA is even closed to dispersed camping (recent announcement).
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    At the risk of overwhelming your choices, suggest...

    At the risk of overwhelming your choices, suggest you look at Gossamer Gear, Hyperlite Mountain Gear, Zpacks, and ULA. All have packs that might be just the perfect one for you. ;)
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    Minute rice can substitute for freeze dried rice,...

    Minute rice can substitute for freeze dried rice, which I have never seen sold.
    Mountain House and others sell freeze dried vegetables and meats. For Mountain House and some others' products, you...
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    If you choose to be hiking on the AT at this...

    If you choose to be hiking on the AT at this time, you and others will both be safer if you camp by yourself in your own tent/tarp/hammock rather than using AT shelters. So shelter closings are...
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    Agree with Neo Air mummy style. The more you use...

    Agree with Neo Air mummy style. The more you use it, the quieter it gets. It can be a bit "crunchy" sounding when new. Mine is very well used and quiet now. :)
  15. Thread: Camp Shoes

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    I hate to carry the extra weight of camp shoes,...

    I hate to carry the extra weight of camp shoes, so I hike in trail runners and loosen up the laces in camp to make them into slip-on camp shoes. If they are very wet, I bring a couple chicken roaster...
  16. Cous cous is easily rehydrated and a great base...

    Cous cous is easily rehydrated and a great base to add all sorts of things to.
  17. Thread: Showering

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    If I'm out in winter for more than 3 days, I heat...

    If I'm out in winter for more than 3 days, I heat up some water in my cookpot and dip my packtowel into it to wash my face, pits, and nether regions as best I can, usually quite carefully while in my...
  18. Thread: Gossamer pack

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    I have had similarly good experiences with the...

    I have had similarly good experiences with the Mariposa (on JMT and other trips), which is my largest pack. For the AT, the smaller Gorilla was big enough for the gear and food/water I had to carry....
  19. Thread: Showering

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    Surprised nobody has mentioned a bucket "shower"...

    Surprised nobody has mentioned a bucket "shower" in the woods away from others, using a water-carrier of some kind (I like the 10 liter Sea to Summit), some Campsuds, and a pack towel. Not as nice as...
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    I have hiked most of the trails in the Quehanna,...

    I have hiked most of the trails in the Quehanna, including the entire main trail. It is an elevated plateau broken up by stream drainages that provide the ups and the downs. It's PA rocky and rooty,...
  21. Thread: Food dehydrator

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    I have the Excalibur and it is a great...

    I have the Excalibur and it is a great dehydrator. Get some of the silicone sheets for it if you like to dehydrate any fruit or veggie leathers or other soupy meal items like spaghetti and...
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    I got a used stair stepper on Craig's List a...

    I got a used stair stepper on Craig's List a couple months ahead of time and felt that helped me do better as I started hiking in GA. This type of leg strength training is more useful than running...
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    My preference is 5 days or less, but have done as...

    My preference is 5 days or less, but have done as many as 9.
  24. I would not take the Tyvek and I would take a...

    I would not take the Tyvek and I would take a NeoAir Xtherm as an inflatable pad without the zlite until I got warm enough to go to an even lighter inflatable. If you have a regular NeoAir, I would...
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    The key to any sleep system is that your loft...

    The key to any sleep system is that your loft does not get compressed or wet. A quilt inside a sleeping bag would lead to loft compression (from the inside) unless the bag is oversized enough. This...
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