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    Eye mask, ear plugs and Bengal Spice tea 15...

    Eye mask, ear plugs and Bengal Spice tea 15 minutes before bed have all worked for me.
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    I use the pants factory treated with Insect...

    I use the pants factory treated with Insect Sheild. Did a test with a tick last year and it was incapacitated in less than 2 minutes after crawling around on the fabric. It was upside down and barely...
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    It sure is.

    It sure is.
  4. His last name is Chance.

    His last name is Chance.
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    Yes. Approach shoes will make a huge difference....

    Yes. Approach shoes will make a huge difference. I've led many routes (mostly below 5.6) in approach shoes and TR routes up to 5.9 on them. I've had 8 or 9 various pairs over the years and the Scarpa...
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    I ordered a few sizes of the Eco Mesh and just...

    I ordered a few sizes of the Eco Mesh and just coldn't get a fit that I wanted to hike in.

    I now use the Exoffico Sand Fly pants and I love them.
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    I got an INYO permit at 6am East Coast time a few...

    I got an INYO permit at 6am East Coast time a few weeks ago
  8. Heading NOBO on the JMT whats the most efficient...

    Heading NOBO on the JMT whats the most efficient way to access VVR? Bear Ridge or Bear Creek?
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    Nice review. I've been very happy with my orders...

    Nice review. I've been very happy with my orders from LiteAF. Incredible workmanship, great communication and high-quality products. For those of you interested in some of Chris's offerings I don't...
  10. Nice work guys!!!!

    Nice work guys!!!!
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    Great report! Looked like an incredible adventure.

    Great report! Looked like an incredible adventure.
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    Just ordered two on Black Friday. Excited to use...

    Just ordered two on Black Friday. Excited to use them
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    For two people we use either a Jet Boil Minimo or...

    For two people we use either a Jet Boil Minimo or a Pocket Rocket 2 with an Evernew 1.3 Ti pot. Jet boil is very easy/minimal fuss but the PR2 and pot is lighter.

    We also have a 1oz. zippered...
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    Just found the Coconut packets at TJ's which are...

    Just found the Coconut packets at TJ's which are awesome.

    Another cool find that I enjoy is the 1/4 FL. Ounce packets of Coconut Aminos. Basically a soy sauce alternative but without the soy and...
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    I've been putting a spoon full of ghee into those...

    I've been putting a spoon full of ghee into those pill sized mini zip-lock baggies. When needing to use it I cut off one bottom corner and squeeze out the contents. Works very well.
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    I did the stretch on the LT near Stratton over...

    I did the stretch on the LT near Stratton over Father's Day weekend this year and there were no Black flies present. Each year could be different but wanted to throw that out there if the flies were...
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    Horizontal baffles for me don't work. Tried the...

    Horizontal baffles for me don't work. Tried the Xlite and hated it. Went to the Insulated Big Agnes AXL and sleep very well but it's a bit of a cold pad below temps of 45*. Sea To Summit also makes a...
  18. Good to Go has some very good choices. LL Bean...

    Good to Go has some very good choices. LL Bean has them 25% off right now if you live near one of their stores
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    Trader Joe's sells a box of individual servings...

    Trader Joe's sells a box of individual servings of coconut oil in small packets.
  20. Maybe I missed it but I couldn't find if you...

    Maybe I missed it but I couldn't find if you shared your previous experience in alpine environments.

    My personal mantra in the Whites in winter is "Be conservative in your choices".

    This...
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    Yup. I use it for all types of small diameter...

    Yup. I use it for all types of small diameter cord using my thumb and pinkie.
  22. I had good luck using the thin produce bags found...

    I had good luck using the thin produce bags found in the grocery store for VBL's for my feet when we did Katahdin in Februray one year. The long ski in to Chimney Pond would have left me with soaked...
  23. Micro-spikes could be worth their weight in gold....

    Micro-spikes could be worth their weight in gold. I've seen guided trips that carry both micro-spikes as well as 10 or 12 point non-tech. crampons. Having the right traction device will allow you to...
  24. My thoughts are that the Makalus will be a very...

    My thoughts are that the Makalus will be a very cold boot for the Presi Traverse. I'd suggest maybe renting a pair of insulated alpine boots from Ragged Mtn, EMS or IME. One thing to be aware of is...
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    I would definitely bring blaze orange on the NPT...

    I would definitely bring blaze orange on the NPT now. I usually wear at the least a hat and sometimes a vest which I drape over my pack. Also avoid white clothing such as shirts, buffs, or ball caps....
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