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  1. Years ago, I planned out a thru-hike of the JMT...

    Years ago, I planned out a thru-hike of the JMT out west.
    Because all my food had to fit in a bear canister, and because time/money constraints meant I had to hike 10 days with no resupply, I...
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    There's more assumptions than that... such as how...

    There's more assumptions than that... such as how much warm clothing the person is wearing as well.
    But those various "assumptions" are different depending upon what rating "system" or "standard"...
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    Free - None And according to the person I talked...

    Free - None
    And according to the person I talked to in the back country office this week, there's only two shuttle companies with permits to shuttle in the park based in TN (others based in NC)....
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    Never heard of it... But at least one concern...

    Never heard of it...
    But at least one concern immediately comes to mind. These things are designed to hold trash, not food.
    When I first tried to start using Trash Compactor bags as a pack liner,...
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    The bulk of my camping trips are in GSMNP where I...

    The bulk of my camping trips are in GSMNP where I ALWAYS pack a goretex jacket and pants, and OPTIONALLY bring an umbrella if I EXPECT rain.

    For the annoying sprinkles, I often find I'm good...
  6. Looking at Google Earth, I can't tell exactly...

    Looking at Google Earth, I can't tell exactly where the trouble is based on the data in the article beyond it's "near Pearisburg".
    But looking both north and south of Pearisburg, the AT generally...
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    Not sure what I would do for a long thru hike......

    Not sure what I would do for a long thru hike...
    But when I go camping in GSMNP, if there's a likelyhood of rain, I carry a small umbrella.
    If I try to hike in a rain coat, I'm just going to get...
  8. If you can handle winding roads (I mean mind...

    If you can handle winding roads (I mean mind dizzying winding) take the "Tail of the Dragon" over to Twenty Mile ranger station and make an over night loop out of campsite #13 just below Gregory...
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    While you might not see signs, most hotels don't...

    While you might not see signs, most hotels don't even allow candles.
    And I'm sure management would have a conniption if they found out someone was using a stove with an open flame in their rooms. ...
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    Since the reflective coating is one of the main...

    Since the reflective coating is one of the main keys to this pad keeping you warm, if it is "gone", sounds like you should be able to get it replaced... Don't these come with a lifetime warranty?
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    I had problems with my 1st NeoAir having...

    I had problems with my 1st NeoAir having delamination of the reflective coating and moisture seemed to make it wosrt... so I've always used a "pump sack"... But to save weight, I bought their...
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    That was one of the nice things about the...

    That was one of the nice things about the SweetWater system. It could be allowed to freeze and still work. They used to even recommend storing it in your freezer between trips so stuff didn't grow...
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    While not universally true, those using a tarp...

    While not universally true, those using a tarp are often doing so to save weight. Adding a bug net is counter to that goal.

    Now if you were only referencing the light-weight head cover... well...
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    This is why you see signs in places like national...

    This is why you see signs in places like national parks says "boil all water", because they know it's the only way to ensure the water is safe.
    Seems they always have to publish information to the...
  15. I was in grad school and the night before the...

    I was in grad school and the night before the storm hit, I had a programming project due the next morning I didn't realize was going to take me another 20 hours to complete. Fortunately, our...
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    Because a tent gives you a way to get away from...

    Because a tent gives you a way to get away from the bugs without having to coat yourself in DEET.
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    The only instruction you need for setting up a...

    The only instruction you need for setting up a Copper Spur (and I had to have someone show me this 'in the field') is how to do it if it's windy...
    1. Stake out the corners of your ground sheet...
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    I loved my Copper Spur UL2 for a solo hike of the...

    I loved my Copper Spur UL2 for a solo hike of the JMT.
    Given that I used a large size pad, the UL2 is simply too small for two people, but it's got a crazy amount of room for just one.
    I had heard...
  19. Yeah, the Somkies can be rather fickle... I've...

    Yeah, the Somkies can be rather fickle...
    I've been hiking in January during an unusual warm spell with hi/lo of 60's/40's, and more than a foot of snow can fall on into April.
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    I love my Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 as a solo...

    I love my Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 as a solo tent.
    It's far too small for two people to spread out, but it's very roomy for one person.
    I bought mine for a three week trip on the JMT. Thru...
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    When my son and I share a tent, there can easily...

    When my son and I share a tent, there can easily be a 5 difference between the temperature inside the tent and outside the tent.
    I've measured it as I like to carry a thermometer with me now a days...
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    I bought the Harrison Maps because some people...

    I bought the Harrison Maps because some people rave about them and the detail.
    Geographically they may be detailed, but they totally lack some of the detail I really liked on the National Geography...
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    Even better, if you use a lightweight blue tarps...

    Even better, if you use a lightweight blue tarps (they come in various thickness), you can just ditch it if you find you're not wanting it.
    BTW: When I do "weekend" hikes, if i know it's likely to...
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    Per shoe or for the pair?

    Per shoe or for the pair?
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    is that 4.6oz each or for the pair?

    is that 4.6oz each or for the pair?
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