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    Poll: I heard Exped went to this configuration to solve...

    I heard Exped went to this configuration to solve their delaminating baffle problem though it seems excessive---each individual tube gets its own blow up valve.


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    Poll: I started a thread on this back in 2017--- ...

    I started a thread on this back in 2017---

    https://whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/126982-Alas-Poor-Thermarest?highlight=
  3. Another nightcap option is to take a few...

    Another nightcap option is to take a few tablespoons of honey---at 64 calories per tablespoon. Beer has 7 calories per tbsp, whiskey has 35 calories and wine has 12.
  4. Some of us do not enjoy whiskey and the...

    Some of us do not enjoy whiskey and the like---plus I consider myself the voice of abstinence---and support those individuals who have battled alcohol addiction and have come out the other side.
  5. Yes---talk about thread drift. Let's all carry...

    Yes---talk about thread drift. Let's all carry whiskey and booze to augment our backpacking diets. Personally, I don't consider ethanol to be "food".
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    Thermarest delamination is common and has...

    Thermarest delamination is common and has happened to me on at least 12 pads in the last 40 years of hard use. Happens to other people too---
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    A patch kit is useless when this happens on a...

    A patch kit is useless when this happens on a trip---

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    Blow Thermy on Slickrock Creek by Wildcat Falls.

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    Blow baffle on Exped downmat in Snowbird wilderness.

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    A second...
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    A great warranty is nice---Exped also has a...

    A great warranty is nice---Exped also has a superb replacement policy---but the greatest warranty in the world means nothing when you have a blowout in the middle of nowhere and have to live with the...
  9. And of course as much olive oil as I can carry---...

    And of course as much olive oil as I can carry---

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  10. On my last trip I took out this container of...

    On my last trip I took out this container of Tahini---excellent when added to rice and beans.
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    I keep the cap closed by a piece of ripstop repair tape.

    Otherwise my trips are loaded with...
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    The last time I was on Sugar Cove trail was in...

    The last time I was on Sugar Cove trail was in May 2019 when I took Rough Ridge up from Jacks River and stopped at the old Sugar Cove trailhead---at rock in pic below.
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    I watched the video. This is why I carry...

    I watched the video. This is why I carry microspikes in the winter.
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    After my May trip I'm still getting some training...

    After my May trip I'm still getting some training in with my vintage 1980 North Face pack---in prep for a June trip.

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  14. Dangit---your pic if true is a sad review of...

    Dangit---your pic if true is a sad review of TarpTent---as this should NEVER HAPPEN in a tent no matter what. It's never happened in my double wall tents---and if it did that tent would be history....
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    Simple solution---carry more food weight.

    Simple solution---carry more food weight.
  16. Using a footprint under a tent impedes water...

    Using a footprint under a tent impedes water drainage under the tent floor into the ground---because the foot print is sandwiching water between the tent floor and the ground cloth---i.e. puddles on...
  17. Another negatory of Big Agnes tents---they use...

    Another negatory of Big Agnes tents---they use flame retardant chemicals in their tent fabrics. Mt Hardwear does not.
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    This is what I'm talkin' about. How long will...

    This is what I'm talkin' about. How long will the trip be? Sounds like maybe a 6 or 7 day trek? I've done the same thing many times but would stretch it out to 21+ days---cuz I did low mile days...
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    The reason I post on Whiteblaze is because it's a...

    The reason I post on Whiteblaze is because it's a Backpacking forum first and foremost and an AT forum secondarily---and it deals with the Southeast mountains. Point me to an equally robust...
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    Last night I slept on a Thermarest in the...

    Last night I slept on a Thermarest in the backyard and this morning I loaded up my vintage 1980 North Face pack and hiked around the neighborhood. Gotta keep up my chops between trips.

    Here's the...
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    In the Southeast where I backpack public lands...

    In the Southeast where I backpack public lands are prolific but sadly surrounded by development and sprawl---ever encroaching sprawl. And overhead jet traffic noise is terrible no matter if you're...
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    I forgot to include Steve McCullough's pic here...

    I forgot to include Steve McCullough's pic here in my trip report---
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  23. Thread: GSMNP Hike

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    Exactly my sentiments. Never stayed in a shelter...

    Exactly my sentiments. Never stayed in a shelter and never will.



    I just got back from a 15 day backpacking trip and saw no crowds---in fact I didn't see a single backpacker or dayhiker the...
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    Thanks for the input. Now I'm gearing up for...

    Thanks for the input. Now I'm gearing up for something in June---pit viper season.
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    The negative perceptions of aging happen most...

    The negative perceptions of aging happen most especially for me when I'm NOT backpacking. I.E. couch potato-itis.
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