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    That sounds like an excellent idea! It is...

    That sounds like an excellent idea! It is sometimes the tinest of things that you find you need out there that you just don't have and get annoyed about.

    One of the best trail angel "finds" I...
  2. I would also suggest that you sleep with your...

    I would also suggest that you sleep with your feet elevated when hiking. You can pitch your tent on a slight incline & sleep with your feet elevated that way (you will get used to it), or put your...
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    in response to "Orthofingers" - that depends in...

    in response to "Orthofingers" - that depends in large part on what the laws are in the state where the incident happened. Not every state has a "stand your ground" law, and yes, if authorities find...
  4. To get medical attention after a fall (or other...

    To get medical attention after a fall (or other accident) or illness. Not what you want to happen.
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    I've reallly tried to find a hiking partner, but...

    I've reallly tried to find a hiking partner, but the people I know who are physically able to backpack are younger and have job, children, or other responsibilities. The older people I know who are...
  6. Thread: Opinions!

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    As you hike, you will meet people and form...

    As you hike, you will meet people and form friendships. You will be hiking for months, and if you make it to Georgia, you will know what you want to do then. Making plans now is pretty much useless,...
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    Hot day, water scarce. Came to Deep Gap & found...

    Hot day, water scarce. Came to Deep Gap & found water and one banana. Simple gift - maybe the best banana I ever ate. I was so grateful.
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    The issue really is how well you tolerate cold,...

    The issue really is how well you tolerate cold, wet, icy hiking - dangerous conditions, sickness, and accidents take out several early starters every year. Read their journals & see if you want that.
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    So - any further word here? Hope she is OK!

    So - any further word here? Hope she is OK!
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    Any further news? So sorry to read this - was...

    Any further news? So sorry to read this - was hoping he was just lost or maybe hiked out & hadn't reported in yet. Another really good reason to pay attention to your fellow hikers - know a little...
  11. I have also enjoyed fresh fruit that day hikers...

    I have also enjoyed fresh fruit that day hikers shared. Anything, really, that you "can't get out there" is so appreciated. It's just the small kindnesses that count so much! Thanks for all who do...
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    Right - I've smelled some sleeping bags I...

    Right - I've smelled some sleeping bags I wouldn't sit on, much less sleep in!
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    It is animal cruelty pure and simple. There is no...

    It is animal cruelty pure and simple. There is no regular food source, there is no medical care, there are animals that would see the cat as a food source, and the winters are brutal for a domestic...
  14. Why not contact the folks at the AT Conservancy? ...

    Why not contact the folks at the AT Conservancy? They can give you the building info. As to location - mostly scenic ridges, close to water, etc. Now ask about conveniences for hikers: tables,...
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    Yeah, the AT is uphill all the way to the big K,...

    Yeah, the AT is uphill all the way to the big K, & I'm tired of those rocks too. Let's start a campaign right here to start hauling those suckers out of the way. If we clear the trail, we can have...
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    I almost always hike alone. This is because most...

    I almost always hike alone. This is because most of my friends are not able, or not interested, in backpacking. So yes, I've slept alone, tented, both at shelters and in campsites. I've only been...
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    I have just learned to make my calls from the...

    I have just learned to make my calls from the high places on the trail, & keep my phone turned off most of the time. It is inconvenient sometimes, but I used to hike without a phone at all. Mine is...
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    I love the headlamps I've used for several years...

    I love the headlamps I've used for several years now. Don't you all remember trying to hold a flashlight and cook or set up camp in the dark before headlamps? Back then I used to say really nasty...
  19. Thread: Laundry

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    Most of my hiking and kayaking clothing is what I...

    Most of my hiking and kayaking clothing is what I call "quick dry." Completely wet pants dry in just a few minutes in the sun. If you wash it in a commercial laundry and you are in town for say a...
  20. There are areas on the trail where you simply...

    There are areas on the trail where you simply couldn't pass through with an umbrella - low hanging branches are gonna snag/tear it. I cannot imagine trying to hike with one & keep my balance,...
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    Tang - even though advertised as a breakfast...

    Tang - even though advertised as a breakfast drink, is just as refreshing any time of day. And I also take lemonade powder drink mix sweetened with Splenda artificial sweetener - just mix the...
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    The only problem I see here is just a lack of...

    The only problem I see here is just a lack of confidence. As others have said, make a few gear purchases (or borrow or rent), & then go out for a weekend on the trail that is in your doorstep...
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    Water should always be treated. Just because you...

    Water should always be treated. Just because you don't see the toilet paper doesn't mean it isn't contaminated. Deer and other animals don't use toilet paper, and they really aren't particular about...
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    I have taken frozen catfish for the "first night"...

    I have taken frozen catfish for the "first night" meal. A small frying pan, small Baggie of cornmeal & seasonings, a bit of vegetable oil, and a side of small red potatoes with butter & parsley make...
  25. Just don't use deodorant (trust me, no one else...

    Just don't use deodorant (trust me, no one else is going to), & wash up at night using a bandana. Removing bacteria with water (& soap, but not near the creek) is by far more effective. Using Neo as...
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