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  1. I'm also 62 and pretty much switch seasons from...

    I'm also 62 and pretty much switch seasons from cycling to hiking. I have done several thru-hikes and a couple of cross-country bike trips since retiring from work. If I want to do a major trip in...
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    I think it's good to remember that drinking water...

    I think it's good to remember that drinking water isn't the only source of GI distress. How about hand-washing after using the toilet? On my AT hike, I saw plenty of filthy hikers sharing food. Some...
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    I'm class of '08 as well, and I was thinking I...

    I'm class of '08 as well, and I was thinking I can't believe it's been a dozen years--time flies. Sorry, I can't help with that area of the country, just wishing you luck right now. All your concerns...
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    Yes, depends on location. And I don't carry a...

    Yes, depends on location. And I don't carry a filter, but treat chemically with AquaMira (chlorine dioxide). I treated maybe ten gallons on the AT, less on the PCT and CDT. I'd carry enough water to...
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    I cycled 25 miles from the place I'm staying the...

    I cycled 25 miles from the place I'm staying the winter to a Florida Trail trailhead and found out the FT is closed. Someone I met cycling told me a section of the FT is paved and can make a nice 60...
  6. Thread: Camp Shoes

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    No. The longer the trip, the less I carry.

    No.

    The longer the trip, the less I carry.
  7. Hah! Ditto. When Y2K blew over, friends and...

    Hah! Ditto.

    When Y2K blew over, friends and neighbors were giving me all their emergency supplies for use on trail. I had years' worth. I sure hope this scare is just that, and maybe we will...
  8. I'm a bean snob, too. I hate canned/processed...

    I'm a bean snob, too. I hate canned/processed beans. But that's at home. The trail's different.
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    I don't have any backpacking experience in GNP,...

    I don't have any backpacking experience in GNP, just a day hike decades ago with no clear memory of it. But I have a lot of desert experience, with hikes of the CDT and the Arizona Trail, for...
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    Take a look at Mr Money Mustache's...

    Take a look at Mr Money Mustache's blog.

    For a few small examples, I stopped buying beer and wine, bartered with neighbors for goods and services (like beer and wine), and committed to bicycling...
  11. Thread: Base weight

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    From my experience over a decade ago, Western...

    From my experience over a decade ago, Western hikers talked more about base weight. It seemed more Eastern hikers used the "full load of food and water" metric.

    After I hiked the PCT and CDT,...
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    I minimize chemicals on my skin with permethrin...

    I minimize chemicals on my skin with permethrin on clothing, hiking in long sleeves and trousers. I look for dry, exposed, breezy places for breaks. The head net is worth its weight in gold, almost...
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    Between four and ten days depending on your...

    Between four and ten days depending on your hiking speed and style.
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    See if you can find a piece of Reflectix duct...

    See if you can find a piece of Reflectix duct insulation. It comes in 20" wide rolls, 25' long, available at hardware and plumbing/heating stores. Ideally you know a tradesperson who can cut 5' off a...
  15. Thread: Lunches

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    I added the bold above and strongly agree--most...

    I added the bold above and strongly agree--most accidents happen on descents and it's good to stop, rest, and fuel before a tough one.

    It's the final descents into town that worry me most. It's...
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    First time I heard the term "tick tweezer" I...

    First time I heard the term "tick tweezer" I burst out laughing. I love Spoonerisms, even quasi-Spoonerisms.
  17. Thread: Lunches

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    I've stopped thinking of meals when I hike....

    I've stopped thinking of meals when I hike. Instead, I stop for a decent break every two hours, long enough to eat as much as I can. That's usually at least five times a day, and I ran out of names...
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    Miller Pk near the border may be a tough hike...

    Miller Pk near the border may be a tough hike depending on snow conditions. Same with Mt Mica in Saguaro NP.

    Between Oracle and Hwy 87 at Sunflower (Passage 22) would include lower desert...
  19. I haven't carried a ground sheet in 15 years,...

    I haven't carried a ground sheet in 15 years, never on a thru-hike--that should be easy to leave at home. In winter I use a 3/4 length Z-rest and a full length piece of 20" wide Reflectix, total...
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    Truly unsupported would be the 180 mlles (seven...

    Truly unsupported would be the 180 mlles (seven days) on a CDT section across the Weminuche and South San Juans. I had just enough food to avoid hitching into Pagosa from Wolf Creek Pass on the July...
  21. Thread: Down bag

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    I can attest that the Marmot Helium is good to...

    I can attest that the Marmot Helium is good to 15F. It's a serious three-season bag for the price. The other bags are probably better, but pricier.
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    My first winter camps were on the winter solstice...

    My first winter camps were on the winter solstice for several years running in the North Cascades. Those were long nights, over 15 hours, though generally not bitter cold. That was back when I...
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    Base weight is about seven pounds for summer and...

    Base weight is about seven pounds for summer and desert trips. Add seven liters of water at about about 15 pounds, and about five pounds of food for two nights out. That'll be just over 25 pounds,...
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    I've been using various Gossamer Gear frameless...

    I've been using various Gossamer Gear frameless packs for over ten years. I waited until I got my base weight below ten pounds (currently about eight) before I moved to frameless. I carry seven...
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    I guess I deal with safety by getting out of town...

    I guess I deal with safety by getting out of town as much as I can. The woods are a peaceful place.

    I feel most exposed if I have to drive to a trailhead. Now that's scary.
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