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    Interesting topic. I've been dealing with anxiety...

    Interesting topic. I've been dealing with anxiety for the past couple of years, and my lifestyle is something that anyone would ask 'what the heck do you have to be anxious about'?!?!?!? My wife & I...
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    For temps around freezing or below (say to 20F)...

    For temps around freezing or below (say to 20F) .. consider a Black Diamond Eldorado or ITent. The single wall design is really great for any breeze that you might experience at those temps. My wife...
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    Welcome to the pool, where the water is nice &...

    Welcome to the pool, where the water is nice & warm!! My wife & I saw the increase in our annual hiking mileage double after retiring ... it's awesome.
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    RE:So heres my deal im like 5'10 250. Im built...

    RE:So heres my deal im like 5'10 250. Im built like a brick **** house

    I'm 6'0 and 240 ... so I'm pretty much like you probably. Western Mountaineering Ponderosa if you want to be able to get down...
  5. Thread: Class of 2022

    by BCPete
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    My wife & I were practically in your exact shoes...

    My wife & I were practically in your exact shoes back in 2010 ... 5 years away from retiring (with over 25 years of hardcore backpacking under our belt), and then wanting to do the AT for a...
  6. Make a little bit more of a drive, but consider...

    Make a little bit more of a drive, but consider the North Boundary Trail in Jasper ... I think it clocks in at 105 miles or so. Pretty much guarantee that you won't see very many people ... probably...
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    Bemental is wrong in regard to Canada. ...

    Bemental is wrong in regard to Canada.

    Canadians can be in the USA for a period of up to 6 months (in a calendar year) with no formal visa needed. Make sure to have your passport stamped upon...
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    20 years ago ... Crush fracture of L2-4 from a...

    20 years ago ... Crush fracture of L2-4 from a short track speed skating crash. I was backpacking 4 months later - after a lot of time in the gym building up the muscles after the fractures healed....
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    Having never been to the area, the only way I...

    Having never been to the area, the only way I would think about a different route from the traditional Springer Mtn start is if it was ATC approved so we could still say we're doing the AT (kind of...
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    Gates of the Arctic NP is on his list ... this...

    Gates of the Arctic NP is on his list ... this guy must be the biggest idiot around!

    The Gates is something else. We've been there twice, and try to time it for the August caribou migration. We...
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    Delorme Inreach ... not a phone, but the texting...

    Delorme Inreach ... not a phone, but the texting works fairly well. It's a little clunky putting together a text message, but it works anywhere. The GPS functions are pretty good once you get used to...
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    This is what I'd suggest for sure. Google is...

    This is what I'd suggest for sure.

    Google is your friend ... from the US Embassy office in Canada website: "Anyone with a criminal record (including a drunk driving conviction) may be excluded...
  13. I'm another one who goes with Gore-tex boots, but...

    I'm another one who goes with Gore-tex boots, but I mainly hike in the Cdn Rockies where the conditions are probably quite different that the AT. I'm planning on using my Zamberlan Trek-Lites on my...
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    I'm mostly into wildlife photography, so I...

    I'm mostly into wildlife photography, so I wouldn't even consider hauling along my 1DX & 800mm lens when backpacking. :) When we go for backpacking trips here in the Cdn Rockies, I bring along a...
  15. Wow ... :datz:datz. This kind of thinking is...

    Wow ... :datz:datz. This kind of thinking is like blaming a Prius driver for bad air quality, while you drive a Hummer to the convenience store 100 yards down the block.
  16. Thread: Canada, Eh?

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    Canadians have the same thing ... in reverse. :)

    Canadians have the same thing ... in reverse. :)
  17. My wife & I were stuck in our tent for 4.5 days...

    My wife & I were stuck in our tent for 4.5 days straight during a trip in Gates of the Arctic NP. No big deal, but I suppose it helps to have always been pretty mellow with each other's habits. Hint:...
  18. Whatever you do ... make sure you will be warm at...

    Whatever you do ... make sure you will be warm at all temps you expect - and then some!

    My wife is brutally cold blooded, and if we didn't make our gear selections according to her needs, we would...
  19. By 30 I was entrenched in my business, married,...

    By 30 I was entrenched in my business, married, and had a mortgage (although we had it close to paid off by age 30). If you are free of those constrictions, I'd say gamble on a year off and do the AT...
  20. I guess they were finding too much damage on the...

    I guess they were finding too much damage on the trees near the campsites. This is a very busy trail, and you can only stay at the designated campsites (legally anyway). This is the busiest overnight...
  21. Just did this last weekend ... I live in a nice...

    Just did this last weekend ... I live in a nice neighborhood, eh! One thing I didn't know about the Berg Lake trail is that they no longer allow Tarp or Hammock use ... which is probably of some...
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    Send you one that I've been working on - cheers!

    Send you one that I've been working on - cheers!
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    March 2 or 3 ... doing the approach trail. Just...

    March 2 or 3 ... doing the approach trail.
    Just Pete & Carol for now.
    Prince George, B.C.
    NOBO ... doing the AT the classic way b/c we're only going to be doing it once, and we want to start as...
  24. Thread: 2015 Thru-Hike

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    March 2 baby ... only a year to go!

    March 2 baby ... only a year to go!
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    I saw that also, but my assumption was that was...

    I saw that also, but my assumption was that was the weight for just a single shoe and so you'd be looking at 10 oz for the pair. If a pair were only 5 oz ... that seems too good to be true!
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