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    Well, I was talking about pack weight at the...

    Well, I was talking about pack weight at the southern terminus; the early PCT has gobs of resupply options in the first many hundreds of miles, almost as many as the AT. But, I was mostly also...
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    Purely anecdotal, but "I've heard" that the...

    Purely anecdotal, but "I've heard" that the dropout rate on the PCT is less than that on the AT, but still high. the reason quoted is that the average hiker that starts the PCT is more experienced...
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    good info, thanks for sharing. It is really...

    good info, thanks for sharing.

    It is really curious why so many folks want to start on the 1st of the month, or the 15th of the month. Seeing these stats, why would not most folks want to start on...
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    There are plenty of glove systems that are UL and...

    There are plenty of glove systems that are UL and also crazy warm. What's nice about such systems is you're not as tempted to ditch the system and regret it later.

    Check out the Possum Fur gloves...
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    We did a March 8th springer start a few years ago...

    We did a March 8th springer start a few years ago for a 500 mile LASH and though we did have a few fairly cold nights here and there, it was an excellent time to be hiking the southern AT.

    Not...
  6. Thanks for the detailed analysis! I'm always a...

    Thanks for the detailed analysis! I'm always a little disappointed when I carry one of those little packs, there's just not enough in each one for a decent salty/greasy snack.

    On a related note,...
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    Not sure why a usefull discussion should "end...

    Not sure why a usefull discussion should "end once and for all" just because you decided to yell something that's pretty obvious to most.

    Some packs are pretty darn waterproof and would work for...
  8. I used to swear by Event stuff but goretex has...

    I used to swear by Event stuff but goretex has gotten so much lighter and is overall better IMO. All that being said, I use good old Frogg Toggs on most 3-season hikes. Yeah, they tear/wear out,...
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    My Arc Haul is finally starting to wear out...

    My Arc Haul is finally starting to wear out (after 5 years and many many thousands of miles), and I was thinking about taking a close look at those HMG's, so thanks for this endorsement; it means a...
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    Given all the recent vaccine news, I'm fairly...

    Given all the recent vaccine news, I'm fairly optimistic that by mid-spring, the Covid issue will be fading fast.

    If this is true, my wife and I will be doing a nice big AT LASH, trying to finish...
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    Agreeing with most others, my Arc Haul (non CF)...

    Agreeing with most others, my Arc Haul (non CF) is fairly water resistant, but it does leak with extended soaking, but it is 5 years old now. I think it was better when new, but didn't test it as...
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    I like both Oboz and Keen's, various models. The...

    I like both Oboz and Keen's, various models. The Keen Targhee seems like a great choice, I do think their soles are pretty grippy. All that being said, I finally found my ideal hiking shoe, the...
  13. Yep, I don't think there is any argument there....

    Yep, I don't think there is any argument there. But nonetheless, there are places in the world where white gas is not available, hence the need to use regular "car gasoline".
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    Sorry for the drift.... Just curious, did we...

    Sorry for the drift.... Just curious, did we meet on the AT? Knees are doing OK, but O.L.D. is inevitable. BTW, a big group of us did the 4-pass this last summer on a weekday, not too bad,...
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    Funny, you're across The Pond and everything...

    Funny, you're across The Pond and everything you're saying is absolutely identical here in Colorado; parking issues at super-busy trailheads, littering, etc. Our local trails have at least 2X hiker...
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    100% agree with all of this, but I doubt if the...

    100% agree with all of this, but I doubt if the ATC will set up any testing sites. Great idea though.

    I'm cautiously optimistic given latest vaccine news, and as you said, once on the trail all is...
  17. Agree, I wasn't being sarcastic that homegrown...

    Agree, I wasn't being sarcastic that homegrown firestarters are fun. But if you just want to get a fire started reliably, nothing beats Trioxane (well, maybe that shaved magnesium...).
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    I was and still might if the generic "golden...

    I was and still might if the generic "golden ticket" PCTA permit thing sorts out I'd like to repeat KM northbound to as far as time permits, perhaps up to CA/OR border. But who knows.

    But to keep...
  19. All those cool home-remedy methods are cute, fun...

    All those cool home-remedy methods are cute, fun and fine for boy scouts, but nothing beats Trioxane tablets, amazing, super hot, super easy to light (with flint sparker), it's the best out there...
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    Poll: Not sure why, total luck, but literally a...

    Not sure why, total luck, but literally a thousand or two nights on inflatables and never had a total blowout. I've had a couple of slow leaks requiring topping off in the middle of the night,...
  21. Cool little Youtube movie of the CO trail....

    Ran across this link this morning, kinda cliche in places, stuff most of us know, but provides a nice series of CT snippets.

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    Interesting, I was in two separate places in WY,...

    Interesting, I was in two separate places in WY, cloud peak area the the Cirque of the Towers area the third week of this August and had zero bugs. different body chemistry I suppose! Or I was in...
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    Sounds good! As far as head nets/bug go, we've...

    Sounds good! As far as head nets/bug go, we've found that after mid August, the bugs are not an issue in WY. July? Forget about it.
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    Cool! Let's see how next summer shapes up. I...

    Cool! Let's see how next summer shapes up. I was thinking mid-late august is a fine time, bugs are mostly gone, leftover snow is melting fast, etc. BUT, I might try to hike the CDT next summer,...
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    IF you are a fairly experienced hiker/backpacker,...

    IF you are a fairly experienced hiker/backpacker, take a look at the Sierra High Route (not to be confused with the High Sierra trail, maybe worth looking at as well).

    The SHR roughly parallels...
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