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    She'd been hiking for months, probably...

    She'd been hiking for months, probably essentially exhausted and just dedicated to plowing thru. Expected resupply the next day. So, little food on board. Lost during rain and wind, so certainly wet...
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    Don't tell ME what to do...!

    I get really rebellious if someone, including myself, tries to tell me what to do. So, it doesn't work for me to say "you can never have another cigarette!".

    But what gets around this little snare...
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    Leaves

    Sure, you get occasional really bright red or orange patches as early as late August, especially with maples in swampy areas. But they will only be small patches. Might do it for you, though.
  4. Thread: Trail Safety

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    I don't assume that.

    I don't assume that.
  5. Thread: Three cheers

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    Yes, thanks very much - great job!

    Yes, thanks very much - great job!
  6. Thread: i am pissed!

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    Thanks for starting this thread - I have been SO...

    Thanks for starting this thread - I have been SO ANGRY, too - the main feeling for me all week, about this situation.
  7. Thread: Trail Safety

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    Well, one thing that can help a little is having...

    Well, one thing that can help a little is having a high name recognition - I've been following WB and TrailJournals for a long time, and participating more and more on both as hiking departure time...
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    Some "sneaker style" shoes have "trail style"...

    Some "sneaker style" shoes have "trail style" soles - look for these. Montrail, New Balance, Terr-Roc, and others have lightweight shoes with fairly rigid sole plates.
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    Well, it depends a lot on what you're looking for...

    Well, it depends a lot on what you're looking for - one person's thrilling read is another person's yawn...but I like a good blend of the practical along with the emotional, social, and maybe even...
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    Thanks!

    Very tidy! Thanks for sharing this with us.
  11. Thread: You Go Girl!

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    Great to have another lady boomer joining the...

    Great to have another lady boomer joining the throngs! Have a great time on the AT this spring!
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    These are very helpful comments! I'm not...

    These are very helpful comments! I'm not convinced that all-in-one is the way to go, since failure causes you to lose everything. But then, it's weight-efficient.

    I always have hand-written the...
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    Foot pump

    There's a foot pump by Exped, for their down mats, that's light, very effective, and forms a great pillow - saves all that huffing and puffing. I can go mighty light in order to justify the air core...
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    Sprint coverage on AT?

    Anyone have unusually good or bad luck using Sprint system phone while hiking the AT?
  15. Thread: Black Flies?

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    What's jigger? Red bug?

    What's jigger? Red bug?
  16. Thread: Winter hiking

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    Sweat

    All our hiking is that cold right now, and the main hassle is sweating: even with careful ventilation (as a previous post mentioned), you get really sweated up. No problem with day hiking - put on a...
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    Transmitting the data to home?

    Thanks for the PDA comments. One more question - how do you transmit the data you've carefully journaled into the PDA?
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    Poll: Great experience in Girl Scouts

    Gee, I guess we lucked out. We had very good leaders in both Brownies and Girl Scouts - our friends' mothers - who were interested in lots of things. We did some hikes, although that was not the...
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    $$$$

    I just spent time looking up Palm Treo and service, and it looks like several hundred $$ for the Palm, and at least $100 a MONTH for the service to make it work. Hmm. Maybe not!!!

    Back to...
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    Thanks, just the kind of info I'm looking for.

    Thanks, just the kind of info I'm looking for.
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    Pocketmail hassles -

    Roots - I gather that Pocketmail needs a land line to send data: so, you need either a payphone or a nice person who will let you call an 800 number on their landline. (as opposed to a data phone...
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    keyboard options for journaling?

    Okay, I get the virtue of small all-in-one phones, with email built in, but I don't get how you type any decent journal-length stuff on that tiny a keyboard. Text messaging, sure, but actual...
  23. Thread: Laptops on the AT

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    elegance of pocketmail device

    Yup, I guess I'm going to miss the elegance of the pocketmail device, slim, but decent size keyboard - no reason someone can't make a PDA type phone that shape for keyboard enthusiasts.Must be a lot...
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    keyboard use for serious journaling...

    Okay, I get the virtue of small all-in-one phones, with email built in, but I don't get how you type any decent journal-length stuff on that tiny a keyboard. Text messaging, sure, but actual...
  25. Thread: Scale....

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    All grocery stores have scales in the fruit and...

    All grocery stores have scales in the fruit and vegetable area - just go there and weigh your food from the other aisles.
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