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  1. Two things I've always liked about GG are...

    Two things I've always liked about GG are simplicity and price. But it's been a few years since I had to replace a pack and I don't know if that's still true.

    I've always respected the...
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    I don't consider my food bag a "stuff sack." And...

    I don't consider my food bag a "stuff sack." And the bag I use for small items of clothing is really my pillow in disguise.
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    An aside: "By and large" actually means "on the...

    An aside: "By and large" actually means "on the whole, everything considered." What's more interesting is that it's an old British nautical term. A ship can sail "by" (toward the wind), or "large"...
  4. I didn't do any food drops on the AT and was...

    I didn't do any food drops on the AT and was happy with the decision. I mailed myself some shoes and socks twice.
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    Ditto on not using stuff sacks, and one trash...

    Ditto on not using stuff sacks, and one trash compactor bag has always worked well for the stuff that needs to keep dry.
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    My choice after my first long trail, the PCT, was...

    My choice after my first long trail, the PCT, was the challenge of the CDT rather than shorter or regional trails. I think it was Yogi who said something like, "You can hike one long trail, or you...
  7. Thread: Trail names

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    [QUOTE=Cookerhiker;2274068]More than...

    [QUOTE=Cookerhiker;2274068]More than gender-neutral - from my 2004 Trail Journal at Roaring Springs Shelter: " ...I made it before 6 and shared the site with Louise a SOBO guy (that’s right a guy,...
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    I look at some of my own post-hike ramblings and...

    I look at some of my own post-hike ramblings and wonder what I was thinking at the time. It's like deciphering notes you wrote about a dream or a late-night revelation.
  9. Thread: Trail names

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    I enjoy them and to me they're part of the trail...

    I enjoy them and to me they're part of the trail culture, even among non-hikers. Anyone remember "Pegleg?" He was a one-legged shuttle driver in Andover, ME about twenty years ago. I probably would...
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    A friend took a trail assessment class in Arizona...

    A friend took a trail assessment class in Arizona and it covered some kind of standard. She tried to explain it to me but I wasn't interested. She wasn't impressed with it either.

    When I think of...
  11. Thread: Hiker shape

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    Bicycle. Everywhere. You get some wind chill on...

    Bicycle. Everywhere. You get some wind chill on the bike so it's cooler than walking.
  12. Another desert hiker in trail runners here. I've...

    Another desert hiker in trail runners here. I've also never bothered with gaiters. I always wear long trousers, and maybe the longer cuffs help keep the loose stuff out of the shoes.

    I think some...
  13. I like to plan on no zero days. I really enjoy...

    I like to plan on no zero days. I really enjoy trail days more than town days. So I hike accordingly. My long days are never more than 25% longer than my average days. So "miles per week" works well...
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    The biggest issue for me over time has been shoe...

    The biggest issue for me over time has been shoe fit. It took five changes of shoes over 2000 miles on my first long hike to find the right fit. After that, things got immensely better.

    The only...
  15. I came home from my first thru hike (PCT'04) with...

    I came home from my first thru hike (PCT'04) with less confidence than when I started. I was an aggressive fire department lieutenant, in addition to an avid backcountry skier, climber and road...
  16. This reminds me of a saying I heard decades...

    This reminds me of a saying I heard decades ago--If you're past your 30s, Lycra is probably not your friend. And this is certainly not limited to only one of the sexes. In the biking world, there's...
  17. Since the word "ultralight" is used in the first...

    Since the word "ultralight" is used in the first sentence, I'll throw in this advice. Every piece of clothing you carry should be able to be worn at the same time, as part of a coordinated layering...
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    When I need to get through a summer heat wave on...

    When I need to get through a summer heat wave on a long trip, my strategy is to support my body's cooling system. Support the perspiration with water and salt. If you fall short of either of those,...
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    Bad memory there.

    Bad memory there.
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    I use a light frameless pack so it's a no-brainer...

    I use a light frameless pack so it's a no-brainer to bring that in. The same critters that like salty shoes, pole straps and socks will go after pack straps too.
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    Marmots definitely chew shoes and eat socks. And...

    Marmots definitely chew shoes and eat socks. And pole straps.

    If I can stand the smell, I keep them inside. If they have to stay outside, I check them before I put them on.

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  22. If I were limited to a single one pound bag, I'd...

    If I were limited to a single one pound bag, I'd pack a bag of nuts with a few raisins mixed in--fat, protein, sugar, salt optional, readily available.
  23. I advise to not overdo it with stuff sacks. I...

    I advise to not overdo it with stuff sacks. I have one for food, one for clothing/pillow. Ziplocks hold my FAK, maps, and other personal items. Tent and sleeping bag are loose in the pack, easier to...
  24. The issue with aging parents is a good one. Both...

    The issue with aging parents is a good one. Both my parents died in their 90s in the last three years, and that was all-consuming--I didn't travel for myself at all during those years. In that...
  25. There are a lot of AT hikers in their early 60s....

    There are a lot of AT hikers in their early 60s. Many of those were in better shape in their 50s, but they still make it. I hiked it in my early 50s (with a 63-yo companion) and now, twelve years...
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