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  1. I read that as OR suspended Or in a vehicle. Read...

    I read that as OR suspended Or in a vehicle. Read that way it all sounds reasonable and reasonable.
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    Before I got an underquilt I often used auto or...

    Before I got an underquilt I often used auto or truck windshield reflectors inside the hammock. Truck reflectors are wider. I've used these under a quilt in a hammock down to 25 F and slept warm. The...
  3. Try it - you might like it. Then you can let the...

    Try it - you might like it. Then you can let the rest of us know.
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    You do cross a lot of water sources in the MNF. I...

    You do cross a lot of water sources in the MNF. I would suggest 2 ways to look. Go to NCTA.org and search for Spirit of the Woods (SPW) Chapter. Bob Dunning is president. Presently Joan Young is...
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    I've had a similar 'rash' for several years....

    I've had a similar 'rash' for several years. Always in warmer weather. It was usually gone in 2 days or less. I have had it last over a week on backpacking hikes. I was able to show my doctor early...
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    How far off the trail do you want to go? Baldwin...

    How far off the trail do you want to go? Baldwin is about 5 miles from the Bowman Bridge campground. Mesick is about one mile from where the NCT crosses M-115.

    There is a connector trail from the...
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    I would not consider giving advice. We are all...

    I would not consider giving advice. We are all different, what works for me might not work for you or anyone else. I'm not a thru hiker and never wanted to do so. The only part of the AT I've hiked...
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    I have never tried an insulated tube so I can't...

    I have never tried an insulated tube so I can't speak directly to the question. I always blow the water back into the bladder. With the pack I use most often the bite valve will freeze if the temp...
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    I've been mostly a solo hiker for the last 15...

    I've been mostly a solo hiker for the last 15 years. I never have food in my tent or hammock whichever I am using. One of the first things I do when I get to camp is get a rope up to hang my food. I...
  10. Thread: Lost

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    I have never been lost, there have been a few...

    I have never been lost, there have been a few times I lost the trail and a few times I went straight when the trail turned (actually several of each in the last 40 years).
    Our first backpacking trip...
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    I have an Osprey Exos 58 and a Hyperlite Mountain...

    I have an Osprey Exos 58 and a Hyperlite Mountain Gear Windrider 3400 cuban fiber pack. My Exos weighs 440 oz while the Windrider weighs 28 oz. The two packs are about the same volume but the Exos is...
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    Age is NOT your problem. As someone else said...

    Age is NOT your problem. As someone else said take that out of the equation. Did you hike the whole Manistee River Loop? Thirteen hours to hike 21 miles is not bad for being out of shape. I have met...
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    I do two things to keep bars away from myself and...

    I do two things to keep bars away from myself and my food. First, I always hang my food at least 100 feet from my tent or hammock. Second, I try NOT to camp in campgrounds or where others often camp....
  14. Thread: Poison Ivy

    by Slosteppin
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    I took Backpacker for several years just for the...

    I took Backpacker for several years just for the gear reviews. Then I started to see there were NO negative reviews. About the same time I realized they only reviewed gear that was advertised in the...
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    I do NOT totally agree with the line in CAPITALS....

    I do NOT totally agree with the line in CAPITALS. I always take a first aid kit, two ways to light my stove and rain gear.
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    I should have left off the comment about chemical...

    I should have left off the comment about chemical preservatives. Why would freeze dried need preservatives anyway? I started dehydrating my own primarily for two reasons; I'm mostly vegetarian and I...
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    I make soup about once a week during the winter....

    I make soup about once a week during the winter. I dehydrate the remainder after one or two meals. I have a five shelf Excaliber Dehydrater that is just right for my soup leftovers. I'm primarily...
  18. Here are a few more options: Starting from what...

    Here are a few more options: Starting from what WestMich said, going NE from Marilla TH downhill to Hodenpyl Dam Road just around the corner there is a small parking area, a Trail Access. I often...
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    I also pack my pills in the small "ziploc" type...

    I also pack my pills in the small "ziploc" type bags. Then I go another step. A local outfitter carries small plastic screw top jars. The pills won't get crushed in the small jars. This also...
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    I have been using the LHG Solo for 3 or 4 years....

    I have been using the LHG Solo for 3 or 4 years. I am very happy with it and always keep my pack inside. OTOH, I'm only 5'8". I don't think I would like the Solo if I were any taller - at 5'11" you...
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    It is not just pines that fall. Part of the trail...

    It is not just pines that fall. Part of the trail maintainence I do on the NCT is cutting trees that fall on the trail. I have cut several big healthy oaks that came down in storms. I know there are...
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    Do you know why there is a trail where you hike?...

    Do you know why there is a trail where you hike? The trail was built to protect the environment. One of the Park Service suggestions for building trails where there is heavy vegetation is to remove...
  23. I had back surgery 4 years ago - pinched nerve...

    I had back surgery 4 years ago - pinched nerve L4/L5 and a bulging disk. My problem was pain all the way down my right leg. Not a bit of pain since I woke up in recovery. We are all different, what...
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    Good explanation. Poison ivy has been a problem...

    Good explanation. Poison ivy has been a problem for most of my life. Most of my career I worked on a highway survey crew, for most of 40 years I had several cases of poison ivy rash each summer....
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    After reading the post from mudsock I better...

    After reading the post from mudsock I better understand why my system works.

    I use a 4 L dirty water bladder from an old Platypus gravity system. After playing with the Sawyer mini and tubing I...
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