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  1. You might try check out the Paria Recharge XL (I...

    You might try check out the Paria Recharge XL (I have it). It is extra thick (4") so you can let quite a bit of air out and still not hit the ground. It is also big so it is harder to slide off it at...
  2. I'm sure some enterprising individual will offer...

    I'm sure some enterprising individual will offer a boat ride for a small fee...
  3. I have a feeling that hundreds of years ago black...

    I have a feeling that hundreds of years ago black bears were not that afraid of people. Once they started getting hunted regularly with guns any bear that didn't run was a dead bear. Kind of a big...
  4. Just finished my hike, so here is what I found: ...

    Just finished my hike, so here is what I found:

    Water was really scarce but there were enough sources. At Trimpi shelter I could scoop from a cup but had to be careful not to stir it up....
  5. We decided to use the rocks since the water was...

    We decided to use the rocks since the water was so low but others used the bridge. The bridge looked fine, so whatever is wrong with it is not obvious.
  6. Heading there this week. I don't live in TX...

    Heading there this week. I don't live in TX anymore, time to update my profile! I have hiked that section a couple of times and I'm guessing that the water level is low enough now I can rock hop...
  7. Does anyone have any update as to whether the...

    Does anyone have any update as to whether the bridge is still considered unsafe? And is it really unsafe or just has some missing boards or something similar and is still passable with caution?
  8. Anyone have a water status from NRA headquarters to Damascus? (Grayson highlands)

    Planning a section hike next week and wondering if the shelters and other sources have water. Thank you
  9. Could someone make a hiking pole that can shoot...

    Could someone make a hiking pole that can shoot bear spray?
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    Assuming the story is correct, it sounds...

    Assuming the story is correct, it sounds justifiable. However, there's always a chance the story is slanted a little. Like if it was a guy who was just trying to get into the wrong tent (stoned,...
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    I got the thickest air mattress I could find and...

    I got the thickest air mattress I could find and then can keep it fairly soft without bottoming out. The Paria XL is 4" thick, great for the back.
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    I had to turn off my ad blocker to get it to...

    I had to turn off my ad blocker to get it to work.

    I would use a bear canister all the time if it wasn't a big weight penalty, say less than 2 pounds for a real 6 days of food. That would avoid...
  13. Water status SNP Swift Run Gap -> Thornton Gap Sept 2017

    Planning a section hike this week and wondering if there are any dry spots. Thanks
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    I don't think they make a bear vault big enough...

    I don't think they make a bear vault big enough to stuff a hiker into it.
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    There you go! Now we just need the bear spray...

    There you go! Now we just need the bear spray manufacturers to add a second trigger to spark the spray - instant bear flambe. Wonder what burnt bear smells like in the morning?
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    Is bear spray flammable? Maybe you could hold a...

    Is bear spray flammable? Maybe you could hold a lighter in front of it and make a mini flame thrower. I've done that other sprays.
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    On one of the Alaska settler TV shows they were...

    On one of the Alaska settler TV shows they were showing the equipment of a guy who was out hunting deer. He had a rifle for the deer, then a shotgun with deer slugs for bear, plus a .357 as a backup,...
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    Got back a few days ago and generally there was...

    Got back a few days ago and generally there was water at all major sources, however the shelter springs are close to dry. Trimpi and Old Orchard were low but could be pumped. Wise could barely be...
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    Water from Damascus to Mt Rogers NRA

    Hi, does anyone have recent info on water between Damascus and Mt Rogers NRA? Radar shows some thunderstorms at the moment and it looks like the tropical storms are going to miss it.
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    I was hiking in N VA in June and was sitting at a...

    I was hiking in N VA in June and was sitting at a shelter talking to other hikers and they kept finding ticks on their legs, but I never had one. I had sprayed by boots, socks, and pants with...
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    I remember a story about a bear near the...

    I remember a story about a bear near the Hartford, CT airport. They tagged it and took it away to New York. A few months later it was back.
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    The sniffer is checking for explosives, not fuel....

    The sniffer is checking for explosives, not fuel. Chemically they are not similar.
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    I only section hike but after my first hike I...

    I only section hike but after my first hike I noticed my sense of smell got very sensitive to perfumes, shampoo, etc... Maybe not 50 yards, but often I smell people before I see them.
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    Campsites north of Thornton Gap

    Hi, I was wondering if anyone knew of good campsites a 3-6 mi north of Thornton Gap? I'm doing a short section hike and am getting dropped off at the gap. It is only 1 mi to Pass Mountain Hut, which...
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    Just saw it on Colbert Report and was intrigued....

    Just saw it on Colbert Report and was intrigued. An average hiker would probably have to eat 2x the mix (4000 cal) so the price starts to seem a little high at $20/day. They should probably work on...
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