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    From what I've read elsewhere (sorry, I didn't...

    From what I've read elsewhere (sorry, I didn't save the links) there won't be any trail maintenance going on, but hikers are free to hike through the parks. Some may be closed off, but most will not...
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    Got mine a couple days ago. Mine weighs 52 gr or...

    Got mine a couple days ago. Mine weighs 52 gr or 1.8 oz. I think it will do gravity feed, as long as it's clean. But, it seems to require cleaning every three or four liters (using the plastic...
  3. There is a lot to recommend your hike go north. ...

    There is a lot to recommend your hike go north. Rarely are you in the sort of physical shape you need to be for a thru hike, so it makes sense to start on the easiest side. I did a nobo in 2004,...
  4. I got the Garcia back when they first came out,...

    I got the Garcia back when they first came out, still have it, but rarely use it - too heavy. I did have a small Bear Vault, but had a lot of problems getting the lid off and it got worse the more I...
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    When using the PCT method, you have to REMOVE the...

    When using the PCT method, you have to REMOVE the stick in the morning BEFORE you pull the rest of the line over the branch. I learned this once when teaching a group of five or so people how to use...
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    I've used both, prefer the MIOX. For me, the...

    I've used both, prefer the MIOX. For me, the Sawer filter just takes too much time to use and, according to the instructions, does not filter out viruses. They used to sell one that advertised it...
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    Thru hiked the AT in 2004 and never had a problem...

    Thru hiked the AT in 2004 and never had a problem finding a place to hang. If you do have to go to ground, it is fairly easy, if not as comfortable - but to me tents, no matter how good they are,...
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    After seeing someone blow up a canister, I think...

    After seeing someone blow up a canister, I think they are a bit too dangerous. On the other hand, the same person who blew up his canister managed to almost burn up a picnic table with a alcohol...
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    Toward the bottom right of the page it list the...

    Toward the bottom right of the page it list the weight as 770 grams, which equals about 27 to 28 oz. Light, but not "extremely" light.
  10. I've had a few bear encounters. Usually, I have...

    I've had a few bear encounters. Usually, I have to throw something at them to get them to leave (and yes, I know, it's their home not mine). If yelling doesn't work, more yelling by more people...
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    You need to look at the interest rate on your...

    You need to look at the interest rate on your credit card. I've seen rates as high as 30% (OK, it's only 29.9%), which makes paying off $5,000 kind of difficult, even if you have a job. Most banks...
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    There is no way I can tell if another person is...

    There is no way I can tell if another person is lying or not, so I just accept what they are saying. Plus, different people have different ideas about what a thru hike is. I did a thru hike in...
  13. If you're starting out with several two - three...

    If you're starting out with several two - three day trips, I'd recommend trying a tarp instead of a tent. You may need to figure out some sort of bug net, but if it works for you, you'll save a...
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    The lightest and most expensive gear isn't always...

    The lightest and most expensive gear isn't always the best solution. I've seen many backpacks which weigh under two pounds but wouldn't work for me. I carry about 40 lbs and it works for me. Any...
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    If you've been working, without problems, for...

    If you've been working, without problems, for five years for the same place, then getting six months off shouldn't be too big a problem, at least with a good boss. I wouldn't start off at a job...
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    Just looked at it, looks pretty good IF you can...

    Just looked at it, looks pretty good IF you can keep your total pack weight below 30 lbs.
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    I don't think you need a gun on the trail. It's...

    I don't think you need a gun on the trail. It's quite a bit of weight and can be very hard to carry in a concealed manner, yet still available if you need it. If you meet someone you're not quite...
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    I've hiked to the top of Mt Washington twice now....

    I've hiked to the top of Mt Washington twice now. Once in 2004 and a second time in 2006. Both times I was able to purchase a round trip ticket to the bottom, stay at a motel near by, and then...
  19. For an emergency shelter, all you need is about a...

    For an emergency shelter, all you need is about a 5X8 tarp. In cuben fiber, they are about 4 to 6 oz. I wouldn't consider a full tent as emergency shelter, but if you don't mind the weight, you'll...
  20. Looks like you've found a good dog. Make sure...

    Looks like you've found a good dog. Make sure you don't make her hike ten miles with only a few two or three mile hikes with her. Dogs need to build up their endurance just like we should. They...
  21. A top and under quilt together should weigh about...

    A top and under quilt together should weigh about 3 lbs. My top quilt weighs 21 oz as does my almost identical under quilt (JRB Sierra Snivellers). That's 42 oz or 2 lb 10 oz and I'm good to about...
  22. As a 5' 6" hiker, I'm pretty sure tall people...

    As a 5' 6" hiker, I'm pretty sure tall people have a lot more than a one inch stride increase from me. I'm slow by nature and can not keep up with most people, but tall people in particular. I know...
  23. The problem, as I see it, with solar charges is...

    The problem, as I see it, with solar charges is you have to take considerable time away from your hiking to charge your phone. Some days, there isn't enough sun to keep things charged either because...
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    I use to think that. About ten years ago I went...

    I use to think that. About ten years ago I went out to pee in the middle of the night and it was foggy to the point I couldn't see my hands if I held them out. I did my business, but couldn't find...
  25. After watching the local evening news, I'm more...

    After watching the local evening news, I'm more worried about staying home than I am about hiking the trail!
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