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  1. Thread: Mice help!!!

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    On my hike I had my food bag under my hammock, on...

    On my hike I had my food bag under my hammock, on the ground in my backpack (unless there were cables, in which case I used them). On one occasion a mouse made a hole in my bag and that time I was...
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    During my 2011 thru a ridgerunner in GSMNP told...

    During my 2011 thru a ridgerunner in GSMNP told me that typically only 40% of those with reservations actually show up.
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    I used my hammock on my 2011 thru. I carried a...

    I used my hammock on my 2011 thru. I carried a NEO mat from Fontana North as I correctly assumed I would have to use shelters in GSMNP. I carried the mat the rest of the hike, I used it a couple of...
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    Thanks for the replies, I will ask REI to replace...

    Thanks for the replies, I will ask REI to replace it, I am sure they will do so willingly, their return policy is always super. I am considering using the jetboil rather than Zip or alcohol on my...
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    Difficulty with Jetboil Sol

    I recently purchased a Jetboil Sol so as to be able to backpack in fire ban areas where my Zip could not be used. I tried the stove at home and immediately had trouble with it when hooked up to a...
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    I hiked the JMT twice, once late July with a...

    I hiked the JMT twice, once late July with a Tarptent and once Mid August into Sept with a hammock. I found that I had many many options open to me with the hammock, the only limitations were the...
  7. Thread: Gloves

    by RichardD
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    I used a pair of fleece gloves and I have a pair...

    I used a pair of fleece gloves and I have a pair of sil Nylon mittens to go over them when it was raining. They worked fine for hiking and camp as the mitts made sure they never got wet.
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    I thru hiked in 2011, my hammock was a Hennessey...

    I thru hiked in 2011, my hammock was a Hennessey and I used a JRB Mt washington4 underquilt rated at 5 deg with a Western Mountaineering 20 deg bag. I used this from Springer to Pearisburg and...
  9. There are lots of opinions on filters, need to...

    There are lots of opinions on filters, need to filter, reliability of filters etc but here is what has happened through my experience of bakpacking and eventually thru hiking.
    I started with the...
  10. Thread: Down pants

    by RichardD
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    I have a pair of Montbell down pants and a...

    I have a pair of Montbell down pants and a Montbell down jacket, I dont hike in them but use them at camp and if its cold and wet I switch into them for rest or lunch breaks. It is very nice on a...
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    I realise next year could be, and is likely to...

    I realise next year could be, and is likely to be, quite different from this year. I just wondered when the conditions became winterlike up north this year.
    I would stop if conditions became...
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    Weather in North of PCT

    From what I see on TV weather news I imagine any northbound thrus are now out of luck unless they like snow. Can anyone tell me when the weather turned wintry on the Washington PCT. It appears to me...
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    I hiked in 2011 starting March 23 and there was...

    I hiked in 2011 starting March 23 and there was absolutely no need of them. The only ice I saw was after Damascus and traildays and that ice was on the trees not on the trail. A little ice on...
  14. Thread: Ear plugs

    by RichardD
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    For me Hearos brand were by far the best, they...

    For me Hearos brand were by far the best, they block out almost everything, they do become less effective after about a week of use. Walgreens stock them, at least in my area.
    Roll them tight insert...
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    There is a six month visa, its not particularly...

    There is a six month visa, its not particularly hard to get, perhaps a bit tedious. My sister has one.
    It entails an interview at the US Embassy, in her case London, yours likely Dublin. The visa is...
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    So much depends upon how early in the hike, how...

    So much depends upon how early in the hike, how early in the day, whether its mentally a high energy day or low energy day and of course the weather. I found Jacobs Ladder hard at the end of a day,...
  17. I used a hammock on my thru last year. I also...

    I used a hammock on my thru last year. I also used my WM 20 deg bag as my winter gear (before Pearisburg, after Hanover). On really cold nights I used the bag fully zipped and its not a hassle to do...
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    I carried a nice fancy lightweight knife on my...

    I carried a nice fancy lightweight knife on my thru last year and as I recall all I used it for was to spread peanut butter onto a tortilla. Dont know if I will have the nerve to go knifeless on the...
  19. I have a Hennessey Explorer ultralight that came...

    I have a Hennessey Explorer ultralight that came with bottom entry, after a year or so I had the zip mod done so now have a hammock with side or bottom entry. Last Summer I used my hammock for my...
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    I asked the same question before my thru and was...

    I asked the same question before my thru and was advised Pearisburg to switch to Summer gear then back to winter gear at Glencliffe. That advice was spot on. The coldest weather on the trail happened...
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    I used a sil nylon Poncho for my entire hike, In...

    I used a sil nylon Poncho for my entire hike, In all day rain my gear and myself remained much drier than my friends who used rain jackets and pack covers. I started March 23, the only time I hiked...
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    I checked on the website and the trail at...

    I checked on the website and the trail at Cloudcroft is in fact the Rim trail http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/lincoln/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=34408&actid=51 The site says usage is heavy but I...
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    There is a trail starting near Cloudcroft that...

    There is a trail starting near Cloudcroft that runs along the ridge, I think its calles the Rim trail or something similar, you can hike nearly 30 miles then return on the same trail. There is no...
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    I met several hikers on the AT from Europe last...

    I met several hikers on the AT from Europe last summer and they all had the 6 month visa. They were all suprised that when the visa arrived it was good for 10 years (6 months at a time). This...
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    He could have told me that and I would have...

    He could have told me that and I would have gladly bought some, but he did not he just started yelling obscenities
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