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    Will you be staying at hostels or campgrounds? ...

    Will you be staying at hostels or campgrounds? If so, you want shoes that you can wear in a communal shower.
  2. Super easy to hang or permanently stick mesh bags...

    Super easy to hang or permanently stick mesh bags to your tent. If you donít sew, buy the bag you want then attach stick-on mitten hooks to your bag and grosgrain loops to your tent or use...
  3. I was surprised and interested to see that BPL...

    I was surprised and interested to see that BPL included a ukulele on their 2020 Staff Picks. My newest instrument is a Kalimba and think it would be great for backpacking if it were made out of...
  4. Good question DW! How do I feel? Tomorrow...

    Good question DW!

    How do I feel? Tomorrow is my second Covid vaccine and afterwards, I’m headed out on a hiking trip. If I choose to listen to human-created music, my choices will be a...
  5. There’s a meetup group hiking to Charlie’s Bunion...

    There’s a meetup group hiking to Charlie’s Bunion on Monday, I’ll message the organizer and ask him to check the shelter.
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    It’s fairly mild and a perfectly normal side...

    It’s fairly mild and a perfectly normal side effect for this vaccine. I was already sore from my last workout and mild arthritis in my hand, the vaccine increased that soreness by about 5-10%. I’m...
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    I just got the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. ...

    I just got the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. It didnít hurt but my arm started getting sore within 15 minutes. I expect fatigue and muscle soreness for the next few days.

    edit...itís not a...
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    [/I]Maybe not...depends on which one can dig the...

    [/I]Maybe not...depends on which one can dig the best cat hole.
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    You have a pound of qiviut?! I paid $100 for one...

    You have a pound of qiviut?! I paid $100 for one ounce. Is it pure down?

    (It's a little tricky to spin so I suggest you start with basic wool and work your way up, it's too precious to screw...
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    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. What’s...

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. What’s next?
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    Iím a knitter, spinner, and weaver. A few years...

    Iím a knitter, spinner, and weaver. A few years ago, I bought some very expensive qiviut (musk ox) fiber to spin and made a knitted hat. To be honest, itís no warmer than any of my other hand knit,...
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    What is normal? The number of AT hikers have...

    What is normal? The number of AT hikers have increased every year. There were problems even before Covid.

    I’d be interested in seeing a poll on how many people were inspired by AWITW and Wild...
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    On a happy note, I think we will see more...

    On a happy note, I think we will see more diversity on the AT in 2021. Recently, I saw more diversity in one day than in years of hiking. :)
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    Yep...I’m usually the example of what not to do! ...

    Yep...I’m usually the example of what not to do!

    I only admit to it as an illustration of how easy it is to unknowingly expose others and that it’s not necessarily thru hikers who are an issue...
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    Very few people in the rural southeast are...

    Very few people in the rural southeast are wearing masks, what makes us think they will get vaccinated? I worry there will be a surge of COVID in rural communities and how the ATC responds is...
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    I love my Patagonia down sweater (it’s a jacket)....

    I love my Patagonia down sweater (it’s a jacket). The nano puff gets good reviews but I believe it’s not as warm. Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer has a lot of fans but it’s pricey.
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    Another commenter says there is a water source....

    Another commenter says there is a water source. (?)

    I donít recall having camped there before but my map shows water. Streams are plentiful in that area.
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    I guess it depends on your wife’s fitness level...

    I guess it depends on your wife’s fitness level and enthusiasm but personally, I like your second option the best. I enjoy that loop much more than hiking out of Cosby.
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    Bear killers.

    Bear killers.
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    Just an observation...from the stories in the...

    Just an observation...from the stories in the article related to sexual harassment, it seems a common theme is that the women are hiking in groups with strangers and exchanging personal information,...
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    I read it the other day and my opinion is that...

    I read it the other day and my opinion is that the article exploits the terrible murder and assault that happened and uses it to over-dramatize women's experiences when hiking. I'm a woman and have...
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    I really like the packing cubes from Hyperlite...

    I really like the packing cubes from Hyperlite Mountain Gear, they keep my backpack (and my tent) neat and organized. I used to stuff everything into a trash compactor bag but these are so much...
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    Have a great time and let us know how it went.

    Have a great time and let us know how it went.
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    (Your return route doesnít flow for me, I think...

    (Your return route doesnít flow for me, I think you mean Bote Mtn. instead of Anthony Creek?).

    I love the Finley Cane/Schoolhouse Gap/Turkey Pen Ridge loop. Itís a pleasant, easy to moderate...
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