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  1. Wasn't calling you out and you are welcome to do...

    Wasn't calling you out and you are welcome to do as you please. I just hate to see peeled trees, which I see often at established camps here in New England. When I see people talking about birch bark...
  2. Birch bark is a great starter, but please only...

    Birch bark is a great starter, but please only collect it from the ground. Weather and animal contact provide scraps near most birch trees. Peeling it from trees is bad for them. It is sad to see...
  3. Since you are open to some, but not all of those...

    Since you are open to some, but not all of those qualities you may want to check out the Torrentshell. It lacks the double zipper and I'm not sure how you will feel about the modern materials. I can...
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    A motivated person with a plan is a very...

    A motivated person with a plan is a very dangerous thing. It is really hard to plan something big and then not go, for anyone. For highly motivated people it is tempting to "try" which can lead to...
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    It can work both ways. With others there is risk...

    It can work both ways. With others there is risk of group dynamics keeping people going forward in conditions they would have turned back in alone. It can be hard for some people to be the first one...
  6. They have been big with hunters for many years. I...

    They have been big with hunters for many years. I am thinking my next pack will be their Flight which uses the same basic rectangular frame shape, but internally. Just need to save up a lot of...
  7. Seems heavy even for a framed pack. Have you...

    Seems heavy even for a framed pack. Have you looked at Seek Outside? More $$ by far, but the Unaweep 4800 is around a pound lighter. I have a Unaweep 6300 I use as my Winter pack on most trips.
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    In '17 there was a really odd heat wave that...

    In '17 there was a really odd heat wave that knocked me off trail. Second day on trail it was 88 unexpectedly and I got sick in the heat. Spent a few days waiting it out in a hotel, but the forecast...
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    June '22 LT SOBO Thru Video Playlist

    After two aborted September attempts in '17 and '21 I decided to see if June was more suited to my tastes. A bit of a rocky start after pushing too hard on Day 2, but eventually I found my way to MA....
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    September is a very popular time to be on the LT...

    September is a very popular time to be on the LT so don't worry if you don't find partners before you start. You will have plenty of company on trail and will find yourself camping with folks who...
  11. Just hiked the Long Trail with a Blazer strapped...

    Just hiked the Long Trail with a Blazer strapped to the top of an SMD Minimalist V2. Been carrying this can on top of this pack and its predecessor for a few years now. No issues with the top load...
  12. I lived by those rules for years up here in New...

    I lived by those rules for years up here in New England where the bears are hunted and scared of people. Things are changing with so many people in the woods the last few years. Haven't had ...
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    Cool, thanks for verifying that the camp is...

    Cool, thanks for verifying that the camp is viable. Sort of hoping to camp there after finishing the LT next month so I'm close to my pick up point the next day.
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    FarOut (Guthooks) comments from last Fall don't...

    FarOut (Guthooks) comments from last Fall don't mention any issues.
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    I was using hiking poles before and while my ITBS...

    I was using hiking poles before and while my ITBS problem first appeared a few years back while on a ridge in the Pemi. Don't get me wrong, I love my poles, but they didn't save me from hurting...
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    Oh I don't care about the stove or pot. I have...

    Oh I don't care about the stove or pot. I have too many of those already and you are partially to blame for that :)

    I am just curious about the windscreen/heat shield. This looks light, easy to...
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    That is a nifty design. How do you think the...

    That is a nifty design. How do you think the connector tabs will hold up? Seems bending/breaking them is the only fail point.

    Thanks for posting that. I hadn't seen that one before.
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    I used an original Hubba for years and found it...

    I used an original Hubba for years and found it really coffin-like with the fly on the door closed. Always left the top rolled up unless it was raining to avoid that feeling. Really prefer to have an...
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    Ummm, yeah that one looks dangerous. There needs...

    Ummm, yeah that one looks dangerous. There needs to be an air gap of some size between the shield and the can.
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    Sorry for double posting, but I forgot about the...

    Sorry for double posting, but I forgot about the windscreen that was part of the GSI Microdualist. This review is for the entire kit, but if you skim through it you will find pics and a video that...
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    My hands, my sit pad, my umbrella, the piece of...

    My hands, my sit pad, my umbrella, the piece of reflectix I wrap around my bear can sometimes. Basically anything but a windscreen :)
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    This is good advice :) Almost all my quilts...

    This is good advice :)

    Almost all my quilts and underquilts are HG Econs. Great value for the dollars.
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    It is as simple as figuring out how long it will...

    It is as simple as figuring out how long it will take you to do the hike and starting on the right date :)

    I put together a spreadsheet that paces me from a Feb start to celebrating my BDay on...
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    Keen has made some nice boots over the years. I...

    Keen has made some nice boots over the years. I also found the uppers being in great shape after I'd walked the soles off of them. That is what led me to the Limmers I wear now, because they are made...
  25. Unsupported doesn't need any more definition than...

    Unsupported doesn't need any more definition than you use what you brung. You are allowed to collect water, but no resupply. Not sure about eating berries along the trail, but no trail magic or yogi...
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