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  1. If you're a trekking pole user, the TarpTent...

    If you're a trekking pole user, the TarpTent Rainbow works with trekking poles. I usually stake mine out on the ground, but if I have to use platforms, it works just fine. Super nice 1 person tent,...
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    I've decided to let mine melt, even if it takes a...

    I've decided to let mine melt, even if it takes a week. Shoveling season is officially ended for me!
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    I set up the hammock in my backyard and practiced...

    I set up the hammock in my backyard and practiced cold-weather napping. It was an excellent test!
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    I had a cataract in one eye... the dead one. ...

    I had a cataract in one eye... the dead one. Kinda gross in retrospect!

    I use canes instead of trekking poles, so I have the feeling someone will rename me one day. Caaaannnnne!
  5. I'd be shocked if it was accurate - that would be...

    I'd be shocked if it was accurate - that would be 500 miles of road! I had friends thru-hike in the 70's, and I never heard complaints about "all that road walking". There was negligible (I'd say...
  6. That would be great! The Pinhoti is on my list,...

    That would be great! The Pinhoti is on my list, but the road walking part is not. Personally, I view road walks as connectors, not trails, and am content to hitch a ride. If they're able to move it...
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    You bet! I made my stripes with thinned...

    You bet! I made my stripes with thinned silicone, the same stuff I was using to seal the seams. Gave enough traction without causing a mess.
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    I know a lot of people prefer full-length pads,...

    I know a lot of people prefer full-length pads, but here's my setup for ground sleeping: 6 to 8 sections of z-rest, with a Nemo Tensor short mummy pad. The z-rest is one ounce per section, and the...
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    I'm going to take this as an opportunity to hike...

    I'm going to take this as an opportunity to hike the hike less traveled. There are lots of trails out there that take a 3-10 days where you can supply at home and not have to worry about closures,...
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    The same stuff you use to thin the silicone for...

    The same stuff you use to thin the silicone for application - Denatured alcohol
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    This may be sacrilegious to some, but perhaps the...

    This may be sacrilegious to some, but perhaps the demise of a shelter is an opportunity to not replace it. Gradually replace shelters with designated camping/tenting areas with or without tent pads...
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    Minute Rice, plain instant mashed potatoes, plain...

    Minute Rice, plain instant mashed potatoes, plain couscous for starters. Harmony House has dehydrated beans that reconstitute very quickly (I mix mine in with rice/potato/couscous). Pouches or cans...
  13. x3 - the Thai Curry rocks!

    x3 - the Thai Curry rocks!
  14. Thread: Hunting hike

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    I've combined trout fishing and hiking many...

    I've combined trout fishing and hiking many times, but I always have enough food to have an enjoyable hike. Foraging, fishing, and hunting make for some great additions to the menu, but can be...
  15. The beans you're soaking are going to be as heavy...

    The beans you're soaking are going to be as heavy as a can of beans - I'd get real tired of hauling that around, might as well buy a can of beans and be done with it. Plus if you ever manage to not...
  16. ...and she's had two nice days to enjoy. If the...

    ...and she's had two nice days to enjoy. If the first day is the hardest, she might kill you - that would put a damper on the rest of the days.
  17. The flip side to that is if you save the longest...

    The flip side to that is if you save the longest day for last, you're carrying the least load and don't have to set up camp.
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    I do have a couple of alcohol stove set-ups that...

    I do have a couple of alcohol stove set-ups that work great, both homemade and store-bought, and I switch around some. I'd likely stick with alcohol more if the denatured stuff didn't smell so bad!
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    I've found there's a huge difference in boiling...

    I've found there's a huge difference in boiling times by simply raising or lowering the pot, i.e. adjusting the distance from burner to pot bottom by using different pot stands. That might not work...
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    If I'm trying to save space, I'll pack my food in...

    If I'm trying to save space, I'll pack my food in bulk instead of individual meals. I'll pack 3/4 cup of oats per day, 3/4 cup of couscous/mashed potatoes/rice per day, etc. It saves a lot of...
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    I second peakbagger's "save the change" method. ...

    I second peakbagger's "save the change" method. When I pay cash, I only use bills - all change goes in the jar. That usually adds up to 1 or 2 car payments a year!

    I once bought some treats from...
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    Kudos to you for asking how to save money instead...

    Kudos to you for asking how to save money instead of asking people to give you money!

    Even when I had a good "suit & tie" job, I would deliver for Domino's anytime I need a little extra. It's a...
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    Nice! So many familiar spots.

    Nice! So many familiar spots.
  24. So you revived it to hear more?

    So you revived it to hear more?
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    I was going to say something about your own...

    I was going to say something about your own attitude being the only reason the trail could be called "bad", but LDog said it best... go dance with Mother Rock.
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