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  1. Use the TOP part of a Smart water bottle. ...

    Use the TOP part of a Smart water bottle. Install the push-top adapter that came with your Sawyer on the bottle top (they're the same threads), or just buy a spare. When you have a running stream,...
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    I can't imagine hiking all morning on Instant...

    I can't imagine hiking all morning on Instant Breakfast when a package of oatmeal weighs about the same. Personally, I like something that fills my stomach for more than ten seconds. But to each...
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    Overalls would be heavy and hot, regardless of...

    Overalls would be heavy and hot, regardless of what you make them out of. I use suspenders. The only problem is that normal suspenders are too stretchy and the metal parts dig into you. I took a...
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    The only guy I met on the AT who didn't bring a...

    The only guy I met on the AT who didn't bring a stove wanted to borrow mine because he was tired of chewing dry ramen noodles. Don't be that guy.

    As for your water system, use the sawyer squeeze...
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    On Maui, don't miss the bicycle ride from the top...

    On Maui, don't miss the bicycle ride from the top of the volcano to the beach. And check out the "General Aviation" side of the airport. You can rent an entire plane and PLAY PILOT for less than...
  6. My kids got me an Highgear Altech...

    My kids got me an Highgear Altech compass/altimeter watch the year I did my hike, and I really liked it. I can't stand a watch on my wrist when I'm working hard. This thing has a built-in carabiner...
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    I don't get the question. You already have a...

    I don't get the question. You already have a summer bag and a winter bag and you like them both. And you can't afford to buy another good quality bag. So why don't you simply switch when the...
  8. I'd take snakes over mice any day. If a resident...

    I'd take snakes over mice any day. If a resident copperhead is the solution to shelter mice, count me in favor of installing one in every shelter. Snakes don't tear up your gear or ruin your food...
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    MLD eVent gloves are great because they weigh...

    MLD eVent gloves are great because they weigh less than the stuff sack that came with my poncho, and yet they're big enough to hold the rest of my rain gear -- a pair of DriDucks pants.
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    I don't get it. Clingmans Dome is SOUTH of...

    I don't get it. Clingmans Dome is SOUTH of Newfound Gap and you said you want to hike North. Why would you want to stash your gear behind you? Besides, that 7 miles to Newfound Gap is easy-peasy,...
  11. You can't train for the AT. Unless you're a...

    You can't train for the AT. Unless you're a marathon runner, that first week (heck, that first HOUR!) is going to feel like hell, regardless of what you do. For a year prior to my AT hike, I walked...
  12. Even if I was willing to double the cost of my...

    Even if I was willing to double the cost of my Lightheart for a cuben tent just to save 10 oz, I'd still carry the footprint. I'd just figure that the convenience of wiping down my 1oz scrap of...
  13. Nonsense. It's much easier to wipe down a 1oz...

    Nonsense. It's much easier to wipe down a 1oz sheet of polycro than the bottom of your tent. And if you're a gram weenie, consider this -- the weight of the water you remove is probably twice the...
  14. Wow! That would be definitely be a problem. I...

    Wow! That would be definitely be a problem. I don't remember it actually crossing the lake, just a big river feeding the lake on the north side. But maybe it was longer than I remember. I guess...
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    A guy I was hiking with talked me into buying...

    A guy I was hiking with talked me into buying Jameson Irish whiskey for my flask when the Cutty ran out. I could have filled that thing three times for what I paid for that stuff! And I wouldn't...
  16. I did it in 2011, so can't comment on current...

    I did it in 2011, so can't comment on current conditions, but it was an enjoyable hike that I did around a long Memorial Day weekend. It took me six days, which is moving pretty fast for me,...
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    I've seen dozens of poisonous snakes when hiking...

    I've seen dozens of poisonous snakes when hiking but the only one that ever bit me was in my own back yard -- and even then he didn't really mean me any harm.

    The first time I saw him, I was...
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    I'm surprised nobody has mentioned pillows. I...

    I'm surprised nobody has mentioned pillows. I tried a bunch of blowup hiking pillows and none worked. Turned out all I needed was a decent pillowcase to put over my clothing stuff sack, which I...
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    I did my section in May and took a pair of Dri...

    I did my section in May and took a pair of Dri Ducks pants. I never used them, but since they only cost $10 and only weighed 4.5 oz, it wasn't a big penalty. It's unlikely to be cold enough to need...
  20. I consider a waist pack essential. It's where I...

    I consider a waist pack essential. It's where I keep my wallet, valuables, and electronics -- not to mention maps and guides. But fair warning -- you won't look cool. During the month I spent on...
  21. Yes, and the market has a full range of footwear,...

    Yes, and the market has a full range of footwear, from rigid mountaineering boots to flip flops (not to mention bare feet).[/QUOTE]

    Ray Jardine did a heck of a lot more than start the ultralight...
  22. I still have those same USAF-issue high-top...

    I still have those same USAF-issue high-top Danner boots, that I ran laps in during basic, and spit shined for four years of dangerous office duty at a SAC base in upstate New York. 41 years later,...
  23. Yeah, I hiked in trail runners for a couple of...

    Yeah, I hiked in trail runners for a couple of years, leading up to my "big hike". Then I did the approach trail up and back in one day with my son-in-law. It rained for about 15 minutes, early on....
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    Oh, quit yer braggin'! It took me a month and...

    Oh, quit yer braggin'!

    It took me a month and half the kids I started with barely beat me there by a week. A few were still there. We're not all 20 miler athletes. Most folks are barely...
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    The lodge is fabulous and cheap. $70 when I was...

    The lodge is fabulous and cheap. $70 when I was there three years ago. But I wouldn't shun the "hilton". Free, mouse-free, beautiful view, flush toilets, running water, and SHOWERS! After a month...
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