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  1. I have had a ULA Catalyst since around the year...

    I have had a ULA Catalyst since around the year 2004-2005. It is one of the Brian Frankle versions before Chris bought the company. My wife wears it every weekend on our day hikes (yes... I know...
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    Sounds like you have done your experimentation. ...

    Sounds like you have done your experimentation. My wife hikes in the same conditions and she has decidedly different takes on my preferences so YMMV. I can do without gloves even in the cold...
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    Yea...these Showa 262 gloves don't have great...

    Yea...these Showa 262 gloves don't have great dexterity either. You don't pick up a huge advantage because they are gloves. But our winter conditions are rarely cold like you get back east. ...
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    At this point in our life about 95% of our hiking...

    At this point in our life about 95% of our hiking is our weekly early morning day hikes so my wet gear gets plenty of time to dry in front of the fireplace. We save our longer hikes for good...
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    Amazon delivered them up yesterday, Mother Nature...

    Amazon delivered them up yesterday, Mother Nature delivered on the conditions and I put them to the test this morning. They are not exactly a stylistic statement but they worked wonderfully both...
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    I've seen them in the local REI I think, but...

    I've seen them in the local REI I think, but never jumped.
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    Cold weather gear hacks.

    I'm sitting here ruminating before our weekly hike about weather changes, gear and generally rethinking some of my cold weather gear. We hike year-round in the PNW and this time of year is dark,...
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    I have a one person REI Quarterdome in perfect...

    I have a one person REI Quarterdome in perfect shape. I've used it 3-4 nights. It is just over two pounds.... need to put it on the scale again because my number in GearGrams is not right. I'd...
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    I know I'm behind the times but I've experimented...

    I know I'm behind the times but I've experimented with cuben. Other than the weight, the only thing I like about it is that is doesn't hold water. It is easy to repair too but it needs it more...
  10. I went years using an old Therm-a-rest without...

    I went years using an old Therm-a-rest without anything under it. Never once had a puncture. I've had one on a newer pad I bought. They don't make them like they used to (in my best old man's...
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    When I hiked it in the 90s my only...

    When I hiked it in the 90s my only "non-essential" was probably a book. I always hiked with a book to read.

    If I did it today, in my advanced "soft" old age, I'd probably take an inflatable...
  12. I did 1200 miles of it back in 1994. It was...

    I did 1200 miles of it back in 1994. It was crowded then.

    Hey... I hike every week. I move and planned my life around living in a place where I could hike every week. I get it.... I bend...
  13. Thread: Rain pants

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    I've tried about everything (ok...not EVERYTHING)...

    I've tried about everything (ok...not EVERYTHING) over the years and 99.9% of the time I wear shorts. I hike weekly year-round in the PNW so rain, snow, cold and wind are normal. I still mostly...
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    I have one that is that old and still in use. ...

    I have one that is that old and still in use. They were much heavier back then though. ;-)
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    Wear what makes your feet happy. The only way...

    Wear what makes your feet happy. The only way to know is to hike and experiment. What works for me won't necessarily work for you.
  16. All of our trailheads are shut down. As...

    All of our trailheads are shut down. As crowded as the AT gets I think the responsible thing to do is wait. Thru-hiking the AT is not a solitary experience. It is a social one.
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    Good advice on many of these answers. I'm...

    Good advice on many of these answers. I'm older now and did my long hikes when I was young. I didn't really prepare at all for those trips but I was already fit and youth allows you to break a...
  18. It was a bad movie and like many of the movies...

    It was a bad movie and like many of the movies about hiking, flawed. You always hear the same stories in all the long-distance hiking movies. They belabor the pains, the same gear and weight...
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    I started using trekking poles in the early 90s. ...

    I started using trekking poles in the early 90s. Back then I was frequently laughed at on the trail. I cannot tell you how many times people scoffed at me and made cross country skiing...
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    I agree with above. I've never owned them but...

    I agree with above. I've never owned them but the Kelty brand is known for value.

    You have to decide on what you mean by value. If you are going on a few hikes over a couple years and then...
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    There is something disturbing to me about...

    There is something disturbing to me about tracking someone on a thru-hike like they are an incoming missile.
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    No wiser words have ever been written in an...

    No wiser words have ever been written in an backpacking internet forum. Which isn't a high bar..... but take it for what it is worth.
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    I used to live in NW Indiana so I can relate. I...

    I used to live in NW Indiana so I can relate. I mostly went south down to TN when we lived back east. Now I live at the foot of the Cascades and we hike every weekend, and at least one mom/dad...
  24. Bingo... maybe add the common sense not to work...

    Bingo... maybe add the common sense not to work yourself into exhaustion. I find when people make the dumbest mistakes is when they are physically at their limits. Don't put yourself in that...
  25. Thread: Lots of snow!

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    Ha.... we got dumped on at low elevation a couple...

    Ha.... we got dumped on at low elevation a couple weeks ago. We have a low-elevation hike that I can normally do year-round with 2000 ft of elevation gain. You get snow at the top in the winter...
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