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    You're unclear on the width you want. 25 inches?...

    You're unclear on the width you want. 25 inches? What's the difference between a roll up pad and an accordion style??---as far as packing goes??

    Here's a make your own CCF foam at 60 inches...
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    Running shorts like the Strider Pro are good for...

    Running shorts like the Strider Pro are good for running I guess but would not work for backpacking---and the OP mentioned pulling a section hike, i.e. backpacking I presume.

    Why? The placement...
  3. If you were south of Mud Gap down by a creek that...

    If you were south of Mud Gap down by a creek that probably means you were hiking up the Sycamore Creek trail next to . . . uh . . . Sycamore Creek. There are three prominent switchbacks on this...
  4. My negativity towards technology in this case is...

    My negativity towards technology in this case is my distaste for going online during a backpacking trip. I'm all for new technologies---heck my McHale pack uses all sorts of spectra fabrics and...
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    It looks like the Reactor shorts are...

    It looks like the Reactor shorts are unavailable---check out these---

    https://www.runningwarehouse.com/The_North_Face_Mens_Ambition_Dual_Short_7/descpage-NFMADS.html
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    I'm wearing a pair of such shorts right now and...

    I'm wearing a pair of such shorts right now and they're my standard backpacking shorts---drawstring waist, absolutely no belt or belt loops, two side pockets, no liner. They are North Face Reactor...
  7. I was taking a break on the road at a pull off. ...

    I was taking a break on the road at a pull off. I guess you drove up and walked around as a rolling tourist. Who could know? You said it happened in Beech Gap but no it happened at the Brushy Ridge...
  8. Thanks for the input. A good map is the ticket...

    Thanks for the input. A good map is the ticket price to enter the circus.
  9. I wouldn't be checking my Tinder on the last day...

    I wouldn't be checking my Tinder on the last day of a trip---as I'm done building fires.

    But I definitely like having Tinder up and running at some point in the trip---either fatwood or birch...
  10. One of the best things a person can have going...

    One of the best things a person can have going cross country in wilderness is a paper 1:24,000 topo map. It's all we ever used for 40 years. And still use. If I'm going to a new place like Mt...
  11. But to Colorado Rob---I did see several groups...

    But to Colorado Rob---I did see several groups the day before atop Bob Stratton Bald ---

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    Bob Bald group.

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    Cold Spring Gap group.

    And anyway, on this trip if you saw my pack...
  12. I know you'd like to think it was me---convenient...

    I know you'd like to think it was me---convenient as a retort to my smartphone screed--- but you're mistaken. On Nov 5th 2018 I was coming up the Jeffrey Hell trail in Citico wilderness and road...
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    15 years ago Tasty Bites meals were all the rage....

    15 years ago Tasty Bites meals were all the rage. Heavy of course. And made in India. I carried these heavy pouches on too many trips for too long. Might as well carry canned foods.

    Then I...
  14. This is pretty much how I feel. Screen Time is...

    This is pretty much how I feel. Screen Time is bad enough at home---on a backpacking trip I want my screen time (i.e. my online time) to be ZERO. My digital camera offers screen time to review trip...
  15. I agree. Paper Maps---Dream Makers and Heart...

    I agree. Paper Maps---Dream Makers and Heart Breakers. Nothing quite like holding a 1:24,000 topo in your hand and studying each blue line and contour line and creases and folds n the landscape. ...
  16. Finally, some consensus.

    Finally, some consensus.
  17. Exactly my point.

    Exactly my point.
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    It looks pretty darn good to me, but I'd probably...

    It looks pretty darn good to me, but I'd probably go with the 10x10 tarp in case I have to drop it down low for wind whipped rains or blowing snow.
  19. We were raised by foxes as children.

    We were raised by foxes as children.
  20. Amen to this!! (But we've already had a...

    Amen to this!! (But we've already had a discussion about smartphones on another WB thread).

    In the old days we used to backpack the Appalachian Trail using either these set of books with maps---...
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    In the "old" days---here in the Southeast...

    In the "old" days---here in the Southeast mountains---we got the Blizzard of '93 which was a weather fluke---and we got the Arctic Outbreak of January 1985 with Boone NC temps at -30F and Knoxville...
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    Sometimes whatever animal digs up a yellow jacket...

    Sometimes whatever animal digs up a yellow jacket nest kills them all or leaves a bunch of very angry hornets. With an active black bear and wild pig and raccoon population many of our nests are dug...
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    Blue indian--Your post reminds me of several bald...

    Blue indian--Your post reminds me of several bald face hornet encounters---

    One time I was camped above Hot Springs on the AT (Lover's Leap?) and woke up at 3am with something in my goatee. It...
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    During my worst hornet years I considered humping...

    During my worst hornet years I considered humping a can of wasp spray---which is what the local Rangers do in our wilderness areas---but 1) I didn't want to hump the weight (the can is heavy) and 2)...
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