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    A friend of mine did a second thru "to see the...

    A friend of mine did a second thru "to see the other side of the trees" and it was a totally different hike, well worth doing.
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    Not a drinker, but I've found a corkscrew useful...

    Not a drinker, but I've found a corkscrew useful for something (besides bottles) on just about every hike I've done.
  3. Thread: Ankle braces

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    Something that hasn't been brought up is leg...

    Something that hasn't been brought up is leg length differences. This can cause you to roll your ankle towards the shorter leg. Mine is 5/8". Finding this out explained why I repeatedly roll my...
  4. Agreed. Another reason why through hiking is...

    Agreed. Another reason why through hiking is overrated. At that point, in the Best state the only things on their mind are 1. Finishing date, and 2. What they are going to eat next.
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    Hunger only rules if you are eating a diet high...

    Hunger only rules if you are eating a diet high in sugar and simple carbs, which jack your insulin, then crash. It doesn't have to be this way, and then you are not hungry and can eat a sane diet,...
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    I sprung for the Marmot sub-kilo high loft bag...

    I sprung for the Marmot sub-kilo high loft bag and never regretted it. Forms a very small package, and super warm 3 seasons.
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    All meals pre-prepared and sealed in plastic. ...

    All meals pre-prepared and sealed in plastic. Measured and weighed. High protein, moderate fat, low carb. Based on dehydrated meat (homemade sliced steak, hamburger, ham, bacon, not commercial...
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    Ha Ha very funny.... "A little Rain..." from the...

    Ha Ha very funny.... "A little Rain..." from the biggest friggin hurricane of our lifetime..
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    Dehydrated steak or hamburger mixed with...

    Dehydrated steak or hamburger mixed with dehydrated vegetables and dried cheddar cheese. Add a tablespoon of olive oil.
    High protein, low carb, moderate fat, intense savory flavor, high satiety per...
  10. ""Dealing" with some of the hikers." OK, but...

    ""Dealing" with some of the hikers." OK, but then there's the problem with "dealing" with the male owner of WHL, who I found to be often needlessly insulting. He informed me that he did not hike...
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    For many years we've always targeted shelters...

    For many years we've always targeted shelters because we can find water there, and maybe sit down, meet the folks, and cook if we want. But then we pack up and find a camping spot within a mile. ...
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    Here's a recent post that has a lot of good ideas...

    Here's a recent post that has a lot of good ideas beyond bland starch & sugar used by many hikers. Meals can be centered on protein to provide better nutrition and support muscle repair. Also less...
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    Yes, please keep stunts like this off the...

    Yes, please keep stunts like this off the mountain.
  14. Thread: Plans derailed

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    Sounds like the perfect scenario to become a...

    Sounds like the perfect scenario to become a section hiker! PS It's underrated!
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    I ran the Deadwood marathon on the Centennial...

    I ran the Deadwood marathon on the Centennial trail once. It's a wide industrial trail suitable for heavy bike travel. There are good campsites and bathrooms. Generally it parallels major paved...
  16. Thread: Coffee

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    Carried Starbuck's via for years, but found Black...

    Carried Starbuck's via for years, but found Black Rifle and I think it tastes better!
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    I got to Russell Field shelter fairly early NOBO,...

    I got to Russell Field shelter fairly early NOBO, and there were already six tents staked out, way before the shelter was full. Later that evening there must have been ten tents staked within 50 ft...
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    Knee and hip issues? The elephant in the room...

    Knee and hip issues? The elephant in the room is... What's your body weight?
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    It's rare, but if you hike enough, you will meet...

    It's rare, but if you hike enough, you will meet them. Usually no problems, besides giving you a scary story to tell later.
  20. Thread: Bigger tent?

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    The rule is... a 2 person tent for one, a 3...

    The rule is... a 2 person tent for one, a 3 person tent for two... and on and on, if you want your gear inside (which you should).
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    I would just say that possibly the worst...

    I would just say that possibly the worst experience you can have hiking/camping is to have an insufficiently warm sleeping system. The ratings for bags is the point at which you will be miserable...
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    You HAVE to have a windscreen with a canister...

    You HAVE to have a windscreen with a canister stove. There's no question. If you don't you loose too much heat, and waste fuel...

    The only windscreen I've ever liked is the thick metal foil from...
  23. Thread: Shoe Glue?

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    Shoe Goo but only if you have a new package with...

    Shoe Goo but only if you have a new package with quite liquid goo. After a time it thickens and is not so good.
    Also use contact cement with good results, barge cement or similar. Apply to both...
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    I did that stretch SOBO from SNP to Damascus one...

    I did that stretch SOBO from SNP to Damascus one year in April May and froze my ass almost every day... reluctantly mailed my down sweater home halfway thru, then regretted it!
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    Canister stove with a pot cozy is the best system...

    Canister stove with a pot cozy is the best system I've found in 50 years of backpacking.
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