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    Thanks! Appreciate the info on your experience.

    Thanks! Appreciate the info on your experience.
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    This quote from the article you posted sort of...

    This quote from the article you posted sort of sums up my problem:

    "To provide an example, the Gossamer Gear Mariposa is described nominally as a 60-liter pack and the Haglofs L.I.M. Strive as 50...
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    I un-arc it at home.

    I un-arc it at home.
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    Zpacks Scout version packs

    Hey, all, does anyone use the "Scout" model of either of the Zpacks backpacks? We are looking at an Arc Haul Scout for my partner, who currently uses a small ULA Circuit with a short torso, S-curve...
  5. Yes, a lovely essay, thanks for posting it.

    Yes, a lovely essay, thanks for posting it.
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    We hiked late most days on the LT, and mostly had...

    We hiked late most days on the LT, and mostly had no problems with shelter space. One was full up with a kids group but we were able to tent nearby. But many shelters up north did not have nearby...
  7. The Fox Creek to Damascus hike is easier in the...

    The Fox Creek to Damascus hike is easier in the southbound direction, plus you get to end in Damascus with a restaurant meal, shower, maybe an overnight in a B&B with the missus. But it's a fine hike...
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    The Lunar Duo is IMHO a significantly better tent...

    The Lunar Duo is IMHO a significantly better tent than the Lunar Solo, and one of the best two-person tents available. It sets up quickly, has two doors on the long sides, two big vestibules, and a...
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    I have set up and looked over the Lunar Solo,...

    I have set up and looked over the Lunar Solo, Lightheart, and Notch, and owned several SMD and Tarptent brand tents.

    All are well made and will hold up to a thruhike with some moderate care. If I...
  10. Resupply food. Drink beer. Get a shower. Not in...

    Resupply food. Drink beer. Get a shower. Not in that order.
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    I mean, I'm assuming we have all the camping and...

    I mean, I'm assuming we have all the camping and hiking gear, right? That's way more than three things. So here's my list:

    Good food. Some Scotch. A camera.
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    The open high country around Grayson Highlands...

    The open high country around Grayson Highlands State Park will be very crowded on weekends. Like, not a single parking space crowded. They are also supposed to be implementing a new parking policy...
  13. Sounds like a great trip. It's fairly easy to set...

    Sounds like a great trip. It's fairly easy to set up a shuttle, but probably best done in advance.
  14. In order to shave a few ounces, I took a torso...

    In order to shave a few ounces, I took a torso length Prolite on the Long Trail, in place of my full length model I'd used for years. Worked fine the first few nights in my tent, but the first night...
  15. Welcome. I have met a lot of German thru-hikers...

    Welcome. I have met a lot of German thru-hikers on the AT, so you will find your fellow countrymen along the way.

    As noted above, the AT is a very different hike from the ones you mentioned.
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    I got a Zpacks wallet years ago, use it every...

    I got a Zpacks wallet years ago, use it every day. Cards, cash, ID. Still in great shape. I have the tiny one, barely larger than a credit card, but for future use I might get the next size up.
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  17. We're from the South, and we did a Long Trail e2e...

    We're from the South, and we did a Long Trail e2e hike five years ago. We can easily average 15-18 mpd on the Southern AT. We worked *very* hard to get 11 or 12 miles a day on the LT. We did have a...
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    Cabot Seriously Sharp is great. Or any kind of...

    Cabot Seriously Sharp is great. Or any kind of cheese stick will also last a while.
  19. VT would be a great hike in the summer. Two weeks...

    VT would be a great hike in the summer. Two weeks at the end of June would be perfect.

    But the elevation changes up North are way worse than in the South, in my experience.
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    Nice job. We've had a couple of similar...

    Nice job. We've had a couple of similar encounters with bears who just don't want to move - usually because it's hot, and they're wearing a fur coat. So I get that.

    Momma bear looked awfully...
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    This thread has my thoughts on my Arc Haul. I do...

    This thread has my thoughts on my Arc Haul. I do like it and would buy it again.

    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/112280-ZPacks-Arc-Haul-or-ULA-Circuit?highlight=arc+haul
  22. Awesome, glad she enjoyed it. Yay ponies :)

    Awesome, glad she enjoyed it. Yay ponies :)
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    I'd bring a head net for sleeping in the shelters...

    I'd bring a head net for sleeping in the shelters at night. Or a mesh sleeping bag cover/bivy. The weather should be great, cool at night and not too hot during the day. But of course it's highly...
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    With the weather we've been having the last...

    With the weather we've been having the last couple of years around here, I'm seriously considering one of these. Natural gas powered, fires up as soon as the power goes out. I really hate throwing...
  25. Thread: Dream Hike?

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    I always dreamed of a thru hike with my...

    I always dreamed of a thru hike with my partner/spouse. We love spending time together and we both love hiking and backpacking. The Long Trail e2e we did a few years ago confirmed all of that for us....
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