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  1. Pumice stone works remarkably well (see this...

    Pumice stone works remarkably well (see this product on Amazon). Of course, you likely won't have one in your pack, in which case I'd just use a rag or paper towel to wipe off whatever crud I could,...
  2. Thread: In camp shoes

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    I bought these years ago, and they were expensive...

    I bought these years ago, and they were expensive even when at the sale price, but I was desperate for something less bulky than Crocs. I ended up cutting their weight almost in have by removing the...
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    This is what I always have done. Of course,...

    This is what I always have done. Of course, there's always the risk that you don't secure the sock tightly enough under a strap, but I never lost a sock that way in 3000 miles of section hiking.
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    I go with the blue foam Hear-Os from Walgreen's,...

    I go with the blue foam Hear-Os from Walgreen's, with an NRR of 35 (I notice a big difference between 35 and 32). These don't handle washing with water very well, so I typically bring a pair that...
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    What are the odds? I haven't logged into...

    What are the odds? I haven't logged into Whiteblaze for a month. Here I am sitting in a Tucson Starbucks trying to get caught up, after a Sabino Canyon dayhike shortened by flood conditions on many...
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    Purist here, as a long-time section hiker. I...

    Purist here, as a long-time section hiker. I would make sure to touch the blaze I started/ended at to connect each section. There were a few times that I took the blue-blaze loop trail to/from a...
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    I learned to police anyplace I stop after I...

    I learned to police anyplace I stop after I walked away from gear several times over the years, including my trekking poles, camera and stuffsack with asthma meds. I have now trained my girlfriend to...
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    Wow, those are amazing prices! I'll be very...

    Wow, those are amazing prices! I'll be very interested in total weight, ease-of-setup & take-down, packed volume, perceived comfort in the 20's, and overall workmanship.

    I used to own a Hennessey,...
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    I went with Vivobarefoot Pure's for my last few...

    I went with Vivobarefoot Pure's for my last few section hikes. For the last one, I removed the inner "bootie" and just used the external "rubber" outer shoe to cut weight further, which came to 224...
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    I first met Drag'n'Fly and her hiking partner,...

    I first met Drag'n'Fly and her hiking partner, Freckles, at Rainbow Stream Lean-to, and then her hubby late the next day as he was hiking in from the road to meet her.

    We both climbed Katahdin on...
  11. Here are a few other alternative tent sites to...

    Here are a few other alternative tent sites to consider:

    MP 6.0 - Hickory Flatts Cemetery: lots of flat tentsites next to a open-sided pavilion with picnic tables. Maybe 0.3 left of the AT?

    MP...
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    Ahh, the vagaries of telecommunications. This is...

    Ahh, the vagaries of telecommunications. This is why I stopped programming and went into management, although I never trusted my comms programmers to develop a reliable solution.
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    Anyone have an address, or at least the nearby...

    Anyone have an address, or at least the nearby trailhead?
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    I've tried turmeric in various forms, glucosamine...

    I've tried turmeric in various forms, glucosamine sulfate, and tart cherry juice without any noticeable improvements in knee pain associated with OA (40 years of soccer, basketball and backpacking)....
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    You're such a stud, Tipi. Thanks for the pics!

    You're such a stud, Tipi. Thanks for the pics!
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    I covered that stretch in mid-September 2006...

    I covered that stretch in mid-September 2006 (actually from Glencliff to Pinkham Notch). We camped at Liberty Springs Tentsite the evening after passing through Franconia Notch. We had a lovely,...
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    Note that you can de-loft a snug mummy bag if...

    Note that you can de-loft a snug mummy bag if you're wearing too many clothes to bed (I learned this on a sub-freezing night in GA in April in a new 20F Western Mountaineering UltraLite; I've never...
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    Until you have a couple of hikes under your...

    Until you have a couple of hikes under your belts, I would suggest you start with shorter, slower 10-mile days. There's no reason why you couldn't extend any one day if you're feeling good and aren't...
  19. There are instructions on how to take a long/wide...

    There are instructions on how to take a long/wide pad NeoAir and cut it down to a short/wide, with only 1-2 oz penalty from a short/narrow. I agree, a 20" width just doesn't allow me to rest on my...
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    The NOBO climb up Garfield was okay, but I was...

    The NOBO climb up Garfield was okay, but I was really glad that the rocks were dry going down Garfield. I have no idea how someone could go down that slide in the wet.
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    Yep, South Kinsman is my vote for toughest climb,...

    Yep, South Kinsman is my vote for toughest climb, and generally I don't mind climbing.

    I had started NOBO from Glencliff on Saturday afternoon and reached Beaver Brook Shelter just as the sun was...
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    I keep thinking that the addition of some malt...

    I keep thinking that the addition of some malt powder might be a nice taste.
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    Assuming you're going soon, I think you're...

    Assuming you're going soon, I think you're pushing it to rely on a 60-degree bag. Personally, I'd bring a 30- or 35-degree bag in early June at that section. It can get surprisingly cool in the...
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    I agree with Just Tom, start at Pawling and end...

    I agree with Just Tom, start at Pawling and end at North Adams, which should be much more interesting. By the time you get to Greylock (2 weeks, max), you should be in good enough shape that the...
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    No, don't burn Kerosene! I only like to look at...

    No, don't burn Kerosene! I only like to look at fire! :banana
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