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    Ok.... I'm from the Midwest, and never heard of...

    Ok.... I'm from the Midwest, and never heard of the stuff before. Curiously this topic came up as I just saw the B&M Brown Bread can at a large local grocery store and I thought...what is that! I...
  2. I'm sure visibility went down with the snow and...

    I'm sure visibility went down with the snow and im wondering if they were somewhat hypothermic maybe being a tad wet that led to impaired decision making and "tunnel vision" that didn't help. I'm...
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    I personally woulden't bring a dog. Myself, I ran...

    I personally woulden't bring a dog. Myself, I ran into 4 bears, 3 rattle snakes (and those I SAW right ON the trail), a rabid raccoon, a pack of hunting dogs, and other dogs that were not too...
  4. I rather enjoyed Just Bills market insight. I was...

    I rather enjoyed Just Bills market insight. I was toying with upgrading some gear and I'm a supporter of our domestic cottage manufacturers. It's unfortunate that some choose to outsource some of the...
  5. I was wondering the same thing Tipi. Normally you...

    I was wondering the same thing Tipi. Normally you hike at the pace of the slowest in the group. Yes, sometimes the pace can be annoying...but sometimes you can have shared experiences that you never...
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    Crocks. It's normally a lighter weight option,...

    Crocks. It's normally a lighter weight option, use in stream crossings, in gross showers, and in a pinch as trail shoes that you can use with socks to use in colder temperatures. Comes in a lot of...
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    So what is the ultralight hikers consensus on...

    So what is the ultralight hikers consensus on beards? It does have a weight and makes a hiker less aerodynamic and some say is more problematic for good hygiene.
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    If you got too much I've seen Halloween/Christmas...

    If you got too much I've seen Halloween/Christmas candy in a lot of trail magic points. Once before Shenandoah NP we were talking to a local who asked us about the trail, it's trials and tribulations...
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    It's mystifying what people think. I once rounded...

    It's mystifying what people think. I once rounded a curve in the trail to see someone squatting literally a foot or two on the side of the trail with paper in hand. I've seen toilet paper defication...
  10. ...your approached to update trail guides and/or...

    ...your approached to update trail guides and/or the Thru hikers Companion.
  11. Looks like 744 miles on a 11 hour 14 minute...

    Looks like 744 miles on a 11 hour 14 minute journey to Purcellville, Pennsylvania.
  12. LOL....I'll blame the giant coffee mug I was...

    LOL....I'll blame the giant coffee mug I was using. Thanks! It looks to be in great condition. How much did you use it?
  13. What is the hipbelt size?

    What is the hipbelt size?
  14. Though not myself. I ran into hikers that did the...

    Though not myself. I ran into hikers that did the trail for $4000, not including their gear or transportation to/from the trail. They were mindful of their spending and budgeted per month how much...
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    If it was I, I would want a pack that can do it...

    If it was I, I would want a pack that can do it all. Have enough space to carry my bulkier cold weather gear yet not have a ton of wasted space or bulkiness in summer, has durability to last the...
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    I've found this thread interesting, informative,...

    I've found this thread interesting, informative, and thought provoking. As a 8 yr old kid I had on a whim one winters day experimented with the bread bags on my feet in my boots (I didn't know people...
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    Though I have a front load dryer, I always line...

    Though I have a front load dryer, I always line dry wool or synthetic gear. Wool items I set on a flat slatted rack to dry. I also tend to use a mild wool wash detergent. Now in a trail town, if...
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    Trail Mercury is right, The Trapp Hills section...

    Trail Mercury is right, The Trapp Hills section (east of the Porkies) of the NCT is rugged, in 4 days including that section one summer I didn't run into anyone else and had to reaquire the trail in...
  19. Maybe easier to cut off the extra material and...

    Maybe easier to cut off the extra material and re-hem them.
  20. If your NOBO, stop at Mountain Crossings and do a...

    If your NOBO, stop at Mountain Crossings and do a pack shakedown with them. You'd be surprised at what they see versus what you do and can lighten the load only a week into the hike.
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    In the fly-in remote fishing camps of Ontario the...

    In the fly-in remote fishing camps of Ontario the locals often use the small packages of linked strands of firecrackers to scare off black bears when they come into camp. I always just yelled at...
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    ...not "resin", but "train"...over zelus...

    ...not "resin", but "train"...over zelus autocorrect!
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    If your looking for similar terrain to the AT in...

    If your looking for similar terrain to the AT in the Midwest you could look to Wisconsin (where I'm from) Devils Lake near Baraboo,WI has lake bluff rims that has good up/down elevations. If you...
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    I've meet dozens of solo female hikers on the AT....

    I've meet dozens of solo female hikers on the AT. Many of them ended up making friends with other people and hiked with them in a group. I hiked with my wife, so we'd once in awhile have a solo...
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    If you look into those statistics, I have a...

    If you look into those statistics, I have a feeling (from personal observation...and myself) that most of that weight loss was from people whom already have more fat reserves to loose. People whom I...
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