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    'Dark Watchers' on the trail

    I was exposed to this webpage by total accident. Has anyone even heard of a phenomenon called Dark Watchers?

    https://www.livescience.com/dark-watchers-california-optical-illusion.html
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    Even though ESR brand is among the priciest &...

    Even though ESR brand is among the priciest & heaviest, I purchased it because many reviewers complained alternative brands worked at first only to fizzle out later. When my order arrived, was...
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    Carry the same electronics (minus the Apple...

    Carry the same electronics (minus the Apple Watch) as the OP.

    Anker PowerCore Slim 10000 PD, 20W 10,000mAh (7.4 ounce) has fast charge for the iPhone & trickle charge for the once per day InReach...
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    Litesmith has some interesting UL products not...

    Litesmith has some interesting UL products not found elsewhere.
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    Also wear dirty girl gaiters with my...

    Also wear dirty girl gaiters with my trail-runners and shorts.

    Attire is good for creek crossings, when some of the water is littered with debris. The gators do a decent job of keeping the crud...
  6. Thread: Pre-Trip Chores

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    For me, one of the most fun chores is writing...

    For me, one of the most fun chores is writing down a trip theme. Goals can be all over the place, ranging from:


    See if it is possible to get a good moonlight camp photo
    Evaluating the Blake...
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    My last minute chores include: Place money,...

    My last minute chores include:


    Place money, credit & insurance cards in chest belt
    Charge Cell Phone, NU25 & InReach Mini
    Re-water proof Helium II jacket
  8. Thread: Camp shoes?

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    Once carried a pair of flip flops for water...

    Once carried a pair of flip flops for water crossings & camp in a wet spring on the OHT. Didn't like the fiddle factor of removing hiking shoes, crossing stream, putting shoes back on, & attaching...
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    Congratulations! Enjoyed the AT progress reports...

    Congratulations! Enjoyed the AT progress reports over the years. I could identify with them, as they sounded like it came from real people. This is quite an accomplishment. After all the dust...
  10. Just purchased the GG Gorilla. Have not taken it...

    Just purchased the GG Gorilla. Have not taken it out on the trail yet, but looks thought out and well built. Before purchasing, I was put off by thelackluster appearance of internet photos but was...
  11. There is some inconsistency in ST blazing format...

    There is some inconsistency in ST blazing format and spacing.

    The northern terminus starts out with turtle blazes, but older blazes show up as you move south. It isn't hard to wrongly take a white...
  12. Thread: Snake Gaiters

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    My Sheltowee Trace hike last year prompted a big...

    My Sheltowee Trace hike last year prompted a big internet search on snake safety. Accidently found an article from a medical journal that used injected injected albumin to simulate a bite, followed...
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    Sheltowee Trace was one of my post-AT trails. It...

    Sheltowee Trace was one of my post-AT trails. It was a great experience and the folks at http://www.sheltoweetrace.org provide excellent information. One obstacle was finding GPS data. Thankfully,...
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    Glad to see you back on the trail. Enjoy your...

    Glad to see you back on the trail. Enjoy your walk.
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    I am super impressed QuietStorm. Congratulations.

    I am super impressed QuietStorm. Congratulations.
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    Prefer the hybrid approach to mail drops. Getting...

    Prefer the hybrid approach to mail drops. Getting foods prepackaged that meet your personal preferences is a moral booster on the trail, and the fact that it saves prepackaging time is a bonus (e.g....
  17. Thread: Hiker shape

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    Staying in trail shape without nearby trails is a...

    Staying in trail shape without nearby trails is a real challenge.

    The following routine works for me.


    Daily 4 mile walks through the neighborhood. If a day is missed, 8 miles are done the...
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    Enjoy following your progress Gambit. Looking...

    Enjoy following your progress Gambit. Looking forward to the trip report.
  19. Switched to Injinji toe socks last year; no...

    Switched to Injinji toe socks last year; no blisters for the first time ever. Thought they were a pain in the behind to put on each morning as compared to traditional hiking socks.
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    Enjoyed viewing your planning & Thru-Hiking...

    Enjoyed viewing your planning & Thru-Hiking sheets. Can tell valuable time has been invested in this project and there is good info here. Formulas & layout are being skillfully used. Checking out...
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    Am always checking & recalculating trail location...

    Am always checking & recalculating trail location making sure I am not lost, and I do spreadsheets recreationally:). F9 will recalculate all sheets.
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    Have always thought pictures on your trip reports...

    Have always thought pictures on your trip reports were good, but these are my hands down favorites. Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences.
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    A PA local asked me if I noticed the 1 mile...

    A PA local asked me if I noticed the 1 mile stretch having almost no rocks? He responded "We fired him!".
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    I never got into any kind of rhythm when hiking...

    I never got into any kind of rhythm when hiking Northern PA. Another hiker told me it was in my interest to stay on top of the rocks to extent possible (as opposed to going between them). Is that...
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    My Experience with NU25 Headlamp

    Purchased an NU25 this summer. It was a pleasure to use. Nice headlamp for night hiking. It did everything it was supposed to do. After a couple of weeks, the headlamp started to behave erratically...
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