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  1. Thread: lighter pack

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    In a pack that can comfortably carry 30lbs you...

    In a pack that can comfortably carry 30lbs you will save at most a pound off the actual pack. I second the suggestion that you focus on lowering the weight of the items in your pack first, so that...
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    Poll: I agree that when you need to change plans fast,...

    I agree that when you need to change plans fast, maps are where it's at. Medical emergency, alternative resupply, change of plans on a section, bad weather bypass around an exposed peak ect ect.
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    Do you have a moral objection or a practical...

    Do you have a moral objection or a practical objection? If you don't like the noise, ask them to quiet down. If you don't like the smell, ask them not to smoke in the shelter. If this doesn't...
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    Scrape clean with spork -> pack without washing...

    Scrape clean with spork -> pack without washing -> boil everything I cook to sanitize

    I can't imagine buying and tossing a freezer bag for every meal. Plus scraping the crusty bits off the inside...
  5. Thread: Lightning?

    by Amanita
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    Mostly just keep hiking. I wouldn't go up onto...

    Mostly just keep hiking. I wouldn't go up onto an exposed ridge or summit, but if the trees are tall I don't worry about it.
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    If you have experience cross country skiing,...

    If you have experience cross country skiing, poles will probably feel very natural. Otherwise they may take a little practice. Most of the time you want your opposite foot moving forward at the...
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    A few years ago unicell came through and set up...

    A few years ago unicell came through and set up towers at some of the ski resorts, and then AT&T bought them out. So if you have clear line of sight to a ski slope, it improves your chances. There...
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    Poll: Every guidebook I've read states that larger...

    Every guidebook I've read states that larger groups should plan to tent it so that they don't fill the whole shelter in one go. I'd point that out and then make a judgement based on their reaction. ...
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    Great Barrington seemed pretty nice to me. I...

    Great Barrington seemed pretty nice to me. I spent the afternoon reading on a park bench, someone pulled over and asked if I needed a ride back to the trail. The pizza place was good, and the...
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    I got a small women's "fanny pack" there that's...

    I got a small women's "fanny pack" there that's been re purposed as a hip belt pouch.
  11. Some of them are probably still trying to figure...

    Some of them are probably still trying to figure out this "expected conditions" thing. I discovered the hard way that packing for the forecasted low is not always the best choice, and I ended up...
  12. Thread: Best Headlamp?

    by Amanita
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    Depends what kind of functionality you are...

    Depends what kind of functionality you are looking for. I was looking for one that would be comfortable to night hike with, and used AAAs because I already carry those for my MP3 player. Comparing...
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    Last year I did a section starting at RPH in NY...

    Last year I did a section starting at RPH in NY on may 7th. I did up through CT to around Great Barrington MA. It's super nice in the spring, lots of flowers out and everything growing :)

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    I tend to make adjustments every time I go out. ...

    I tend to make adjustments every time I go out. My load and body changes at least some between every trip. I even do most of this every morning on the trail, after filling my water, or after...
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    I know that slowing down can be a drag, but if...

    I know that slowing down can be a drag, but if you plan to hike ahead please go over the plan for if something happens while he is behind you!

    Last year I ran into a group on the LT that had left...
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    That's all well and good when your cell is...

    That's all well and good when your cell is actually within range of 3 towers simultaneously, but that's rarely the case up here in VT. Even making a phone call can be hit or miss in the less densely...
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    They are anti-mouse devises, as a couple other...

    They are anti-mouse devises, as a couple other people have said. They are not 100% effective, but usually they work pretty well, especially if you use a slippery and tough food sack.

    As for...
  18. Yes, this is their website...

    Yes, this is their website http://www.berkshirerta.com/index.php
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    They're tolerable, but come out much better if...

    They're tolerable, but come out much better if you actually cook them.
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    I have a Mountain Hardwear women's Tadita 50. ...

    I have a Mountain Hardwear women's Tadita 50. It's 3 pounds about flat, fits me really well, and has great load transfer to the hips. Last summer I was carrying 15-18 lbs base, about 25lbs with...
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    Thank you for the kind offer lemon b. I will let...

    Thank you for the kind offer lemon b. I will let you know if things work out to ending on a weekend.
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    4-7 days, still trying to figure out exactly how...

    4-7 days, still trying to figure out exactly how much time I have. If I can't get at least 4 continuous days I'll probably stay in VT and do day hikes.
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    Driver8, I have done Sage's Ravine, but not...

    Driver8, I have done Sage's Ravine, but not racerback falls. Last year I got off in Great Barrington, and I was hoping to go north from there. I'm not sure how far I'll be able to go, or how long...
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    Mass Section - A Few Questions

    All this lovely weather has me itching to get out, and in respect of the Green Mountain Club's trail rules, I'm looking to head south to Mass. This being a less than fully formed plan, I have a few...
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    I wouldn't hold out hope for bug free, I got my...

    I wouldn't hold out hope for bug free, I got my first mosquito bite of the season yesterday, and we usually don't see the bloodsuckers til May (VT). You might want to assume that the blackflies will...
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