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    Starting a fire, and keeping it going, in a damp...

    Starting a fire, and keeping it going, in a damp climate like the GSMNP is a challenge. You need a fire starter which will burn for a long time and prep the wood so it catches quicker. Which means...
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    I try not to carry more then 5 days of food. For...

    I try not to carry more then 5 days of food. For me, that's about 70-75 miles on the AT.

    Outside the AT where resupply towns are much farther apart, there would be no choice but to increase...
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    The problem is the Perch is located on a steep...

    The problem is the Perch is located on a steep hill side near tree line and surrounded by dense spruce trees. And rocks, lots and lots of big rocks. A 1/4 mile from the Perch is on a steep part of...
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    When all else fails, I toss some of my stove...

    When all else fails, I toss some of my stove alcohol in there and that gets it going for sure :) You still need reasonably dry tinder though.
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    It's a bit of a catch 22. The only way to get wet...

    It's a bit of a catch 22. The only way to get wet wood to burn is to dry it out first, which means you need a fire to begin with.

    If your at a shelter with a fire ring, there is always a lot of...
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    Find dryer wood? Of course, that's easier...

    Find dryer wood?

    Of course, that's easier said then done, especially in an area picked clean for a 1/4 mile in all directions. Having some Nylon strapping to bundle sticks together allows you to...
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    In the Whites, you don't have to camp in the snow...

    In the Whites, you don't have to camp in the snow if you don't want, but it will cost you. Carter notch hut and Zeland are available (but you have to sleep in the unheated bunk room at Carter). Plus...
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    I'm also seriously thinking about giving the CT...

    I'm also seriously thinking about giving the CT another try next summer. It could be then or never.

    I think I'd skip the first 100 miles which I already did and don't see much point on repeating....
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    A lot of it is where you do your winter camping....

    A lot of it is where you do your winter camping. Winter camping down south is a lot different then in NH or Maine! I noticed most of the responses so far are from people who live in the south.
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    I don't have much trouble spending 12 hours in...

    I don't have much trouble spending 12 hours in the bag, but rather not. While I love winter hiking, I hate winter camping so I only do day hikes theses days. Getting too old to put myself through...
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    I have a 20 degree bag which I find cold and...

    I have a 20 degree bag which I find cold and think I know why. It's designed for someone with a much larger gurth then me. Therefore there is a lot of extra space, space I need to heat. Sounds like...
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    So, I got to wonder. How much plastic is in dryer...

    So, I got to wonder. How much plastic is in dryer lint these days? Probably quite a bit.

    I just melt wax onto a piece of corigated cardboard, then cut it up into strips. Used that to reliably...
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    Check out the 52WAV list - 52 hikes "With A View"...

    Check out the 52WAV list - 52 hikes "With A View" Most are open ledges, but many are summits. All under 4000 but often over 3000 feet. A new hiking companion told me about the WAV list and it seems I...
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    I didn't move 4.5 miles from the AT on purpose,...

    I didn't move 4.5 miles from the AT on purpose, it just sort of worked out that way :)
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    Definitely go with a GTX lined boot. It will...

    Definitely go with a GTX lined boot. It will seriously reduce the risk of waking up to a totally frozen solid boot. It will also keep your feet a lot warmer.

    Since we're already a week in to...
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    The last time I was up there, there was 6" of...

    The last time I was up there, there was 6" of snow on the top. The time before that, there was light coating of ice. Both times we had to sweet talk the rangers into letting us up there. That's when...
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    I got tired of breaking wire rim glasses. The...

    I got tired of breaking wire rim glasses. The worst was when a lens popped out coming down the hill to Davenport Gap. I had to hike with the world out of focus all the way to Ewin before I could...
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    it's been a long time since I was last up there....

    it's been a long time since I was last up there. I need to go back before I'm too old and lame...
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    Well, it all depends. It depends on the weather....

    Well, it all depends. It depends on the weather. June can be a rainy month, especially early June. Which means lots of mud in the boggy areas, which is everywhere your not going up or down hill. But...
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    Getting home from Pinkham is a piece of cake....

    Getting home from Pinkham is a piece of cake. Getting to Katahdin will be the challenge. And as soon as you figure out the dates, better reserve a campsite in Baxter before their all gone.
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    I see lots of kids on trails in the Whites and...

    I see lots of kids on trails in the Whites and climbing Mt Washington. But it all depends on thier level of fitness and agility. But the way to do that would be book at least one night at Lake of...
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    I have a similar problem, Most off the shelf...

    I have a similar problem, Most off the shelf boots are too wide for me so when I have to side step my foot rolls inside the boot. Very annoying.

    I found Scarpa boots to be cut narrow, but their...
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    The chances of needing them south of the GSMNP is...

    The chances of needing them south of the GSMNP is slim. When you get close to Fontana you would have a better idea how the weather is trending and what the forecast is. Have them ready to be sent to...
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    I use tip up, there's a little brass grommet to put the tip into.
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    The only time I need a headlamp is in the winter,...

    The only time I need a headlamp is in the winter, but I don't like the white light as the snow reflects it back and kills my night vision.

    So I modified a headlamp by putting a high intensity...
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