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    I’ve never liked the idea of blowing the pad by...

    I’ve never liked the idea of blowing the pad by mouth thus filling it with moisture and opted for that little battery powered inflator, while I’m erecting the tent my wife can have both pads ready to...
  2. Thread: Snake Gaiters

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    I too have only seen rattlers on the Trail but...

    I too have only seen rattlers on the Trail but only in Pennsylvania, they seemed unconcerned as I passed them. But I do love a good snake story! In 1970 Louisiana while training for my senior trip to...
  3. Thread: Riddle time

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    Taylor who??

    Taylor who??
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    45962We just walked our bikes across there in...

    45962We just walked our bikes across there in late September as we were completing the Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Towpath. A real pain negotiating those stairs with loaded bicycles. That’s a...
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    Ditto on the Lehigh gap! I remember that day well...

    Ditto on the Lehigh gap! I remember that day well when my hiking buddy II Cat did a full body slide right behind me, we lived ��
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    Still using a Hubba Hubba NX, side doors and...

    Still using a Hubba Hubba NX, side doors and vestibules, it’s seen some rough weather and performed well, but then I’m “old school”.

    oh and by the way, we stressed a fitting on the one piece pole...
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    On our Thru attempt in 14 we carried one of those...

    On our Thru attempt in 14 we carried one of those little battery powered inflators for our Neoairs, and yes we were made fun of from time to time, but how nice it was to busy ourselves with other...
  8. Thread: Bombas Socks

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    My wife and I are both real fans of the Darn...

    My wife and I are both real fans of the Darn Tough brand, she tends to blister pretty easily and despite being pricey they are a lifesaver. I think I got my first pair years ago in Damascus but it...
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    Dang Pete I wish I’d heard this sooner. No...

    Dang Pete I wish I’d heard this sooner. No matter, I paid full price and it’s still a bargain, I finished it in a day and enjoyed it thoroughly, good job. I’ve hiked most of the Trail excluding NH...
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    Ha! I thought I was the only one carrying...

    Ha! I thought I was the only one carrying scissors!
  11. My wife and I bought Dirty Girls after ditching...

    My wife and I bought Dirty Girls after ditching our old nylon three quarter gaiters at the first opportunity, best couple of ounces I ever invested in, wouldn’t be without them now. We wear only...
  12. Thread: Water/Camp Shoes

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    44752I saw my first pair of Croc type shoes in...

    44752I saw my first pair of Croc type shoes in the late nineties, I think they were called Waldie's back then and they were all the rage with the thru hikers. I've carried several different camp...
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    I've used Mike Gelinas three different times,...

    I've used Mike Gelinas three different times, he's very dependable.
  14. Thread: Bikes on the AT!

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    And don't forget the couple of miles of the C%O...

    And don't forget the couple of miles of the C%O Towpath out of Harpers Ferry
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    Those Kelty Cosmic bags mentioned earlier are a...

    Those Kelty Cosmic bags mentioned earlier are a nice choice for warmer weather use and the price is right. They're pretty well made.
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    I've sectioned for many years and have used...

    I've sectioned for many years and have used countless shuttles to connect the dots. Some are business like and indifferent but most are very talkative and entertaining and full of information to...
  17. Thread: Rusty says hi...

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    I remember staying at the Mayor's house in...

    I remember staying at the Mayor's house in Unionville NY, everyone staying was required to watch a video from America's Got Talent? Kinda weird but it was a nice comfortable stop and good home cooked...
  18. Thread: I retired today!

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    Oh you lucky dog! It's been eight years now for...

    Oh you lucky dog! It's been eight years now for me and I still pinch myself most mornings. After a thru attempt in 2014 my wife and I are still section hiking and traveling the country in an RV, our...
  19. Thread: Tent in shelter?

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    It's not always as it appears. My wife and I...

    It's not always as it appears. My wife and I started our thru attempt April 8, 2014 and after feeling queasy on the flight down from Ohio we were actually pretty sick by the time we started the...
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    We were checked for our permit when we came...

    We were checked for our permit when we came through in '14 just after the initiation by a ridge runner just above Shuckstack, what are the fines if caught without it?
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    Good point, every hiker up the Trail will ask if...

    Good point, every hiker up the Trail will ask if you did the stairs, why not be a part of that group? And besides, as mentioned earlier you may never pass that way again, try to enjoy the entire...
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    Elderly shuttle driver and his wife braved a deep...

    Elderly shuttle driver and his wife braved a deep wet snow to rescue my cold wet self at High Point state park. Bless you both!
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    I was forced to "cowboy camp" an entire year in...

    I was forced to "cowboy camp" an entire year in VietNam in the worst conditions imaginable and consider a nice three season tent pure luxury. That coupled with a NeoAir pad and a fluffy down bag and...
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    We've passed them several times carrying supplies...

    We've passed them several times carrying supplies up to Mt. Leconte and they seem friendly enough, usually a single wrangler and a train of five or six, at that rate you could finance your hike slack...
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    Power washed mine at the local self serve car...

    Power washed mine at the local self serve car wash, made a mess of me but sure cleaned up the pack, smells fresh as a daisy!
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