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    Places like Yosemite and it's bookend attraction...

    Places like Yosemite and it's bookend attraction on the East Coast the White Mountains (where nearly 150 people have lost their lives in the Presidential range), host a considerable number of people...
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    To echo Cmoulder's thought, "it depends". There...

    To echo Cmoulder's thought, "it depends". There really is no overall "best" in gear, there is only what is "best" for the individual depending on their circumstances. Trail footgear longevity is...
  3. The oldest piece of gear I still carry (even on...

    The oldest piece of gear I still carry (even on summer days) is a synthetic pull over hat I purchased about 20-years ago in a small grocery store on a cold, drizzly day in VT. I recall being amazed...
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    Much like tents, sleeping bags, and clothing,...

    Much like tents, sleeping bags, and clothing, footgear selection for me changes with conditions and the seasons. After many decades of backpacking and hiking I have acquired a fair collection of...
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    Many manufacturers exaggerate or lie (I know, I...

    Many manufacturers exaggerate or lie (I know, I was shocked to learn that too), confusing the public with terms like biodegradable and flushable. Biodegradable over what period of time is really the...
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    This has pretty much been my experience as well....

    This has pretty much been my experience as well. Though I have seen some boots lose their grip but seem to regain it after a hundred miles or so. I think a lot depends on the type of surface and what...
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    FWIW - Approaching the Whites through VT can be...

    FWIW - Approaching the Whites through VT can be an issue during Mud Season, when trail advisories and/or closures through April and May (typically lifted around Memorial Day weekend depending on...
  8. This sums it up quite well! Typically, accidents...

    This sums it up quite well! Typically, accidents are the result of a chain of events that occur over time. The key is understanding when the chain is being forged and what to do about it. Myself, I...
  9. Ditto on rain gear being critical gear for me.

    Ditto on rain gear being critical gear for me.
  10. Thread: Darn Tough

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    Sock manufacturers make a lot of different models...

    Sock manufacturers make a lot of different models of socks to expand their choice and position in the marketplace, which makes it helpful to include the model or Mfgrs product number for comparative...
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    NW CT has the "brown and down" syndrome this...

    NW CT has the "brown and down" syndrome this year. Late start to the color caused a lot of trees to quickly turn dirty yellow and fall off the trees. Some color but without any cold weather to make...
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    48697 The Denver family announced a trademark...

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    The Denver family announced a trademark suit today......
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    A "couple of years" is a very long time for a dog...

    A "couple of years" is a very long time for a dog if you are using its health today to predict what it will be then. The reality is while most people don't complete a thru hike, far fewer dogs do. An...
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    I will pack my micro-spikes with the spikes...

    I will pack my micro-spikes with the spikes pointed at each other (bottom to bottom) and store them in a fairly robust nylon stuff sack. Typically I will use an outside pocket on the pack to store...
  15. Some 40% of the Appalachian Trail requires dogs...

    Some 40% of the Appalachian Trail requires dogs to be leashed and most State parks do have leash laws in place for trails, though you'd never know it by observing owner behavior as a group.
  16. To echo Slo-go'en, damp cold is probably the most...

    To echo Slo-go'en, damp cold is probably the most under considered weather issue, which in my experience has been the underlying culprit in a few close brushes with hypothermia. Long underwear is not...
  17. Thread: Knee support?

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    FWIW - I have had similar knee issues and tried...

    FWIW - I have had similar knee issues and tried about everything on the market to help support the knees especially with downhills. I finally found a knee support that works without fail for me from...
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    The AT being the immovable object and you being...

    The AT being the immovable object and you being the irresistible force, the irresistible force can take a while but over time champions over the immovable object. Attitude, Ability, and Ambition are...
  19. "Go with what you know" would be the most...

    "Go with what you know" would be the most practical I think. 8-miles per day is not a bad speed and time to do things like take photographs, linger at a view with lunch, waiting out weather, or just...
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    Traveling a lot, finding local trails without the...

    Traveling a lot, finding local trails without the help of someone in the area is difficult. I found AllTrails.com to be an excellent resource finding local trails and networks. Though the basic...
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    TSA does not allow trekking poles in carry-on...

    TSA does not allow trekking poles in carry-on baggage going into the cabin, but they can be packed in checked luggage on commercial airlines. Stories abound of how people get them through TSA...
  22. FWIW - I have been winter hiking a significant...

    FWIW - I have been winter hiking a significant amount of time. As a result I have acquired several types of traction gear for winter use and the varying conditions winter often presents. First off, I...
  23. Having nearly lost access to one of the nicest...

    Having nearly lost access to one of the nicest sections of AT in southern New England along the Riga Plateau (between Lions Head and Race Mountain) due to camper carelessness with fires and other...
  24. Agreed with TwoSpirits. The pain is there for a...

    Agreed with TwoSpirits. The pain is there for a reason which could be to stop a while to recuperate, or there could be a mechanical issue in your body that will become worse and prevent you from...
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    The 4-riders of cell phone apocalypse and should...

    The 4-riders of cell phone apocalypse and should be heeded.

    To which one can add "other people" as a separate category or sub-category under #4. For whatever reasons I have seen a few phones...
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