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    I've had I think three different folding...

    I've had I think three different folding bluetooth keyboard over the past decade; I blog daily on my longer hikes, and more often than not have found the weight of a folding keyboard to be worth it. ...
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    I think it's bound to be different because...

    I think it's bound to be different because there's so much that you know the second time around, to include the basic "I can do this" aspect. I think a person does well to prepare for a thru-hike...
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    I plan to hike the TRT this coming year too, with...

    I plan to hike the TRT this coming year too, with friends. Hadn't gotten around to looking into details yet, but the part that overlaps the PCT was nice (and well signed --- as TRT, not PCT), so I...
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    Yup, should be able to get a cheap flight from...

    Yup, should be able to get a cheap flight from Santiago back to Paris.
    Note that there is more than one train station in Paris; I found it handy to book a relatively cheap hotel room close to the...
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    If you think you might ever get back to Spain,...

    If you think you might ever get back to Spain, you might consider Bilbao instead. In Spain, all roads seem to lead to Madrid, so it's certainly an easy option. I hiked the Camino Frances twice; the...
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    I agree with Starchild on a couple of comments...

    I agree with Starchild on a couple of comments above ... "You will get the info in St Jean." Taking the Route Napoleon vs. Valcarlos isn't a huge "need to know way in advance" thing, unless you're...
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    Just a follow-up on this; my friend and I did...

    Just a follow-up on this; my friend and I did hike the Camino Portuguese, I just got home yesterday. Most people who talk about hiking the Camino Portuguese start from Porto or perhaps Tui, but we...
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    Lightheart Duo Review

    I just got a Lightheart Duo, and put up an initial impressions review here:
    https://thetrek.co/initial-impressions-lightheart-duo-tent/

    I realize that the Duo isn't a new tent, but it was new to...
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    I agree with the idea of no sealskinz for hiking....

    I agree with the idea of no sealskinz for hiking. I've tried using them just for really cold creek crossings, but too much weight just for that, and a PITA to put on and take off for each crossing. ...
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    There are all sorts of options with that much...

    There are all sorts of options with that much mileage; one can look at, say, green trail maps, get a sense for the scale, then look for very large loops for example. The easiest thing to do would be...
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    Guthook is quite logically knocking off the most...

    Guthook is quite logically knocking off the most popular trails, or at least that's how it seems to me ... in that context the Caminho Portugues is small potatoes. Anyway, no Guthook, but also no...
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    Caminho Portugues

    Anyone hiked the Portuguese "way" ? Looks like I'll be hiking it this autumn with a friend (an experienced hiker).

    I've hiked the Camino Frances twice, so not a neophyte at this sort of thing,...
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    Agree about gatorade powder being heavy. And...

    Agree about gatorade powder being heavy. And bulky. I don't need the additives, get lots of nutrients from my food; my issue is that I tend to dehydrate, so want something to encourage me to drink...
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    Seems to me that part of the discomfort of...

    Seems to me that part of the discomfort of talking about this in a wide-open forum is that people read comments and evaluate them based on their own experience base. If your personal experience at...
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    If you look under the "Listing of other long...

    If you look under the "Listing of other long trails" for the "Other Trails" forum, you'll find some threads about the Camino.

    I've hiked the Camino twice, and while a perhaps over-loved trail, I...
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    Camping DIRECTLY on trail

    As Tipi Walter said... depends very much which trail, plus when and where on it.
    Of course do this only in real need, but recognize that the volume of foot traffic on the AT isn't normal for trails...
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    I've never paid just to charge, but most of the...

    I've never paid just to charge, but most of the time that I'm doing so in the context of buying something --- food at gas station or grocery store, lodging in a motel room, a prepared meal at a...
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    Restaurants (fast-food or otherwise) are pretty...

    Restaurants (fast-food or otherwise) are pretty much number one. Doing laundry at a laundromat on occasion.
    If you're not staying in town but expect to spend some time at grocery shopping ... it...
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    I wrote up my thoughts about this in an article...

    I wrote up my thoughts about this in an article just last month:
    https://thetrek.co/flying-with-backpacking-gear/
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    Shutterbug, I've never gone on an REI group trip...

    Shutterbug, I've never gone on an REI group trip --- they seem really expensive to me. I guess I'm somewhere between the organized group trips and the "really on the cheap" approach. I'm sure...
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    Serendipitously, I hiked the C2C with my wife...

    Serendipitously, I hiked the C2C with my wife after (the same year) that I hiked the AT. They're very different. Here's my one-entry blog post about that trip:...
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    I've broken a buckle on a ULA Circuit like that...

    I've broken a buckle on a ULA Circuit like that too, and in my case also I've hiked quite a lot of miles after --- BUT --- in my case it was after I had put a whole lot of miles on the pack AND it...
  23. I carried an Ursack Minor for the entire trail in...

    I carried an Ursack Minor for the entire trail in 2010 and had no problem; very nice to have the bag in easy reach for midnight snacks (sometimes you get so-o hungry ...).
    That said, I recall...
  24. Thread: Poncho Tarp?

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    Poncho tarps designed for backpacking tend to be...

    Poncho tarps designed for backpacking tend to be plenty long but relatively narrow, so if you had a couple of people maybe you could connect them side-by-side overhead to provide decent "sit in the...
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    I hiked the PNT in two chunks rather than as a...

    I hiked the PNT in two chunks rather than as a thru-hike, the western ~third in 2014 and the other two-thirds this past year --- finished that roughly 800 chunk just four months ago, so it's pretty...
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