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  1. MST (PA) is a great trail. Plenty of challenge...

    MST (PA) is a great trail. Plenty of challenge and scenery reward. Ups and downs to remember. Would work with a woodburner as was pointed out. Can mail Esbit in resupplies if that's what you decide...
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    I have a Golite windshirt I still use very...

    I have a Golite windshirt I still use very frequently. It has held up well. But many other good cottage companies out there as others have mentioned.
  3. Thread: Sleep with food?

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    Just an observation on OP sacks. When they are...

    Just an observation on OP sacks. When they are new and the closure works well, they contain odors pretty well. so well that I keep mothballs in an OP sack in my vehicle to sprinkle on the ground...
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    I like to have clothes to wear in camp and sleep...

    I like to have clothes to wear in camp and sleep in that do not hike in. Try to wash myself and wash out hiking clothes at the end of the day whenever possible. In town, would wear what is cleanest...
  5. Thread: Tent and a tarp?

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    So you are looking at 57 oz of shelter with both...

    So you are looking at 57 oz of shelter with both tent and tarp. That's a lot. If your budget can stand it, you could get a much lighter, more roomy tent that would weigh about a pound, and save you...
  6. My answer to the OP: Look for canisters that have...

    My answer to the OP: Look for canisters that have NO butane, just isobutane and propane. I also use a "Moulder" copper strip whenever its below freezing to insure good performance even to the last...
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    This to me is a very interesting and wise...

    This to me is a very interesting and wise perspective on canister stove efficiency and its pros and cons.
  8. US Postal Service (USPS) delays getting to be extreme - FYI vendors and purchasers

    As a cottage gear maker, I use first class mail for 95% of my shipments. Things are getting really crazy with the postal service. Only one of 18 packages Iíve mailed in the last 10 days has been...
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    I do acupuncture, which involves trying to get Qi...

    I do acupuncture, which involves trying to get Qi moving in the body or the person I'm treating. So I'm a Qi Wiz (hopefully). But QiWiz actually began as a nice unique short online poker handle, then...
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    Out, but shake em and check em in the morning....

    Out, but shake em and check em in the morning. Worst I've found so far are slugs.
  11. Agree with premise, but actually carbs have about...

    Agree with premise, but actually carbs have about 100 calories per ounce and fats have close to 200 calories per ounce. Tree nuts are probably one of the healthiest high calorie to weight foods. You...
  12. Your footprint should be smaller than your...

    Your footprint should be smaller than your pitched tent bottom by a few inches or more all around (if you use a footprint). Even with this precaution, sometimes rainwater will follow the tent wall...
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    Can send a resupply package to oneself through...

    Can send a resupply package to oneself through post office, no?
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    Not sure I can diagnose the problem you had, but...

    Not sure I can diagnose the problem you had, but I've gone to avoiding any canisters that contain butane, in favor of those that have just propane and isobutane. I do a lot of shoulder season...
  15. Thread: Trowel test

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    I think it's great to test gear in an...

    I think it's great to test gear in an evidence-based fashion. One result that surprised me was this one:

    Practical Test Overview



    Push into lawn
    Dig a hole
  16. Thread: Trowel test

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    Here's another option I learned from a Leave No...

    Here's another option I learned from a Leave No Trace (LNT) Master Educator: Rather than packing out your TP, make "Poop Soup" (I have included general information on good cathole technique.

    A...
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    I might not treat water from a spring with good...

    I might not treat water from a spring with good flow, but would always treat from a standing body (lake, pond) or stream. It's not that hard or time consuming to do so.
  18. Thread: Trowel test

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    I think the idea of comparing cathole trowels is...

    I think the idea of comparing cathole trowels is really cool. I can dig it. My own experience is that thinner trowels dig better and cut small roots better. They will also go into sand in a bucket...
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    Nice mod. Looks like it would break up hard soil...

    Nice mod. Looks like it would break up hard soil just fine, but maybe not scoop out the dirt in the cathole quite as well as something more trowel-shaped. I know I quibble and bottom line is what...
  20. Thread: Free Camp Pillow

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    Thanks for posting. Was not familiar with this...

    Thanks for posting. Was not familiar with this company.
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    I think a cathole trowel is essential to digging...

    I think a cathole trowel is essential to digging an actual hole that meets LNT guidelines. Some disagree but they must be digging if different soil conditions than I have to deal with.
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    I think this is good advice (shelters can have...

    I think this is good advice (shelters can have nails sticking up, etc. that can be a source of punctures). When sleeping on ground, I just use my tarp groundsheet, but when in a shelter, I am very...
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    Allegheny National Forest in PA is even closed to...

    Allegheny National Forest in PA is even closed to dispersed camping (recent announcement).
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    At the risk of overwhelming your choices, suggest...

    At the risk of overwhelming your choices, suggest you look at Gossamer Gear, Hyperlite Mountain Gear, Zpacks, and ULA. All have packs that might be just the perfect one for you. ;)
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    Minute rice can substitute for freeze dried rice,...

    Minute rice can substitute for freeze dried rice, which I have never seen sold.
    Mountain House and others sell freeze dried vegetables and meats. For Mountain House and some others' products, you...
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