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    Base weight is about seven pounds for summer and...

    Base weight is about seven pounds for summer and desert trips. Add seven liters of water at about about 15 pounds, and about five pounds of food for two nights out. That'll be just over 25 pounds,...
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    I've been using various Gossamer Gear frameless...

    I've been using various Gossamer Gear frameless packs for over ten years. I waited until I got my base weight below ten pounds (currently about eight) before I moved to frameless. I carry seven...
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    I guess I deal with safety by getting out of town...

    I guess I deal with safety by getting out of town as much as I can. The woods are a peaceful place.

    I feel most exposed if I have to drive to a trailhead. Now that's scary.
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    It sounds like you're on the same progression...

    It sounds like you're on the same progression most of us have been on. My FAK has steadily declined in size over the years. Now it's a snack-sized baggie with a few bandaids, small roll of tape,...
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    By the way, I think this is a good topic to...

    By the way, I think this is a good topic to review. Carrying too much consumable weight is very common especially on the AT. I often saw hikers tanking up with three liters of water every morning out...
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    I have developed a ratio of roughly 10 miles of...

    I have developed a ratio of roughly 10 miles of trail (in temperate conditions and well-hydrated to start) to one liter of water. (Plus a liter per dry camp, if applicable.) But I also know my needs...
  7. Thread: Pinedale

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    That's a great thing. I stopped in Pinedale on my...

    That's a great thing. I stopped in Pinedale on my CDT hike in 2007, so it's been a while and things may have changed since then. I thought Pinedale was one of the better trail towns just as it was....
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    I get a sting every year or so while riding my...

    I get a sting every year or so while riding my bicycle, often on the head under the helmet. I just got a particularly nasty one a couple of weeks ago and it's finally just another memory. I also feel...
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    I agree I have general distrust of doctors'...

    I agree I have general distrust of doctors' prescriptions. It seems like it's easier to add a pill to a patient's messed-up diet/life than to work on correcting the actual problem.
    Many of our...
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    Five liters of water sounds excessive for a hike...

    Five liters of water sounds excessive for a hike in cool fall weather. Water is heavy.
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    I see walking as a healthy, relatively low-risk...

    I see walking as a healthy, relatively low-risk lifestyle, so I insure it accordingly.

    When I left work (decades ago) I looked at the COBRA option and got sticker shock. I went to the cheapest...
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    A rental shop just opened up down the street from...

    A rental shop just opened up down the street from me: https://www.mountainsidegearrental.com/

    I like the concept for many, especially travelers. In my own journey, I wasted very little money on...
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    I just heard about this the other day, when I...

    I just heard about this the other day, when I offered a free used Tarptent to a friend trying to lighten her load. She turned it down because she said it would be too cold. I never noticed enough...
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    This is a good topic. As I age, and as I help...

    This is a good topic. As I age, and as I help care for very old parents and loved ones, falling becomes very important. Not too long ago I heard the secret to a long life is "Don't fall." (Another...
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    Ditto (again) the advice about the southern half....

    Ditto (again) the advice about the southern half. I was a little worried about my food supply heading north for the first couple of days, then things got more reasonable and much more fun.
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    And this may be anecdotal, but it seems many...

    And this may be anecdotal, but it seems many victims are mountain bikers and runners--acting more like the lions' prey and running away. IF that's true, I would not have swapped my pack for a bike.
  17. Yep, there are a few discussions about "no cook"...

    Yep, there are a few discussions about "no cook" or "stoveless" camping. Some of us do that all the time.
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    Not there yet, but I recently advised a hiker my...

    Not there yet, but I recently advised a hiker my age on the AT. I realized that he, like many older hikers, had more financial resources than the youngsters. If that applies to you, it's a strength...
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    Adding nuts to the oatmeal would be a better, and...

    Adding nuts to the oatmeal would be a better, and less processed, way to add calories and protein.
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    Last June I participated in a 5-day backpacking...

    Last June I participated in a 5-day backpacking trail work event on the CT with 15 experienced hikers. We were working in a dry foothills section. It wasn't until day 4 that we got to take a long...
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    Now that was nicely said.

    Now that was nicely said.
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    First, I never cook anywhere near my tent. Eating...

    First, I never cook anywhere near my tent. Eating in the tent during inclement weather is a primary reason I pack stuff I can eat without using a stove.

    I suppose I have a disposition suited for...
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    I've done several R2R2R hikes, in Feb, March and...

    I've done several R2R2R hikes, in Feb, March and April. In Feb, you may want traction devices on the South Rim, and you may need them on the North Rim. Once I turned around at a flow of water ice on...
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    All stories featuring long treks, whether...

    All stories featuring long treks, whether fiction, non-fiction or fantasy, have always appealed to me.

    I wonder why I don't remember ever encountering a LOTR-named hiker? Was there a recent...
  25. Thread: Roman

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    Those were "C Rations...

    Those were "C Rations," or "C rats," the predecessor to MREs. They were the standard in WWII, of which my father was a veteran. I heard a lot about C rats when I was growing up, nothing good.

    My...
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