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    Toward the end of my first multi day hike,...

    Toward the end of my first multi day hike, everything in my bag smelled of cheese and sausage. Ever since then I use an odor barrier liner in my food bag to keep the smells off everything else. It's...
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    I take those "refrigerate after opening" warnings...

    I take those "refrigerate after opening" warnings with a grain of salt. I look at it this way. Cured, smoked, and fermented foods have been around for thousands of years. Refrigeration has been...
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    Have a great trip. On the map you posted you will...

    Have a great trip. On the map you posted you will see Spray Falls. You will find a picture in in one of my early posts. It's probably one of the most photographed spots in MI. Just don't fall over...
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    Pink Lady Slippers are very showy wild orchids....

    Pink Lady Slippers are very showy wild orchids. Google it for a picture.
  5. For a few years, The Trek has been doing a survey...

    For a few years, The Trek has been doing a survey of thru and long-distance AT hikers. From their 2019 survey page on food and cooking it says "About three-quarters (75%) of hikers primarily bought...
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    Good call Pringles. Stopping at Miner's Castle is...

    Good call Pringles. Stopping at Miner's Castle is not a bad way to cut miles without missing much. I recall there wasn't much in that section. But there were some inland cliffs in the woods from when...
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    I have a quart size plastic zip bag I call my...

    I have a quart size plastic zip bag I call my BUMMER bag. That stands for Back Up, Medical, Maintainance, Emergency, Repair. It's all those little things you need to have, but not on a daily basis....
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    I use nylobarrier / nylofume bags as a pack line....

    I use nylobarrier / nylofume bags as a pack line. Everything that needs to stay dry goes in there. They are lighter but tougher than compactor bags. Plus they are odor barrier bags so my quilt an...
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    I don't like option 1. You have a long day when...

    I don't like option 1. You have a long day when going by all the cliffs. You will want to allow some time to sight see there. Plus as a solo you can't use the group site. Plan 2 is problematic. There...
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    ...and another ...

    ...and another

    https://baxterstatepark.org/2020/10/09/10-9-2020-hiker-found-dead-on-summit-of-katahdin/?fbclid=IwAR2kX2cYbJLfp3yRrBzGlk5QncVb1zSi_BIrD2rczd2YJvVief8UdpNIzZo
  11. I started with a torso length but couldn't get...

    I started with a torso length but couldn't get used to having my legs at a different level. Propping them up on a pack just wasn't the same.
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    I cook in my pot. As pointed out previously you...

    I cook in my pot. As pointed out previously you can boil your food to higher temps for a longer time giving more options for food choices. I minimize cleanup by only boiling at the begining when...
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    I had moab years ago. Then switched to Keen. They...

    I had moab years ago. Then switched to Keen. They were good but had trouble with the multi piece sole coming unglued. Then switched to Oboz. On my second pair. All are low top, non waterproof,...
  14. Caltopo and open street maps both have free on...

    Caltopo and open street maps both have free on line maps available.
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    I have not been to AL but have often thought that...

    I have not been to AL but have often thought that a church parking lot might be a good overnight option if you call the pastor, explain your situation, tell them you plan on going to the service in...
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    Following. I've often thought of getting one....

    Following. I've often thought of getting one. Some people wonder why. For me, I would like to calibrate my sleep system. If I could know what the temps were overnight when I was cold or not cold, I...
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    Curious. How much food did you start with for...

    Curious. How much food did you start with for this long with no resupply (not counting the chips)?
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    Thanks for the post. If you look at the he last...

    Thanks for the post. If you look at the he last two plcs of my original post it looks like the same bend as n the river that you have in your pics. You will also see the better fall colors I had...
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    The off flavors from oxygen are not really...

    The off flavors from oxygen are not really dangerous like food poisoning which comes from bacterial contamination. If the food is dry, it more prone to oxidation but should be less prone to bacterial...
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    You'll be going between Montalcino and Montopulciamo, where my favorite ref wines are from. Be sure to drink some for me.

    My favorite remote camp was on the rocky summit of Sinking Creek Mtn on...
  21. I hope you don't mind an odd man contributing in...

    I hope you don't mind an odd man contributing in this forum, but a few years ago I was doing a section in SNP and ran into a group of four older woman on the trail. I'm 60-ish so when I say older...
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    The problem with the conventional wisdom "go to a...

    The problem with the conventional wisdom "go to a store to have it fitted" is that many of the most popular packs are made by small companies that are generally not available in stores to try on. If...
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    As mentioned above you need to know your gear...

    As mentioned above you need to know your gear weight. I would hazzard to guess that a typical 3 day weekend warrier carries more than a typical 2000 mile thru hiker, but that is the opposite of what...
  24. Too bad about the road walks. Not sure what to...

    Too bad about the road walks. Not sure what to do. The North Country Trail goes near where I live, but mostly on roads here. I helped out on a project to survey local land owners to see if an off...
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    Agree with Penney pincher that it's easy to go...

    Agree with Penney pincher that it's easy to go overboard. I call mine a BUMMER bag (Back Up, Medical, Maintainance, Emergency, Repair), and it's a bummer if you have to open it. Air pad patch kit...
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