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    Johnnycat---that sounds like a great idea except...

    Johnnycat---that sounds like a great idea except I'm allergic to formaldehyde and flame retardants and volatile organic chemicals including adhesives and solvents used in outgassing RVs.
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    Greenpete the OP asked for our thoughts...

    Greenpete the OP asked for our thoughts (opinions) on Slackpacking. Expressing such opinions goes beyond the HYOH caveat. Letting others hike their hike has nothing to do with how I feel about...
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    Yes, a custom McHale pack with internal frame---...

    Yes, a custom McHale pack with internal frame---
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    If I were you I'd look for an old Kelty with...

    If I were you I'd look for an old Kelty with minimal harness system as these packs are very light.

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    I went the Seek Outside route a couple years ago and don't recommend it (altho...
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    It's not the only difference. Slackpackers don't...

    It's not the only difference. Slackpackers don't set up a tent, right? Or spend the night in the woods. Or sleep thru a blizzard in a tent or during a freakish -10F cold snap. Or go to sleep at a...
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    Bringing up the Automobile reminds me of a great...

    Bringing up the Automobile reminds me of a great Doug Peacock quote when he describes a backpacking trip into Yellowstone to study grizzly behavior.

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    "Whatever transcendence I had...
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    To me personally the WHOLE POINT of backpacking...

    To me personally the WHOLE POINT of backpacking is to get in the woods and stay in the woods as long as possible---without the desire to see cars or roads or traffic or folding money etc. The reason...
  8. I solve the clamminess problem by wearing super...

    I solve the clamminess problem by wearing super thin silk top/bottoms for all my backpacking trips---summer and winter. Most down sleeping bags/quilts have a very soft inner shell like pertex but...
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    In my experience most backpacking...

    In my experience most backpacking leg/hip/knee/ankle pains can be "walked out" over time---just endure the temporary pain and keep moving.

    I carry as part of my standard load an elastic wrap...
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    Good stuff Leo L. Problem is---no amount of...

    Good stuff Leo L. Problem is---no amount of fecal matter will be touching my hands, period. The faint residue stank is upsetting and would require copious extra water to wash away---including using...
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    And in terrible weather---blizzard at -10F on a...

    And in terrible weather---blizzard at -10F on a mountaintop---nonstop rain deluge---you don't want to leave your tent to deposit a Turd in a cathole in the woods so you can do the In-Tent Squat...
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    A clean bunghole is a happy bunghole---and...

    A clean bunghole is a happy bunghole---and there's a way to achieve such a thing on a backpacking trip---not with a bidet (or toilet paper) but with paper towels (Bounty the preferred brand).

    The...
  13. Regarding Nessmu--everyone knows about Horace...

    Regarding Nessmu--everyone knows about Horace Kephart. His winter pack weight was between 50-60 lbs---his sleeping bag weighed 8 lbs.
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  14. Some backpacking loads were very light back in...

    Some backpacking loads were very light back in the day. Peruse the fine two volume set "Hiking The Appalachian Trail" and you'll find some outstanding gear pics.

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    Here is Jim Shattuck's...
  15. Not sure about "throwback" but there are modern...

    Not sure about "throwback" but there are modern backpackers carrying tremendous loads for long duration trips.

    One is Tully Henke who pulled a 40 day backpacking trip in Russia with no resupply...
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    Thanks for the input. I have to tone down...

    Thanks for the input.



    I have to tone down my comments ("my humor") in these trip reports as some WB members get overly sensitive etc.



    One big difference is Fletcher published several...
  17. Back in August 2018 I pulled a 20 day backpacking...

    Back in August 2018 I pulled a 20 day backpacking trip in the mountains of TN/NC and part of my reading material included this pic---


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    It's a pic of Colin Fletcher's kit---and retrieved...
  18. He did an interview for Backpacker magazine in...

    He did an interview for Backpacker magazine in 1990---

    "Worst Night Out Where and Why: "Many. World War II".
    "Favorite Fantasy: "A politician-free universe."
    "Greatest Fear: "Oddly...
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    Thanks for the blurb. My vegan status is...

    Thanks for the blurb.



    My vegan status is only because I cannot tolerate dairy or cheese or milk due to severe sinus infections---and vegetarian of course since 1973---so vegan is the way to...
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    Thanks for the comment. it's always a...

    Thanks for the comment.



    it's always a challenge backpacking weedy trails in pit viper season. "Keep Your Eeyballs Open and Your Butt Cheeks Clenched".



    The BMT passes dozens of...
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    48447 This is what Wildcat Creek can do in a...

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    This is what Wildcat Creek can do in a hard rain. No way to cross.

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    This pic is from a previous trip and shows a typical Wildcat Creek crossing---the ford is easy except for the big...
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    48440 I once backpacked past the Cascades and it...

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    I once backpacked past the Cascades and it looked like this.

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    After sporting in Bald River for a couple nights I backtrack south and reconnect to Kirkland and do it a second time up...
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    48433 I leave the boys as they head north on the...

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    I leave the boys as they head north on the BMT and I head west on State Line Ridge where I almost stumble over Jimmy but he's not Jimmy anymore cuz he's very pissed off and won't get off the...
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    21 Days in Bald River Backcountry

    Trip 212
    June 10-30, 2021.

    This solo backpacking trip (with no resupply) happens in the Tennessee mountains. Incredibly I only see 2 backpackers the entire time.

    All trip pics here---...
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    I think Cable Gap is the oldest shelter on the...

    I think Cable Gap is the oldest shelter on the AT---maybe---here it is in action---

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    There's a great CS not far from the shelter and the spring---if you need to avoid humans as I...
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