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    Pack ordered, now the wait to receive it... I...

    Pack ordered, now the wait to receive it... I ended up ordering the belt pouches, dual top straps, trekking pole holders, and shock cord lashing. Again, thanks to all for the input.
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    Thank you to all who responded. I appreciate your...

    Thank you to all who responded. I appreciate your insight. MuddyWaters, I was thinking more along the lines of pressure from movement causing something to pop out of the rear pocket, bending,...
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    ZPacks Arc Haul feature questions

    For those that have the ZPacks Arc Haul, I am curious about the features, especially if you have used the pack on the trail. In particular, I am curious about the belt pockets. I have used pockets...
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    I haven't worn glasses in over 30 years. The...

    I haven't worn glasses in over 30 years. The last time I ordered a pair "just in case" I couldn't wear my contacts for some reason, wearing the glasses made me extremely dizzy and nauseous. I wear...
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    That strike me as very odd. Body weight between...

    That strike me as very odd. Body weight between people can vary greatly, certainly more than 15 pounds.
  6. Tom at Nunatak made me a quilt that I just love. ...

    Tom at Nunatak made me a quilt that I just love. I wanted a light summer quilt, because the typical 20 or 40 degree bag is just too warm in hot conditions. He took the time to talk with me about my...
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    The best way to keep it 100% dry is to leave it...

    The best way to keep it 100% dry is to leave it at home, stored in a dry place in a sealed plastic container with moisture absorbers.

    On the trail, kikely you will not be able to keep any bag...
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    I don't believe I would consider DriDucks durable...

    I don't believe I would consider DriDucks durable enough for a thru hike. After one day of hiking in the rain, my jacket had two quarter inch holes in it, and the pants were trashed - ripped in the...
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    The problem is usually those 'in between' nights...

    The problem is usually those 'in between' nights that are too cool not to have some sort of cover, but too hot for a 20 degree bag. I know I don't get a lot of sleep when I'm constantly alternating...
  10. Oops, I think you are right. They have a...

    Oops, I think you are right. They have a distribution center in Bozeman, but don't mention any sort of store.
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    Always have a back-up plan or two in place in...

    Always have a back-up plan or two in place in case someone gets injured, or is having trouble hiking as fast or far as the others. Take the phone number of an area shuttler or two, know where you...
  12. Odd. The books I've read generally mention thru...

    Odd. The books I've read generally mention thru hikers being able to purcase extra food really cheap (like $1 or so for a bagful of pancakes) or feeding thru hikers who weren't even staying extra...
  13. I'd visit the BPL store in Bozeman. Keep in mind...

    I'd visit the BPL store in Bozeman. Keep in mind that BPL is pretty hardcore as far as packing light. Keep an open mind, but really it is probably best in some things to experiment in going lighter...
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    Good advice from all. Except, there is probably...

    Good advice from all. Except, there is probably no need to carry extra food for the first 50 miles or so, because most tend to carry too much starting out. As long as you like oatmeal and ramen,...
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    Another thing to think about in your expenses is...

    Another thing to think about in your expenses is the cost of a shuttle if you can't hitch a ride to or from the trailhead to a town you are resupplying in, or if you decide you'd like to slackpack a...
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    If the GoLite Odyssey has the same fabric and...

    If the GoLite Odyssey has the same fabric and zippers as the Quest, you could probably drop the pack cover and just use the liner, as the fabric is pretty water resistant. If you are hiking in much...
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    Poll: I wouldn't stock up on filters. It is very...

    I wouldn't stock up on filters. It is very likely you will change your water purification method over the course of a thru hike.

    Maybe just have one replacement in a bounce box, with chemicals...
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    I second Crawbear. You will probably find your...

    I second Crawbear. You will probably find your tastes change on the trail and you may not want to eat what you purchased for mail drops.

    There are a few places they would be very handy, read...
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    You get the edit button when you make a donation to help keep the site running. :sun
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    If hikers who make mistakes are going to be...

    If hikers who make mistakes are going to be charged for SAR, then it's only fair people who are in auto accidents where they are at fault pay for the cost of police, ambulance, and other emergency...
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    I usually take a big plastic trash bag that I lay...

    I usually take a big plastic trash bag that I lay on the ground - I sit on one end & use the extra length next to me to hold anything I don't want laying directly on the ground. A ULA Rain Wrap is...
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    Are you hiking the first of September, or the...

    Are you hiking the first of September, or the last of September? It can make a difference in the type of clothing you bring, although I've seen the mountains cool even in early September.
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    Patagonia is top quality. If you want clothing...

    Patagonia is top quality. If you want clothing that will feel great & last well, it 's hard to beat them. I also like the fact that they try to reduce impacts with the materials they use.

    I...
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    I think the question at your age might be how...

    I think the question at your age might be how long can you afford to stay out of the workforce?

    Do you have a pension or other retirement savings that will be ongoing even when you spend the...
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    I'd lose the windshirt. A good breathable rain...

    I'd lose the windshirt. A good breathable rain jacket will perform more or less the same function.

    Here is an example of a 3-season system for me:

    Wearing - wool T-shirt or tank & zip-off...
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