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  1. Thread: White gas

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    It's not about obsolescence. Sometimes you gotta...

    It's not about obsolescence. Sometimes you gotta go with the flow.

    Time was when you could buy a few oz. of white gas at a hostel. Is that still the case? I doubt it, but I could be wrong.
  2. Thread: White gas

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    I'd go with Slo's answer. I did plenty of AT...

    I'd go with Slo's answer. I did plenty of AT miles with Svea and Whisperlite, but those days are long gone. I'm guessing 90% of AT long-distance hikers nowadays are using either canister or alcohol...
  3. Thread: Damascus Incident

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    Umm, not exactly -- we started there, with the...

    Umm, not exactly -- we started there, with the crap about "Jewish oven" in the video.
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    Ancient thread, but the link to the article in...

    Ancient thread, but the link to the article in the Concord mag got me thinking... he lives just a few miles down the road, or at least he did in 2011. He's obviously grown up, about the right age,...
  5. Regardless of what the various guides might...

    Regardless of what the various guides might say... nine times out of ten, there will be camping sites near a shelter. (In this context, AMC huts in the White Mountains are definitely not shelters.)...
  6. Thread: Damascus Incident

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    I think you're being too PC. You left out...

    I think you're being too PC. You left out "anti-semitic."
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    Call or email the folks at the Green Mountain...

    Call or email the folks at the Green Mountain Club.

    https://www.greenmountainclub.org/about/contact-us/

    I have done so on two occasions, for shuttle info. In each case they responded within...
  8. Thread: Why?

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    Back in prehistory, people read books. One read...

    Back in prehistory, people read books. One read of (for example) Colin Fletcher's "Complete Walker" would probably summarize 99% of the gear discussions that ever took place on this forum. That's...
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    One problem with that plan is the bugs... New...

    One problem with that plan is the bugs... New England forests can be nasty in spring and early summer. Also, snow, which is likely to be found at high elevations in the White Mountains and Maine,...
  10. Thread: Newbie Needs Help

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    Not exactly true. Two nights up near Mammoth...

    Not exactly true. Two nights up near Mammoth Lakes. Some hiking in Washington as well, near Mt. Adams. But yeah, most of my hiking experience is here in the east.
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    Speaking for myself, no. Too far off the trail.

    Speaking for myself, no. Too far off the trail.
  12. Thread: Newbie Needs Help

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    If the ground won't hold stakes, find another...

    If the ground won't hold stakes, find another site. Maybe that's just me. Site selection is important. I don't pitch my tent on rock slabs or bone-dry parched ground.

    Nine times out of ten, I...
  13. Pinging Tipi Walter...

    Pinging Tipi Walter...
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    1960s? Hmmph. Since Moses, Jesus and Allah.

    1960s? Hmmph. Since Moses, Jesus and Allah.
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    The two standard approaches to Mansfield summit...

    The two standard approaches to Mansfield summit both have super-steep gnarly bits just below the summit. Not much of it -- maybe only one or two tenths of a mile -- but what there is rivals or beats...
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    Whatever you do with Frogg Toggs -- do NOT put...

    Whatever you do with Frogg Toggs -- do NOT put them in the dryer! Air-dry only!
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    I'm a slow hiker but I did Darlington to Alec...

    I'm a slow hiker but I did Darlington to Alec Kennedy shelter in a day, no sweat, with a leisurely stop in Boiling Springs for late lunch and a visit to the ATC center there.
  18. Thread: Why?

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    The title of the thread was, "Have we all been...

    The title of the thread was, "Have we all been brainwashed into using tents?"

    This is a deliberately provocative and pejorative way of introducing the topic. It casts doubt on the credulity of...
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    By the time you've added floor and bug netting,...

    By the time you've added floor and bug netting, you might as well go with a Tarptent.
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    That works, until it doesn't.

    That works, until it doesn't.
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    I've had two Thermarest pads, both still quite...

    I've had two Thermarest pads, both still quite OK. The older one is from 1990. Not as many "bag nights" as Tipi's, but both well-used.
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    Educate your parents. There are web sites (start...

    Educate your parents. There are web sites (start with ATC's site) books, videos and blogs galore.

    Visit the trail with them, take a walk on it, together. If only for a mile or two. Eg. up near...
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    No wallet. License, credit card, maybe one or two...

    No wallet. License, credit card, maybe one or two other cards (health insurance, ATM card) and a bit of cash all bound together with a rubber band. Done.
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    Assuming you start at Killington (Vermont Rte....

    Assuming you start at Killington (Vermont Rte. 4,) going, say, ten or twelve miles a day...

    Going north: You'll be in Hanover in three or four days. You'll hit Moosilauke and the White Mountains...
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    It's a PITA, kind of, to get from Lake Placid to...

    It's a PITA, kind of, to get from Lake Placid to the AT. Google maps says 2.5 hrs. drive from Lake Placid to Killington VT. That sounds about right. Mainly a lot of mountains and the Hudson River...
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