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  1. Bicycling is my favorite form of travel. I...

    Bicycling is my favorite form of travel. I commuted my entire work career by bike. Work mates couldn't imagine why I would take the risk of cycling during rush hour traffic. I couldn't imagine...
  2. I know a couple of thru hikers who have had...

    I know a couple of thru hikers who have had post-hike heart disease, and one with glandular issues including adult-onset Type 1 diabetes, all of whom blame the horrible diet and constant...
  3. I've been stoveless since 2004, and what made it...

    I've been stoveless since 2004, and what made it successful for me was forgetting about the concept of "dinner." I just eat something at every break, at least every two hours. I seldom eat more than...
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    I'll just add a little tongue-in-cheek...

    I'll just add a little tongue-in-cheek advice--Tell your plans to two people; One you love, and one you trust.

    Most posters so far referenced a spouse, and that's what should dictate the...
  5. Thread: AT Bag Tag

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    I put trail decals in the rear window of my car....

    I put trail decals in the rear window of my car. It's led to some fun talks at trailheads, and one note under the wiper blade urging a phone call and a hike sometime. I wave when I pass a...
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    Ditto Tarptent.

    Ditto Tarptent.
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    I've been into UL hiking since 2002 and have...

    I've been into UL hiking since 2002 and have never owned anything by Golite. I got my first UL pack from Gossamer Gear, my first UL tent from Tarptent, and both of those companies are going strong...
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    I rode a XC bike tour (ACA Northern Tier) a few...

    I rode a XC bike tour (ACA Northern Tier) a few years after hiking the AT, and made similar comparisons. My AT hike cost was $1000/month (2008, total cost $3500) and the bike tour cost was $800/month...
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    Ditto on the pruning scars. My trail crew is...

    Ditto on the pruning scars. My trail crew is taught to prune all the way around the tree so they're not lop-sided, but not all crews do that.
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    And this is pretty much the solution to most of...

    And this is pretty much the solution to most of life's problems (beside rhubarb pie). The best way to get warm is to never get cold to begin with.

    And don't forget hydration. I've found it's more...
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    I've been on some hikes that were a little too...

    I've been on some hikes that were a little too exciting and I wished for a boring day.
  12. It's often MTBers and runners that get attacked,...

    It's often MTBers and runners that get attacked, usually from behind. You look more like the cat's usual prey that way, a deer running away. The biker did you a favor by riding away. He was your...
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    Great story. I grew up with older brothers like...

    Great story. I grew up with older brothers like that, made sure you didn't get soft. We used to play hockey on a lake in Wisconsin. We'd build a fire right on the ice.
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    I only use gaiters in deep snow. I definitely...

    I only use gaiters in deep snow. I definitely don't like them in summer. I'd rather knock the dirt out of my shoes at breaks than mess with gaiters. I usually hike with long trousers, and maybe that...
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    I'll add a couple: 8. Overall safer, no risk...

    I'll add a couple:

    8. Overall safer, no risk of stove accidents (scalds, burns, wildland fire).
    9. One less chore during town stops, with no fuel resupply.
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    If you want a more accurate model, also include...

    If you want a more accurate model, also include the extra time spent out in harsh weather heating water on the stove. If you're in the early stages of hypothermia, add extra time and factor in the...
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    I think it's not a safety issue. In cold...

    I think it's not a safety issue. In cold emergencies, a hot drink is helpful, administered by a rescuer, and is pretty far down on the priority list. Always concentrate on shelter and dry insulation...
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    The Marmot Helium bag may be found for a good...

    The Marmot Helium bag may be found for a good sale price occasionally. It's not the highest end bag, but well made for the price. I've always had good service from Tarptent shelters, and don't think...
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    If you use rolled oats, they're already parboiled...

    If you use rolled oats, they're already parboiled in processing and no further cooking or soaking is needed. I've tried soaking steel cut oats and instant grits overnight and to me neither is edible.
  20. Thread: Shelters

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    Tarptent Protrail.

    Tarptent Protrail.
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    Another vote for warmer ground over the cold...

    Another vote for warmer ground over the cold ventilated floor. Hammock hangers need to use underquilts in winter. The shelter floor is somewhat analogous.
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    One of my mentors in stoveless hiking had a trail...

    One of my mentors in stoveless hiking had a trail diet consisting of nothing but muesli and peanut butter. I tried that on one resupply and it didn't work well for me. I kept with the stoveless idea...
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    The first day may not be lighter, but the last...

    The first day may not be lighter, but the last day sure is! Imagine having emptied your food bag for breakfast, town is 12 miles away, and you have no pot, stove, or empty fuel container. You don't...
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    I put the boots under my knees outside the bag.

    I put the boots under my knees outside the bag.
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    All great advice above. Here's a photo of my...

    All great advice above. Here's a photo of my favorite snow camp:
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    Tarptent Contrail with a CCF pad doubled up with a layer of Reflectix and a 0F bag. Overnight single digit temps. In Crater...
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