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    My vote would be Cedar Run/Whiteoak Canyon to Old...

    My vote would be Cedar Run/Whiteoak Canyon to Old Rag (camp near Byrd's Nest shelter) the first day then over Old Rag to Robertson Mountain (camp on the peak) the second day... This was my first...
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    The guys in the truck showed some bad manners,...

    The guys in the truck showed some bad manners, the women reacted as they thought appropriate. On one hand we could say that the outcome was good so the women did something right, but on the other...
  3. I got a trail building job for the summer, which...

    I got a trail building job for the summer, which has been awesome, but I found three deer ticks on me last week, and eight tonight. Yes. Eight. I'm now convinced there are some I've missed. I think...
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    All true, but to me it's still suitable that it...

    All true, but to me it's still suitable that it is recognized as our inception as a nation, at least symbolically. Even celebrating the ratification of the constitution wouldn't represent the whole...
  5. I'm currently a full-time trail builder (life is...

    I'm currently a full-time trail builder (life is good) so I spend a lot of time in the woods. I had been using a 40% DEET spray, but the other day I sprayed it onto skin and noticed irritation almost...
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    The Warbonnet Superfly is the obvious choice, in...

    The Warbonnet Superfly is the obvious choice, in my mind. It's huge, light, priced reasonably and pitches in a million different ways. I've slept on the ground under my hammock (with my wife in the...
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    This... But be mindful, dogs can get themselves...

    This... But be mindful, dogs can get themselves into trouble pretty fast in the woods. I've personally had to deal with him rolling in poop (did not appear animal :eek:), sniffing a rattlesnake...
  8. The Frogg Toggs rain suit I have (the $20 one)...

    The Frogg Toggs rain suit I have (the $20 one) folds flat and fits in the front pocket of my pack. Both the jacket and pants are less bulky (and lighter) than any other rain jacket I own... And as...
  9. Another way hammocks are superior to tents!

    Bears are in grave danger from the threat of too few places to lie comfortably. Don't make them resort to this:

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/31/us/florida-bear-in-hammock/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
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    I've seen tons of 'how much' threads and from...

    I've seen tons of 'how much' threads and from what I've read $8,000 should be very reasonable.
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    Trail magic is, to me, those moments where you...

    Trail magic is, to me, those moments where you are just overcome with elation on the trail. It might be something someone did for you, it might not. For me the memorable ones are the sunsets on a...
  12. Great advice, I'll keep that in mind. You could...

    Great advice, I'll keep that in mind. You could also stop and boil it later.
  13. My max is 19 miles in a day, but I've never tried...

    My max is 19 miles in a day, but I've never tried to do a 24 hour push. I like to leave something in the tank, being too sore to move in the woods sounds like a bad idea. :p

    I do think I'll try a...
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    +1 Whoopie slings are the way to go. They can...

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    Whoopie slings are the way to go. They can be bought as well. Hammock forums is the place to learn it all though. :)
  15. The blue foam pad can be cut, I mean. I don't...

    The blue foam pad can be cut, I mean. I don't want to be accused of telling you to cut a more expensive pad into sections. :p
  16. On a budget, I'd consider just snagging a blue...

    On a budget, I'd consider just snagging a blue foam pad from Wal-Mart. They're ~$7 in the camping section and will keep rocks and sticks out of your back as well as keeping you warm. It's not the...
  17. He's the expert, not me... I was just thinking...

    He's the expert, not me... I was just thinking 'aloud.' Maybe that was inappropriate. If so I apologize.

    I just meant that if clear urine is a sign of hydration and you are drinking what should...
  18. I think pen and paper still have the upper hand...

    I think pen and paper still have the upper hand here. I need to buy a small hiking journal.
  19. +1 Until the day I can talk my wife into more...

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    Until the day I can talk my wife into more than an overnight comes, I'm stuck with my cell phone. She doesn't mind if I don't check in every day, she knows I can handle myself and there's no...
  20. I think a cell phone kept on airplane mode is...

    I think a cell phone kept on airplane mode is probably the best thing out right now. Years ago there was the Palm Pilot craze, but that passed when cell phones surpassed their capabilities. I bet you...
  21. I couldn't even tell you what I do with my poles,...

    I couldn't even tell you what I do with my poles, but whatever it is it feels natural. On flat ground I swing them in much bigger strides and it really gets me going fast. I too find that I hunch...
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    http://youtu.be/MmC1T8hge7I
  23. I'm no doctor, but that would concern me. I've...

    I'm no doctor, but that would concern me. I've always been told any color to your urine indicates a lack of hydration (but not necessarily dehydration). Sounds like you're drinking plenty, but still...
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    Last week on the south end of PA I saw about a...

    Last week on the south end of PA I saw about a dozen NOBOs, one told me he had been 120ish at the ATC in HF. I would guess 'the pack' is still in VA.
  25. In my mind, there are three levels of water...

    In my mind, there are three levels of water quality in terms of backpacking:

    1. Spring water that is clearly flowing directly out of the ground and can be collected straight from the source (as...
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