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  1. In the 90's, I bartered for an 80's Kelty Super...

    In the 90's, I bartered for an 80's Kelty Super Tioga (5-6 lbs empty). Used it for camping until about 2010.

    Still have it.
    Used it loaded with bottles of water when I was walking the...
  2. I've done a little bit of hitchhiking, but I'm...

    I've done a little bit of hitchhiking, but I'm not particularly good at it.
    One mode of hitchhiking transportation (if legal where you are) I don't think is much affect by pandemic is riding in the...
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    1. Unless the shelter is designed for food to be...

    1. Unless the shelter is designed for food to be hung in it... don't do it.
    And by designed, I mean more than just a nail stuck in a rafter.
    About the only part of the AT I've done is in GSMNP, and...
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    Minor note: Bear canisters are currently not a...

    Minor note: Bear canisters are currently not a legal method of food storage in Great Smoky Mountains National Park back country.
    I doubt someone properly using a commercial bear canister would get...
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    First of all, Cosby Knob MIGHT be open come the...

    First of all, Cosby Knob MIGHT be open come the end of May.
    There's no hard rule, but the typical time frame for a campsite or shelter to be closed due to bear activity is about one month.

    But...
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    To somewhat reiterate a previous comment, if you...

    To somewhat reiterate a previous comment, if you are unsure enough that you are asking for input from others, then you are trying to bite off too much.
    As a general suggestion, I say try for...
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    Add a few more ounces and you can simply move...

    Add a few more ounces and you can simply move upto a light weight bear canister... specifically the Bearikaid. I used one on the JMT and found it crazy simple to use. A lot of people will scoff at...
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    The problem with an Ursack is that while the bear...

    The problem with an Ursack is that while the bear might not "TAKE" your food, he can still destroy it.
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    I can't tell if you are arguing for or against a...

    I can't tell if you are arguing for or against a tent foot print???

    And if you are going to limit yourself to 6oz. seems like you are going to limit yourself to one of the following three things:...
  10. Years ago, I planned out a thru-hike of the JMT...

    Years ago, I planned out a thru-hike of the JMT out west.
    Because all my food had to fit in a bear canister, and because time/money constraints meant I had to hike 10 days with no resupply, I...
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    There's more assumptions than that... such as how...

    There's more assumptions than that... such as how much warm clothing the person is wearing as well.
    But those various "assumptions" are different depending upon what rating "system" or "standard"...
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    Free - None And according to the person I talked...

    Free - None
    And according to the person I talked to in the back country office this week, there's only two shuttle companies with permits to shuttle in the park based in TN (others based in NC)....
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    Never heard of it... But at least one concern...

    Never heard of it...
    But at least one concern immediately comes to mind. These things are designed to hold trash, not food.
    When I first tried to start using Trash Compactor bags as a pack liner,...
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    The bulk of my camping trips are in GSMNP where I...

    The bulk of my camping trips are in GSMNP where I ALWAYS pack a goretex jacket and pants, and OPTIONALLY bring an umbrella if I EXPECT rain.

    For the annoying sprinkles, I often find I'm good...
  15. Looking at Google Earth, I can't tell exactly...

    Looking at Google Earth, I can't tell exactly where the trouble is based on the data in the article beyond it's "near Pearisburg".
    But looking both north and south of Pearisburg, the AT generally...
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    Not sure what I would do for a long thru hike......

    Not sure what I would do for a long thru hike...
    But when I go camping in GSMNP, if there's a likelyhood of rain, I carry a small umbrella.
    If I try to hike in a rain coat, I'm just going to get...
  17. If you can handle winding roads (I mean mind...

    If you can handle winding roads (I mean mind dizzying winding) take the "Tail of the Dragon" over to Twenty Mile ranger station and make an over night loop out of campsite #13 just below Gregory...
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    While you might not see signs, most hotels don't...

    While you might not see signs, most hotels don't even allow candles.
    And I'm sure management would have a conniption if they found out someone was using a stove with an open flame in their rooms. ...
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    Since the reflective coating is one of the main...

    Since the reflective coating is one of the main keys to this pad keeping you warm, if it is "gone", sounds like you should be able to get it replaced... Don't these come with a lifetime warranty?
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    I had problems with my 1st NeoAir having...

    I had problems with my 1st NeoAir having delamination of the reflective coating and moisture seemed to make it wosrt... so I've always used a "pump sack"... But to save weight, I bought their...
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    That was one of the nice things about the...

    That was one of the nice things about the SweetWater system. It could be allowed to freeze and still work. They used to even recommend storing it in your freezer between trips so stuff didn't grow...
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    While not universally true, those using a tarp...

    While not universally true, those using a tarp are often doing so to save weight. Adding a bug net is counter to that goal.

    Now if you were only referencing the light-weight head cover... well...
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    This is why you see signs in places like national...

    This is why you see signs in places like national parks says "boil all water", because they know it's the only way to ensure the water is safe.
    Seems they always have to publish information to the...
  24. I was in grad school and the night before the...

    I was in grad school and the night before the storm hit, I had a programming project due the next morning I didn't realize was going to take me another 20 hours to complete. Fortunately, our...
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    Because a tent gives you a way to get away from...

    Because a tent gives you a way to get away from the bugs without having to coat yourself in DEET.
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