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    I had HUGE problems with blisters at the start of...

    I had HUGE problems with blisters at the start of my hiking career -- ill-fitting boots, poor socks, etc. After many years, I discovered that my feet do not do well in most boots that are made on...
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    Yep, try for more ventilation. My first 2-wall...

    Yep, try for more ventilation. My first 2-wall tent had a zipper window in the back, and a small vestibule in front. I routinely unzipped the top 3-4 inches of the window, and did the same for the...
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    No, it's my fault. I bought a cheap kid's sled...

    No, it's my fault. I bought a cheap kid's sled to make a DIY pulk for winter camping.... "If you make it, the flakes will come!"
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    Sleep...lots of sleep.

    Sleep...lots of sleep.
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    Why would you want to hang a bear? :eek: ...

    Why would you want to hang a bear? :eek: (Sorry, I couldn't resist....)
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    Also, if push comes to shove, you can always use...

    Also, if push comes to shove, you can always use some of your extra paracord to guy directly to a large rock (instead of trying to drive a stake into hard ground). I find that tying a small bowline...
  7. Years ago, I came up with a modified version of a...

    Years ago, I came up with a modified version of a Whelan lean-to that, IMHO, is more versatile than the Whelan-style tarp or a standard "flat" tarp. It's oversized by today's hammock standards -...
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    ...sorry...couldn't help myself.... ANY...

    ...sorry...couldn't help myself.... ANY technology can fail - and usually at the least opportune time! (I've ruined more than one expensive compass by storing them too close to a strong magnet, but...
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    I think that I've seen them for sale at Wal-Mart...

    I think that I've seen them for sale at Wal-Mart (but in a package with an esbit stove, which seems like paying for something that you don't need if you already have one). Military surplus stores...
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    Sorry for being "old school", but if you need GPS...

    Sorry for being "old school", but if you need GPS to tell you if you're off the trail, then maybe - just maybe - you shouldn't be on ANY trail. Just sayin'....
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    Okay, here's a sheet-metal worker's take on the...

    Okay, here's a sheet-metal worker's take on the weight "problem": whereas a flat piece of metal is fairly flimsy, the moment you put any sort of crease or bend in it, the bend creates rigidity. So,...
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    Right now, I'm playing with a solar light/battery...

    Right now, I'm playing with a solar light/battery recharger that could be strapped atop my pack, but I don't know how well it will work, given the nature of the "Green Tunnel". Of course, MY purpose...
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    Oh, man, THAT IS SWEET!!! When do they go on...

    Oh, man, THAT IS SWEET!!! When do they go on sale?
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    For those of us who like and use shelters, this...

    For those of us who like and use shelters, this can be a mixed bag. There are some shelter sites that offer "cooking pavilions" that are separate from the actual shelter. This helps to keep the...
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    I don't know about that. I've built more than...

    I don't know about that. I've built more than one stone fence/retaining wall at our cabin, and after decades, there's been no movement. The trick is to remember to use gravity against itself. If...
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    PGC camping regulations are fairly restrictive -...

    PGC camping regulations are fairly restrictive - the Game Commission's primary focus is habitat preservation and wildlife management. You may camp overnight WITHIN 200 feet of the footpath, provided...
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    As noted, it's a personal decision based on trial...

    As noted, it's a personal decision based on trial and error. For ME, they seem to work. I may have "warm spots" by the end of the day, but by morning, my feet are ready to go again with no real...
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    Designated campsites are those that are...

    Designated campsites are those that are recognized by the local trail maintaining clubs (and therefore usually in the guidebooks/maps). As previously noted, any idiot can pile up a bunch of rocks...
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    Yeah, I've had more than one over the years that...

    Yeah, I've had more than one over the years that was skittish - consider a choker-collar as a back-up to the main collar and harness (clip all three on to the leash). Also, consider any combination...
  20. The actual campsite at Hertline is right on the...

    The actual campsite at Hertline is right on the trail. There are 2 tent pads in close proximity to each other, but there is also - IIRC - a small relatively flat site on the other side of the creek....
  21. Why...people who can't cook, of course! And they...

    Why...people who can't cook, of course! And they probably burn even that.... In in Reading, Pa., and I've ben too busy shoveling all day to worry about cooking. I don't know the "official"...
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    Mags, your sense of humor is wicked. I love it. ...

    Mags, your sense of humor is wicked. I love it. Back in the early 70's, the college Outing Club used a couple of Optimus 8R stoves for their group overnight trips. I was impressed with it's...
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    I agree with Walkintom - CALL Eureka about this. ...

    I agree with Walkintom - CALL Eureka about this. Even if they do not have any more replacement parts, they WILL have the original drawings/prints, and they may be willing to send you a copy (from...
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    Yes, there is still a fire pit in front of the...

    Yes, there is still a fire pit in front of the shelter. The shelter, toilet, and a few nearby campsites are actually located on NPS lands WITHIN the watershed property, so fires are allowed there...
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    I have both - a Dri-Ducks poncho and a Frogg...

    I have both - a Dri-Ducks poncho and a Frogg Toggs rain jacket. I don't like the poncho as much because it still leaves your sides "less-than-protected" from blowing rain (and WHERE in the mountains...
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