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    I started using trekking poles in the early 90s. ...

    I started using trekking poles in the early 90s. Back then I was frequently laughed at on the trail. I cannot tell you how many times people scoffed at me and made cross country skiing...
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    I agree with above. I've never owned them but...

    I agree with above. I've never owned them but the Kelty brand is known for value.

    You have to decide on what you mean by value. If you are going on a few hikes over a couple years and then...
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    There is something disturbing to me about...

    There is something disturbing to me about tracking someone on a thru-hike like they are an incoming missile.
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    No wiser words have ever been written in an...

    No wiser words have ever been written in an backpacking internet forum. Which isn't a high bar..... but take it for what it is worth.
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    I used to live in NW Indiana so I can relate. I...

    I used to live in NW Indiana so I can relate. I mostly went south down to TN when we lived back east. Now I live at the foot of the Cascades and we hike every weekend, and at least one mom/dad...
  6. Bingo... maybe add the common sense not to work...

    Bingo... maybe add the common sense not to work yourself into exhaustion. I find when people make the dumbest mistakes is when they are physically at their limits. Don't put yourself in that...
  7. Thread: Lots of snow!

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    Ha.... we got dumped on at low elevation a couple...

    Ha.... we got dumped on at low elevation a couple weeks ago. We have a low-elevation hike that I can normally do year-round with 2000 ft of elevation gain. You get snow at the top in the winter...
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    I'd say the point is to sleep well and carry as...

    I'd say the point is to sleep well and carry as little as you can. But it is all a tradeoff. I scoffed at quilts at one time. Didn't think they saved much if any weight because you have to...
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    I have and still use a 25+ year old mummy bag...

    I have and still use a 25+ year old mummy bag (Feathered Friends) that I bought and used on half the AT, and a plethora of other hikes. I've gotten old and fat so I literally grew out of that...
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    You can hike it and see nothing depending on the...

    You can hike it and see nothing depending on the weather so keep that in mind. He had really clear skies, something you are not likely to see during a Wonderland hike.

    I enjoyed my Wonderland...
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    It all depends on your resources. If you have...

    It all depends on your resources. If you have the money, things have changed significantly in 20-years. I did the northern half of the AT in 1995 and I was fairly lightweight for the time. My...
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    I think the PCT has reached the point where I'd...

    I think the PCT has reached the point where I'd never plan a thru-hike.
  13. I own a Catalyst (first generation.... circa the...

    I own a Catalyst (first generation.... circa the early 2000s) and the Ohm 2.0. I carry the Ohm more because my carry weight is typically a better match to the Ohm. In winter I find myself...
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    Yea... I don't remember ever getting my feet wet...

    Yea... I don't remember ever getting my feet wet via stream crossing.

    And when I get my boots wet it doesn't particularly bother me unless it is going to freeze at night. Frozen boots are...
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    I wouldn't stress....either one will work. And...

    I wouldn't stress....either one will work. And your start weight is low enough. You will trim and adjust as you go. Having a few extras at kick-off isn't going to matter.
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    Shelters are great if you love rodents climbing...

    Shelters are great if you love rodents climbing on your face at night and enjoy listening to people snore. But it is an HYOH type of thing. I admit to using them when it made sense. If it is...
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    The puffy is a camp layer only and most of your...

    The puffy is a camp layer only and most of your time in camp during a normal season thru-hike doesn't require heavy down jackets. Mine is about 8-ounces.

    I view my needs as "moving wear" and...
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    I agree with leaving the Crocs at home and I...

    I agree with leaving the Crocs at home and I prefer Frog Toggs for my normal PNW hiking in rain and I own the Marmot Precip too. It breaths better and the outer layer doesn't wet-out eventually...
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    I'd stick with down. I have a synthetic quilt...

    I'd stick with down. I have a synthetic quilt so I'm sort of a hypocrite but plenty of people have hiked the entire trail with down bags and lived to tell of it.
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    I used a 30 deg. Feathered Friends bag (32...

    I used a 30 deg. Feathered Friends bag (32 ounces) in 1994 hiking from Maine to Harpers Ferry. Started in late August and finished in early December. It was snowing when I left the trail and...
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    Ohm 2.0 user here. I pulled my stock foam out...

    Ohm 2.0 user here. I pulled my stock foam out and go without. Once you pack it you really don't have any issues unless you plan on carrying it full of sticks.
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    Like most hobbies it can be really expensive. ...

    Like most hobbies it can be really expensive. It can also be very affordable if you don't get stupid about chasing every new gadget. I went almost fifteen years without buying hardly anything at...
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    I'm thinking of a 4"x4" towel that makes it...

    I'm thinking of a 4"x4" towel that makes it through an entire thru-hike. I guess that is no more offensive than Trump for four years.
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    Saltysack: When I wipe my arse the bugs all...

    Saltysack: When I wipe my arse the bugs all jump out immediately.
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    You may think it is a joke but in the snow I...

    You may think it is a joke but in the snow I don't carry TP because snow works great! Moss works great too.... just saying.
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