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    I wore my vertice rain pants through the mosquito...

    I wore my vertice rain pants through the mosquito infested southern most two miles of Baxter State Park and had no issues with biting on my legs. I thought that was a good test.

    Happy Hiking!...
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    Best affordable trekking poles

    This is exactly why I am no longer a hammocker. I tried hammocking for three years and always spent too much time finding trees to hang from. Too big in diameter, too small, too far apart, too...
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    I used a simple spending app on my iPhone called,...

    I used a simple spending app on my iPhone called, ďSpendingĒ, and kept track of every single penny I spent on my last AT section.

    The screen shot shows what I spent in seven weeks from Rutland...
  4. Itís just too difficult to out-guess what the...

    Itís just too difficult to out-guess what the temps are going to do. I go as light as I can, compromising comfort on a lot of equipment, but one thing I absolutely wonít compromise is my 20 degree...
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    I understand the sentiment exactly. I carried...

    I understand the sentiment exactly. I carried my ZPacks EXO pack every inch of the AT. The Exo was the original Zpacks design and the predecessor to the Arc Blast. By the time I went up Katahdin,...
  6. Thread: Wild life !

    by Deacon
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    Had a similar bear experience in the Smokys back...

    Had a similar bear experience in the Smokys back in 2014. I was walking along through a rhododendron tunnel when I heard a scuffling on my right on the other side of the bushes. Didnít think much...
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    That first photo could win any contest! Sent...

    That first photo could win any contest!


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    I have similar experience with the Z pack liner. ...

    I have similar experience with the Z pack liner.

    I suspected some leakage when the content kept getting a lot of moisture inside, even a very small puddle in the bottom.

    After one of my...
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    Illabelle, what a great accomplishment! I know...

    Illabelle, what a great accomplishment! I know you will treasure this time for the rest of your life.

    Congratulations [emoji324]


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    BSP Sign and Model Auction

    The bid for this sign is now at $6100.

    https://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/~ysAAOSw-k1fqZlV/$_57.JPG?set_id=8800005007




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    would you wear a mask when hiking?

    My fear is that masks will become standard dress, whether they are needed or not. Like it would be fashionably unacceptable to not wear one.


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    BSP Sign and Model Auction

    I was considering bidding $50 on a White Mountains sign in their auction, but I then saw the bids were up to $4300+ !

    There are some folks there with a lot of money.


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    by Deacon
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    This. Iíve carried summer sausage 5 days in...

    This.

    Iíve carried summer sausage 5 days in summer heat with no problem. I did so knowing full well I was willing to throw it out if it went bad.

    Donít know how much longer it would have...
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    Understand fully that stuff sacks tend to leave...

    Understand fully that stuff sacks tend to leave unused room in the space between the ďtangents of the diametersĒ.

    It seems to me though that by using stuff sacks, those items in the sacks are...
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    Iíve had a couple of Packas and I donít think I...

    Iíve had a couple of Packas and I donít think I will use anything else. The great thing about a Packa is the ventilation, even when zipped up. On a very warm/humid day, itís easy to vent.

    I...
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    On my 4 year AT hike, I wore Moabs three of those...

    On my 4 year AT hike, I wore Moabs three of those four years, and I slipped and fell six times, and nearly fell many other times.

    On my fourth year I wore Altra Lone Peaks from Vermont to...
  17. So did the sign say who closed the shelter? ...

    So did the sign say who closed the shelter?


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    I used mail drops the whole way, although I did...

    I used mail drops the whole way, although I did the AT in four six-seven week sections. I preferred mail drops so I could ensure the quality of my daily dehydrated suppers. I refuse to eat Knorr...
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    Here's a YOutube video from Sawyer with their...

    Here's a YOutube video from Sawyer with their recommended cleaning procedure.
    https://youtu.be/0KeLHMUfEtY?t=139
  20. Once you get into October, you need to be mindful...

    Once you get into October, you need to be mindful of the weather, as the Whites can be unpredictable.
    It would be wise to put a link to the Mt. Washington weather station, and refer to it often. ...
  21. Thread: Hiker shape

    by Deacon
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    Hiker shape

    I train with a ULA Circuit filled with a dictionary, a ten pound sledge hammer, a 4Ē concrete block, and several thick books.

    That will get it up to 40+ pounds no problem. Then carry it up and...
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    Sticky: Works fine for me. Sent from my iPhone...

    Works fine for me.


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    I encountered 12 bears along the length of the...

    I encountered 12 bears along the length of the AT, with the highest concentration in New Jersey. As said above, they all ran away at top speed as soon as they detected my presence, except for a big...
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    Similarly, I don full pack with excess weight,...

    Similarly, I don full pack with excess weight, about 40 lbs. or so, then climb the 50 steps at our local football stadium. I do this twice. First step up on the right leg only, then repeat with...
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    When planning your trail menu, a typical ideal...

    When planning your trail menu, a typical ideal distribution is 50% carbs, 35% fat, and 15% protein. This can be varied but itís a good planning target. Youíll find with typical trail food,...
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