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  1. The biggest issue with this study (other than...

    The biggest issue with this study (other than being a sample of 1), is they took someone who started in much better condition than most people are at. He could only remain at the same level or...
  2. I've gone stoveless for weeks at a time. But I...

    I've gone stoveless for weeks at a time. But I don't cold soak that much. When leaving town, I grab a couple of sandwhiches, burritos and/or hamburgers (no sour cream or mayo on them) for my first...
  3. Thread: $$$ís

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    I have on rare occasions been at a business whose...

    I have on rare occasions been at a business whose network was down and they couldn't process credit cards. While other people didn't know what to do, I pulled out cash. Even if you are planning on...
  4. Never used a bathtub floor in a tarp. For tarp...

    Never used a bathtub floor in a tarp. For tarp camping, or any floorless shelter, don't camp where people have been camping regularly for 20+ years. The ground will be compacted into the hardness...
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    First off, I do think you need to reduce your...

    First off, I do think you need to reduce your baseweight, particularly at your age where injury is easier than someone in their twenties. I always recommend trying for a baseweight of 15lbs or less....
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    The only time I ever had a rain cover collect...

    The only time I ever had a rain cover collect water in a noticeable amount, was just after a night of rain and was hiking on a very overgrown trail where I was pushing through brush on both sides so...
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    As someone who has been hiking in the Sierra...

    As someone who has been hiking in the Sierra Nevada since the early 90's, all the printed material back then showed the official trail crossing Hwy 120 to go by the historical cabin over there and...
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    If I was section hiking, how would I know how to...

    If I was section hiking, how would I know how to get to the trail or get off if I didn't research it? Just stick out my thumb and tell the driver to take me to the AT at the airport?

    Planning a...
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    I'd recommend some sort of map, even one you find...

    I'd recommend some sort of map, even one you find online. A lot of trail junctions are not marked JMT but instead tell you some major feature (lake name or pass name) is in the indicated direction. ...
  10. It's not just the weight of the pole, but the...

    It's not just the weight of the pole, but the diameter to achieve that weight that can make them more fragile. I hiked the PCT in 2009 with some 7+ oz/pair Titanium Goat poles which later, when...
  11. Thread: Camp shoes?

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    Forgot to mention another advantage to loosening...

    Forgot to mention another advantage to loosening your laces up at night, if you had to do a ford towards the end of the day where there is no chance they will dry out before dark, and the overnight...
  12. Thread: Camp shoes?

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    This is almost what I do, I tie the laces very...

    This is almost what I do, I tie the laces very very loosely so I can just slip my feet into my trail runners easily when I need to get up and take care of any business in the middle of the night....
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    If you are going to fly with your gear, get a...

    If you are going to fly with your gear, get a direct flight. I recall a flight to New Hampshire and had a 1.5 hour layover in NY. Well, my checked luggage didn't arrive with me and didn't see it...
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    You can mail it to a Post Office that accepts...

    You can mail it to a Post Office that accepts general delivery and pick it up during their business hours. I believe UPS allows shipping packages to CVS and FedEx to walgreens. Something to look...
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    Please don't call DCF by the shortend Dyneema. ...

    Please don't call DCF by the shortend Dyneema. Dyneema can refer to many different fabrics and not just the renamed cuben fiber. It confuses some of us who remember when some people used to call...
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    Both San Bernardino and Cleveland NF have a ban...

    Both San Bernardino and Cleveland NF have a ban on dispersed (i.e. non campground) camping due to high fire danger, not covid related. We had numerous forest fires this year. Current ban is set to...
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    If you find them comfortable, find a shoe with a...

    If you find them comfortable, find a shoe with a similar drop. I currently use both the Moab and Brooks Cascadia 14s depending on where and when I'm hiking. The moab provide better protection and...
  18. Can't comment on the Hayduke trail, but I do a...

    Can't comment on the Hayduke trail, but I do a lot of hiking in the southwest in desert like areas. You want to keep your feet as cool as possible. The temperature within a few inches of the ground...
  19. When I plan a trip, I plan on a conservative...

    When I plan a trip, I plan on a conservative average daily mileage where one day may be less or more depending on the terrain. I may end up with a higher average, but my food won't run out and I...
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    All I say is I sectioned hiked Maine to northern...

    All I say is I sectioned hiked Maine to northern Mass from late August through mid October in 2012. Had great hiking weather until I entered NH. Was wet at least part of very day but 2 until I came...
  21. I have seen a few areas with mosquitoes after...

    I have seen a few areas with mosquitoes after labor day, but those areas are short and far in between. Not something I'd worry about. Nights will be cold, especially at altitude. I'd plan on...
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    As I often Cowboy Camp or use a tarp, shoes are...

    As I often Cowboy Camp or use a tarp, shoes are always outside. I do have the habit of picking them up and banging on the front and bottom of them while holding them upside down to dislodge anything...
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    For those thinking of taking a bus to Lone Pine...

    For those thinking of taking a bus to Lone Pine or Bishop from Independence, note the bus does not run everyday of the week. You may have to hitch if you don't want to stay in town. I've only gone...
  24. Thread: Electronics

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    I've seen the question of electronics come up...

    I've seen the question of electronics come up every few years. It isn't a new debate, but it's become a larger part of peoples hikes for many, and more intrusive for others, as smartphones became...
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    Dehydrated food like Mountain House and hand...

    Dehydrated food like Mountain House and hand sanitizer are becoming hard to find, so there is already an impact on hikers. There are people trying to resell at a huge markeup. If the fears don't...
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