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  1. As others have said, the northern half of the...

    As others have said, the northern half of the Hundred Mile Wilderness is way easier than the southern half, but even the southern half of the Hundred Mile is considerably easier than the...
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    When I hiked Monroe in August, I was delighted by...

    When I hiked Monroe in August, I was delighted by how many kids I saw out with their parents. At least half of the groups included kids, from toddlers in carriers up through teens. I also sponsor and...
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    What an amazing family trip! My parents and then...

    What an amazing family trip! My parents and then later two of my best friends visited me when I was living in Morocco, and it was great to share that adventure with them in person because otherwise...
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    My favorite this year was a two-day hike in...

    My favorite this year was a two-day hike in September in the Whites to get Zealand and the Bonds, with an overnight at Guyot. Bondcliff is now one of my favorite mountains. I also really enjoyed...
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    Update: kidney transplant was a success!...

    Update: kidney transplant was a success! Recipient and I are both doing fine, although the first few days were so much harder than we could have imagined. Now at post-op Day 8, and I went for my...
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    I'm from a small town near the AT in Virginia...

    I'm from a small town near the AT in Virginia (just south of Pearisburg) but was living overseas working as an English teacher before my 2018 thru hike. I unexpectedly found a significant other on...
  7. Do you know the specific model and/or recommended...

    Do you know the specific model and/or recommended weight limit on the snowshoes? When I google "atlas elektra" a few different models pop up (Access, Rendezvous, Montane, etc) and I'm not sure if the...
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    Great to hear that your chemo was so effective!!...

    Great to hear that your chemo was so effective!!

    But that's a good point, I bet it would be really easy to dive back into hiking when you feel strong enough just in terms of cardio, without...
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    ^ Yep, in preparation for this surgery, I was...

    ^ Yep, in preparation for this surgery, I was already told to quit ibuprofen three months ago and to use other NSAIDs sparingly. It's a minor inconvenience since I don't find acetaminophen as...
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    Thanks, this is helpful! Yes, I'm super wary of...

    Thanks, this is helpful! Yes, I'm super wary of the hernia risk so I'll be very careful not to lift anything until I'm allowed. My biggest concern is all the awkward stretching necessary to scrape...
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    This is why I tried to make it clear from the...

    This is why I tried to make it clear from the wording of my question that I'm hoping more for personal experiences than advice. I'll follow the recommendations of my doctors who understand my...
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    Backpacking after major surgery?

    Hi folks,

    I'm having a kidney removed next month and was curious if anyone can share their experience of getting back into hiking and carrying a pack after a comparable operation.

    Obviously my...
  13. I dragged my whole family up McAfee's Knob on...

    I dragged my whole family up McAfee's Knob on Black Friday a couple years ago when REI was just starting out their "Opt Outside" campaign. It was very, very crowded, but the weather was also...
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    No different from basic hiking etiquette. As long...

    No different from basic hiking etiquette. As long as you don't hog the shelter or other common spaces, fail to pack out your trash, make disparaging comments, or generally act like a jerk, then most...
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    If you can save up the money to hike right after...

    If you can save up the money to hike right after graduation, go for it!

    That said, I personally would have been uncomfortable using up most or all of my savings immediately after graduating, not...
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    On my thru-hike, I went about 400 miles before...

    On my thru-hike, I went about 400 miles before falling on a nondescript patch of loose dirt in Tennessee, just slid straight out from under me and I was left sitting on my butt, checking around to...
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    Do you wash your clothes and pack, too, though? I...

    Do you wash your clothes and pack, too, though? I clean up every night with a baby wipe and sometimes a little water bottle "shower" if it's warm enough, and change into my sleeping clothes, so I...
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    That REI video looks super helpful, thanks for...

    That REI video looks super helpful, thanks for posting!

    I hope to tackle the PCT in 2021, and maybe a shorter thru-hike (Tahoe Rim? Wonderland? etc.) in 2020. My main "training" for these far-off...
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    @Traffic Jam, I don't like them as much as what I...

    @Traffic Jam, I don't like them as much as what I make at home, but I still like them. The brand walmart carries has 3 varieties: spicy, mild, and then one that's basically just an avocado puree....
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    I carried them frequently on my thru! Tried to...

    I carried them frequently on my thru! Tried to use them within 48 hours. That number wasn't based on evidence of any kind, so maybe they last quite a bit longer. But from my anecdotal experience,...
  21. As a Floridian, I'm definitely familiar with...

    As a Floridian, I'm definitely familiar with being unprepared for elevation change, but altitude weakness/sickness doesn't affect most people until 8,000 feet or more. (According to Dr. Google, some...
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    ^Last year, I started Nobo in GA in mid-April and...

    ^Last year, I started Nobo in GA in mid-April and hit Katahdin the first weekend of October, and had absolutely peak NE fall colors and weather for the last 2-3 weeks of the hike. The 100-mile...
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    I went stoveless from Damascus to Katahdin...

    I went stoveless from Damascus to Katahdin because I found that warm food was only important to me when the weather was cold. Otherwise, it just felt like extra weight and more significantly, extra...
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    I would say everything in your pack should be a...

    I would say everything in your pack should be a must-have for you. If it isn't, don't bring it. I mean, I know plenty of people don't use poles or a water filter or whatever item, and I use those...
  25. If your base weight (weight of your pack except...

    If your base weight (weight of your pack except food and water, since that changes) is under 10lbs, that's considered ultralight. That's doable if you invest a lot of money and/or don't mind forgoing...
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