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    I know I'm behind the times but I've experimented...

    I know I'm behind the times but I've experimented with cuben. Other than the weight, the only thing I like about it is that is doesn't hold water. It is easy to repair too but it needs it more...
  2. I went years using an old Therm-a-rest without...

    I went years using an old Therm-a-rest without anything under it. Never once had a puncture. I've had one on a newer pad I bought. They don't make them like they used to (in my best old man's...
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    When I hiked it in the 90s my only...

    When I hiked it in the 90s my only "non-essential" was probably a book. I always hiked with a book to read.

    If I did it today, in my advanced "soft" old age, I'd probably take an inflatable...
  4. I did 1200 miles of it back in 1994. It was...

    I did 1200 miles of it back in 1994. It was crowded then.

    Hey... I hike every week. I move and planned my life around living in a place where I could hike every week. I get it.... I bend...
  5. Thread: Rain pants

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    I've tried about everything (ok...not EVERYTHING)...

    I've tried about everything (ok...not EVERYTHING) over the years and 99.9% of the time I wear shorts. I hike weekly year-round in the PNW so rain, snow, cold and wind are normal. I still mostly...
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    I have one that is that old and still in use. ...

    I have one that is that old and still in use. They were much heavier back then though. ;-)
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    Wear what makes your feet happy. The only way...

    Wear what makes your feet happy. The only way to know is to hike and experiment. What works for me won't necessarily work for you.
  8. All of our trailheads are shut down. As...

    All of our trailheads are shut down. As crowded as the AT gets I think the responsible thing to do is wait. Thru-hiking the AT is not a solitary experience. It is a social one.
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    Good advice on many of these answers. I'm...

    Good advice on many of these answers. I'm older now and did my long hikes when I was young. I didn't really prepare at all for those trips but I was already fit and youth allows you to break a...
  10. It was a bad movie and like many of the movies...

    It was a bad movie and like many of the movies about hiking, flawed. You always hear the same stories in all the long-distance hiking movies. They belabor the pains, the same gear and weight...
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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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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.
  23. 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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