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  1. Decent article, thanks for sharing. The...

    Decent article, thanks for sharing.

    The obvious key is *don't* become an "ex-thru hiker" !!! This might sound silly, but I mean it. Unless you're severely injured or very, very old, why would...
  2. these are my thoughts as well, and thanks for...

    these are my thoughts as well, and thanks for providing that other N=1 study...

    Remember the OP article says "suggests", it draws no conclusions. I think the OP article is great, er, food for...
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    Since this is the UL forum and not the "hiking...

    Since this is the UL forum and not the "hiking humor" forum, and all joking aside (and I love post #8), I do think it is actually possible to "save weight" with proper App management... Not sure...
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    Certainly in so many ways, John Muir was The Man,...

    Certainly in so many ways, John Muir was The Man, and we should all be very grateful of his magnificent efforts.

    It saddens me, however, that after his failure to stop the building of the Hetch...
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    Sorry for the divergence.... anyway, yeah, those...

    Sorry for the divergence.... anyway, yeah, those are good, except I never tried Barefoot Sisters. I think it was "walking with spring" that really got me to actually hike the AT.

    Have you read...
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    Yeah, that is unfortunate. But he does narrate...

    Yeah, that is unfortunate.

    But he does narrate a bunch of his other books in full; I've read a half dozen BB books, here they are in order of my enjoyment:

    A Brief history of Nearly Everything...
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    this is great info BD, thanks for sharing. This...

    this is great info BD, thanks for sharing. This is one important aspect of long distance backpacking that I've neglected; I get by somehow, but could do so much better. Again, thanks, I'll take a...
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    Yikes, I guess I'm the world's worst "fat burner"...

    Yikes, I guess I'm the world's worst "fat burner" because those ratios aren't even close for me (we're all different!) I hike with about 30/30/40 (F/P/C), but I do manage about 135 cal/oz including...
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    Yikes, they did change that thing! I guess to...

    Yikes, they did change that thing! I guess to accommodate the "pump sack" that's included now. On that note, I watched the little video for the neoair on REI.com, and one key statement at the end,...
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    Here's some more info from Wiki; it appears...

    Here's some more info from Wiki; it appears we're close to a minimum right now, but reaching a maximum in only a couple years:

    Solar Cycle 25 began in December 2019. Several predictions have been...
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    It's way more of a function of the sunspot cycle,...

    It's way more of a function of the sunspot cycle, which IIRC is about 11 years.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_cycle

    If you're at or near a maximum of sunspot activity, you have a great...
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    My impression of these cool little tags is that...

    My impression of these cool little tags is that they are an acknowledgement of having registered with the ATC, and that you're on a long AT, whether a thru attempt or a LASH, or whatever. I still...
  13. Thanks for sharing. Yeah, it was crazy-crowded...

    Thanks for sharing.

    Yeah, it was crazy-crowded last summer all over the place in CO (and I'm sure everywhere). Lots of LNT-abuse. trash. poop. hoards of people.

    I wonder if this initiative...
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    It does alleviate symptoms, specifically the...

    It does alleviate symptoms, specifically the headaches. But masking symptoms of AMS is maybe not wise. It goes without saying that I'd ask your doc, of course, but I'd also guess most eastern USA...
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    You can take a Concord Bus to Bangor ME from...

    You can take a Concord Bus to Bangor ME from Boston Logan, then a CYR bus to Medway ME, then finally the AT lodge in Millinocket does shuttles to Medway and Baxter. sounds complicated, but fair easy...
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    I hadn't either, but yeah, a totally different...

    I hadn't either, but yeah, a totally different feeling thinking, at least, that you'll be out for quite a while. I had that situation last year starting the PCT pre-Covid, planned on 2 months, then...
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    Just another vote for a quilt, from a life-long...

    Just another vote for a quilt, from a life-long side sleeper. I got sold on them 4-5 years ago or so.

    There is a slight "learning curve" on using quilts, at least there was for myself.

    As Big...
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    So, you *honestly* don't think weight...

    So, you *honestly* don't think weight distribution matters to hiking comfort? I doubt it, but you'll insist you don't, all the time insisting you subscribe to HYOH, while trying to pound (!) your...
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    Just another vote, and totally arbitrary, but I...

    Just another vote, and totally arbitrary, but I would call 250-300+ miles a LASH, a little over 2 weeks. 2 weeks or less, falls short of my working definition.

    Just so happens we're heading out...
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    Folks make this argument all the time, like "lose...

    Folks make this argument all the time, like "lose 20lbs off your body before investing in UL gear"...

    My take is that pounds hanging off your back (in your backpack) are much more uncomfortable...
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    I think my posts on here are all about science,...

    I think my posts on here are all about science, and offer valuable suggestions on how to cope with AMS. My post#24 was responding to Quietstorm, not the OP, and based on 42 years of hiking at...
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    Well, I have used a simple ziplock for my Ankers...

    Well, I have used a simple ziplock for my Ankers over the years and have had no water issues with them, but that being said, I agree, those Nitecore's look great, lots of benefits beside the modest...
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    Yes, please read that first article; the tag...

    Yes, please read that first article; the tag line is misleading.

    Good stuff, bottom line, don't spend your first night above 8500 feet! If you get a headache or nausea, descend. If you're...
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    As I'm sure you know, the start of the CT going...

    As I'm sure you know, the start of the CT going SWBO is relatively low altitude, it takes 3-4 days or so to get to a sustained 10K altitude, and this 4 days of gradual acclimation really helps. ...
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    I was just being picky on terminology and units,...

    I was just being picky on terminology and units, and with the incorrect units I could not understand it initially. I finally got it and hope others get your important point too. I agree, I think...
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