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  1. FWIW - Like many other things, backpacking is...

    FWIW - Like many other things, backpacking is comprised of several component elements that can be broken down into basic categories that will eventually require some level of mastery beyond novice....
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    There are a lot of people who lack grilling...

    There are a lot of people who lack grilling experience, some people do not particularly enjoy cooking beyond prepackaged meals if at all. If you are one that doesn't enjoy cooking there are a great...
  3. FWIW - I have found Oboz and some of the Keen...

    FWIW - I have found Oboz and some of the Keen trail shoe models to have a wider toe box than other shoes. I am currently in a pair of Oboz but they are passing the 400 mile point and showing...
  4. Thread: Trowel test

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    FWIW - Storing ones "waste bag" in a clear...

    FWIW - Storing ones "waste bag" in a clear plastic bag and stuffing into in a side pocket for the world to see says a lot about an individual. For the task of hiding TP and masking odors I use self...
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    A couple of thoughts. Without knowing if you are...

    A couple of thoughts. Without knowing if you are prone to blisters or if so, do they disappear after several weeks/months of hiking in the same gear, it's difficult to say what may or may not work.
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  6. Caution and patience will do more for a...

    Caution and patience will do more for a successful outcome than impatience and risk taking.
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    I have always wanted to tackle the Boundary...

    I have always wanted to tackle the Boundary Waters Wilderness with a canoe, which may be an option especially if you can find someone to go with that can share portage loading.
  8. Thread: Trowel test

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    Seldom have so few given so much for so many to...

    Seldom have so few given so much for so many to properly poop. Good job!
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    Total hiking miles just over 11,000 with...

    Total hiking miles just over 11,000 with approximately 4,000 miles on the AT over the years. I started keeping a hiking history journal (turned spreadsheet) some years ago and over the years...
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    Just as information, the ATC has made several...

    Just as information, the ATC has made several announcements regarding trail use in light of the National Emergency, starting with closing shelters and privies along the trail, and culminating in a...
  11. Thread: Trowel test

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    Trowels can be difficult to understand. There is...

    Trowels can be difficult to understand. There is a handle end and a digging end. Hold the trowel by the handle end, dig with the digging end. Recommended depth is 6-inch minimum. These are called Cat...
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    Poll: Have to agree with Rickb. The "2000 Miler" award...

    Have to agree with Rickb. The "2000 Miler" award is issued by the ATC and as such, they are the only arbiters of how it is administered. During a National Emergency as we are experiencing and the ATC...
  13. FWIW - Dispersed camping implies all manner of...

    FWIW - Dispersed camping implies all manner of legal camping techniques (tent, hang, tarp, etc). In States or trail sections that allow dispersed camping a letter "D" in a stand out color on the map...
  14. Thread: Pet sitting

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    Of course there are other options, though they...

    Of course there are other options, though they are probably not what you are looking for.

    What did you do with these animals during your 5-week hike last year and why can't that be done again?...
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    I feel badly for the families of these accident...

    I feel badly for the families of these accident victims.

    Many people who visit waterfalls, high cliff-top viewpoints, and other natural features are casual visitors to forests and unfortunately...
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    You can find some of the closures and...

    You can find some of the closures and restrictions by State on this site, https://appalachiantrail.org/explore/plan-and-prepare/hiking-basics/health/covid19/a-t-closures/.
  17. Lots of dangerous presumptions in this. We have...

    Lots of dangerous presumptions in this. We have learned a lot about this contagion over the past two months, not the least of it includes one can get sick anytime they are exposed anywhere it occurs...
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    Presuming the OP is in Mexico as his Location...

    Presuming the OP is in Mexico as his Location indicates, how about the Copper Canyon area in Chihuahua MX? That would avoid border crossings and possibly reduce long distance travel complications and...
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    There are also people who have contracted...

    There are also people who have contracted parasites like Giardia from water that looks pure and those who have not. Which group do you want membership in? You can't tell by looking at water what is...
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    My grandfather insisted one of the first lessons...

    My grandfather insisted one of the first lessons I learn in the forest was how to identify poison ivy. This proved to be exceptionally valuable through life and the many opportunities to pass on that...
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    Bear canister weight should not be much of an...

    Bear canister weight should not be much of an issue once you get the bear out of the canister. After that process there are other things to worry about....
  22. Thread: Trowel test

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    As a thought, another way to perform this test is...

    As a thought, another way to perform this test is enlisting the help of others around the US. Soil conditions differ greatly from one region to another, as such there is no one-place-fits-most test...
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    I sure hope you are not encouraging washing of...

    I sure hope you are not encouraging washing of hair (or other bits) directly in a stream as opposed to using stream water well away from the stream to wash hair (or other bits).
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    I use a simple Buck 110 folding knife at just...

    I use a simple Buck 110 folding knife at just under 3 ounces. It's not all that handy cutting my way through blowdowns, but is lighter and much more handy than handguns when cutting rope/string,...
  25. FWIW - I have tried these poles and found they...

    FWIW - I have tried these poles and found they didn't have the performance range that "standard grip" poles have for my use, though I can see why some people like them. I found them comfortable on...
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