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    Couple of pro's to hiking Denver->Durango: As...

    Couple of pro's to hiking Denver->Durango: As Slo said, acclimation is easier as the first 80 or so miles barely get above 10K, and the first few days mosy around 7-9K, and this works great for...
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    The pack is pretty much empty, and I bring it in...

    The pack is pretty much empty, and I bring it in the tent to keep those salt-loving critters from chewing on the straps. I sure wish I had a pic, but I did have a main pack shoulder strap chewed...
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    Yep. I was living in Ohio for the 1970 brood...

    Yep. I was living in Ohio for the 1970 brood there (maybe same brood as in MD, but at least the same time), then 1987 and 2004 (visiting both times), I'll have to get back there for 2021 ! Fun...
  4. Some of us enjoy Whisky and the like, and now we...

    Some of us enjoy Whisky and the like, and now we (I) know that it can indeed be weight effective, so this is NOT thread drift, and is right in line with discussions. And one does burn alcohol as...
  5. Well, there ya go, good information. So, 70%...

    Well, there ya go, good information. So, 70% (140 proof) alcohol weight at 7 calories/gram, 1 gram of barrel proof Whiskey = 4.9 calories, better than carbs! Quick search, yep, there are tons of...
  6. Yep, I understand proofs and all of that, but I...

    Yep, I understand proofs and all of that, but I did previously think the actual alcohol content was at 4 cal/gm, rather than the 7, so joking aside, I'm getting 7/4ths more calories from my Scotch...
  7. Yikes, and all these years I've been enjoying my...

    Yikes, and all these years I've been enjoying my Scotch assuming 4 ! Well, that answers a few questions....
  8. Yep. Man, folks are sure throwing around some...

    Yep. Man, folks are sure throwing around some weird numbers, they are quite well defined, 9, 4, 4 and 4 calories per gram for fats, proteins, carbs and alcohol. Multiple by 28.3 to get calories per...
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    Same deal, only one slow leak in one of those...

    Same deal, only one slow leak in one of those original Neoairs's, couldn't find the leak no matter how hard I tried, bathtub, etc. Sent it in, got brand new newer model in a week or so. Excellent....
  10. Yes, I own and use both tents. I carry the CS in...

    Yes, I own and use both tents. I carry the CS in colder weather, the Tiger wall in warmer weather. The TW is of course significantly lighter. There is very little difference in room in either...
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    Funny, I just QUIT that page, too much...

    Funny, I just QUIT that page, too much mis-information flying around, fear mongering, etc. Please take all the nonsense on ther with a big grain of salt, especially the snow-phobia posts. Yeah,...
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    Well, 70 is not really "overage" in these parts. ...

    Well, 70 is not really "overage" in these parts. I swear sometimes I think that at 64, I'm still a median age hiker in Colorado. Seriously.

    Anyway, good luck! I'm "on the CT" right now, though...
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    Couple of thoughts (I'm currently hiking the CT,...

    Couple of thoughts (I'm currently hiking the CT, but home for a few days for some family business):

    First, from all that I've heard there is no correlation between fitness level and altitude...
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    I think you're starting from Denver a week after...

    I think you're starting from Denver a week after I am (I start June 8), BUT I am taking a week off to do a hike with wife and friends, so you might catch me, look for an old grey haired dude with a...
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    OutSTANDing, thanks for letting us know! ...

    OutSTANDing, thanks for letting us know!

    Woops.. I got excited before your words soaked in... The Monarch Crest Spur and RV park is not the same as the Monarch Crest store and is 5-6 miles away...
  16. I'm primarily a zpacks trekking pole UL tent guy...

    I'm primarily a zpacks trekking pole UL tent guy these days, but for a recent hike where I wanted a traditional double wall free standing (mostly) tent I went ahead and bought a BA Tiger Wall UL2,...
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    Couple of thoughts: Is Monarch Crest accepting...

    Couple of thoughts:

    Is Monarch Crest accepting resupply packages this year? I keep meaning to check, but somehow in my failing memory I seem to have heard they might not be. If not, I'll...
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    I think NOBO is a good idea this year. I think...

    I think NOBO is a good idea this year. I think our paths will probably cross somewhere along the trail! Enjoy Colorado!
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    BTW, here's a look at the higher part of section...

    BTW, here's a look at the higher part of section 7, real time, imagine this a month from now? Should be no problem, might sip the microspikes afterall:
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  20. Yep, I read "No shortcuts to the Top". Yeah, Ed...

    Yep, I read "No shortcuts to the Top". Yeah, Ed is still alive, but then again, so is Reinhold Messner and Conrad Anker two very different style climbers. It's all about trade-offs, risk vs. reward....
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    Yeah, doing a boundary waters canoe trip couples...

    Yeah, doing a boundary waters canoe trip couples very nicely with an Isle Royale backpack, which is exactly what we did a couple years ago; 4 days on Isle royale followed by just about the same...
  22. I tend to disagree with this in some cases, take...

    I tend to disagree with this in some cases, take mountaineering for example. The risk takers will generally be significantly more successful in, say, summiting mountains or establishing a new route...
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    Well, I'm not 100% sure I'm following you onn the...

    Well, I'm not 100% sure I'm following you onn the 12-18" stuff, but regarding going NOBO, if any year would work for a mid June NOBO, this might be the one, with the SW Colorado snowpack being pretty...
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    When I loast my $20 deuce of spades a couple days...

    When I loast my $20 deuce of spades a couple days after I bought it, I decided to go the snow stake route, but I wanted it to be both shorter and a tad lighter, 5 minutes with a hacksaw and a bit of...
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    I really like the northern LT suggestion. Start...

    I really like the northern LT suggestion. Start at the Canadian border and hike as far south as time allows. Then when you're on the AT in VT you can fill in the gap from the AT/LT junction to...
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