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  1. Thoughts on Altra for long-distance backpacking

    I think I'm pretty firmly on Team Trail Runner when it comes to the trail runners vs. hiking boots for day hikes and short backpacking trips. I love light-weight, breathable, but still supportive and...
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    Thanks for all the suggestions!

    Thanks for all the suggestions!
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    Oops...my first response disappeared. I was...

    Oops...my first response disappeared.

    I was just commenting on the Big Agnes being pricey. :)

    I know it's worth it though for a good night's sleep.
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    Although I guess still not as pricey as...

    Although I guess still not as pricey as Therm-a-Rest.

    I bought my current one at an REI used gear sale for like $45...so maybe I'm just spoiled in that sense.
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    Best Sleeping Pad for Side Sleeper

    I'm a side sleeper and have noticed that my hips always hurt after a night in my tent (and I have a good deal of built-in natural padding too). I also end up tossing and turning from side to side a...
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    How does sizing work with gaiters? I'm looking...

    How does sizing work with gaiters? I'm looking at some on Amazon and I have no idea what size I would be? I'm female but have thick calves...would I choose the size based on that?
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    Great thanks! I suppose it would be more...

    Great thanks! I suppose it would be more apprecdiated in the middle of a rough spot rather than right by a town like Harper's Ferry.
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    Trail Magic around Harper's Ferry

    If I were interested in providing some trail magic somewhere north of SNP or around Harper's Ferry, when would be a good time to do that? When would the most thru-hikers be marching through that...
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    Thanks for all the suggestions! I'll look into...

    Thanks for all the suggestions! I'll look into all of them. :)
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    Thanks! I read about the permit, and then...

    Thanks! I read about the permit, and then promptly forgot.
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    What's the easiest portion of the JMT?

    I'm planning a trip out to CA in August and was thinking about doing a short 3-4 day backpacking trip while I'm out there. I've been thinking about doing a section of the JMT or somewhere in...
  12. Ah okay. I did not know that

    Ah okay. I did not know that
  13. If anything, I think the completion rate might be...

    If anything, I think the completion rate might be higher this year than previous years, and that the number posted on the ATC website might be way off (I know it says they're still awaiting more...
  14. lost = loss

    lost = loss
  15. Hill Ape, I'm so so sorry for your lost. ...

    Hill Ape, I'm so so sorry for your lost.

    Wow...I really hope the OP reads your post.
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    Thanks Bill! I will be re-reading your post...

    Thanks Bill! I will be re-reading your post several times :).
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    I definitely see how weekend hikers could be...

    I definitely see how weekend hikers could be inclined to carry more, but ideally I'd like to get in the habit of carrying as little as possible, in preparation for longer hikes. Although it might be...
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    I go to the one in Rockville :).

    I go to the one in Rockville :).
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    You raise a good point about having to buy gear...

    You raise a good point about having to buy gear twice. That's one of the primary reasons I asked here.
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    I have been giving ULA packs a hard look.

    I have been giving ULA packs a hard look.
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    Thanks! Nam, my closest REI does rent gear, so...

    Thanks!

    Nam, my closest REI does rent gear, so that's an excellent suggestion.

    I do have a goal of thru-hiking the AT sometime soon (hopefully within the next 3-4yrs), but I'll probably be...
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    Pack size for short trips (1-4 nights)

    I'm an avid day hiker but new to backpacking. I have been doing research for months and am slowly acquiring gear.

    I plan to start with some overnight/weekend trips and work my way up to longer...
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    Of course I post a question and then promptly go...

    Of course I post a question and then promptly go out of town for the weekend. Sorry for the delay in getting back.

    Thanks for the responses! They were very helpful. I used to work outside a...
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    Dealing with dry skin during a thru-hike

    So this is my first post on WB! I've been lurking for a couple months, so this is kind of exciting for me. I'm in the pre-planning stages for a 2014 thru-hike.

    My question: How does one with...
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