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    I had a conversation with a 22 year old this...

    I had a conversation with a 22 year old this morning, and he used the phrase "trust but verify." And I said, oh, you're channeling Ronald Reagan. Well, he had no idea. Said he'd heard the phrase from...
  2. At the top of the first big climb (Whitetop)...

    At the top of the first big climb (Whitetop) you'll come to campsites in the woods, which aren't great, but walk a little further and out into the open and there is a good site on your right (going...
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    I use ear plugs when solo hiking, at least for...

    I use ear plugs when solo hiking, at least for the first few days. After that I'm usually so tired I just fall right asleep. The ear plugs are also useful in hostels.
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    The weather in Alaska might be more amenable to...

    The weather in Alaska might be more amenable to this. Here, when it's 90+ and super humid even late in the evening in the summer, the peaty whiskies are just not right.
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    Good single malt Scotch. Highland in the summer,...

    Good single malt Scotch. Highland in the summer, big peaty Islay malts in the shoulder seasons.
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    I have replaced my small sit pad with a 6-section...

    I have replaced my small sit pad with a 6-section z rest for just this reason. It makes a great pad for lounging at lunch or on breaks, and I can sleep on it if my NeoAir fails (which it never has.)
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    Aw, come on, TW, a couple of patches and some...

    Aw, come on, TW, a couple of patches and some repair glue and that pad will be just like new. :)
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    My partner likes her ULA Circuit. She has the...

    My partner likes her ULA Circuit. She has the S-curve shoulder straps and they fit her well. The pack can be ordered in several torso lengths, with different sizxe hip belts, too.

    Big outfitters...
  9. Is the out and back thing a necessary part of the...

    Is the out and back thing a necessary part of the hike? Outdoor Trails did shuttles the last time we hiked that area, and you could get shuttled 2 weeks north and hike back.
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    Have parked at the library several times, it's...

    Have parked at the library several times, it's been fine.
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    Good story. I had followed her on occasional...

    Good story. I had followed her on occasional posts on Facebook, probably from Outside Magazine or Guthook. It's nice to see the whole story all in one place.
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    You are not wrong :)

    You are not wrong :)
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    If the shelter or camp area has bear cables or...

    If the shelter or camp area has bear cables or bear poles or boxes, use them. That's the easiest thing. If not, the next easiest is an Ursack or bear canister, there is no rope to throw or tree to...
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    This is my favorite section of the AT, and one of...

    This is my favorite section of the AT, and one of my favorite hikes. Early June will be lovely. Not too hot during the day, cool at night. Plenty of water. Long days, can hike well into the evening....
  15. We use down bags and quilts in single wall tents....

    We use down bags and quilts in single wall tents. Yes, they get dripped and misted on from condensation, or I brush the foot end against the wet wall at night, or whatever. The fabric of the bag can...
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    I have one of the early Arc Haul packs, got it in...

    I have one of the early Arc Haul packs, got it in 2014 or 15. I have really enjoyed it, but it's large for warm weather hikes. That Arc Air 50 liter is looking like a great option. I'd keep my Arc...
  17. It's definitely hard to carry enough calories on...

    It's definitely hard to carry enough calories on a long hike. High fat, high sugar items help (Pop Tarts for second breakfast), but I tend to make it up in town. That's why the good all-you-can-eat...
  18. Not really, no. Backpacks are full of stitch...

    Not really, no. Backpacks are full of stitch holes, for one thing. Water easily comes in through the suspension side on a normal commercial backpacking pack. After a few hikes early on with regular...
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    I bought two of these Thrupack waist packs. They...

    I bought two of these Thrupack waist packs. They are well made, light, etc. A large phone fits in the rear pocket up against one's body. The major issue I have is that they are basically one big...
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    This is from last year's Companion. They did say...

    This is from last year's Companion. They did say they would let us leave a car there, but I don't know if that's a general policy. Worth a call. The alpacas are darn cute.

    Long Neck Lair Alpaca...
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    Vestibule. We have a Zpacks Triplex for the two...

    Vestibule. We have a Zpacks Triplex for the two of us, so there are two good sized vestibules and we put packs and shoes in them. The pack is basically empty anyway.
  22. I think every long distance hiker wants the same...

    I think every long distance hiker wants the same thing, right? Maximum calories for the weight, but also something they would want to eat for days or weeks, and that is reasonably convenient to make...
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    Tilley with the mesh screen at the top of the...

    Tilley with the mesh screen at the top of the brim. Great sun protection. I wear it every day when out walking or at work.

    When on the trail, I really like the OR Sunrunner.
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    I've had this problem several times with both the...

    I've had this problem several times with both the regular Sawyer and the mini. Most recently I got my regular filter working with a lot of hard backflushing with the syringe. But it's a pain, and...
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    The ~30 mile stretch between US 64 outside...

    The ~30 mile stretch between US 64 outside Franklin and the NOC is the Nantahalas. Add the ~30 miles north to Fontana Dam for a terrific 6 day hike. Tough section for the South, with a big descent...
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