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  1. Thread: Itís Done!!!

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    Hearty congratulations, with many stories to tell...

    Hearty congratulations, with many stories to tell in the years to come!
  2. It's amazing how the times have changed the...

    It's amazing how the times have changed the materials and the availability of choices for ultralight shelter setups. When I did my thru attempt on the AT in 1999 I used a 10 X 10 sil nylon tarp...
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    I bought a ZPacks wallet for $10.00. I ditched...

    I bought a ZPacks wallet for $10.00. I ditched (donated to Goodwill) my everyday wallet in favor of using this. I'll use it on the trail as well. I am trying to wean myself away from plastic bags...
  4. I had a couple of Frogg Togg jackets but they...

    I had a couple of Frogg Togg jackets but they just weren't durable enough to suit me. I put the Salomon jacket to its first test in a nice downpour the other day and it seemed OK for that short...
  5. You can "throw a few things in (your) pack and...

    You can "throw a few things in (your) pack and jump the back fence" but, are you passionate about that aspiration? Dreaming every day for the 18 months about jumping that fence should bring you joy...
  6. Good comments from everyone so far. As far as AT...

    Good comments from everyone so far. As far as AT planning goes, on my first thru-hike attempt I went minimalist on the planning, deliberately, and it worked out pretty well, and this was in the...
  7. Overthinking it - there comes a time to just "be"

    As I grow older, and (in my opinion) wiser, I have come to the conclusion that our modern society provides us with too much information and too many options, not only for backpacking/long-distance...
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    On my thru attempt I carried a plastic container...

    On my thru attempt I carried a plastic container of orange Gatorade and a wide-mouth bottle. I chugged a quart of it every day at lunch. I still ended up with salt on by pack's padding but the...
  9. For you minimalist gram counters - a truly no-frills lightweight rain jacket

    I recently purchased the Salomon Bonatti Race Water Proof Jacket to add to my backpacking gear ensemble. This jacket was designed for runners but was being offered by the local backpacking store. ...
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    I wrestled with the frameless decision myself,...

    I wrestled with the frameless decision myself, and went so far as to purchase a Katabatic Gear Knik frameless pack, which I returned.

    Since then I bought a Granite Gear 38L version of the Crown...
  11. Thread: Lighten up

    by foodbag
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    Thanks for the humorous post - I was having a...

    Thanks for the humorous post - I was having a case of the Mondays until I read it :)
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    If one has a bunch of coin and shops at a Walmart...

    If one has a bunch of coin and shops at a Walmart with self-checkout stations, paying with some of your coin a few dollars at a time is a good way to whittle down change, if your bank won't accept...
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    I agree - too much technology on the trail, and...

    I agree - too much technology on the trail, and in our daily lives too (he says as he taps away on his computer). I'm older, and although technology is quite useful, in the wrong hands it can create...
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    Many suggestions for buying socks, which I used...

    Many suggestions for buying socks, which I used to do. I think I had about twenty pairs of Thorlos in my drawer at one time. When the last Florida hurricane hit a couple of years ago, the students...
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    REI Dividend "Angst"

    The annual REI dividend has always been something to look forward to in March of each year. This year I had $88 and change to spend, plus their usual 20% discount coupon for a full-priced item and...
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    As disappointing as it was to not finish, the...

    As disappointing as it was to not finish, the hike has never left my mind, even in its abbreviated version (611 miles). Pronated, flat feet and the accompanying plantar fasciitis drove me off, at...
  17. I won't buy things that I want from Amazon,...

    I won't buy things that I want from Amazon, except Kindle books under $3.00. I support small businesses whenever possible. I have mixed feelings about Wal Mart because I buy groceries there but I...
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    That's cinches not finches! Stupid autocorrect at...

    That's cinches not finches! Stupid autocorrect at work....
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    Dogwood, the finches are standard and were added...

    Dogwood, the finches are standard and were added to the design to help with keeping bottles in place.
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    The much anticipated day arrived yesterday - the...

    The much anticipated day arrived yesterday - the Katabatic Gear Knik V40 was delivered. I spent several hours experimenting with it, with a late-fall base weight of about 7.5 pounds, give or take a...
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    My car camping gear is my former backpacking...

    My car camping gear is my former backpacking gear. Makes me feel less guilty about upgrading....
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    Wow, what an amazing photo of a beautiful animal.

    Wow, what an amazing photo of a beautiful animal.
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    I just placed my order for one - 5 week lead...

    I just placed my order for one - 5 week lead time. I'll post a review once I have it in hand and have a chance to try it out.
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    Katabatic Gear Knik 40

    Has anyone had any experience with Katabatic Gear's Knik V40 or any of the other Knik 40 ultralight packs. I'm thinking of getting one.
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    Fishin'? Who's got time for stopping and doing...

    Fishin'? Who's got time for stopping and doing something fun?

    All sarcasm aside, I think it would be fun to fish if it was practical. But then, I'm a stop and smell the roses guy who has feet...
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