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    At least we got to watch the advertisement!

    At least we got to watch the advertisement!
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    I would add the needle and thread too. And yes,...

    I would add the needle and thread too. And yes, the Fontana Dam marina DOES sell a little sewing kit. Lucky for me.
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    Did the whole AT with mini Swiss Army knife. ...

    Did the whole AT with mini Swiss Army knife. Scissors handy.
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    I met a couple up up there in their late 70’s. ...

    I met a couple up up there in their late 70’s. They were fine.
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    Been thinking about this for a bit. There is...

    Been thinking about this for a bit. There is certainly a case for going somewhere new.

    However, I’ve found in numerous trips to Paris (thanks to my Francophile spouse) that familiarity gives one...
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    Same feeling, and thankful some visionary folk...

    Same feeling, and thankful some visionary folk built the great long distance trails we have here. What a treasure.
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    You never hike the same AT twice.

    You never hike the same AT twice.
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    I would never contract with fleas OR chiggers…you...

    I would never contract with fleas OR chiggers…you can trust them and they’re hard to take to court.
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    Be sure to pair it with a high R value pad. ...

    Be sure to pair it with a high R value pad.

    And referring to your other post about adding down to a synthetic bag, that doesn’t sound like a recipe for “third time’s the charm” I am very glad I...
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    1. Hand work is just for balance, it isn’t rock...

    1. Hand work is just for balance, it isn’t rock climbing
    2. Yes, would stow your poles that last half mile
    3. Definitely plan on taking a photo break at the top, fire tower views are spectacular...
  11. Did a SOBO at 58, June 10 to 1 Nov, 12 zeros (2...

    Did a SOBO at 58, June 10 to 1 Nov, 12 zeros (2 early medical, 3 to attend a West Coast funeral) plenty of town related Nero’s. I was in okay shape, walked around my flat suburb for a couple of...
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    . The trail head parking lots were so full you...

    . The trail head parking lots were so full you couldn't even go hiking

    Ummmm….Yogi?
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    Eating a wheat-free diet from Dollar General...

    Eating a wheat-free diet from Dollar General sounds pretty bleak

    I found nothing bleak about anything to eat while on my thru. Yes, the same diet off trail would be depressing. On trail, the...
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    Everyone knows black bears were among the...

    Everyone knows black bears were among the earliest proponents of legalization
  15. Actually I love all the stories, hey sure beat...

    Actually I love all the stories, hey sure beat the news.
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    Most folks still here on earth

    Most folks still here on earth
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    Why is the bear the problem? Aren’t humans the...

    Why is the bear the problem? Aren’t humans the trespassers? I’m surprised more bears don’t call the sheriff.
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    No experience with fleas, but I did get my base...

    No experience with fleas, but I did get my base layers that I used for sleeping treated by Insect Shield, for tick protection. No ticks, AT Thru, summer ‘21
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    Ate mashed potatoes a lot, no problem finding...

    Ate mashed potatoes a lot, no problem finding them, even in little country groceries. And the olive oil to add calories. And Fritos—mix ‘em right in.

    I wouldn’t mail drop unless you had...
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    I hate the made up stories about good weather and trail magic, all BS.
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    Yeah, I thought it was nuts summer 2021. But...

    Yeah, I thought it was nuts summer 2021. But also agree that it’s a shame that it cuts off West Mountain shelter. Such a cool place on a clear night.
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    The trail is so smooth around there, so kudos on...

    The trail is so smooth around there, so kudos on that. Seems like a no brainer to install bear boxes or cables. People can’t or won’t hang properly.
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    This guy has some very interesting info on...

    This guy has some very interesting info on nutrition for hiking. Might not necessarily help with your appetite issue, but may help you frame up what you want to think about. And a very entertaining...
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    What do you do with the leftover fingers then?

    What do you do with the leftover fingers then?
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    When hiking, we try to maximize calories per...

    When hiking, we try to maximize calories per ounce by eating more fat and oil. This also may require a period of adjustment, based on what little I have read about keto hiking

    Does take adjustment...
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