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    Like many people in the hiking and backpacking...

    Like many people in the hiking and backpacking communities, I belong to and support several conservation organizations. Some I support monetarily like the ATC, The Nature Conservancy, and the New...
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    "OK you think its out of line. Then tell me...

    "OK you think its out of line. Then tell me exactly what all every hiker hiking the AT dioes for conservation? Also tell me based on number of trail clubs and how many members in a trail club its an...
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    I think the trip to Japan from the AT for a day...

    I think the trip to Japan from the AT for a day at that place would not qualify as a zero day due to the sheer effort alone to yogi a ride on a squid boat off the Aleutians.
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    As Peakbagger suggests, there will likely be a...

    As Peakbagger suggests, there will likely be a number of people, both alone and in small groups, that will be hiking to the summit on any day you are able to. Making small conversation with small...
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    At least in Texas, one apologizes when putting...

    At least in Texas, one apologizes when putting their face into the shotgun pellet pattern. Good form, that.
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    FWIW - I have two types of rain pants, full zip...

    FWIW - I have two types of rain pants, full zip for non-winter use and ankle zip for winter. I have used ponchos before and found them inadequate as rain gear or ground cloth for that matter, beyond...
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    The hardest part of healing for me is to stay the...

    The hardest part of healing for me is to stay the course of treatment, therapy, or rest when it seems the rest of the world is out in the forest enjoying life. Pretty much every injury I had through...
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    Though pubic land and waters used for hunting and...

    Though pubic land and waters used for hunting and fishing are well supported through State hunting and fishing licensing structures, they are not the only ones who contribute funds, time, and efforts...
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    Banning hunters or hikers from public lands...

    Banning hunters or hikers from public lands doesn't make a lot of sense. Holding those who shoot either responsible for their actions does.
  10. Breather Ian, wasn't he the Benedictine Monk who...

    Breather Ian, wasn't he the Benedictine Monk who invented underwear?
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    Few things are worse than biting insects...

    Few things are worse than biting insects incessantly trying to get at you, which don't seem to respond to repellant. A head net stashed in the pack can be one of the more prescient items to carry...
  12. Observations based on one person is hardly a...

    Observations based on one person is hardly a "study". There are a lot of circumstances that could be in play. Vascular issues reported could have been lurking in the shadows of aging and manifested...
  13. It appears the third mental health evaluation...

    It appears the third mental health evaluation found pretty compelling evidence of insanity enough to move the prosecutor and defense council to reach the plea arrangement, and the Judge apparently...
  14. So if I am reading this correctly, your assertion...

    So if I am reading this correctly, your assertion is that murder on the AT is not uncommon? Seems a bit of a stretch.
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    Yeah, young teenaged girl runs away and living on...

    Yeah, young teenaged girl runs away and living on her own on trail and in town. What can possibly go wrong.

    I hope this young woman is found unharmed soon so a solution can be engaged to resolve...
  16. FWIW and probably worth a try - Having had a...

    FWIW and probably worth a try - Having had a similar problem, I bring a washcloth with me and use it just before retiring, wiping down my face, arms, chest, and legs with cold water. Evaporation...
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    Much like Miner, I use a fanny pack to house my...

    Much like Miner, I use a fanny pack to house my DSLR camera. The difference may be I attach my fanny pack to my backpack so the bag can hang on my left side, easily reached with the left hand. The...
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    Sometimes it comes down to risk/reward...

    Sometimes it comes down to risk/reward manufacturing decisions. There is risk in developing, testing, marketing, and supporting a reflective surface on a tarp or tent fabrics. In my view, this likely...
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    I had to look for the feet before my eyes would separate Tipi from the pack stuff.
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    I presume the question is related to commercially available packs purchased at REI or other outdoor retailers. There are specialty pack makers that can produce packs that are designed not to leak,...
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    Most "scented" items that have a household...

    Most "scented" items that have a household purpose do not translate well into the backpacking world. A minted scent of a trash bag in the kitchen can be almost unnoticeable, when jammed into a...
  22. I am curious about this concept. Countless hours...

    I am curious about this concept. Countless hours spent holed up out of long duration rain events eventually lead to "how can I do rain better" ideas, second only to where half-grams of weight can be...
  23. This is where the concept of Karma is handy to...

    This is where the concept of Karma is handy to consider. For young vandals I envision them getting older and having kids, eventually, one of the kids will decide to get a face tattoo of a spiderweb...
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    Sometimes circumstances become the decision point...

    Sometimes circumstances become the decision point where the question can be asked "what would I pay to have an umbrella right now". Or conversely when using an umbrella, "I wonder what I would do if...
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    :welcome Welcome to White Blaze! Maine just...

    :welcome Welcome to White Blaze!

    Maine just updated their information on the Appalachiantrail.org site, though I suspect some of the travel conditions will change over the next few months with...
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