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    Sounds like a cool trip. Although I am a bit too...

    Sounds like a cool trip. Although I am a bit too cheap/particular to do REI trips at this point, their trips and info are nicely outlined on their site and I will go back for some inspiration and...
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    This is true, but hiking while carrying a lot of...

    This is true, but hiking while carrying a lot of extra body weight is likely adding much more difficulty than 1-2 lbs of added gear weight. 13.4 lbs base is a respectable pack and it's light enough...
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    Rental can be a good idea. It's not great for...

    Rental can be a good idea. It's not great for sleeping bags (cleanliness, price, bulk), since you can get a synthetic starter bag pretty cheap and resell it if you move on
    Tent/cooking gear and...
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    It was going well until his free laborers didn't...

    It was going well until his free laborers didn't show up to make him a hearty trail breakfast, causing him to quit. Joking... but I also wouldn't mind knowing if he found anyone that actually wanted...
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    Generally, you should be fine if you're in good...

    Generally, you should be fine if you're in good shape, you have a reasonable pack weight, and all goes well.
    But there are some variables that can throw you off or the mileage can be more difficult...
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    IMO bear boxes should be standard as part of a...

    IMO bear boxes should be standard as part of a shelter in any well trafficked area, and many areas are moving toward that
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    The vermont rules seem reasonable. Hang...

    The vermont rules seem reasonable.
    Hang appropriately or use a bear box or canister.

    Bear boxes are currently installed at:

    Seth Warner Shelter
    Goddard Shelter
    Kid Gore Shelter
    Story...
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    tents that are used for 1 and "manageable" for 2...

    tents that are used for 1 and "manageable" for 2 but are way too tight aren't often worthwhile for 2 people (you might hate it after awhile and want more space). How heavy is the tent your bf...
  9. An interesting issue brought up from Skura on his...

    An interesting issue brought up from Skura on his Astralite review:
    https://andrewskurka.com/review-western-mountaineering-astralite/

    He had issues with it getting damp and losing warmth in humid...
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    I think only your experience can inform you here....

    I think only your experience can inform you here. I'm 6'4/210 and 2 lbs/day is fairly accurate, but around 1.5 - 1.7 lbs can work as well.
    My wife would kick my ass if I packed her 1 lb/day.

    Go...
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    When I was around 17 I hiked with a 1/8" mat,...

    When I was around 17 I hiked with a 1/8" mat, sometimes none in the summer, and didn't care either. But it matters when it's cold in the mountains and if you're hiking day after day your body will...
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    Since everyone has already said shelter etc 10...

    Since everyone has already said shelter etc 10 times.... I'll go with 3 items that I bring that aren't needed.
    - Adequate power bank. Kindle app, audio book if I want, etc
    - Sea to Summit Aeros...
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    Self-inflicted!

    Self-inflicted!
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    I sweat well above average and the really hot...

    I sweat well above average and the really hot days present a challenge. In the past I have hiked from 4-11 am, and then still later in the day but at a leisurely pace with long stretches off, and...
  15. I wouldn't go with a quilt if you're a cold...

    I wouldn't go with a quilt if you're a cold sleeper and actually will be out close to 15f. It's possible to do, but then you need to thing about other things, such as adding significant head warmth,...
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    I did this Mansfield loop below with my daughter...

    I did this Mansfield loop below with my daughter around the same age (at the time) and she enjoyed it. The state park (underhill) at the bottom is usually pretty empty and is outstanding. Leantos for...
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    Yeah, no doubt. There is a lot of peace in...

    Yeah, no doubt. There is a lot of peace in setting up in the forest with a million bugs and knowing that they can buzz but they're not going to get you!
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    Busy or not, mansfield has lots of trails and...

    Busy or not, mansfield has lots of trails and loops options and is a great place; sunset ridge trail and the hike along the top are some of the most exposed places in VT and have great views. The...
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    [/LIST] Good to know. I had going back to NH...

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    Good to know. I had going back to NH on my list as possible "better bug season" options. Thought they wouldn't be terrible since there's so much exposure, but I guess not!


    What dates...
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    I have done from the Munroe side and this exact...

    I have done from the Munroe side and this exact route from burrows as well. From where you're coming from, it's easier to access the Munroe trailhead off camel's hump road.
    I liked this side better,...
  21. How much I inflate the mat can make a big...

    How much I inflate the mat can make a big difference in how I sleep and feel in the morning. When I use a prolite plus (mostly canoeing since mine is a bit heavy/bulky), it works out a lot better for...
  22. Some people tweak their gear all the time and...

    Some people tweak their gear all the time and spend 100 hours on that and only hike 4 days a year. Not what I'm into, but maybe gear is more their hobby than hiking.
    At one point when I had little...
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    Wouldn't recommend 2-3 classes while hiking....

    Wouldn't recommend 2-3 classes while hiking. Would take away too much from the hike
    1 class... sure, if it's not a bit commitment and you can stay ahead and only check in about once a week.
    But...
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    If the longer size is ok, this bag is a deal:...

    If the longer size is ok, this bag is a deal:
    https://www.mountainhardwear.com/down-flip-35-50f%2C-1-10c-sleeping-bag-OU8534.html
    I'd say it's more like a 40.

    Other than a sale like that, there...
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    Those are just factors in the decision (crowds,...

    Those are just factors in the decision (crowds, rules). Very legitimate ones, more important for some. There are so many great places to visit and enjoy... might as well take the routes that you get...
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