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    The snow is melting fast too. By the time you get...

    The snow is melting fast too. By the time you get to section 6 it might be open. They are predicting mid july for sections 6-9 to melt out. It will take you a week to get there, so July 6th-ish. If...
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    Poison ivy is all over the front range in...

    Poison ivy is all over the front range in Colorado. So it certainly grows up to 5k feet.

    Once you know what it looks like, you never forget. At least I won't. And my kids know it too.
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    I too have the Alpha GAL allergy. Was bitten by a...

    I too have the Alpha GAL allergy. Was bitten by a lone star tick in 1999 and went on antibiotics right away for 10 days. Started getting seemingly random allergic reactions 6 monthsish later. Took me...
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    Agreed, you will be fine with an Aug 11 start. It...

    Agreed, you will be fine with an Aug 11 start. It will be monsoon season, but that varies a lot year to year, so no sense planning around that.
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    I tried to revive 2 montbell shells and 2 pants...

    I tried to revive 2 montbell shells and 2 pants with revivex spray on after cleaning. It didn't really seem to make much of an improvement. Time for new jackets...
  6. Ha! We started in 01. Got the Harpers Ferry...

    Ha!

    We started in 01. Got the Harpers Ferry before Danger's feet and intestine issues overwhelmed the fun.

    went back to Ga in '05 and made it to ME. We just couldn't leave it alone.

    Then...
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    Yeah, I've heard suggestions to hike in Sept. But...

    Yeah, I've heard suggestions to hike in Sept. But you will get some pretty nasty snow storms as winter closes in.

    I think mid to late July is the best time to start. The thunderstorms are always a...
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    Would I rather take the 1:100 chance that a bear...

    Would I rather take the 1:100 chance that a bear will get away with my hung food bag or a 1:10000 chance that a bear will try to get to the food under my head I'm using as a pillow?

    I would rather...
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    Squall 2 has the spreader bad, this looks like a...

    Squall 2 has the spreader bad, this looks like a squal 1. I've had both :)
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    Who gets memos any more?

    Who gets memos any more?
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    PS I agree that you need a baby backpack for...

    PS I agree that you need a baby backpack for actual hiking. Early on (first 6 months) we used front carriers (Moby wrap then Ergo). These are great for getting through the Caulic stages to take them...
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    Pay up front for the Chariot. I say double,...

    Pay up front for the Chariot. I say double, unless you are 100% sure you aren't going to have a 2nd.

    You won't use it on anything more extreme than fine crusher trails.

    You can use it for...
  13. We hike 1/2 the trail in 2001. It was magical,...

    We hike 1/2 the trail in 2001. It was magical, and expected to go the whole way. Physically the hike was magnificently difficult for my wife due to intestinal illness that never let up. But every...
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    What double sleeping pad? Lighter than 2 x neo...

    What double sleeping pad? Lighter than 2 x neo air?
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    We too backpack with our kids. Now 8 and 10. This...

    We too backpack with our kids. Now 8 and 10. This year i the first year my oldest really was ready to go some distance. Previously short distances were necessary to keep it fun. And it wasn't always...
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    Wash the tyvek in a top loading washing machine....

    Wash the tyvek in a top loading washing machine. It will loose the slickness. Haven't tried this in a front loader, and it's been a decade since I've used tyvek. Maybe others can chime in, but most...
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    Mansfield or Lincoln gap area. The Presidents,...

    Mansfield or Lincoln gap area.

    The Presidents, Lincoln: This difficult 12.4 loop via Cooley Glen Trail, the Long Trail, and Emily Proctor Trail is aptly named as it brings hikers over Mt....
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    If you go back to VT I mean, not biking LT!

    If you go back to VT I mean, not biking LT!
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    The LT has been checked for us. We don't plan on...

    The LT has been checked for us. We don't plan on ever going back. If we go back, it will be on bikes. New experiences... CT and John Muir and out of country hikes are high priority.

    Tom
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    A few payoffs, but many, many peaks that had no...

    A few payoffs, but many, many peaks that had no view with huge climbs up and down. Not to say there aren't some. Weather probably plays a big roll for how much you enjoy it as well. We had decent...
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    Hiked SB in 2004 to Maine Junction to see if we...

    Hiked SB in 2004 to Maine Junction to see if we really wanted to go back to the beginning of the AT and start all over for a 2005 AT thru. Turns out that we still wanted to do the AT, but we did NOT...
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    My kids' favorite trail breakfast: Cereal with...

    My kids' favorite trail breakfast: Cereal with dehydrated milk. They want to go backpacking just so they can eat that nasty, sugar-filled cereal that we won't lt them have at home. Hey, whatever...
  23. I agree, down and nylon are not transparent to...

    I agree, down and nylon are not transparent to thermal radiation.

    The material will absorb the radiation and then re-radiate. As has been said, the outer layer of the nylon is cool, the down is...
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    My problem is getting the patch to stay on my...

    My problem is getting the patch to stay on my pack that has a stretchy pocket that I sew it to. Every few years it comes off.
  25. 1. Start later (April 1 to the 15th somewhere)...

    1. Start later (April 1 to the 15th somewhere)
    2. Be perfectly comfortable not finishing in a single season. 3 months is a great stretch to hike. 6 months takes some magic away I feel.
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