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    I've had this problem several times with both the...

    I've had this problem several times with both the regular Sawyer and the mini. Most recently I got my regular filter working with a lot of hard backflushing with the syringe. But it's a pain, and...
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    The ~30 mile stretch between US 64 outside...

    The ~30 mile stretch between US 64 outside Franklin and the NOC is the Nantahalas. Add the ~30 miles north to Fontana Dam for a terrific 6 day hike. Tough section for the South, with a big descent...
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    For anyone who didn't read to the end of the...

    For anyone who didn't read to the end of the post, a rescuer died during the rescue attempt.

    Did the hiker walk past "Trail Closed" signs? That was apparently the case with an earlier waterfall...
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    We had stopped in Manchester Center, VT, during...

    We had stopped in Manchester Center, VT, during our Long Trail e2e hike. My partner was having terrible issues with blisters. She had never used insoles and hated the idea :) The local outdoor shop...
  5. Thread: Insoles

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    I used Superfeet Green for years, then switched...

    I used Superfeet Green for years, then switched to the Sole brand insoles.
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    Several years ago I started carrying an aluminum...

    Several years ago I started carrying an aluminum "snow stake" tent stake for this purpose. It works very well in the rooty, rocky soil of the AT to dig catholes, and it can also be used as a tent...
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    Very true. On my "essential to me" list, that...

    Very true.

    On my "essential to me" list, that some hikers would find ridiculous:

    Good quality rain gear
    Waterproof roll top stuff sacks
    Permethrin treated clothing
    Water scoop (cut out of...
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    The smallest SAK with the tiny blade and...

    The smallest SAK with the tiny blade and file/screwdriver, and a small Gerber EZ Out.
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    We had this exact issue a couple of years ago --...

    We had this exact issue a couple of years ago -- young friend who was a Boy Scout, needed a pack for backpacking, adventure trips, and an overseas trip. He ended up with an Osprey Volt 60, a 60 liter...
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    We took a Hexamid Twin on our Long Trail e2e...

    We took a Hexamid Twin on our Long Trail e2e hike. Great little tent, but a bit cramped for general use. I was able to get it pitched in some really small spaces, though.

    When we got back, we...
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    The video from the tiny Sony RX100 is pretty...

    The video from the tiny Sony RX100 is pretty amazing, too.
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    Honestly, and speaking as someone who has made my...

    Honestly, and speaking as someone who has made my living with a camera for over thirty years, you can't really go wrong with the latest iPhone -- but you'll want the "pro" model to get the three...
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    Cool, just be careful not to get to Vermont...

    Cool, just be careful not to get to Vermont before the end of May. In general the trail clubs don't like hikers on the trail in New England during mud season, it rips up the trail.
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    My partner and I have been using the Enlightened...

    My partner and I have been using the Enlightened Equipment Accomplice Quilt for several years. We originally purchased the 30F version but it was woefully underfilled, so I sent it back and paid to...
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    Thanks! Appreciate the info on your experience.

    Thanks! Appreciate the info on your experience.
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    This quote from the article you posted sort of...

    This quote from the article you posted sort of sums up my problem:

    "To provide an example, the Gossamer Gear Mariposa is described nominally as a 60-liter pack and the Haglofs L.I.M. Strive as 50...
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    I un-arc it at home.

    I un-arc it at home.
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    Zpacks Scout version packs

    Hey, all, does anyone use the "Scout" model of either of the Zpacks backpacks? We are looking at an Arc Haul Scout for my partner, who currently uses a small ULA Circuit with a short torso, S-curve...
  19. Yes, a lovely essay, thanks for posting it.

    Yes, a lovely essay, thanks for posting it.
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    We hiked late most days on the LT, and mostly had...

    We hiked late most days on the LT, and mostly had no problems with shelter space. One was full up with a kids group but we were able to tent nearby. But many shelters up north did not have nearby...
  21. The Fox Creek to Damascus hike is easier in the...

    The Fox Creek to Damascus hike is easier in the southbound direction, plus you get to end in Damascus with a restaurant meal, shower, maybe an overnight in a B&B with the missus. But it's a fine hike...
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    The Lunar Duo is IMHO a significantly better tent...

    The Lunar Duo is IMHO a significantly better tent than the Lunar Solo, and one of the best two-person tents available. It sets up quickly, has two doors on the long sides, two big vestibules, and a...
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    I have set up and looked over the Lunar Solo,...

    I have set up and looked over the Lunar Solo, Lightheart, and Notch, and owned several SMD and Tarptent brand tents.

    All are well made and will hold up to a thruhike with some moderate care. If I...
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    Resupply food. Drink beer. Get a shower. Not in that order.
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    I mean, I'm assuming we have all the camping and...

    I mean, I'm assuming we have all the camping and hiking gear, right? That's way more than three things. So here's my list:

    Good food. Some Scotch. A camera.
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