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  1. Is the out and back thing a necessary part of the...

    Is the out and back thing a necessary part of the hike? Outdoor Trails did shuttles the last time we hiked that area, and you could get shuttled 2 weeks north and hike back.
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    Have parked at the library several times, it's...

    Have parked at the library several times, it's been fine.
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    Good story. I had followed her on occasional...

    Good story. I had followed her on occasional posts on Facebook, probably from Outside Magazine or Guthook. It's nice to see the whole story all in one place.
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    You are not wrong :)

    You are not wrong :)
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    If the shelter or camp area has bear cables or...

    If the shelter or camp area has bear cables or bear poles or boxes, use them. That's the easiest thing. If not, the next easiest is an Ursack or bear canister, there is no rope to throw or tree to...
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    This is my favorite section of the AT, and one of...

    This is my favorite section of the AT, and one of my favorite hikes. Early June will be lovely. Not too hot during the day, cool at night. Plenty of water. Long days, can hike well into the evening....
  7. We use down bags and quilts in single wall tents....

    We use down bags and quilts in single wall tents. Yes, they get dripped and misted on from condensation, or I brush the foot end against the wet wall at night, or whatever. The fabric of the bag can...
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    I have one of the early Arc Haul packs, got it in...

    I have one of the early Arc Haul packs, got it in 2014 or 15. I have really enjoyed it, but it's large for warm weather hikes. That Arc Air 50 liter is looking like a great option. I'd keep my Arc...
  9. It's definitely hard to carry enough calories on...

    It's definitely hard to carry enough calories on a long hike. High fat, high sugar items help (Pop Tarts for second breakfast), but I tend to make it up in town. That's why the good all-you-can-eat...
  10. Not really, no. Backpacks are full of stitch...

    Not really, no. Backpacks are full of stitch holes, for one thing. Water easily comes in through the suspension side on a normal commercial backpacking pack. After a few hikes early on with regular...
  11. Thread: Fanny Packs

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    I bought two of these Thrupack waist packs. They...

    I bought two of these Thrupack waist packs. They are well made, light, etc. A large phone fits in the rear pocket up against one's body. The major issue I have is that they are basically one big...
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    This is from last year's Companion. They did say...

    This is from last year's Companion. They did say they would let us leave a car there, but I don't know if that's a general policy. Worth a call. The alpacas are darn cute.

    Long Neck Lair Alpaca...
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    Vestibule. We have a Zpacks Triplex for the two...

    Vestibule. We have a Zpacks Triplex for the two of us, so there are two good sized vestibules and we put packs and shoes in them. The pack is basically empty anyway.
  14. I think every long distance hiker wants the same...

    I think every long distance hiker wants the same thing, right? Maximum calories for the weight, but also something they would want to eat for days or weeks, and that is reasonably convenient to make...
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    Tilley with the mesh screen at the top of the...

    Tilley with the mesh screen at the top of the brim. Great sun protection. I wear it every day when out walking or at work.

    When on the trail, I really like the OR Sunrunner.
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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...
  19. Thread: Insoles

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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...
  20. 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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