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  1. Thread: Pinedale

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    That's a great thing. I stopped in Pinedale on my...

    That's a great thing. I stopped in Pinedale on my CDT hike in 2007, so it's been a while and things may have changed since then. I thought Pinedale was one of the better trail towns just as it was....
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    I get a sting every year or so while riding my...

    I get a sting every year or so while riding my bicycle, often on the head under the helmet. I just got a particularly nasty one a couple of weeks ago and it's finally just another memory. I also feel...
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    I agree I have general distrust of doctors'...

    I agree I have general distrust of doctors' prescriptions. It seems like it's easier to add a pill to a patient's messed-up diet/life than to work on correcting the actual problem.
    Many of our...
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    Five liters of water sounds excessive for a hike...

    Five liters of water sounds excessive for a hike in cool fall weather. Water is heavy.
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    I see walking as a healthy, relatively low-risk...

    I see walking as a healthy, relatively low-risk lifestyle, so I insure it accordingly.

    When I left work (decades ago) I looked at the COBRA option and got sticker shock. I went to the cheapest...
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    A rental shop just opened up down the street from...

    A rental shop just opened up down the street from me: https://www.mountainsidegearrental.com/

    I like the concept for many, especially travelers. In my own journey, I wasted very little money on...
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    I just heard about this the other day, when I...

    I just heard about this the other day, when I offered a free used Tarptent to a friend trying to lighten her load. She turned it down because she said it would be too cold. I never noticed enough...
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    This is a good topic. As I age, and as I help...

    This is a good topic. As I age, and as I help care for very old parents and loved ones, falling becomes very important. Not too long ago I heard the secret to a long life is "Don't fall." (Another...
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    Ditto (again) the advice about the southern half....

    Ditto (again) the advice about the southern half. I was a little worried about my food supply heading north for the first couple of days, then things got more reasonable and much more fun.
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    And this may be anecdotal, but it seems many...

    And this may be anecdotal, but it seems many victims are mountain bikers and runners--acting more like the lions' prey and running away. IF that's true, I would not have swapped my pack for a bike.
  11. Yep, there are a few discussions about "no cook"...

    Yep, there are a few discussions about "no cook" or "stoveless" camping. Some of us do that all the time.
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    Not there yet, but I recently advised a hiker my...

    Not there yet, but I recently advised a hiker my age on the AT. I realized that he, like many older hikers, had more financial resources than the youngsters. If that applies to you, it's a strength...
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    Adding nuts to the oatmeal would be a better, and...

    Adding nuts to the oatmeal would be a better, and less processed, way to add calories and protein.
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    Last June I participated in a 5-day backpacking...

    Last June I participated in a 5-day backpacking trail work event on the CT with 15 experienced hikers. We were working in a dry foothills section. It wasn't until day 4 that we got to take a long...
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    Now that was nicely said.

    Now that was nicely said.
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    First, I never cook anywhere near my tent. Eating...

    First, I never cook anywhere near my tent. Eating in the tent during inclement weather is a primary reason I pack stuff I can eat without using a stove.

    I suppose I have a disposition suited for...
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    I've done several R2R2R hikes, in Feb, March and...

    I've done several R2R2R hikes, in Feb, March and April. In Feb, you may want traction devices on the South Rim, and you may need them on the North Rim. Once I turned around at a flow of water ice on...
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    All stories featuring long treks, whether...

    All stories featuring long treks, whether fiction, non-fiction or fantasy, have always appealed to me.

    I wonder why I don't remember ever encountering a LOTR-named hiker? Was there a recent...
  19. Thread: Roman

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    Those were "C Rations...

    Those were "C Rations," or "C rats," the predecessor to MREs. They were the standard in WWII, of which my father was a veteran. I heard a lot about C rats when I was growing up, nothing good.

    My...
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    Poll: I don't own a GPS of any kind, nor do I carry a...

    I don't own a GPS of any kind, nor do I carry a smart phone when I hike.
  21. I agree with that approach. I stopped for stroll...

    I agree with that approach. I stopped for stroll on the WT after hiking the nascent Pacific Northwest Trail. On the PNT, 30 mile days with 7,000' of climbing and bushwhacking were the norm, and I'd...
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    Yuck. A guy I hiked much of the PCT with started...

    Yuck. A guy I hiked much of the PCT with started doing that in the Sierra and continued it for the rest of the hike, about a liter a week. He was a fit 40 years old. After finishing, he went home...
  23. I'm a big proponent of the walk-in permit system....

    I'm a big proponent of the walk-in permit system. I've done it twice with no problem, at two different stations, and couldn't have been more pleased with either ranger. But I've never cached or...
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    I've changed my food carry planning from pounds...

    I've changed my food carry planning from pounds per day to miles per pound. I pack one pound per ten or twelve miles. That section is about 120 miles. I'd pack about ten pounds for that. (I carried...
  25. Thread: Shoe size

    by garlic08
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    Mine got bigger on my first thru hike and stayed...

    Mine got bigger on my first thru hike and stayed that way. They did not increase on subsequent long hikes. It makes sense there's a physical limit.
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