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  1. I came home from my first thru hike (PCT'04) with...

    I came home from my first thru hike (PCT'04) with less confidence than when I started. I was an aggressive fire department lieutenant, in addition to an avid backcountry skier, climber and road...
  2. This reminds me of a saying I heard decades...

    This reminds me of a saying I heard decades ago--If you're past your 30s, Lycra is probably not your friend. And this is certainly not limited to only one of the sexes. In the biking world, there's...
  3. Since the word "ultralight" is used in the first...

    Since the word "ultralight" is used in the first sentence, I'll throw in this advice. Every piece of clothing you carry should be able to be worn at the same time, as part of a coordinated layering...
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    When I need to get through a summer heat wave on...

    When I need to get through a summer heat wave on a long trip, my strategy is to support my body's cooling system. Support the perspiration with water and salt. If you fall short of either of those,...
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    Bad memory there.

    Bad memory there.
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    I use a light frameless pack so it's a no-brainer...

    I use a light frameless pack so it's a no-brainer to bring that in. The same critters that like salty shoes, pole straps and socks will go after pack straps too.
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    Marmots definitely chew shoes and eat socks. And...

    Marmots definitely chew shoes and eat socks. And pole straps.

    If I can stand the smell, I keep them inside. If they have to stay outside, I check them before I put them on.

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  8. If I were limited to a single one pound bag, I'd...

    If I were limited to a single one pound bag, I'd pack a bag of nuts with a few raisins mixed in--fat, protein, sugar, salt optional, readily available.
  9. I advise to not overdo it with stuff sacks. I...

    I advise to not overdo it with stuff sacks. I have one for food, one for clothing/pillow. Ziplocks hold my FAK, maps, and other personal items. Tent and sleeping bag are loose in the pack, easier to...
  10. The issue with aging parents is a good one. Both...

    The issue with aging parents is a good one. Both my parents died in their 90s in the last three years, and that was all-consuming--I didn't travel for myself at all during those years. In that...
  11. There are a lot of AT hikers in their early 60s....

    There are a lot of AT hikers in their early 60s. Many of those were in better shape in their 50s, but they still make it. I hiked it in my early 50s (with a 63-yo companion) and now, twelve years...
  12. I've never used a footprint with my Tarptent...

    I've never used a footprint with my Tarptent Contrail. The floor will wick moisture from wet ground, so I sleep on a closed-cell pad and put the large plastic bag I store the sleeping bag in under my...
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    Overcrowded trails in my county's open space...

    Overcrowded trails in my county's open space system are a real "problem" for my trail crew. Folks trying to socially distance are making very wide trails, parallel trails, and braided trails. But we...
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    You may be able to find a friend to take in your...

    You may be able to find a friend to take in your dogs if you start looking now, but absolutely do not expect this friend to follow you up the trail with your dogs. It may happen if you offer to pay...
  15. No, I didn't mean that. Don't let the bike gather...

    No, I didn't mean that. Don't let the bike gather cobwebs and the tires go flat. I enjoy cycling to trailheads and on errands, and fun rides every week with my wife.

    Likewise, even when I'm...
  16. I'm also 62 and pretty much switch seasons from...

    I'm also 62 and pretty much switch seasons from cycling to hiking. I have done several thru-hikes and a couple of cross-country bike trips since retiring from work. If I want to do a major trip in...
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    I think it's good to remember that drinking water...

    I think it's good to remember that drinking water isn't the only source of GI distress. How about hand-washing after using the toilet? On my AT hike, I saw plenty of filthy hikers sharing food. Some...
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    I'm class of '08 as well, and I was thinking I...

    I'm class of '08 as well, and I was thinking I can't believe it's been a dozen years--time flies. Sorry, I can't help with that area of the country, just wishing you luck right now. All your concerns...
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    Yes, depends on location. And I don't carry a...

    Yes, depends on location. And I don't carry a filter, but treat chemically with AquaMira (chlorine dioxide). I treated maybe ten gallons on the AT, less on the PCT and CDT. I'd carry enough water to...
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    I cycled 25 miles from the place I'm staying the...

    I cycled 25 miles from the place I'm staying the winter to a Florida Trail trailhead and found out the FT is closed. Someone I met cycling told me a section of the FT is paved and can make a nice 60...
  21. Thread: Camp Shoes

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    No. The longer the trip, the less I carry.

    No.

    The longer the trip, the less I carry.
  22. Hah! Ditto. When Y2K blew over, friends and...

    Hah! Ditto.

    When Y2K blew over, friends and neighbors were giving me all their emergency supplies for use on trail. I had years' worth. I sure hope this scare is just that, and maybe we will...
  23. I'm a bean snob, too. I hate canned/processed...

    I'm a bean snob, too. I hate canned/processed beans. But that's at home. The trail's different.
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    I don't have any backpacking experience in GNP,...

    I don't have any backpacking experience in GNP, just a day hike decades ago with no clear memory of it. But I have a lot of desert experience, with hikes of the CDT and the Arizona Trail, for...
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    Take a look at Mr Money Mustache's...

    Take a look at Mr Money Mustache's blog.

    For a few small examples, I stopped buying beer and wine, bartered with neighbors for goods and services (like beer and wine), and committed to bicycling...
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