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  1. Good post, Nanatuck. I agree. The problem with...

    Good post, Nanatuck. I agree. The problem with doing something for bragging rights is that nobody really cares, for more than a second or two.

    I walked the northern portion of the PCT at the...
  2. If you eat a ton of carbs you will always be a...

    If you eat a ton of carbs you will always be a ravenous glutton, never become fat adapted, and eventually risk metabolic problems.
    If you become fat adapted, you won't be as hungry, and won't need...
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    In my experience, the rating is the temperature...

    In my experience, the rating is the temperature at which you will suffer.
  4. Had the proverbial "100 lb down sleeping bag"...

    Had the proverbial "100 lb down sleeping bag" thing happen while hiking PA back in 1974 with a Kelty pack and garbage bag cover.
    Now we always put the sleeping bag in a turkey baster bag and seal...
  5. Thread: Fanny Packs

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    Watch out, it's a slippery slope... I've seen AT...

    Watch out, it's a slippery slope... I've seen AT hikers who had a huge pack on their back, and another huge pack attached to their front. That's not hiking, it's pack animal behavior. I just get a...
  6. We bought the $60 Gossamer Gear umbrellas,...

    We bought the $60 Gossamer Gear umbrellas, probably the best there is... after reading accounts of hiking the difficult Te Araroa long-distance trail in New Zealand (where it can rain for days). ...
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    We carry a brolly that's 5.5 ounces (Raines...

    We carry a brolly that's 5.5 ounces (Raines skinny mini) and stowes easily. So many advantages of keeping rain off you versus having it drip all over you. Plus often you don't need to wear rain...
  8. Study suggests that thru-hiking might decrease vascular health

    "It is important for individuals completing a long-distance hike to be aware of the potential deleterious changes associated with large volumes of exercise and consuming a high-calorie, low-quality...
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    An even bigger problem with cancel culture is...

    An even bigger problem with cancel culture is that the people cancelling are not so perfect themselves.
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    Let's see... "sugar ... inflammatory corn oil......

    Let's see... "sugar ... inflammatory corn oil... sugar... GMO gluten wheat flour ... toxic partially hydrogenated soybean oil (transfat) ... toxic HFCS ... toxic soy lechithin. In total, 21 grams...
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    Oh, and this National weather forecast: Freezing...

    Oh, and this
    National weather forecast: Freezing temperatures, snow to chill eastern USA low-pressure system will bring heavy precipitation to the Northeast
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    Just shorts and a tee shirt? You might get...

    Just shorts and a tee shirt? You might get lucky, but I did that section at the same time and had snow and a lot of cold weather. Was happy to have long pants, long shirts, down sweater and a...
  13. Thread: $$$ís

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    "Take twice the cash and half the clothing" --...

    "Take twice the cash and half the clothing" -- tried and true travel advice
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    The danger in prioritizing calories per ounce is...

    The danger in prioritizing calories per ounce is that you will favor energy foods: fat and carbs, especially sugar, while going quite low on protein.
    Sure, a lot of people do it this way, but...
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    Duration and intensity are trade-offs. You can...

    Duration and intensity are trade-offs. You can go longer, happily, if you take it easy. But hard charging hikes are rough on you physically and mentally, especially if you are not young. I think...
  16. Paper maps thank you very much.

    Paper maps thank you very much.
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    "I'm a marathon runner, so not worried about...

    "I'm a marathon runner, so not worried about cardio-vascular, "

    I wish it were that easy. I've run 75 marathons and ultras, and only recently learned about all the endurance runners who developed...
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    That's a winter hike. Take a tent. Don't be on...

    That's a winter hike. Take a tent. Don't be on the stupid side of light.
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    Ex-Officio is our go-to for an outstanding...

    Ex-Officio is our go-to for an outstanding synthetic shirt (or pants, or underwear). Made for serious world travel. Lasts for decades with hard useage. You can sometimes find it on sale or on an...
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    My favorite biltong was kudo. I don't think we...

    My favorite biltong was kudo. I don't think we can get it here though.
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    Sure, those are good, we've eaten the beef and...

    Sure, those are good, we've eaten the beef and the chicken ones for a few years now. Good stuff but wet and potentially smelly, like you say. We bought a Food Saver machine that does the suction...
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    I've hiked all my life, and in my mid 60's my...

    I've hiked all my life, and in my mid 60's my opinion is that the older hikers make the best company, and also get the most out of the trail. So much to share, and a willingness to take the time...
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    I hope that it's changed management and no longer...

    I hope that it's changed management and no longer is run by a big dufus that hates hiking. "Because I dislike extended misery" he said.
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    I think that going as odor-proof as possible and...

    I think that going as odor-proof as possible and sleeping with it is the best option unless there is a known bear issue at that location, then use a bear canister. 50+ years experience talking, plus...
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    After more than 50 years of backpacking, this...

    After more than 50 years of backpacking, this year I finally bought a Big Agnes collapsible chair because we were backpacking on the WA "Wilderness Coast". You spend a lot of time sitting looking at...
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