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    Ok. Get some cheap aluminum shepherd hooks. I’ve been using those since forever. My current stake bag has 6 of the 8.75” Eastons and 6 ancient aluminum shepherd hooks. I mix and match depending on soil conditions.
    Keep it simple and cheap.
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    If the tent is self supporting it really doesn't need to be staked if the fly also attaches to the frame. But you better put something heavy inside it or if a good stiff wind comes along, it will roll down the hill.
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    The fly attaches to the frame with u-clips along the poles and to the tent itself with thumb clips at all 4 corners. I will be bringing stakes anyway, just not likely the ones it came with. Looking forward to checking out REI's selection. Also have a hike mapped out for tomorrow, upping my training weight for this one. Going from 40 lbs to close to 70. All my gear plus all the water bottles I normally use. Nice thing about it is I can drink some water to lessen my load lol. Should be able to do this trek every weekend from here until I do my winter on Springer.
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    It sounds to me like Y’all think you can defy the laws of physics.
    Stakes hold tents fast.
    Have fun stake shopping!
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    The Leki Makalu trekking poles I'm pretty sure are cork. They have other cheap cork ones at Walmart I think.

    More importantly, this guy has the very best and most useful thru-hiking videos on You Tube. Give some of his videos a bit of attention and you'll be doing yourself a favor:

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    I'll be windy at elevations so plan on bringing the stakes. Buy some lighter ones. In other places there will only be platforms so it's handy to have a reasonably free-standing tent, although you can use rocks or stuff in your pack to hold the guy lines or the corners as long as it's not too bad. Or just move on to the next shelter.

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    My tent fits both me and my pack, in places I cant stake I'll get creative.. been referred to as a McGuyver like mf'er by buddies of mine..I can make about anything work. Currently working on making a sleeve for my paracord to prevent sawing the tree limbs..got the idea from my hammock tree huggers. They stick by friction to the tree so the ties dont slide down the tree when getting in and out of it.. should be able to reproduce it for my food bag cord. Trick will be getting it above the limb when i toss the line over.
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    Thinking maybe a knot to push it up after the line goes over, idk, I'll make it work.
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    should be able to reproduce it for my food bag cord. Trick will be getting it above the limb when i toss the line over.


    Food bag hang...
    arguably (because someone will!) state of the art, lol.


    Best setup I've used, ennyhoo... especially for heavy or multiple food bags. Bit of a learning curve, tho.
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    You are already at about 34 lbs abd your list is not complete. Toothbrush toothpaste a little soap for hygeine and or hand sanitizer.

    Youre bag is kinda heavy but if thats what you can afford so be it. Is it going to be warm enough though.

    So far im only window shopping but if i were to buy my gear today im looking at around 35lbs total pack weight. Trying to figure out how to cut that down and stay in budget. Also looking at ways to increase the budget.

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    Based on a lot of the posts here, I think the most important things for you are to get walking when you get your gear roughly right, and to keep some budget to replace stuff on the trail
    Don't get some ultralight trowel or cords and leave yourself without enough funds to find out what you actually need on the trail

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmoulder View Post


    Food bag hang...
    arguably (because someone will!) state of the art, lol.


    Best setup I've used, ennyhoo... especially for heavy or multiple food bags. Bit of a learning curve, tho.
    I am convinced I can do without the gromets or carabiners.. pretty handy with a knot. as far as the sleeve goes, since I'm no longer bringing my hammock, I can cannibalize the tree-hugger from it.
    Quote Originally Posted by gracebowen View Post
    You are already at about 34 lbs abd your list is not complete. Toothbrush toothpaste a little soap for hygeine and or hand sanitizer.

    Youre bag is kinda heavy but if thats what you can afford so be it. Is it going to be warm enough though.

    So far im only window shopping but if i were to buy my gear today im looking at around 35lbs total pack weight. Trying to figure out how to cut that down and stay in budget. Also looking at ways to increase the budget.
    Assuming I'm not actually gonna carry 8 lbs of food, it's a bit lighter, and in-pack weight is closer to 29. The remainder of my absentee items should be under a pound, save poles.. if I chose to use them. Warm enough? we'll see. Testing it out this Dec on Springer for a few days/night (well the two camps after springer, I want to hike some and camp some to ensure I am warm and dry enough doing both.)
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    Hand sanitizer.
    Snowflake Soap.
    Bag! Humbug!
    Waste of time, money and space.
    Cut down bar of Ivory or Dr. Bronners.
    Done.
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    Auto correct. What a crock!
    Bah! Humbug!
    That’s better.
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    Whatever you use for bear bag line, 25 feet isn't nearly enough. 40 feet is marginal, 50 ft needed if you're doing a decent PCT hang (since you're going to lose half the length to the stopper stick.......)

    But yes, get out and do some actual trips... you can't really appreciate any advice until you get out and see for yourself.
    UL, because nobody ever asks "How can I make my pack heavier?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmoulder View Post
    Whatever you use for bear bag line, 25 feet isn't nearly enough. 40 feet is marginal, 50 ft needed if you're doing a decent PCT hang (since you're going to lose half the length to the stopper stick.......)

    But yes, get out and do some actual trips... you can't really appreciate any advice until you get out and see for yourself.
    Boy is that true. My first and second overnights were great for truly undetstanding the advice I read here. They were also vital to my future sucess. Pack weight really matters

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    read through this posting.. i bought 50' was considering 75' after reading someone wished they had an extra 20' on their 50' line. good thing I haven't actually cut my line in half yet. I did however manage to get everything inside my bag and still have enough room to add a 20L food bag, and still not fill it i think. 75L+10 was too big to get, but I'm glad I did.. room to dig in and pull stuff out without having to unpack everything to get anything out.(in case I need something in a downpour or whatever)

    Did a test hike today with everything loaded in my bag plus some water bottles to bring my weight up.. unfortunately there are no hills here along the coast so it was a flat march, but the bag rode well, and made me really glad I wasn't actually gonna carry 60lbs on my back.
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    Bag? I thought you were using a backpack?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Venchka View Post
    Bag? I thought you were using a backpack?

    Wayne
    lol smartass, you know what I mean.
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    bag on the brain from thinking about the food bag
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