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    Quote Originally Posted by cmoulder View Post
    Yep, don't just leave it on the side of the trail when you tire of carrying it, like somebody did on the Laurel Highlands Trail. I don't know the full story, of course, so maybe it was accidentally dropped, but it doesn't seem like something that would go unnoticed...

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    Thanks for sharing this pic of chairs and/or discarded chairs. It reminds me of my experiences---

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    Saw this one on Doublecamp Creek which somebody hauled out and left.

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    Found this one on Panther Branch trail near Tellico River---a remote backpacking trail so someone had to carry it a long way.

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    This mess was left on a hard to reach part of Snowbird Creek trail in NC. Obviously some backpackers like to haul out these kind of heavy chairs.

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    Lighter lawn chairs are also favored and can be carried long distances strapped to the back of a pack. I found these scattered off the Mitchell Lick trail and I gathered them up out of the woods to pile next to the trail.

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    Here is a guy carrying a camp chair on the Benton MacKaye trail near Cold Spring Gap.

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    Finally, this one got my attention---a guy carrying an actual lawn chair and passing thru Naked Ground Gap which is miles from any road.

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    There is a river water trail near me. 2 or 3 weeks after every memorial day I do a canoe trip and collect abandoned tents, broken chairs and trash. I wait 2-3 weeks to avoid the piles of human waste, lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grampie View Post
    If you think you should take a chair, by all means take one. When you get to Neels Gap, you can send it home.
    He didn't say he was thruhiking, not everyone is a thruhiker on this site.

    Looking back at my old trip planners, I have carried a T-rest chair on every backpacking trip for the last 18 years, all up and down the AT, spring, summer, fall, and winter. I average 12-18 miles a day depending on season and my pack base weight for the summer is 15 lbs. This includes warm clothes as well as other "comfort" items such as a cup, camp shoes, trowel, collapsible bucket, and of course a chair.
    Quote Originally Posted by cmoulder View Post
    Yep, don't just leave it on the side of the trail when you tire of carrying it, like somebody did on the Laurel Highlands Trail. I don't know the full story, of course, so maybe it was accidentally dropped, but it doesn't seem like something that would go unnoticed...

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    Was that where it was when you saw it? Was there any other gear? I would posit that it was dropped. It's the kind of item that would get strapped on the outside of the pack for easy access. My T-rest chair rolls up but is long so sometimes it's on the inside and sometimes on the outside in a water bottle pocket. Since I don't use water bottles, I keep other items in those holders, including a small stuff sack. I know that stuff sack is slippery so anything in the water bottle pockets gets clipped with a small 'biner or tied. Someone hiking with earbuds wouldn't hear that drop for instance. Dumping just a hundred dollar chair that weighs only a pound isn't going to help much. Plus it is right on the trail.

    I'm certainly not saying people should carry a chair nor I am saying it has be a Thermarest. The OP seemed very interested though in making a purchase so maybe product recommendations is what he is after? How does that go again...oh yeah HYOH.
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    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 the ocean waves roll in. It was good. But I wouldn't carry it on a long distance mountain trail...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhioHiker View Post
    . . . but everyone I talk to says the little legs sink into soft ground all the time. . .
    Sometimes that annoying. Most times it pretty manageable. If you are going to be in soft terrain much, you can get a cloth base along the lines of this that can help with the sinking problem.
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