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  1. I wanted to follow up with this thread and relate...

    I wanted to follow up with this thread and relate my experience. Spent a week and a half backpacking (mostly PCT) earlier this month, and I was indeed able to get my rides.

    The first ride was...
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    If you're at all concerned about your battery...

    If you're at all concerned about your battery life, get an external battery (I am assuming you are already considering one). It costs additional weight, but if your phone is dying at a faster rate...
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    I'm only 6' tall but just spent 10 nights with a...

    I'm only 6' tall but just spent 10 nights with a Lunar Solo. Well made, great tent, and while I had enough room to sleep, any movement towards vertical inside the tent caused me to brush up against...
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    The instructions that came with my PUR (now...

    The instructions that came with my PUR (now Katadyn) Hiker had me flush the filter before storage with a bleach solution (1-2T bleach in a quart of water IIRC), pump out all liquid, then disassemble...
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    When I used an alcohol stove I put an absolute...

    When I used an alcohol stove I put an absolute insistence on material and closure integrity, and ended up using booze bottles made from PETE plastic. The lids screwed on very tightly with zero...
  6. That was an amazing story Traveler, thank you for...

    That was an amazing story Traveler, thank you for letting me live vicariously through you for that experience.
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    Put it in a ziplock bag in the...

    Put it in a ziplock bag in the ̶h̶y̶d̶r̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ map pocket of your pack.
  8. Once I hit my fourth day I'm able to zone out,...

    Once I hit my fourth day I'm able to zone out, and hiking turns into more of a meditation punctuated by various things of interest. I think it's a result of my conscious mind giving up and letting...
  9. Do a 10 night trip with a resupply in the middle;...

    Do a 10 night trip with a resupply in the middle; long enough to give you a taste of adventure, but short enough to be within your comfort level.

    After that, the sky's the limit.
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    And here I was having fun imagining a scenario in...

    And here I was having fun imagining a scenario in which you had Jackie Chiles representing you in front of the Supreme Court to right the great peanut butter injustice. :D
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    The trick is to use another tube to force it back...

    The trick is to use another tube to force it back into the opening. With toothpaste, you can do this just by butting the two "nozzles" up against each other by hand; this is how I refill my travel...
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    You can refill a toothpaste tube (after washing...

    You can refill a toothpaste tube (after washing it out), and if you save your empties the cost would be nothing (for the tube). The only issue I can think of would be whether or not the tubes...
  13. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance comes...

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance comes to mind WRT finding meditation in everyday activities. Physical exercise, including things like hiking and yoga can be really effective for developing...
  14. There is an old saw that goes "Idle hands are the...

    There is an old saw that goes "Idle hands are the devil's workshop", and while that is certainly true, I think it applies to one's mind as well. From what I have seen of people as they age, those...
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    OP showed with a story about needing money to...

    OP showed with a story about needing money to complete her thru, which is something we can all relate to. There is nothing inherently wrong with that, but the fact that she posted her gofundme link...
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    Yes, that is exactly what you did. In a...

    Yes, that is exactly what you did. In a nutshell, you justified begging and selling out the trail because everyone is doing it. In case you missed it, here are the highlights:
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    So you justify people monetizing our few...

    So you justify people monetizing our few remaining wild areas because it's just the new "generational use of resources"? Some things deserve to remain free from monetization, and if it is not our...
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    And yet here you are, asking for money by posting...

    And yet here you are, asking for money by posting your gofundme link and sponging off of trail enablers. Get a job like the rest of us; every store I walk into has a big "Hiring" sign by the front...
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    I guess it would depend upon how often the thefts...

    I guess it would depend upon how often the thefts are occurring. At the spot where I had my smash 'n grab (a trailhead just outside of a city), there would be broken glass a few times a month. When...
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    I used to browse the facebook marketplace, and...

    I used to browse the facebook marketplace, and noticed an ad for someone buying old cats. Knowing they were likely buying stolen goods I reported the ad, only to find that now I was innundated with...
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    Sadly you would be on your own with that, law...

    Sadly you would be on your own with that, law enforcement isn't going to set up a camera for random car parts thefts at random locations, and the thieves know this; about all that will happen is they...
  22. Thread: Slackpacking

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    One could say the same thing about people who...

    One could say the same thing about people who infer mental illness in those they disagree with. Is it too much to ask that you try to maintain the discussion, despite your passions, in a civil...
  23. Thread: Slackpacking

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    I got you covered Tipi, we will drive a post...

    I got you covered Tipi, we will drive a post every 100 yards or so and you can skypack with the new gondola system! Especially designed for people with RV allergies as well as people with...
  24. Thread: Slackpacking

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    Hiking shoes? Backpacking? Slackpacking? What...

    Hiking shoes? Backpacking? Slackpacking? What are you guys, a bunch of namby-pambies? It's time to put down the granola and smell the coffee!

    We've got 2190 miles of worthless dirt and weeds...
  25. I made one similar to that a number of years ago;...

    I made one similar to that a number of years ago; I started with the free plans on tarptent, but modified them for my own liking. Like you, I wanted bug protection, so I dropped mesh down the sides,...
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