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    That's where I think weather and winter storage...

    That's where I think weather and winter storage come into play.
    While you're in the field, especially in a humid environment, the water inside the filter doesn't evaporate and therefore the minerals...
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    Had not hear of this filter, so I googled it and...

    Had not hear of this filter, so I googled it and found https://sectionhiker.com/hydroblu-versa-flow-water-filter-review/
    But I was rather disappointed because the article "claims" the filter is...
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    That may be common sense and logic to someone...

    That may be common sense and logic to someone who's been around hard water AND understands how these filters work.
    But that's NOT the general population.
    Not to mention, we've been raising a...
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    I wonder if they simply develop these filters in...

    I wonder if they simply develop these filters in an area with soft water and/or high humidity such that mineral deposits are not an issue.
    Their instructions certainly don't have anything to say...
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    But wouldn't silt be large enough that regular...

    But wouldn't silt be large enough that regular back-flushing would keep silt from building up?
    I'm not discounting the idea... it's something I had not considered.

    The specifics of my situation...
  6. I read about Tipi's idea in a hiking book back in...

    I read about Tipi's idea in a hiking book back in the days before any of you ever heard of the internet.

    Same book, a trick they gave for ALWAYS being able to keep your sleeping bag dry... stuff...
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    WOW... those Tilleys don't come cheap. But...

    WOW... those Tilleys don't come cheap.

    But they look real nice, look like they are worth the price you pay.
    I couldn't see spending the money on one right now. I do most my hiking in GSMNP where...
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    Just to add some data-points to the theories... ...

    Just to add some data-points to the theories...

    I used a Sawyer Mini for a JMT thru hike.

    I purchased a brand-new one just before leaving so that there was no chance of freeze damage why flying...
  9. Correct. I've got a BA Copper Spur UL2 I use...

    Correct.

    I've got a BA Copper Spur UL2 I use as a 1P tent (so I've considered getting my son his own 1P tent, but not spending the $$$ needed to get him a Copper Spur).
    I've got a BA Lynx Pass 2...
  10. Big Agnes Manzanares HV SL3 - Feedback

    I've been using the REI Half-Dome Plus... but it's going back to REI as soon as the stores re-open.
    1. Water pools on the rain-fly in a storm
    2. Poor workmanship: Inconsistencies in the no-see-um...
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    Hiked the JMT a few years ago, where you spend a...

    Hiked the JMT a few years ago, where you spend a great deal of time above tree-line, and even when you're below tree-line, the forest isn't very dense.

    I simply used a wide-brimmed Columbia hat...
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    That does sound quite odd. I've never had...

    That does sound quite odd.

    I've never had the slightest issue with a canister stove until temperatures started getting close to freezing.
    But if temperatures are 40 or above, no issue.

    But...
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    Sawyer's are so inexpensive that when I start...

    Sawyer's are so inexpensive that when I start having a problem, I toss them and buy a new one.

    I too have headed out with my Sawyer after winter storage and forgot to test it. I fortunately use...
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    The other shuttle service I've used in the area...

    The other shuttle service I've used in the area (pre-virus) is AAA-Hiker Service.
    However, I placed a call to them just before the park re-opened to inquire if they were doing shuttles and I never...
  15. Thread: GSMNP Hike

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    In my opinion, I think it is more likely that the...

    In my opinion, I think it is more likely that the shelters would be shut down (due to resource damage?) before the park service will return to requiring people stay in the shelters for the 2020...
  16. Thread: GSMNP Hike

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    Just keep in mind that hammocks can't be attached...

    Just keep in mind that hammocks can't be attached to the shelters. You'll have to hang from the trees.
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    You could always park in the national park......

    You could always park in the national park...
    When you fill out the application for your permit to stay at Pecks, Cosby Knob, and Davenport Gap, you include you car's License Plate number.
    When a...
  18. Thread: GSMNP Hike

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    Biggest issue is getting there early enough that...

    Biggest issue is getting there early enough that you find a good place to tent.
    Since the park re-openned, I've already spend 5 nights in the woods (1 Saturday Night the 1st weekend the park was...
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    To get the most out of wet wipes and TP, I use a...

    To get the most out of wet wipes and TP, I use a fold method. Wipe, fold so that "dirty" part is on the inside, wipe again, fold again... until finally the last fold leaves all the "dirty" on the...
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    You will need to keep an eye out on the GSMNP...

    You will need to keep an eye out on the GSMNP Current Conditions Web Page as changes are made during their Phased Reopening of the park.
    https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
    ...
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    The following website seems to be pretty clear:...

    The following website seems to be pretty clear:
    https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/hdwildpermits.htm
    If your wilderness permit was issued by someone other than Yosemite... your ONLY way to get...
  22. Thread: GSMNP Hike

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    All park trails are open. The park is NOT...

    All park trails are open.
    The park is NOT issuing AT-Thru hiker permits.
    You will need to get a General Backpacker Permit requiring a reservation for each shelter you plan to stay at.
    Reservation...
  23. The only "BAD" overnight parking spot I ever...

    The only "BAD" overnight parking spot I ever heard of around the Smokies is Davenport Gap.
    Years ago, Maddron Bald Trailhead just off 321 used to also be listed as a bad spot, but I believe the...
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    First of all, in this case "right below it"...

    First of all, in this case "right below it" equates to about a quarter mile away and 100' drop in elevation (down Gregory Bald trail).
    After a 3,000' climb to Gregory Bald, my mind does NOT equate...
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    A week would give you a chance to hike some of...

    A week would give you a chance to hike some of the more remote parts of the Great Smokey Mountains during leaf peeper season (mid October).
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