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    Cheap is cheap, but heavy is heavy. My family...

    Cheap is cheap, but heavy is heavy.

    My family bought me some cheap hikers for Christmas so I'd stop wearing my good ones around the house. That heavier material is a noticeable drag on every step....
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    As someone who uses a sled/pulk on winter trips I...

    As someone who uses a sled/pulk on winter trips I can attest to the fact that the same tool that is beneficial in easy terrain can become a nightmare to manage in challenging terrain. Both sled and...
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    Not sure about the legalities. I know a lot of...

    Not sure about the legalities. I know a lot of trails prohibit wheeled vehicles which includes bicycles and carts. Even if legal, much of the trail's terrain does not lend itself to wheels. On those...
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    Checking the pack weight once you're fully loaded...

    Checking the pack weight once you're fully loaded is actually a good idea. Folks who add up their base weight plus consumables are often surprised to find that their fully loaded pack weighs more :) ...
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    If anyone is looking for more details on the EE...

    If anyone is looking for more details on the EE Rain Wrap I did a Trailspace review on it when it first came out in '17. Been riding in my raincoat pocket ever since. Well, except when I wear it :)...
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    Get it if you can Ben! I just rewatched the HD...

    Get it if you can Ben! I just rewatched the HD version of this video and while its a lot better than youtube, it still can't compare to being there :)

    peakbagger is correct about the zoo factor...
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    It lacks prominence. There isn't a big enough...

    It lacks prominence. There isn't a big enough drop between Baxter and Pamola so it doesn't count for list baggers. Still counts for everyone else though :)
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    I've used an EE APEX 20 over the top of a 30...

    I've used an EE APEX 20 over the top of a 30 down TR Ventra sub zero with good result. Some additional clothing took it down to around -20F. My preference is to use the APEX over the down so...
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    You might be surprised at how long that built in...

    You might be surprised at how long that built in battery lasts if using the lowest output setting. The higher outputs will eat it up in just a few hours, but on low it lasts for weeks. Working on a...
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    Six Day Pemi Video

    Well, the video isn't six days, but it is over an hour. Grab a beverage and settle in for a trip around the Pemi including some parts most folks don't get to see.


    https://youtu.be/lgDLaDBfdiw
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    I did a two night loop of sorts in that area a...

    I did a two night loop of sorts in that area a couple of years ago. Went up the ledges on the way up to the south peak, across to the north peak and then down the back side on the Eagle Link Tr....
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    Facebook groups are the place these days it...

    Facebook groups are the place these days it seems. Lots of activity there.

    With end of summer, a holiday weekend and college groups getting started I would expect to see a lot of folks out there....
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    I keep my bug net on my hammock even in Winter....

    I keep my bug net on my hammock even in Winter. That catches anything falling on me other than rain.
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    I operate on a sliding scale depending on...

    I operate on a sliding scale depending on forecast, sky and paranoia level :)

    Nothing but bug net is always preferred, but if there is any chance at all I'll need it, I will string the tarp...
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    Why not both? CB makes a great aged white cheddar...

    Why not both? CB makes a great aged white cheddar that comes in wrapped sticks. You don't want to know what percentage of my food bag is comprised of these sticks, but I can vouch for how well they...
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    Sure hope the browntails haven't reached your...

    Sure hope the browntails haven't reached your neck of the woods. They do terrible things to the skin.
  17. Starting Cohos SOBO on Friday, but I walk slow...

    Starting Cohos SOBO on Friday, but I walk slow this time of year. That snow has a couple of weeks, but then it has to go, sorry.

    Spent the weekend doing an out and back from Coleman with the...
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    Those small muscles in the forearm can create all...

    Those small muscles in the forearm can create all sorts of havoc if you use them heavily in a way they aren't used to. Painted a ceiling recently and had to sleep with my arms propped up to keep from...
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    No personal experience, but folks seem to be...

    No personal experience, but folks seem to be saying nice things about this place near Andover http://humannaturehostel.com/

    Not sure if you are looking to stay, but maybe call and see if they will...
  20. I had to redo my plans last year due to snow....

    I had to redo my plans last year due to snow. This year I booked my trips for July :)
  21. Silpoly really handles wet better than the...

    Silpoly really handles wet better than the silnylon did, at least for me. No stretching and retains less water when you're packing up.
  22. I do just as mentioned with MH meals. A regular,...

    I do just as mentioned with MH meals. A regular, non-Pro Pak, MH bag says it is two servings. Most cans are listed as having 10 servings. I'll dump the whole can out on a plate and then scoop...
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    The Road Less Traveled (SPOILER ALERT) . . ....

    The Road Less Traveled (SPOILER ALERT)
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    I'm a long time fan of Frost. Used to carry a paperback copy of his complete works in my pack on most every trip. Even named my web site after a...
  24. I see the closure on Horse Mtn is for nesting...

    I see the closure on Horse Mtn is for nesting falcons TJ. Are they a recent arrival? Most of my trips over that way have been in June/July and I don't recall seeing notices before.
  25. The HMLT is closed? Hopefully not for long....

    The HMLT is closed? Hopefully not for long. Hitting the summit of Horse Mountain is of course always a majestic moment, but the Lookout Trail is a wonderful place to eat cheese either before or after...
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