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    I probably tried more inflatables than that...

    I probably tried more inflatables than that before I found an inflatable I liked (Exped). I used stuffed pillows for a long time. I bought tiny ones from a fabric store. I found them much cheaper...
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    I have the Exped size Medium and love it. Mine...

    I have the Exped size Medium and love it. Mine is the red one. I think I might buy the UL yellow one if buying one now.

    BTW, I always thought the valve system was pretty gross overkill. Not...
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    I am not sure how qualified I am to answer. I am...

    I am not sure how qualified I am to answer. I am not a thru hiker and have not done all that much backpacking compared to most here. I am 68 years old though and have done a fair amount of hiking,...
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    I have used a tiny keychain light with good...

    I have used a tiny keychain light with good results. It is a minimalist light and won't make folks who want a lot of light happy. It does not meet the criteria of the original post. The exact one...
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    When I have food from home or by mail drop... ...

    When I have food from home or by mail drop... Breakfast burritos made with freeze dried refried beans, freeze dried eggs, freeze dried mushrooms, and freeze dried cheese are great. I get everything...
  6. Since when are we restricted to only offering...

    Since when are we restricted to only offering advice within the exact parameters of the OP when some other advice might actually be useful? I can see Dogwood's point and think it is good advice to...
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    My take: A definite no to expensive footprints. ...

    My take:
    A definite no to expensive footprints. A less firm no to ground sheets of any type.
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    I may be the only one on the planet, but I MUCH...

    I may be the only one on the planet, but I MUCH prefer most synthetics to wool Merino or otherwise. I find it dries slowly and despite claims to the contrary, I found the stink worse than with at...
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    Care to elaborate? What stove design were you...

    Care to elaborate? What stove design were you using and what was your solution?
  10. I may gave to try them.

    I may gave to try them.
  11. Most of the VFF wearers I know do not wear socks...

    Most of the VFF wearers I know do not wear socks and expect to have damp feet. It kind of goes with the territory. I trail run daily year round and my feet are generally wet much of the time. It...
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    Freeze dried scrambled eggs, freeze dried...

    Freeze dried scrambled eggs, freeze dried mushrooms, freeze dried refried beans, freeze dried cheese, and some hot sauce all wrapped in a tortilla is really yummy. You can get the freeze dried stuff...
  13. The number of views isn't necessarily a good...

    The number of views isn't necessarily a good measure. Some of them might be folks that are amazed to read about adults being afraid of sleeping in the woods alone.
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    Why can't you just peel the tape off and use it...

    Why can't you just peel the tape off and use it again?

    The tape solution assumes that the valve is where the leakage occurs though, which may not be the case.
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    I used to carry a piece of poly sheeting, but...

    I used to carry a piece of poly sheeting, but after a weight shedding purge on a coast to coast bicycle tour I have never taken up the practice again. I have never used a proper "foot print" or even...
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    I have not had any issues with using my alcohol...

    I have not had any issues with using my alcohol burner at a little over 10,000'. I have not used it higher than that though. Some of those times were colder than the temps I expect to see on the...
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    Forgot to mention... You can just hold the filter...

    Forgot to mention... You can just hold the filter against a faucet with no additional fittings to flush it. Water will probably spray all over you, but it works fine other than that.
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    A few notes on my experiences with the Squeeze:...

    A few notes on my experiences with the Squeeze:
    1. The bags, even the old ones, are fine if you don't go crazy with the squeezing. The filter will even work pretty well with just gravity, I have...
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    Not me. I like to keep it as fun as possible. ...

    Not me. I like to keep it as fun as possible. To me that means mostly trail running as training. I do sometimes carry my normal on a day hike before long trips just to be sure everything is set up...
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    I can vouch for the Spitfire 1 as a very nice...

    I can vouch for the Spitfire 1 as a very nice budget option. You can find one for about $100 and I like it better than most of the options that cost much more.

    The Prolite is nice enough, but I...
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    I was able to get full mobility back pretty...

    I was able to get full mobility back pretty quickly after both of my shoulder surgeries. I was hiking without a pack pretty much immediately. I think I could have carried a pack pretty soon, but...
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    Thanks. My traffic tolerance is pretty high I...

    Thanks.

    My traffic tolerance is pretty high I guess. US 340 really doesn't worry me, now that I know that the bridges are passable on bike or on foot. I have done quite a few trips of over a...
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    I am over 60 and have to say that some of the...

    I am over 60 and have to say that some of the young-ish adults of today have better values instilled in them than a lot of the folks I grew up with. Some of the younger generation have poor...
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    This picture is reportedly from earlier this year...

    This picture is reportedly from earlier this year when someone did a hike that crossed the Potomac river US340. So I think it is at least an option.

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    US 340, other than the bridge looks, OK to me. ...

    US 340, other than the bridge looks, OK to me. It has a nice wide shoulder on the short section where I'd be using it. From there I'd think I'd likely be using rt 67, rt 66, and rt 491. So my main...
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