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    Those MLD rain mitts are pretty great for that,...

    Those MLD rain mitts are pretty great for that, with some thin gloves or liners under them. My main concern, and the reason I use them sparingly, is that, being just a thin shell equivalent to a...
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    Hardly know where to begin, since I do short...

    Hardly know where to begin, since I do short trips year-round across a huge variety of conditions(may hit 11 states this year, in spite of a relatively low number of nights on the trail).
    Much like...
  3. Which, as I discovered last week, is for some...

    Which, as I discovered last week, is for some reason impossible for me to say 3 times in quick succession.
    Rhododendron Gap.
    Rhododengine Gap.
    Rhododendron Grap...crap!
  4. Had a bunch of ponies thunder through the edge of...

    Had a bunch of ponies thunder through the edge of camp in Mt. Rogers NRA(we were technically outside Grayson Highlands SP), and a group of them took over the spot where my shelter had been as soon as...
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    Given you're still willing to start out with...

    Given you're still willing to start out with >100lbs, I think you might be ok for a little longer.
    Sucks you caught that heavy rain midtrip, but at least it didn't last. I wasted an off...
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    Poll: My newer Exped, the Synmat Hyperlite I bought in...

    My newer Exped, the Synmat Hyperlite I bought in 2015, popped a baffle on an overnighter last night. I emailed Exped with a pic, and received a response saying they'd replace it just 9 minutes later....
  7. Thread: Hiker shape

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    Ok, there are so many variables at play here that...

    Ok, there are so many variables at play here that it's impossible to say via internet.
    From your build, what you're wearing underneath, not having the proper size, etc., or just not being used to...
  8. The Montbell Superior Down Parka is better in...

    The Montbell Superior Down Parka is better in pretty much every way, about an ounce heavier, and always $209(at least I've yet to see them on closeout)....
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    I guess this just popped into my memory from when...

    I guess this just popped into my memory from when I asked about the Jacks River Trail back in June. This week, I did an overnight of the "Penitentiary Branch Loop" for the second time since then, and...
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    The "best" would be the one that fits you most...

    The "best" would be the one that fits you most comfortably, and has enough room for your gear. And that could be anything. Other people can't tell you that; you'll have to go pack shopping-preferably...
  11. Thread: Trail names

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    I can't imagine caring one way or the other, but...

    I can't imagine caring one way or the other, but this reminded me of a scene from Robin Hood(the Kevin Costner/Morgan Freeman one).
    -My name is Aziz. It means "Great One".
    -So, "Great One"...did...
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    I was thinking about this statement. It's far...

    I was thinking about this statement. It's far from the first time I've said something along those lines, but it struck me as being a bit ironic.
    There really isn't that much more usable space when...
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    I don't have any experience with the Bowfin or...

    I don't have any experience with the Bowfin or Rainbow, but since the ProTrail and Notch have been brought up, I'll chip in there. They're very different shelters. I like the simplicity and packed...
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    The purpose of my post was to illustrate that...

    The purpose of my post was to illustrate that things the topo does NOT show can significantly affect the difficulty(perhaps "required time" would be more apt) of a trail. It's easy to forget, and...
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    We're gonna do the Molas Pass to Purgatory Flats...

    We're gonna do the Molas Pass to Purgatory Flats thing with a shuttle again, and probably different add-ons to the loop from last time.

    btw, that river trail exit is not bad, but not "all...
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    "The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad...

    "The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad remains OPEN and we will be extending our Cascade Canyon Express train excursions to the end of the Summer and through the Fall season. However, due to...
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    Noone familiar with reading topographic maps...

    Noone familiar with reading topographic maps would need to ask.
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    I used to climb some, and while the ratings were...

    I used to climb some, and while the ratings were fairly consistent, even that is relative.
    I've easily knocked out 5.10s whose ratings were based on big power moves, and struggled on 5.9s with...
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    FYI: D&S Railroad is not currently running to...

    FYI: D&S Railroad is not currently running to Silverton or providing wilderness access. Their site says no bookings before Aug 15, and to check back later for updates.
    Same friend and I may go back...
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    Yeah, we all do it. That's how you "activate", or...

    Yeah, we all do it. That's how you "activate", or revive the DWR coating on WPB materials that use them.
  21. Figured you might want more ventilation. It's...

    Figured you might want more ventilation. It's warm out there!
    Totally get the "each trip could be my last" thing, 'cause I tend to think that way due to my back, but you also kind of embody the...
  22. Thread: Rucksack size?

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    I'll vote cutting back, 'cause it sounds like...

    I'll vote cutting back, 'cause it sounds like you've got an awful lot of stuff.
    I use an older Osprey Manta 25L that is less than half full if I bring everything I'd need to comfortably spend an...
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    Happy birthday. Glad you had good weather.

    What? First I start hiking in the Cohutta Wilderness, and now you and I have been looking at the SAME tent?!?
    Surely the end of days is upon us!
    It's...
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    This is what I use for summer in the South,...

    This is what I use for summer in the South, though there has been another version since, and I don't know the current equivalent:
    Marmot Trestle Trails...
  25. Thread: Hiker hunger

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    I'm not a thruhiker, so have no experience with...

    I'm not a thruhiker, so have no experience with hiker hunger.
    A "long" trip for me is 7 days of hiking.
    I've taken 8lbs of food, and come back with 3.5. I don't really want to eat much the first 4...
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