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  1. I hiked it years ago. Don’t remember water ever...

    I hiked it years ago. Don’t remember water ever being an issue. Nice trail. I got turned around a bit at the ski resort; it wasn’t real well marked thru there at the time. Fall is a nice time to...
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    Thanks for the report. We’re headed to CO next...

    Thanks for the report. We’re headed to CO next summer and might try to hit this area on the way to the San Juans.
  3. Hey we are looking for a shuttle in this area in...

    Hey we are looking for a shuttle in this area in a few weeks. Anyone know some reputable shuttles?
  4. I too saw absolutely no one on this trail except...

    I too saw absolutely no one on this trail except when on the road walk. It’s a great alternative to the more popular trails.
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    We kept to a schedule we made beforehand pretty...

    We kept to a schedule we made beforehand pretty much the whole hike. We were only about a week off (early). It’s easily doable with planning.
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    Stayed there over thanksgiving. Excellent hiker...

    Stayed there over thanksgiving. Excellent hiker spot with great hosts. Would highly recommend.
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    Success = maximizing Remoteness

    Success = maximizing Remoteness
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    We went up Marcy one October, and like other...

    We went up Marcy one October, and like other hikes in the northeast it can get mean fast. A light snow and 25 degrees turned into below 0 and 8 inches in a hurry before we were off the mountain. ...
  9. Good point. I rarely use shelters and when I do...

    Good point. I rarely use shelters and when I do I bring a gas stove. I generally have 2 types of trips. On a hiking trip I’ll bring a stove. On a camping trip (beginning to enjoy these much more)...
  10. Not comparing, just made me think of this guy. ...

    Not comparing, just made me think of this guy.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/610459/north-pond-hermit/
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    Balsam, hemlock, spruce, or other evergreen are...

    Balsam, hemlock, spruce, or other evergreen are perfectly suitable in emergency situations for me. Until the 1950s that’s what people used every night anyways. While I have used this, thankfully...
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    I regularly go in temps that are around 0, and...

    I regularly go in temps that are around 0, and always with an x-therm. Highly recommended by me. I use mine year round. I have never taken 2 pads nor have I ever seen the need when paired with my...
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    While it has poles, Iím a fan of the simple big...

    While it has poles, Iím a fan of the simple big Agnes fly creek. I think it meets all of your other criteria. Im your same height but 50 lb heavier and have no issues with space in the 2 man, and...
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    I go nowhere without a book. I literally take...

    I go nowhere without a book. I literally take one everywhere. If I have a spare 5 minutes even, you’ll find me reading. I just got back from a backpacking trip and took David McCullough’s Truman. ...
  15. Read my signature.

    Read my signature.
  16. Never have understood the wood stove. If I don’t...

    Never have understood the wood stove. If I don’t bring a stove, I just cook on the fire. Zero weight except the pot and lighter, which I would carry anyways.
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    Nice! This one’s been on my list for several...

    Nice! This one’s been on my list for several years now. Just got back from a section on the north country…
  18. Hiked along Wilburn ridge last weekend. Always...

    Hiked along Wilburn ridge last weekend. Always good to go back home!
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    Saw a grizzly couple weeks ago. Jumped right out...

    Saw a grizzly couple weeks ago. Jumped right out on the trail in front of me not 10 yds away. Somehow it didnít see Or hear me til then. We were in brush over my head. A simple ď hey bearĒ and it...
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    Left 1 feb Had a 0 deg bag. Had 3 nights...

    Left 1 feb
    Had a 0 deg bag.

    Had 3 nights below 0.
    Had at least 10 nights in single digits.
    Had at least 20 nights in the teens.
    Had 40 nights below 32.

    It was an unusually cold year. We...
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    Drink the same thing I do at home, Whole bean...

    Drink the same thing I do at home, Whole bean coffee. Use GSI outdoors coffee rocket. $10, only a few ounces in weight.
  22. I’ve owned so many tents it’s ridiculous. My...

    I’ve owned so many tents it’s ridiculous. My favorite for the last 10 years has been big Agnes. I’m on my second one. You can’t beat their weight-to-space ratio. I don’t carry poles though so you...
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    Just went weekend before Memorial Day weekend for...

    Just went weekend before Memorial Day weekend for 4 days. There were day hikers everywhere, getting out bc of covid cooped upness. The AT was like a highway so we stayed off the ridge as much as we...
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    I also like to take a folding saw and often a...

    I also like to take a folding saw and often a hatchet. I do more bushcraft these days in more remote areas than I do AT hiking.
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    Don’t carry a knife usually when I’m backpacking...

    Don’t carry a knife usually when I’m backpacking any significant distance. For weekend hiking and basecamping which I do more often these days it’s a hand-me-down 1940s fixed blade old timer that I...
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