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  1. The Notch was way cool. I did it solo around...

    The Notch was way cool. I did it solo around midnight. Looking down at the snow and ice at the bottom of the voids between the boulders was one of my best trail memories.
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    The purpose of a footprint is for the vendor to...

    The purpose of a footprint is for the vendor to make obscene profits by convincing customers that they are necessary. They aren't. They aren't even desirable for backpacking. Car camping, maybe.
  3. Footprints are a Complete Waste of Money, Space, and Weight

    Unless, of course, your shelter has no floor. If it does have a floor, there is absolutely no need for a footprint.

    Discuss.
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    [QUOTE=HooKooDooKu;2219430]"Nice idea, but does...

    [QUOTE=HooKooDooKu;2219430]"Nice idea, but does not belong in the back country and should not be maintained by volunteers!!!"

    Yeah, pretty ignorant graffiti. However, as one who abhors...
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    I always put the foam pad under the inflatable. ...

    I always put the foam pad under the inflatable. Better puncture protection, more comfortable, plenty warm.
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    Well, how well-heeled are you?

    Well, how well-heeled are you?
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    I have no use for footprints. I much prefer to...

    I have no use for footprints. I much prefer to treat every external seam with sealant (using Tarptent's formula). I consider those precious ounces much better utilized that way. Not conjecture,...
  8. I love my Copper Spur UL1, and have scores of...

    I love my Copper Spur UL1, and have scores of nights in it. Assume the seam tape will fail though, and treat all outside seams with a GE Silicone II and mineral spirit blend (see Tarptent's website)....
  9. Thread: Ula-la

    by Bansko
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    I'm replacing my Circuit this year, 10 years and...

    I'm replacing my Circuit this year, 10 years and thousands of miles after I purchased it. I abused it greatlly and it's time for retirement. I'll buy another Circuit, but this time without the...
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    My Exped UL-7 (long/wide) went the entire trail...

    My Exped UL-7 (long/wide) went the entire trail without leaking, and I never used a ground cloth/footprint. However, I always had a 1/8 inch Gossamer Gear foam pad under it. Bests 3 oz. insurance I...
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    Wet tents never went inside my pack. As soon as...

    Wet tents never went inside my pack. As soon as the rain stopped I'd usually stop and let my tent air out.
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    And another thing..... that run-on paragraph kind...

    And another thing..... that run-on paragraph kind of creeps me out.
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    Stubbornly proud and suspicious is no way to go...

    Stubbornly proud and suspicious is no way to go through life. I like to pay my own way, and get a little irked at brazen freeloaders, but anyone who is too damned proud to put his thumb out, accept...
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    I'll gladly pay more for Czech made Leki poles.

    I'll gladly pay more for Czech made Leki poles.
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    In 2200 miles I never saw the need for a rain...

    In 2200 miles I never saw the need for a rain kilt, ever. I ditched my rain pants in Virginia and never looked back. I needed them for extra warmth in the Smokies when wind chill and and night...
  16. I can't see Dartmouth engaging in such cowardly...

    I can't see Dartmouth engaging in such cowardly behavior, or almost all other colleges for that matter. This takes risk averse, lawyer-driven behavior to new levels of fearful nutlessness.
  17. Thread: Trekking Poles?

    by Bansko
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    The benefits outweigh the negatives in a BIG way....

    The benefits outweigh the negatives in a BIG way. The only thing I didn't like about them was that one of the baskets would occasionally get caught on a root or rock and jerk me back. It was never...
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    You are right, it depends. I had to start my day...

    You are right, it depends. I had to start my day at Abol Bridge, get up and down Katahdin, then hitch a ride to Millinocket. There was no way I was taking a full pack up Mt. Katahdin. Again, I'm...
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    My 10 year old ULA Circuit has taken me thousands...

    My 10 year old ULA Circuit has taken me thousands of miles and suffered much abuse, but it's still hauling.
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    That's what I did. There were some heavy duty...

    That's what I did. There were some heavy duty trash bags some people had left so I just tossed the stuff I didn't need in one and carried my much lighter pack. I saw no reason to carry a 28 lb....
  21. Thread: Stove and cup

    by Bansko
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    I ditched a number of items in my first 500...

    I ditched a number of items in my first 500 miles. The ONLY thing I wished I hadn't ditched was my Snowpeak double-walled titanium mug. I couldn't put it on a stove, being double-walled, so I...
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    Bear canisters on the AT? Not necessary at all -...

    Bear canisters on the AT? Not necessary at all - not even desirable given the weight penalty.
  23. Knees?

    As for prevention; I never did any specific exercises, but I did do a lot of walking with a 30 lb. pack for several months prior to my hike. I was in pretty good shape, but I allowed myself to get a...
  24. Thread: To Line Or Not?

    by Bansko
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    That Sea to Summit liner is a waste of money.

    That Sea to Summit liner is a waste of money.
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    I like Osprey's pack covers and have used them on...

    I like Osprey's pack covers and have used them on other packs. Pack covers help, and I prefer them over no cover in the rain.
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