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    Number one mistake for many newbies is taking...

    Number one mistake for many newbies is taking advice from an ultralight hiker.

    Can you get a good night's sleep with a thin pad on the cold hard ground?

    Can you survive a long hike eating...
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    Trench foot Chaffing I have met hikers who had...

    Trench foot
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    I have met hikers who had to leave the trail in agony because of these two issues. "Sanitation" should be itemized.
    Also, the wild hog problem in the south could get to the...
  3. Thread: Ticks

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    Thanks for those links, Bob. They contain...

    Thanks for those links, Bob. They contain valuable information, especially those photos. However, I disagree that you are probably not going to see the tick that gives you Lyme disease. Any stage...
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    Over a decade ago I traveled to the midwest to...

    Over a decade ago I traveled to the midwest to help my brother put a new roof on his daughter's house. Every time I turned around he would be up at the peak stroking and poking his phone. After...
  5. Thread: Ticks

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    Some believe once you contract Lyme disease you...

    Some believe once you contract Lyme disease you never really get rid of it. At best, it can only be kept at bay.
  6. Thread: Ticks

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    The statements you are "fairly sure" to be...

    The statements you are "fairly sure" to be untrue: 1.) that deer ticks (black-legged ticks) need to be attached 36 to 48 hours to transmit the Lyme disease organism. 2.)Deer are the main host for...
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    Yes. There is a lot of conflicting information...

    Yes. There is a lot of conflicting information on this topic even within the medical community. However, if I were to follow your protocol and go on a 3 week course of antibiotics every time I...
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    From my own perspective and experience from...

    From my own perspective and experience from living in a black-legged tick infested environment, I believe it is dangerous to wait for the medical establishment to reach some consensus regarding how...
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    So sorry to hear this will no longer be...

    So sorry to hear this will no longer be available. I parked there for over two weeks while hiking the LT. I gave them a $50 bill as a token of my appreciation. They asked if I wanted change and...
  10. Thread: Friendliness

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    None of the groups hogged the shelters, but, like...

    None of the groups hogged the shelters, but, like you, I was not staying in them anyway. However upon ascending a long spine of bare rock on Baker Peak a school group was spread out at the top in...
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    I agree with Five Tango that groups can be some...

    I agree with Five Tango that groups can be some of the more rude people you might encounter. School orientation groups during the month of August in Vermont are a good example. In the case of a...
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    Thermarest NeoAir Xtherm. I'm a side sleeper. ...

    Thermarest NeoAir Xtherm. I'm a side sleeper. Works well for me. Durable so far. Warm. 15 oz. Not as noisy as some brands out there. Pricey but worth it.
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    In my case, I found the isolation of the trail to...

    In my case, I found the isolation of the trail to be exhilarating and freeing. "Civilization" has a way of pulling me in directions I would rather not take. I feel like any plans I make are...
  14. Amen to that. Obesity is rampant in the US and...

    Amen to that.

    Obesity is rampant in the US and spreading to other parts of the world. This guy is taking a novel approach to getting a handle on the problem. He scored points in my book early on...
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    I will be starting April 6 SOBO from just north...

    I will be starting April 6 SOBO from just north of SNP. I didn't see an opening date for Big Meadows Wayside camp store on the web site. Do you know a date for when the store will open? Loft Mtn....
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    The "landlord" experience can be a joy or a...

    The "landlord" experience can be a joy or a nightmare. If you have to take a tenant to court just know that you will be portrayed as "the slum lord" and considered guilty until proven innocent. The...
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    Northern vs. Southern Trail Magic?

    I keep reading about some amazing trail magic down in Georgia. My daughter and I hiked the LT last year which includes 100+ miles of the AT. We encountered only one instance of trail magic over the...
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    Look into a Cotton Carrier. I would not want to...

    Look into a Cotton Carrier. I would not want to thru hike with a DSLR. They are heavy! But I have used one on a multi-day backpacking trip to Peru and it worked wonderfully. If photography is a...
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    Holy smokes ... how true this is! I was at a ski...

    Holy smokes ... how true this is! I was at a ski hut on the AT in Vermont on a rainy night and a hiker rolled in late that night and decided to fry shallots and garlic to add to his meal. Perhaps...
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    It is much easier to ignore the truth when it...

    It is much easier to ignore the truth when it requires some sacrifice on our part. Predictions that come to pass are ignored as an "aberration". Predictions that do not materialize are held as...
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    "I was provided with additional input that was...

    "I was provided with additional input that was radically different from the truth. I assisted in furthering that version."
    -Colonel Oliver North
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    Fair enough. Scientists have long predicted...

    Fair enough. Scientists have long predicted rising ocean temperatures as a result of greenhouse gas emissions. Warmer oceans are predicted to spawn more hurricanes. Among the top 20 or so Atlantic...
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    "But Daddy! They don't have to do it. Why...

    "But Daddy! They don't have to do it. Why should I?" Love that argument. There are some in this country who look for a brighter future for the US. There are some who cannot look into the eyes of...
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    Will someone turn off Fox News?

    Will someone turn off Fox News?
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    OK, Traveler. I'll bite. LA has a month of...

    OK, Traveler. I'll bite.

    LA has a month of cold weather so climate change is a hoax? The depth of such ignorance is simply exasperating. The article Sloetoe posted listed two causes of the...
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