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    I would encourage you to read your posts...

    I would encourage you to read your posts carefully before you hit the "post" button my friend. otherwise, you come across as a self-appointed expert. or worse.
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    Good luck and enjoy it. I will share something...

    Good luck and enjoy it. I will share something that a former thru hiker told me a few years before I did one that was of value (to me). He said to avoid ambiguous phrases like "try to thruhike". He...
  3. Thread: Water/Camp Shoes

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    It's my fault you can't find them...seems like...

    It's my fault you can't find them...seems like every time I find something that i really like, it is then discontinued. Extremely frustrating. Sometimes newer isn't always better. i may just buy an...
  4. Thread: Water/Camp Shoes

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    I found these a few years back and like them a...

    I found these a few years back and like them a lot (seem to have more grip than Crocs, which are super slippery on certain surfaces and won't slip off as easy in moving water crossings). pricey but I...
  5. Rain man...been to these events twice...both...

    Rain man...been to these events twice...both prior to and just after my thru hike.Thank you for hosting. Would have loved to attend but i am not one who has social media or spends time on line so I...
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    When my oldest son was in HS, he and a few...

    When my oldest son was in HS, he and a few buddies decided to go on a last minute spring break hike in the Smokies. I was out of town on a business trip and unaware of what was taking place. Although...
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    wow...I might have called that trip off. The...

    wow...I might have called that trip off. The issue with the gear that the Scouts or newbs carry (myself included back in the day) is that cheaper bags tend to be woefully overrated in their temp or...
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    Saranee, only 3 replies and we have narrowed the...

    Saranee, only 3 replies and we have narrowed the entire trail down for you to just the 1,000 mile section from Springer to HF! All for free, saving you hours of grueling research! Is this a great...
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    I would look at the stretch from the northern...

    I would look at the stretch from the northern border of the GSMNP to the Mt. Rodgers area in soVa. and pick out a route based on how far you think you might cover in 3 weeks. If you...
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    For car camping, my Coleman lantern and stove I...

    For car camping, my Coleman lantern and stove I got as a teenager 40+ years ago still work like new and are essential pieces of gear for those types of trips even today. Nothing is more satisfactory...
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    Pringles..a very generous offer and I am truly...

    Pringles..a very generous offer and I am truly grateful. Dogwood and Slo-Go-en, appreciate your input. At this time, i am looking at several NF and/or wilderness areas after reading/researching and...
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    Thanks for the link DE (and the advice). Some...

    Thanks for the link DE (and the advice). Some nice trip reports and photos. I am continuing to mull things over...I have ordered some maps for areas that look promising. As far as $$$, the SLC...
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    Thanks for the link....one reason I am taking...

    Thanks for the link....one reason I am taking kids with me. i want them to see stars like those in the pictures. Too much light pollution around here.
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    Here is the rub...the van won't be split equally....

    Here is the rub...the van won't be split equally. I have 2 adults (me and my wife) and 4 teenagers going. I am trying to minimize expenses to make this trip as financially doable for them as...
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    Can you give me a name or contact for shuttle...

    Can you give me a name or contact for shuttle service?
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    Trip planning advice for MT/WY 6 day trip

    Greetings. i am planning my first ever backpacking trip out West this summer. I'm looking at some of the wilderness areas to avoid the lottery system on backcountry permits required in some of the...
  17. Thread: Trail logistics

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    For planning purposes, I will share my...

    For planning purposes, I will share my experience...before my first time on the AT, i trained months in advance and was quite capable of doing 18 miles a day. When I started at Springer, I managed to...
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    From what i have seen,regarding the...

    From what i have seen,regarding the "transformative' aspects of a LD hike, I think that may be more true for the younger crowd who may or may not have achieved anything yet in their lives I think...
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    soilman, i thought about quitting just a few days...

    soilman, i thought about quitting just a few days south of Dalton due to issues with pain. I told my wife I was quitting and she gave me the best piece of advice I have ever received in my life...she...
  20. Thread: Sleeping pad

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    i second this vote. most comfortable sleeping pad...

    i second this vote. most comfortable sleeping pad ever made overall - insulation, comfort, etc. A real game changing piece of gear.I had almost given up camping and backpacking due to lack of a good...
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    I can be comfortable sleeping down to a few...

    I can be comfortable sleeping down to a few degrees below 0. However, the absolute worst part of being out in that kind of temp is the duration of the night. In my part of the world, it is dark...
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    Thanks for the reply. The more I think about it,...

    Thanks for the reply. The more I think about it, a flip sounds like the way to go. Only issue against this type of hike imo is the increased logistics issues that one doesn't have on a SOBO or NOBO...
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    can you compare/contrast your thruhike experience...

    can you compare/contrast your thruhike experience going one way (N or S, not sure how you did it in '10) vs. the flip flop? If I ever do it again (btw, I went NOBO in '10), a flip flop seems...
  24. Thread: Math is hard.

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    This reminds me of one of my stories from my thru...

    This reminds me of one of my stories from my thru hike. I was in Mass (iirc) and there was a bad storm on top of the ridge. High wind, thunder, etc. I blue bazed a side trail to get to a lower...
  25. If you get no leads here, I might try calling the...

    If you get no leads here, I might try calling the NOC store located in Gatlinburg and asking them.
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