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    Yes, but, is your tent lightweight? I have a tent...

    Yes, but, is your tent lightweight? I have a tent I use regularly back in Ireland, keeps me dry in week long rain, but ultra light it 'aint.
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    Yes I was thinking the same thing about setting...

    Yes I was thinking the same thing about setting the mesh a bit back from the edge.

    I was using the tarptent supplied pole, so presumably the height was correct.

    This problem was not a major...
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    Yes, I had guys and stakes on the center point of...

    Yes, I had guys and stakes on the center point of the sides. I can imagine how much flapping about there would be otherwise.

    Good point about tensioning while sitting on tub...
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    Rain ingress problem with tarptent contrail

    I was recently camping at Dolls flats (near Roan Mt, TN) close to the edge of the woods, when a heavy rainstorm blew in. The tent was set up so the long edge was perpendicular to the wind (I wasn't...
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    Its the second part of "McAfee Knob" that gets...

    Its the second part of "McAfee Knob" that gets me. In Ireland, "knob" has no geological connotations. It can mean a kind of handle on a door, but more often used as slang.

    "knob" is slang for an...
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    Hitch hiking from Iron mountain gap

    Thinking about ending my section hike at Iron mountain gap (TN/NC). What's the traffic like through there? Will it be easy to hitch a ride to Johnson city?
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    During my visit to my wife's family in VA the...

    During my visit to my wife's family in VA the previous year, I happened to pick up Bryson's "A walk in the woods". After a bit of googling, I was amazed to discover that the AT was only about 5 miles...
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    Route 623, edge of Burke's garden. Me and my...

    Route 623, edge of Burke's garden. Me and my wife-to-be SOBO for 2 nights July 2006 (I've done many multi night section hikes since, once was enough for her!)
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    What the what now!? Dance with rattlers? I've...

    What the what now!? Dance with rattlers? I've started/ended couple of section hikes near there and occasionally go past there, but never heard of this. Is this 'spectacle' open to the public?
  10. By "holey", I assume you mean blessed by the...

    By "holey", I assume you mean blessed by the pope? What was done in these uw to deserve such an accolade?
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    Connie, I will look into Giardia. But luckily? in...

    Connie, I will look into Giardia. But luckily? in Ireland we have plenty of moving water due to the rain. I would never drink water without treatment from a still source or water which is possibly...
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    BTW, at home (Ireland) I always drink straight...

    BTW, at home (Ireland) I always drink straight from the source when hiking. Never been a problem. But when reading about AT hiking, there is always a warning about treating the water...
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    potable aqua only takes 30 min at most, I suspect...

    potable aqua only takes 30 min at most, I suspect in the warm summer it acts even quicker. Never been a problem for me, I load up with water, walk a mile or two, and have a big drink...

    I'm not...
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    Such as? Genuinely Curious. Normally when I visit...

    Such as? Genuinely Curious. Normally when I visit the US and go on a section hike, all I have is *mart, and all they have is potable aqua. Is there something else I can get shipped from Amazon or REI?
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    What are the downsides of Potable Aqua?

    For several years, I've only used Colman's Potable aqua tablets for water purification on my section hikes (~5 days).

    I have found them easy to use and I don't mind the taste, and much lighter...
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    Thanks joe-4440I'm from & live Ireland, but I...

    Thanks joe-4440I'm from & live Ireland, but I usually spend a summer month with my in-laws near Bluefield, VA. Over the past 8 years I've been section hiking the AT, 3-4 days at a time. I've pretty...
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    Status of GET in WV

    Does anyone know what is the status of the GET in eastern WV (Twin Falls SP to Pearisburg). Last I heard (2013), it was very much incomplete. I can't find much info on the GET website.
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    OP link is a 404 (not found) now.

    OP link is a 404 (not found) now.
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    The jetFoil was a high-speed hydroplaning ferry...

    The jetFoil was a high-speed hydroplaning ferry between Dublin & Liverpool in the 1980's. I've used it a couple of times, but never to cook with as it had an incredibly bumpy ride, the food would go...
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    I've got everything I need for this season....

    I've got everything I need for this season. Moderator, please delete this thread!
  21. Thank for all the advice. Have replaced all the...

    Thank for all the advice. Have replaced all the cotton items. I had to wait 'till I got to the states to get some items. Things like polyester leggings are not (easily) found in Ireland!
  22. Thanks everyone for the great advice. first ,...

    Thanks everyone for the great advice.

    first , about the cotton socks,they are MUCH lighter than any merino socks I've seen. Normally I use goretex shoes, but this year I've decided on light...
  23. Please critique my budget-ish ultralight(almost) gear

    Hi,

    Here is my gear list for an upcoming section hike (5 days+/-) in central VA in July. This list has evolved from experience of a few previous hikes.

    http://lighterpack.com/r/159kon

    Is...
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    I'll take it, PM your paypal. Thanks

    I'll take it, PM your paypal. Thanks
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    20mile hike in GSMNP

    I'll be in the Gatlinburg area for a few days, and I want to squeeze in an overnight hike in the smokies. I'm thinking about 2x10mile days and an overnight. Any great hikes that fit the bill?
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