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  1. That's impressive, coming from an almost-charter...

    That's impressive, coming from an almost-charter member.
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    In case you're asking if anyone has done a round...

    In case you're asking if anyone has done a round trip, or yo-yo in hiker terms, The Onion did it in 2007. Mr Magoo did it the same year in the opposite direction, CAN-MEX-CAN.
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    Also pay attention to the sections on baffling....

    Also pay attention to the sections on baffling. That's something I was unaware of when I bought my first down bag.
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    Once in a while I see Marmot bags on sale, a...

    Once in a while I see Marmot bags on sale, a pretty good value for the price. I have the Helium 15, got it some years ago for less than $300. It works for me in the upper teens, which I saw several...
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    Yeah, sort of self-defeating. Does a tent really...

    Yeah, sort of self-defeating. Does a tent really need to be compressed by a bag that adds several ounces to your pack? And severe compression can damage sleeping bag insulation (and some clothing too...
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    There were a few nuggets of wisdom decades ago...

    There were a few nuggets of wisdom decades ago when I started lightening my load. One was to get the lighter pack last, after you'd pared everything else down. I've seen a few people cramming too...
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    Tarptent Protrail

    Tarptent Protrail
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    Our version of extravagance is bicycle touring....

    Our version of extravagance is bicycle touring. We bought a Tarptent Double Rainbow that allows us both to sit up at the same time and each have our own door. We take that on car camping trips now...
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    The ground cloth was one of the lessons I had to...

    The ground cloth was one of the lessons I had to learn for myself, a method that worked for me, the gear I carry, and how I use it. We all obviously have had different experiences. I'm certainly not...
  10. Thread: zero days

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    So much depends on your fitness, experience,...

    So much depends on your fitness, experience, mental outlook, preparation, budget, how your gear holds up, etc. My first long hike I took zeroes as often as I could justify it, and it was very...
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    Muesli, mixed in a bag outside the grocery store,...

    Muesli, mixed in a bag outside the grocery store, with rolled oats, walnuts, and raisins.
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    Is the potable water system still down? There was...

    Is the potable water system still down? There was a large folding fire tank deployed for campers' use last time I was there. But the campground was fully open.
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    Also be aware that walk-in permits are usually...

    Also be aware that walk-in permits are usually readily available. The parks I've been to hold 25% of permits for walk-ins. Especially if you can be a little flexible, you can get a good trip without...
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    Maybe the PCT in southern Oregon, late summer?...

    Maybe the PCT in southern Oregon, late summer? Access and resupply may be harder than you'd like. Water and navigation should be manageable.

    It's hard to think of an easy desert hike. My own...
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    Consider a 30F or 40F quilt, down if you can...

    Consider a 30F or 40F quilt, down if you can afford it, something in the 1 to 1.5 pound range. Personally I wouldn't head into the Appalachians without some loft in my sleeping insulation. The...
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    Relative humidity (RH) is key. It makes no sense...

    Relative humidity (RH) is key. It makes no sense to try to dry wet gear on a foggy morning, or overnight for that matter. RH on most mornings in the East is just too high for drying to occur. Pack up...
  17. Thread: Base weight

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    Your pole locks may need a little more...

    Your pole locks may need a little more maintenance if you submerge them, especially in mud. But I agree, never oil or solvents, both of which WD-40 has.

    Poles are included in FSO (from skin out)...
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    That is often a factor especially in a group. ...

    That is often a factor especially in a group.

    Another factor not mentioned is simplicity and reliability. Non-freestanding tents tend to be simpler with fewer parts to lose or break. I've been in...
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    Use another rock as a stone age hammer. Once I...

    Use another rock as a stone age hammer.

    Once I found a perfect hammer rock and passed it to my partner when I was done with it. I'd worn a groove into the rock, and I convinced him that it was a...
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    Get titanium stakes, either shephard's crook or...

    Get titanium stakes, either shephard's crook or nail type. I've actually split rock with them, like a piton.
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    12 kg may be a little heavy for the light shoes,...

    12 kg may be a little heavy for the light shoes, as you're now aware. I didn't try trail runners until I got my pack weight significantly below that, more like 8 kg. And it then it took over 2000...
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    Ditto all the above, but I'll also add that...

    Ditto all the above, but I'll also add that decent nutrition will help oral health as much as hygiene. My dentist read me the riot act over the state of my mouth after my first thru-hike. The enamel...
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    Yeah, don't worry about a month. If your car has...

    Yeah, don't worry about a month. If your car has a smart key system that can be turned off, RTFM and do so.

    If you don't care about radio presets, disconnect the negative battery terminal. Some...
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    Making the shift from boots to running shoes may...

    Making the shift from boots to running shoes may take more than one section hike. I remember needing over 1000 miles of the PCT to fully appreciate the benefits of running shoes, to stop carefully...
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    I'd think again about selling the Prius. There...

    I'd think again about selling the Prius. There may never be a better time to sell a used car. I ran a Prius for over ten years, and still got good resale from it with an old traction battery with...
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