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    Back in '88 Greg Lemond (3-time Tour de France...

    Back in '88 Greg Lemond (3-time Tour de France winner) was shot by his brother in law who though he was a turkey. Came pretty close to dying due to blood loss, and might've if it weren't for his...
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    Did a small piece recently from the road just...

    Did a small piece recently from the road just north of Kay shelter south to Shaker. No problems at all.
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    I haven't used the zpacks trekking poles, but 7oz...

    I haven't used the zpacks trekking poles, but 7oz per pole is not really that lightweight these days. Gossamer Gear LT5s (3-section, twist lock... ugh!) are a tick over 5oz per pole, and they no...
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    I agree but there are times when I need both. I...

    I agree but there are times when I need both. I have a Ben's headnet, but any of them are probably pretty good.

    One of the most annoying things to me is a cloud of gnats that gets just close...
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    My Arc Haul is the same vintage, one of the...

    My Arc Haul is the same vintage, one of the earliest ones they made, and it will remain my winter go-to pack for the duration.
  6. I've used an Enlightened Equipment 40deg Prodigy...

    I've used an Enlightened Equipment 40deg Prodigy (precursor to the Revelation APEX) in such conditions and it was perfect. Weighs 17.7oz with a 10D shell and works great in extremely humid conditions...
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    I'd say that if you got 6 years of good duty from...

    I'd say that if you got 6 years of good duty from it there's no reason not to stick with aluminum.

    With a very hot burning stove it is possible to melt aluminum if it comes into regular contact...
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    It is definitely a great, classic design. One of...

    It is definitely a great, classic design. One of my best friends and I used it on many canoe and backpacking trips.

    Back in the mid '90s I had occasion to speak to one of the designers involved in...
  9. The Fire Maple FMS-300T...

    The Fire Maple FMS-300T is a good alternative to the BRS. It weighs and costs more but has brass thread insert, better valve and pot support arms.
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    For backpacking?? I had one many moons ago and...

    For backpacking?? I had one many moons ago and while it is a great tent it weighs about 7.5lbs... which on some warm-weather trips is more than my entire base weight these days.
  11. Adjust clothing or vent (stick a leg or arm out)...

    Adjust clothing or vent (stick a leg or arm out) or remove hat or socks or sleep on top of the quilt or whatever it takes until you're not hot any more, then gradually start adding stuff as you cool...
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    Could be. However I know some folks who still...

    Could be. However I know some folks who still prefer the ability to tweak the amount of arc, or sometimes not using the arc at all. Wouldn't bother me since I like the arc all the time, but what...
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    Do you have a car? If so, there's a multitude of...

    Do you have a car? If so, there's a multitude of options from quite a few parking areas at Harriman State Park.

    Public transit to Tuxedo is good, and a short walk to the trailhead.
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    I'd like to see that! ;)

    I'd like to see that! ;)
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    Little known fact: That cheese was used to glue...

    Little known fact: That cheese was used to glue the tiles on Space Shuttles.

    Aside from that, I also repackage #10 cans and use zipper FoodVacBags. After pouring the boiling water into the bag, I...
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    So there's sometimes sort of a 'grey area'? ...

    So there's sometimes sort of a 'grey area'?

    According to some folks here, you don't get to pick and choose which rules you observe and which you ignore. Some (not I) would argue that exceeding...
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    Just FYI, if you have a recent-vintage Arc Blast...

    Just FYI, if you have a recent-vintage Arc Blast the new curved stays will work with it. Email Zpacks for specifics, but I know someone who has done it and have seen the pack... it's an easy...
  18. Looks fine. But if you were in Baxter SP they'd...

    Looks fine. But if you were in Baxter SP they'd bust your chops for having stakes outside the tent pad.

    Just kidding, but only a little. :o
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    "Multi-legged and/or Winged Pest Shield" ...

    "Multi-legged and/or Winged Pest Shield"

    Classic pedantry.
  20. I must confess that I just generate a little...

    I must confess that I just generate a little saliva and do my best to spit out the nasties, then wipe my mouth on my shirt sleeve.

    Somehow I think Dr. Birx would not approve. :D
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    Good to know about Ultrathon... and I'll have to...

    Good to know about Ultrathon... and I'll have to try the spray Permethrin, get some Martins and mix it I suppose.
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    Yes, they're not insects technically. But some...

    Yes, they're not insects technically. But some people claim Permethrin repels them, a point about which I've observed exactly the reverse. I think that's the 'takeaway' here.

    Picaridin causes me...
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    I usually spray lower legs and socks with Deet,...

    I usually spray lower legs and socks with Deet, which works for me. I also wear shorts (can't stand pants above about 50F) and it seems easier to spot them early in their journey toward nether...
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    +1000^^^^ If someone asks I'll gladly share...

    +1000^^^^

    If someone asks I'll gladly share what I have learned, and I will cease discussion at the first hint of disinterest, which is usually "Yeah, but...." after which I cordially bow out.
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    Given the incredibly low odds of getting snakebit...

    Given the incredibly low odds of getting snakebit I'm not too worried about it.

    A couple of years ago, a hiking partner noticed that I had just hiked past a log that had 3-4 rattlers under it....
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