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    Exactly. You can't go into a small country store...

    Exactly. You can't go into a small country store and expect them to give you a hundred dollars out of the cash drawer.
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    Thanks. I’ve done the cash back thing in stores....

    Thanks. I’ve done the cash back thing in stores. There’s often a fairly low limit of $50 bucks, so it would be nice to be able to get larger chunks of money from time to time.

    We’re currently...
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    ATMs along the AT

    Which bank is most likely to have the most in-network ATMs along the AT? BoA? Wells Fargo?

    I’m planning to open an account specifically to get cash from ATMs along the way. I hate paying out of...
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    An interview with some hikers who met the person...

    An interview with some hikers who met the person in question.

    https://www.facebook.com/thehikeryearbook/videos/316980278959984/
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    Permethrin bonds to the fibers of fabrics. You...

    Permethrin bonds to the fibers of fabrics. You need to do some research to see if it will bond the same way to Tyvek.
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    I'd recommend outlets and clearance sales. I...

    I'd recommend outlets and clearance sales. I helped a young friend of my daughter's outfit herself after college. We found a really nice Sierra Designs down bag at REI for half its normal price. It...
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    As a sleeping space, it's not great. I slept in...

    As a sleeping space, it's not great. I slept in it once; ever after I've tented nearby.

    But it's the only shelter on the AT I can think of that enhances the space it sits on.
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    I get lightheaded in exposed places. Having hiked...

    I get lightheaded in exposed places. Having hiked the entire AT, I can say that it's possible to work around that problem. There are a number of cliffs and rocky areas on the AT that FEEL exposed,...
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    I played with going really light about 15 years...

    I played with going really light about 15 years ago. Then I realized that, even if I'm carrying nothing at all, I'm still not going to be setting any FKTs, or even hiking terribly long days. I seem...
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    To speak to the original question about clothing...

    To speak to the original question about clothing and gear...

    There are base layers that are warm when wet. Wool tends to be. Some micro fleece is.

    During my SOBO in '06, finishing in early...
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    Risk, the MD who wrote The Wildly Successful...

    Risk, the MD who wrote The Wildly Successful 200-Mile Hike, made a basic point about blisters: blisters form in the presence of heat, friction, and moisture. So the question is: which of these...
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    I like smartphones, although I'm in the...

    I like smartphones, although I'm in the usually-in-airplane-mode camp. As a Boomer, I spent more than half of my life without a cell phone, so I'm perfectly aware of how to function without it. I...
  13. Thread: Ticks

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    I'm with you, Pete. We have an adult daughter who...

    I'm with you, Pete. We have an adult daughter who probably had Lyme for about 25 years before it was finally diagnosed in 2017. Two years of treatment later, she is unable to work, or function on her...
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    I just zoomed out on Guthook and was able to see...

    I just zoomed out on Guthook and was able to see a pink route marked "Logging Detour." It actually looks shorter than the normal Flagstaff Resupply route, and much shorter than the non-resupply route...
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    This weekend I did check out the section of the...

    This weekend I did check out the section of the Flagstaff Resupply Route that had a trail closure in December. The tape was not at the trail intersection as it had been in December so I assumed the...
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    Some doctors are jerks about it. A couple of...

    Some doctors are jerks about it. A couple of years ago when I was in Maine I pulled an engorged deer tick off the back of my knee one morning. It took me an entire day of badgering my mother in...
  17. Thread: Alpaca wool

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    I've got a pair of alpaca gloves that I bought...

    I've got a pair of alpaca gloves that I bought last year at Trail Days. I love them. A great base layer.

    On the other hand, I knit myself an alpaca hat. It's toasty warm. But I wore it in the...
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    Poll: Ditto what people said above. Long-distance...

    Ditto what people said above. Long-distance hiking is way more boring and painful than most people imagine. A shocking number of people quit their jobs, give up their leases, mail themselves dozens...
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    44972You can sort of see the worn spots right...

    44972You can sort of see the worn spots right above the tongue.
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    I've had a pair for a while. They have a harder...

    I've had a pair for a while. They have a harder toe cap than previous versions. The mesh is wearing out on the inside of each shoe, up near the tongue. An odd place. It's not something that will...
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    In years where I have that problem, there's...

    In years where I have that problem, there's always replacement clothes, like trail runners and socks. Then there's consumable stuff, like stove canisters and freeze-dried meals.

    This winter my...
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    Poll: My personal history--I learned about the AT when...

    My personal history--I learned about the AT when I was 12 years old, and decided then that I wanted to hike it all some day. Time passed. Other things happened, including marriage, three children,...
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    I've been in Flagstaff for a few months and...

    I've been in Flagstaff for a few months and recently have started doing some of the northern sections.

    There's a Guthook app for the AZT that has been helpful in areas where there are a lot of...
  24. Thread: Going Solo

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    I hiked SOBO solo in 2006, aged 51. I'm planning...

    I hiked SOBO solo in 2006, aged 51. I'm planning a 3-month section (however far I get in three months), mostly solo, this summer. My husband will probably join me occasionally for a day or two....
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    True dat. I just ordered three pairs of Cascadia...

    True dat. I just ordered three pairs of Cascadia 12s, on sale from REI. Saved $120. I've been wearing Cascadias since 2006. There were a couple of years when the quality deteriorated, but the 12s...
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