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    The longer the trip, the more likely I am to get...

    The longer the trip, the more likely I am to get turned around and disoriented. The first trek into the woods, it's easy to think, right, the trail is that a way. The third or fourth stop, things...
  2. Won't help with steep slopes, but I prop my spare...

    Won't help with steep slopes, but I prop my spare clothing under one side of the pad. Combined with some seam sealer on the floor of my tent, I'm fairly secure on a slight slope.
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    Loved my umbrella/thin rain shirt combination on...

    Loved my umbrella/thin rain shirt combination on the southern AT.

    In NH, coming down the north side of Mt. Moriah, I basically had to shove it through the pines/spruces/whatever they are. Like...
  4. I was going to say, I met a guy in remission from...

    I was going to say, I met a guy in remission from brain cancer hiking the AT in 2016... and it was this guy. He attempted his thru in 2015, but got a serious injury after falling and breaking...
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    My biggest concern would be the second half, in...

    My biggest concern would be the second half, in mud season up north. Bad for the trails, and dangerous if it's still muddy in NH. I'd say who the hell cares about the calendar year thing, and just...
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    I adored that place in 2016. I was tired, cold...

    I adored that place in 2016. I was tired, cold and hungry. The place had obviously been created as a labor of love, and the crowd of hikers staying there were all great, and welcoming. The guy who...
  7. Good point about the spare clothes. Use...

    Good point about the spare clothes. Use everything in your pack for multiple uses. I'll often use my spare clothes just to level off one side of the sleeping pad when the tentsite is less than...
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    I found the Moabs ... predictable in their...

    I found the Moabs ... predictable in their slippiness. I pretty much knew what they could and couldn't handle. That might have just been from familiarity. My Altras were lighter, dried faster,...
  9. I second... third the use of the sit pad to go...

    I second... third the use of the sit pad to go under the hip. Triple use item, sit pad, kneeling pad to get in and out of the tent, and hip buffer at night.
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    I use Guthook on my phone, and Google maps on my...

    I use Guthook on my phone, and Google maps on my PC. It helps to have the two devices going at once. At least in my state, Google maps can find the trailheads easily.
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    Fail/and failure have subtle meanings. ...

    Fail/and failure have subtle meanings. Technically, if it was indeed your goal to finish a through hike, you may have failed at that goal, but that's a pretty specific subset of hikers. Not everyone...
  12. Thread: Lurkers?

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    I have a theory, based on multiple forums I've...

    I have a theory, based on multiple forums I've been part of, it's by no means specific to WB. It's tough to break into a new website as a new user and be accepted.

    - Most sites already have an...
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    I've been coping with anxiety/depression for...

    I've been coping with anxiety/depression for close to thirty years now. I initially had a whole lot of unhealthy escapism coping mechanisms. Reading, exercise, games, overeating, sleeping, and even...
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    So, a few days ago, I got ready for my morning...

    So, a few days ago, I got ready for my morning walk. I grab a shoe, and a 3" garden spider starts scurrying up my arm. Should I store my shoes outside the house, maybe in the garden?

    I'd like to...
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    People throw out perspective when they post on...

    People throw out perspective when they post on the internet. Using one's electronic device on the internet to complain about electronic devices being used in nature. But, I want to use the power of...
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    Poll: My Therm a Rest blew a few baffles at the top...

    My Therm a Rest blew a few baffles at the top initially and looked like a pool toy with a pillow top. Initially not a big problem, but then the rest of the baffles started popping at random times,...
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    About once every ten years, I get a crawly thing...

    About once every ten years, I get a crawly thing in my shoes in the morning. Then the next few mornings I check carefully, then I forget until another ten years goes by. My tent's pretty small, so...
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    I think we've posted this article before. I met...

    I think we've posted this article before. I met her on my hike in 2016, in Franklin. She was lamenting that Prince had died, and the impact he had on her life. We talked about Prince for a bit,...
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    When I used a Sawyer filter for months on a thru...

    When I used a Sawyer filter for months on a thru attempt, and it seized up due to disuse over the winter, that was cheap. When I used the second one for a few days in the fall, and it seized up...
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    You'll be safe and treated well in the hostel. ...

    You'll be safe and treated well in the hostel. Should you join the cult itself, expect all the bad things you've ever heard about the cult. There are haves and have nots, predators and prey. It's...
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    Nice, thanks. If I could manage photoshop...

    Nice, thanks. If I could manage photoshop myself, I'd add in the British bigfoot with the remarkable plumage.
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    It's the only reasonable explanation.

    It's the only reasonable explanation.
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    UFO or hiking pole?

    Am I the only one who ruins pictures with my hiking poles?

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  24. As a general consumer... if you're spending...

    As a general consumer... if you're spending extra money on things you don't need, you're not saving 50%, you're wasting money. Look at your gear, maybe there's something that might wear out within...
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    Hell no! Two adult kids, four masks each. ...

    Hell no! Two adult kids, four masks each. Nursing home director, and victim's rights advocate, so they can't work from home.
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