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    lovely time for hiking and camping. I would...

    lovely time for hiking and camping.
    I would expect to hike in shorts and a t-shirt or possibly a long sleeve shirt.
    At night, change to sleeping clothes which should be regular weight long...
  2. I've seen people actually carry cell phones on...

    I've seen people actually carry cell phones on the trail. They walk around and look for service - they call their wives and husbands and friends. They even claim them as a necessity in case of an...
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    Overmountain Shelter is a cool old barn - I think...

    Overmountain Shelter is a cool old barn - I think you'll like it.
  4. looks pretty good - I wear the same nylon shorts,...

    looks pretty good - I wear the same nylon shorts, fleece sweater and rain jackets for weeks on end - change out under armor briefs and poly shirts. That gets it done - - there are some new socks...
  5. I've been banned from talking bad about the...

    I've been banned from talking bad about the Scouts (so I'm not going to). I'll just say that being prepared means just that.
    I spend a LOT of time in the woods in the winter - serious cold and snow...
  6. Thread: bourbon

    by Papa D
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    you know there are white blazers (who walk every...

    you know there are white blazers (who walk every step of the trail) and blue blazers (that might cut some corner ) and yellow blazers (who blatantly cheat down the yellow lined highway), pink blazers...
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    I think I might take the Amtrak to Harpers Ferry...

    I think I might take the Amtrak to Harpers Ferry and take off North - picking up MD in a day and on into PA - Making it to Port Clinton would be easy - 194 miles - - I probably don't have time to...
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    well, I've already done everything south of...

    well, I've already done everything south of Atkins, so it would be Atkins going North or Elkwallow Going South and I didn't include travel time - 14 trail days with maybe 1 zero or nero day - - 12...
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    200 miles may-early june

    You all know maybe that I am re-hiking the trail in sections - I've got about 1100 miles complete including everything south of Atkins, VA, plus all of CT,NY,NJ plus VT and NH to Pinkham (plus some...
  10. Thread: bourbon

    by Papa D
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    holy moley - this thread still exists? I haven't...

    holy moley - this thread still exists?
    I haven't been here in a while.
    What's up everybody.
    Heck, maybe I'll have me a little snort just to
    celebrate the fact that this thread has been around so...
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    without a cute girl, it takes a little longer -...

    without a cute girl, it takes a little longer - sorry to be sexist but I have hitched for my whole lifetime and it's absolutely true. I've waited over an hour - typical wait is 12 to 15 cars or...
  12. Thread: ground cloth

    by Papa D
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    I use the heaver tyvek - custom cut to fit my...

    I use the heaver tyvek - custom cut to fit my Carbon Reflex - I also have one for my Six Moons - - it also doubles as something to sit on - tyvek is really great and beats any footprint that I know...
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    i do love a car-camping chair but no chairs of...

    i do love a car-camping chair but no chairs of any sort are in my backpack - - I carry a tyvek ground sheet for my tent and will occasionally sit on that or perhaps my sleeping pad folder - or my...
  14. Thread: Trader Joe's

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    If you can find a trader joes for a re-supply, go...

    If you can find a trader joes for a re-supply, go for it - - lots of great instant coffee choices, chocolate nuts, deals on cliff bars, dried fruit, nuts, very decent mac and cheese, cheap box wine,...
  15. lots of powdered drink mixes are pretty good as...

    lots of powdered drink mixes are pretty good as others have said. This is one thing that I try to get from hiker boxes because no-one really wants to carry a whole canister of country time lemonade...
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    I try to keep things really simple. All food...

    I try to keep things really simple.
    All food goes in the food bag.
    The food bag rides on top.
    If I want to snack, it takes about 30 seconds to
    get the pack off and reach in the food bag....
  17. Thread: Compass?

    by Papa D
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    i use a compass with maps fairly frequently and...

    i use a compass with maps fairly frequently and love having one but do not think you need one on the AT - - it's really so very straightforward - - I've been a little turned around on the AT and...
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    i am married and have an 8 year old. I have a...

    i am married and have an 8 year old. I have a very, very exceptional and unique and permissive family. They let me hike for weeks on end. About 4 weeks is as long as I have hiked (the long trail...
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    huh? I've got at least 500 miles on my Z-poles -...

    huh? I've got at least 500 miles on my Z-poles - I really like them - they are a little difficult in folding now days (they might need cleaning) but I'm a fan.
    If you use a real Outfitter Store and...
  20. Thread: Hypothermia

    by Papa D
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    i have dabbled and danced with hypothermia quite...

    i have dabbled and danced with hypothermia quite a bit.

    Mostly, hypothermia happens when it's unexpected like in the summer -in July - when you are hiking in the woods and a big rainstorm hits -...
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    I'm going to be out this week - I'm sure i'll get...

    I'm going to be out this week - I'm sure i'll get single digits in NC.
    Tipi Walter is out right now - I'm pretty sure - - he has like a negative 30 bag
    in his Hilleberg Tent - it's literally...
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    i actually had a Eureka Tent for part of my thru...

    i actually had a Eureka Tent for part of my thru - full disclosure
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    I thru-hiked with a tarp, a plastic ground sheet,...

    I thru-hiked with a tarp, a plastic ground sheet, utility cord, and bug netting - - a brilliant light rig really - - rarely got wet even in pretty steady rain.
    I do the tent thing a little more now...
  24. I consider myself a lightweight backpacker - my...

    I consider myself a lightweight backpacker - my spring / summer early fall base-weight is somewhere around 14 pounds and I use a combination of store bought (industry) gear, improvised gear, and...
  25. Thread: bourbon

    by Papa D
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    wow - this thread is still going - cool

    wow - this thread is still going - cool
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