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  1. Second Chance.... and Dixie! ...

    Second Chance.... and Dixie!
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    I'm just back from the John Muir Trail, which I...

    I'm just back from the John Muir Trail, which I hiked, Northbound, with my 14 year old son. On the trail, my perspective on waiting until retirement to do the PCT (which has now eclipsed my first...
  3. In his latest video, 'Casa de Luna', Second...

    In his latest video, 'Casa de Luna', Second Chance looks like he's living the PCT thru-hiker life. It's fun following him...
  4. Absolutely agree. It's also fun seeing his...

    Absolutely agree.

    It's also fun seeing his interactions with the other PCT thru-hikers as they catch and pass him.

    And on a hiking note, he is starting to up the miles a bit with a 13 and a...
  5. Two comments; 1) I think that Second Chance is...

    Two comments;

    1) I think that Second Chance is demonstrating that what matter most on trail is a positive attitude. This hike is an obvious physical challenge for him - likely more than for most...
  6. Wonder what Second Chance is going to do next......

    Wonder what Second Chance is going to do next...

    Jon (the interviewee) seemed to basically say the trail was impassable at present without winter mountaineering gear and experience - and he looked...
  7. I'm really rooting for this guy. Say what you...

    I'm really rooting for this guy. Say what you will, but he's on trail and we're not...
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    Ahh! A topic I can provide an informed opinion on...

    Ahh! A topic I can provide an informed opinion on (though I am not retired at this point).

    From a hiking perspective, Scotland has a lot to offer. There is the right to roam - so you hike and can...
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    I've been doing a camping-trip-a-month for the...

    I've been doing a camping-trip-a-month for the past year, as a challenge, with my teenage son.

    OK, the weather is different here in Scotland than the US East Coast, but as anyone who has been in...
  10. This summer when I was in the States I picked up...

    This summer when I was in the States I picked up Grandma Gatewood's Walk, by Ben Montgomery.

    This is a superbly written account of her walks (she failed the first time she tried the trail) and...
  11. The latest European model has the storm tracking...

    The latest European model has the storm tracking slightly South. So, it could be a wet weekend on the GA/NC bit of the trail...
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    Just my 2 cents... 1) Walking. Do as much as...

    Just my 2 cents...

    1) Walking. Do as much as you can in preparation.

    2) Weights. If you don't have these, buy a cheap set from Walmart. We all lose muscle mass as we age (sorry; the truth). ...
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    Well, if everyone took this advice, you'd have a...

    Well, if everyone took this advice, you'd have a quiet world indeed...

    I have two, and it has been a pleasure introducing them to backpacking. For one it has stuck; for the other less so. But it...
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    My suspicion is that it will be a mixture of good...

    My suspicion is that it will be a mixture of good and bad 100 years from now, as it always is..

    2118... well, we know that it will be warmer - some increases in temperature are 'baked in' now, so...
  15. Interesting link, but there's another...

    Interesting link, but there's another interpretation: healthier people can walk faster than those are less healthy.

    So, walking faster doesn't causepeople to be healthy. Instead, it could be the...
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    2031 for me... It's been my dream to hike the...

    2031 for me...

    It's been my dream to hike the AT for a long time, and my plan, like many here, is to do it when I retire. One challenge is that I live 3000 miles from the trail.

    But also, I...
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    No. But I think you would be o.k. with a 40...

    No.

    But I think you would be o.k. with a 40 degree bag inside a 20 degree bag, in actual 20 degree overnight temperatures.

    I did exactly this last weekend. I had a 40 degree Kelty down bag...
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    Love podcasts. I second the recommendation for...

    Love podcasts. I second the recommendation for Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail - it brings the trail to life. Formerly, I enjoyed Trailside Radio and Sounds of the Trail. The Outdoors Station...
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    Two words: carbon monoxide If you cook inside...

    Two words: carbon monoxide

    If you cook inside your tent, you risk carbon monoxide poisoning. It's odorless, and lethal. Indeed, a few mountaineers died this year on Everest, presumably because...
  20. Interesting thread. I did a section hike of...

    Interesting thread.

    I did a section hike of Georgia a few years ago, and ran into a friendly older hiker named Bama. Her advise was to take a full break every hour.

    And that's what I now do. ...
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    Lyme disease forecast

    I've just seen this article on the NPR website, and thought it would be of interest to those heading out to the northern bits of the trail:

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    Thanks for the very honest trip report. What...

    Thanks for the very honest trip report.

    What I've found that works well is to take regular breaks, in which you get off of your feet, and refuel.

    I understand rain - trust me - and the solution...
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    What I'd recommend is walking. Lots, and lots of...

    What I'd recommend is walking. Lots, and lots of walking.

    Perhaps you can get a Fitbit and keep track of your steps. Basically, you want to strengthen your legs by getting miles into them. ...
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    I bought the Silva Expedition 4 compass earlier...

    I bought the Silva Expedition 4 compass earlier this year after taking a navigation course. I've used it for navigating some of the barren uplands here in Scotland. It has a little magnification...
  25. Funny, my 13-year-old daughter puts up a fuss...

    Funny, my 13-year-old daughter puts up a fuss about hiking, but enjoys it when we are out...

    A couple of thoughts for you daughter:

    1) bring a blue sponge (a tip from the Trail Show podcast). ...
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