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    A bit late to the comment - but what works for me...

    A bit late to the comment - but what works for me (6'1", 240lbs) -
    - hammock - Warbonnet Blackbird XLC. I got it in multicam (because I like to hammock all the time, and multicam just works), got...
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    having been in a similar situation with my...

    having been in a similar situation with my employer, my view is "tainted" a bit. disclaimer - I work in cybersecurity, so no lack of work in my field. I could leave my job tomorrow and have a pick...
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    I carry a Mora Companion every time I go out...

    I carry a Mora Companion every time I go out (mainly section hiking, 3-5 days at a time). my pack is around 18lb, so the 5oz isn't really dragging me into the dirt (the 25lb I carry on my body is...
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    I use a SmartWater bottle to backflush my sawyer,...

    I use a SmartWater bottle to backflush my sawyer, so I don't need to take the flusher. just one less thing rolling around in my bag, not really a weight issue. The smartwater sport lid matches up...
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    I own both and have carried both, but only...

    I own both and have carried both, but only short-term 3-4 day hikes. I started with an Atmos 65, use it without the brain attached (drops a couple ounces, don't need the space, and the brain bumps...
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    I pick up a couple of the small honey packs from...

    I pick up a couple of the small honey packs from Chik-Filet. Not sure on a thru, probably have to go with a small bottle of some type. but for shorter hikes, the single-serving packets you get at...
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    For the hammock, I would pick either the...

    For the hammock, I would pick either the underquilt or the pad, don't carry both. I prefer the UQ. Keep in mind, in the Smokeys you may need/want the airpad (if you're forced to sleep in the...
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    as to the gear - like others have mentioned, you...

    as to the gear - like others have mentioned, you can get some pretty significant weight savings by changing out just a couple things. when I first started, I was carrying a lot of military gear...
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    Gear, money, and time - getting all 3 of those to...

    Gear, money, and time - getting all 3 of those to line up at the same time is the hard part. There's enough resupply along the trail to not have to worry, especially with the guide for help.
    If it...
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    I've only done about 3-5 day hikes so far, but my...

    I've only done about 3-5 day hikes so far, but my experience has been that just boiling water with an inexpensive alcohol stove burning Heet works pretty well. I was a complete noob at it, and it...
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    like many others - mine has almost always been...

    like many others - mine has almost always been too much food (carrying 6+ days of food on a 3 day stint is pretty excessive, and most resupplies can be 3-4 days on the trail) and too much water on me...
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    forgot to add - battery here...

    forgot to add - battery here http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JM59JPG/ - KMASHI. got pretty decent reviews when I looked around
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    I use my phone (iPhone6) for a lot on the trail -...

    I use my phone (iPhone6) for a lot on the trail - camera, blog, GPS, map (Guthook's app - amazing), PDF Reader (AWOL Guide in PDF), text wife to let her know I'm ok.

    I found a 10,000ma battery for...
  14. +1 to the above suggestion. if you're in...

    +1 to the above suggestion.

    if you're in philly (from your user-block) there are a few REIs within 20 miles of you. You can take your gear in a bag, go to the store, and see how it fits. I...
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    I think Dicks Creek is attainable; really will...

    I think Dicks Creek is attainable; really will depend on how in shape for hiking you are. there are a lot of ups and downs in the GA section.

    Good thing is, depending on your transportation...
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    I like this idea. a lot. I've been carrying an...

    I like this idea. a lot. I've been carrying an extra shirt and a pair of shorts to try to keep my sleeping stuff a bit cleaner. but this makes a lot more sense from that point of view.
    ...
  17. Like many have said - focus on the 'big-3' (pack...

    Like many have said - focus on the 'big-3' (pack / shelter / sleep) as soon as possible.

    For a pack there are some really good options, if you have any store where you can try a couple packs on...
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    Beave - awesome list, really appreciate it. I...

    Beave - awesome list, really appreciate it. I know a lot of people talk about how you can do ultralight 'on-the-cheap', it's nice to see a decent collection of gear that looks durable and decent...
  19. nuts forgot to include the link (not enough...

    nuts forgot to include the link (not enough coffee yet) -

    http://www.appalachiantrail.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/at-shuttle-list.pdf?sfvrsn=4

    seems like a pretty...
  20. straight from the http://www.appalachiantrail.org...

    straight from the http://www.appalachiantrail.org site, there is a PDF with a huge list of shuttle providers all up and down the AT.

    rates aren't listed, usually need to call them to get a...
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    another +1 for Guthooks. I got the whole thing...

    another +1 for Guthooks. I got the whole thing at once, have used it in VA and GA so far. Definitely helps cover the gap of inexperience with backpacking - shows where water points are, shelters,...
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    For the Dicks Creek to the GA/NC border question...

    For the Dicks Creek to the GA/NC border question - that's mile-marker 69.6 - 78.5, or 8.9 miles. So round trip that would be 18 miles. The 9 miles toward the border has a good bit of climbing - not...
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    my opinion, too much stuff you probably won't...

    my opinion, too much stuff you probably won't use, and probably in large quantities.

    you can find travel size stuff of almost everything in wal-mart or whatever.

    ditch the baby lotion, baby...
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    My 20lb pack philosophy...

    Thought I'd share my load-out here, it's by no means anything special but I figured there would be a few people with interest.

    I've spent some time researching gear, using the numerous posts and...
  25. yup - sounds like BRG is pretty rough, so I would...

    yup - sounds like BRG is pretty rough, so I would think about starting at Dicks Creek Gap and hiking SOBO to Woody Gap, stay at hikershostel for the evening, and pay the $75 for the shuttle back to...
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