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  1. I hiked a 600 mile section of the AT with just...

    I hiked a 600 mile section of the AT with just AWOL's guide back in 2012. There were no smart phone apps when I thru-hiked the PCT though I had paper maps. So Far Out and other phone based apps are...
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    From experience, fries and hash browns, like the...

    From experience, fries and hash browns, like the before mentioned mcNuggets seem to lose their taste and seem just like a pile of grease over time. If you are carrying them out of town for just your...
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    I often carry fast food for short backpacking...

    I often carry fast food for short backpacking trips (usuallly 2-3 days, but occasionally a 4 day hike); Usually McDoubles (or any hamburger without mayo) and Beef Burritos (without sour cream) with...
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    Over the years, BearVault has had to redesign...

    Over the years, BearVault has had to redesign their lids and locking system more than once. If I hear about a bear figuring out how to open a bear can, that is the brand I assume is the culprit. ...
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    I've worn both contacts and glasses on long hikes...

    I've worn both contacts and glasses on long hikes such as a PCT thru-hike and section hikes of the CDT and AT. In the end, I prefer to just wear my eyeglasses which are the transition types which...
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    One the PCT, I seen many hikers doing exactly...

    One the PCT, I seen many hikers doing exactly what you describe.

    When I need to carry a bear can in my smaller packs (mainly in the Sierra Nevada), I use the small Bear Boxer can (looks like a...
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    For me a ground cloth keeps the bottom of my...

    For me a ground cloth keeps the bottom of my shelter clean as tree sap, mud, or just regular dirt will stick to whatever is touching the ground.
    It also keeps the bottom of my shelter dry (when it...
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    I've been using wind jackets for years (since...

    I've been using wind jackets for years (since 2008). I would not buy one that is >= 4oz as that is a little more than half the weight of my rain jacket at that point which would make me to start to...
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    Assuming you avoid any injury or illness that...

    Assuming you avoid any injury or illness that will take you off trail for more than a few days, from my experience, it's possible to plan a thru-hike out enough to get within roughly a week of when...
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    Be aware, that last year, GHost Ranch was closed...

    Be aware, that last year, GHost Ranch was closed to hikers due to Covid. You should check if that is the case again this year before planning on it. As an alternative, there is bus service on the...
  11. I own 2 quilts, a 20F and a 40F; or rather I'm on...

    I own 2 quilts, a 20F and a 40F; or rather I'm on my 2nd set of quilts with those temperature ratings. I starting using quilts back in 2008, and recently needed to replace them and went with the same...
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    It's too early to tell. We sometimes see this...

    It's too early to tell. We sometimes see this and then everything goes dry for the rest of winter/early spring and the snow levels ultimately end up below normal. The important number to watch is...
  13. Poll: As someone who cowboy camps 90+% of the time,...

    As someone who cowboy camps 90+% of the time, they go right next to me on my left just off my ground sheet with the laces tied loosely so I can slip them on easy in the middle of the night (or so if...
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    If you want something like Kahtoola microspikes,...

    If you want something like Kahtoola microspikes, I prefer Snowline Chainsen light spikes over the other brands. But there isn't a huge difference. The velcro strap Hillsound offers with theirs...
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    I have to give the new name a big thumbs down. As...

    I have to give the new name a big thumbs down. As someone who was a kid when people still actively used that slang term in the 70's, it's bringing back some trauma of those dark days. I can't...
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    In 2006, I started off with a 8x10 tarp and then...

    In 2006, I started off with a 8x10 tarp and then quickly (less than a year) downsized to a roughly 6x8 which was the UL craze at the time. After several years of using that, including on the...
  17. Colin Fletcher may be the father or traditional...

    Colin Fletcher may be the father or traditional backpacking as expressed up to the first part of the 1990's, but, I thought Ray Jardine was the father of "Modern" backpacking that is used today. ...
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    Why is it an either or choice? Why not both? If...

    Why is it an either or choice? Why not both? If your business was pretty clean, then a little water is all you need. If it was a bit messy, cleaning up with some paper to get most of it and...
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    My very first water filter I ever bought back in...

    My very first water filter I ever bought back in the early 90's looked like that. Might still have it in a box in storage. Didn't know they still sold it. Very heavy for a filter by today's...
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    It isn't water that causes permithrin to work out...

    It isn't water that causes permithrin to work out of treated clothing. The reason they say X number of washes is the agitation of the washing process in the washing machine will slowly work it out...
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    I'll have to yield to your experience on this,...

    I'll have to yield to your experience on this, but I would have thought that any heat trapped or reflected back would not hang around with even the slightest of breezes removing it immediately. Here...
  22. Thread: Fanny Packs

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    I'm using a Panasonic micro 4/3 camera with their...

    I'm using a Panasonic micro 4/3 camera with their 14-140mm zoom lens attached. I often bring another smaller fast prime lens for low light and night shooting, but that is usually stored inside my...
  23. Thread: Fanny Packs

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    I mainly use a fanny pack to carry a camera where...

    I mainly use a fanny pack to carry a camera where it's easily accessible with some protection from the elements. My current fanny pack is also from ThruPack where I used their builder to have their...
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    I only setup my tarp for bad weather and cowboy...

    I only setup my tarp for bad weather and cowboy camp the rest of the time, so it isn't going to be any help. My down bag and bivy sack are where I want my heat retention to be, not the tarp. It...
  25. The biggest issue with this study (other than...

    The biggest issue with this study (other than being a sample of 1), is they took someone who started in much better condition than most people are at. He could only remain at the same level or...
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