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  1. Yeah, the way the article read, it sure sounded...

    Yeah, the way the article read, it sure sounded like the helicopter was hovering at the campsite... not much of a hole in the trees there to pull off such an operation.
    It made me wonder if the new...
  2. I took the exact opposite attitude when I thru...

    I took the exact opposite attitude when I thru hiked the JMT solo. Even through I loaded up my phone with music, I didn't listen to it on the trail because I wanted to be able to hear anything...
  3. The news stories claim the helicopter was at the...

    The news stories claim the helicopter was at the camp site, and if you look at the area thru Google Earth, there is a small clearing to lower a hoist. I wondered if the news made a mistake and they...
  4. I looked at the area in Google Earth. Best I...

    I looked at the area in Google Earth. Best I could tell, as Maddron Bald trail starts heading up the hill, it looks like there is only about a 100' x 30' opening in the canopy. Not many news...
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    If the number of boils concern you, make sure to...

    If the number of boils concern you, make sure to get a Jetboil so that you can get the most out of your canister. Once you've done some test burns (preferably in real camping world conditions) and...
  6. Too bad people "not in their right mind" about...

    Too bad people "not in their right mind" about these things don't screw up more often and shoot themselves BEFORE remembering to shoot the other innocent person
  7. You have to carefully consider where you are when...

    You have to carefully consider where you are when you decide what food storage method you are going to use. It's one thing to be at some random spot along the AT or PCT and sleep with your food if a...
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    At least up in GSMNP, seems like it's been a...

    At least up in GSMNP, seems like it's been a relatively wet year.
    When there's water issues up there, it's usually not until September or October, the "dry" season... at least for the Smokies.
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    I got to borrow someone's FCUS1. That's where I...

    I got to borrow someone's FCUS1. That's where I learned I hated the "head" door compared to the "side" door. Just getting in the tent was like getting into your sleeping bag (which with a UL1,...
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    This one seems to be written a little better:...

    This one seems to be written a little better:...
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    I would think the UL1 would feel a bit...

    I would think the UL1 would feel a bit claustrophobic.

    By contrast, I've LOVED my UL2 as a single person tent.
    FWIW: There's only about a 25% weight difference in the UL1 and UL2.
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    I think I saw Joey's video a few months ago....

    I think I saw Joey's video a few months ago.
    Thanks for the update Patman.
    Don't know if I'll ever hike this old trail... but I know there's a couple of off-trail adventures on my todo list.
    But...
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    Full zip pants tend to be pretty heavy so I just...

    Full zip pants tend to be pretty heavy so I just don't buy them anymore. Besides, as Idailor points out, I usually don't like wearing them in the rain. I'm usually most likely to wear them early in...
  14. Welcome Zadok... "Above Treeline"... You do...

    Welcome Zadok...
    "Above Treeline"... You do realize this is the south where "treeline" is something like 8,000', yet the highest point east of the Mississippi is Mt Mitchell (in NC) at an elevation...
  15. In the 90's, I bartered for an 80's Kelty Super...

    In the 90's, I bartered for an 80's Kelty Super Tioga (5-6 lbs empty). Used it for camping until about 2010.

    Still have it.
    Used it loaded with bottles of water when I was walking the...
  16. I've done a little bit of hitchhiking, but I'm...

    I've done a little bit of hitchhiking, but I'm not particularly good at it.
    One mode of hitchhiking transportation (if legal where you are) I don't think is much affect by pandemic is riding in the...
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    1. Unless the shelter is designed for food to be...

    1. Unless the shelter is designed for food to be hung in it... don't do it.
    And by designed, I mean more than just a nail stuck in a rafter.
    About the only part of the AT I've done is in GSMNP, and...
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    Minor note: Bear canisters are currently not a...

    Minor note: Bear canisters are currently not a legal method of food storage in Great Smoky Mountains National Park back country.
    I doubt someone properly using a commercial bear canister would get...
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    First of all, Cosby Knob MIGHT be open come the...

    First of all, Cosby Knob MIGHT be open come the end of May.
    There's no hard rule, but the typical time frame for a campsite or shelter to be closed due to bear activity is about one month.

    But...
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    To somewhat reiterate a previous comment, if you...

    To somewhat reiterate a previous comment, if you are unsure enough that you are asking for input from others, then you are trying to bite off too much.
    As a general suggestion, I say try for...
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    Add a few more ounces and you can simply move...

    Add a few more ounces and you can simply move upto a light weight bear canister... specifically the Bearikaid. I used one on the JMT and found it crazy simple to use. A lot of people will scoff at...
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    The problem with an Ursack is that while the bear...

    The problem with an Ursack is that while the bear might not "TAKE" your food, he can still destroy it.
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    I can't tell if you are arguing for or against a...

    I can't tell if you are arguing for or against a tent foot print???

    And if you are going to limit yourself to 6oz. seems like you are going to limit yourself to one of the following three things:...
  24. Years ago, I planned out a thru-hike of the JMT...

    Years ago, I planned out a thru-hike of the JMT out west.
    Because all my food had to fit in a bear canister, and because time/money constraints meant I had to hike 10 days with no resupply, I...
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    There's more assumptions than that... such as how...

    There's more assumptions than that... such as how much warm clothing the person is wearing as well.
    But those various "assumptions" are different depending upon what rating "system" or "standard"...
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