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    Ditto the AYCE places. But whenever possible, I'd...

    Ditto the AYCE places. But whenever possible, I'd splurge for a good salad (something other than iceberg lettuce and a few shreds of carrot) at a decent restaurant.

    It's been 14 years since I...
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    Ditto the comment above about bringing only the...

    Ditto the comment above about bringing only the tools you need to repair the gear you carry. Along those lines, someone wise taught me to not buy hiking gear for which a repair kit is sold.
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    Immediately after my AT thru, actually while...

    Immediately after my AT thru, actually while standing on top of Katahdin, I thought about another, SOBO thru hike. I get wanting to do it again.
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    I agree with all that's been said. I hiked the AT at age 51, with a 64 yo partner, in 3.5 months. We left in early April, and if I did it again I'd leave in mid-May. I got into New England too early,...
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    If you want to meet hikers, join and get involved...

    If you want to meet hikers, join and get involved with the Arizona Trail Association. They're a great trail group.
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    The Siphon Draw Trail in the Superstitions is one...

    The Siphon Draw Trail in the Superstitions is one of the most incredible day hikes I've ever seen. The Superstition Crest Traverse is more challenging.

    Lots of good hiking in the Tonto NF out of...
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    Ditto on the hiking clothes. In hot weather I'm...

    Ditto on the hiking clothes. In hot weather I'm disrobed and lying on my clothes on the pad.

    In my experience, a liner isn't worth its weight. A quilt will stay much cleaner than a bag, since...
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    I wait for a portion of the day that's warmer...

    I wait for a portion of the day that's warmer and/or dryer. I wash things out and put them on wet and wear them dry. Usually it's just a shirt or pair of socks. I don't use soap on clothes on the...
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    FKTs yes, and to a lesser extent CYTCs (calendar...

    FKTs yes, and to a lesser extent CYTCs (calendar year Triple Crowns).
  10. That's impressive, coming from an almost-charter...

    That's impressive, coming from an almost-charter member.
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    In case you're asking if anyone has done a round...

    In case you're asking if anyone has done a round trip, or yo-yo in hiker terms, The Onion did it in 2007. Mr Magoo did it the same year in the opposite direction, CAN-MEX-CAN.
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    Also pay attention to the sections on baffling....

    Also pay attention to the sections on baffling. That's something I was unaware of when I bought my first down bag.
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    Once in a while I see Marmot bags on sale, a...

    Once in a while I see Marmot bags on sale, a pretty good value for the price. I have the Helium 15, got it some years ago for less than $300. It works for me in the upper teens, which I saw several...
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    Yeah, sort of self-defeating. Does a tent really...

    Yeah, sort of self-defeating. Does a tent really need to be compressed by a bag that adds several ounces to your pack? And severe compression can damage sleeping bag insulation (and some clothing too...
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    There were a few nuggets of wisdom decades ago...

    There were a few nuggets of wisdom decades ago when I started lightening my load. One was to get the lighter pack last, after you'd pared everything else down. I've seen a few people cramming too...
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    Tarptent Protrail

    Tarptent Protrail
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    Our version of extravagance is bicycle touring....

    Our version of extravagance is bicycle touring. We bought a Tarptent Double Rainbow that allows us both to sit up at the same time and each have our own door. We take that on car camping trips now...
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    The ground cloth was one of the lessons I had to...

    The ground cloth was one of the lessons I had to learn for myself, a method that worked for me, the gear I carry, and how I use it. We all obviously have had different experiences. I'm certainly not...
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    So much depends on your fitness, experience,...

    So much depends on your fitness, experience, mental outlook, preparation, budget, how your gear holds up, etc. My first long hike I took zeroes as often as I could justify it, and it was very...
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    Muesli, mixed in a bag outside the grocery store,...

    Muesli, mixed in a bag outside the grocery store, with rolled oats, walnuts, and raisins.
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    Is the potable water system still down? There was...

    Is the potable water system still down? There was a large folding fire tank deployed for campers' use last time I was there. But the campground was fully open.
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    Also be aware that walk-in permits are usually...

    Also be aware that walk-in permits are usually readily available. The parks I've been to hold 25% of permits for walk-ins. Especially if you can be a little flexible, you can get a good trip without...
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    Maybe the PCT in southern Oregon, late summer?...

    Maybe the PCT in southern Oregon, late summer? Access and resupply may be harder than you'd like. Water and navigation should be manageable.

    It's hard to think of an easy desert hike. My own...
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    Consider a 30F or 40F quilt, down if you can...

    Consider a 30F or 40F quilt, down if you can afford it, something in the 1 to 1.5 pound range. Personally I wouldn't head into the Appalachians without some loft in my sleeping insulation. The...
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    Relative humidity (RH) is key. It makes no sense...

    Relative humidity (RH) is key. It makes no sense to try to dry wet gear on a foggy morning, or overnight for that matter. RH on most mornings in the East is just too high for drying to occur. Pack up...
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