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    I headed SOBO this past year, from ME to NJ. ...

    I headed SOBO this past year, from ME to NJ. During this section hike I saw four thru-hikers with dogs. They were all lean, and 3 of the 4 just appeared exhausted. One hiker was even leaving the...
  2. Agree with Don H. Those or quilts.

    Agree with Don H. Those or quilts.
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    Welcome rnadeline! Don't worry about those of us...

    Welcome rnadeline! Don't worry about those of us that are a little gruff. We have our good days and bad days....:-). I've put my list below. This is just what works for me. I imagine every list...
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    Great pictures and trip report! Thanks for...

    Great pictures and trip report! Thanks for posting.
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    Nick....q-tip is right. Condensation has always...

    Nick....q-tip is right. Condensation has always been an issue on all of my sil-nylon tarps and tents. I used the Wild Oasis on the CDT and did not have much of an issue with condensation. I am...
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    Hi Nick I have one I would be willing to sell...

    Hi Nick

    I have one I would be willing to sell if you are still interested?
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    Hi Shutterbug I climbed K last February with...

    Hi Shutterbug

    I climbed K last February with my father and two brothers. Dad was 70 at the time of the climb. Dad worked out quite a bit six months prior to the hike, and was moderately in shape...
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    I made the switch from my Vasque boots to trail...

    I made the switch from my Vasque boots to trail runners years ago, and never looked back. At first I found my feet were more sore and a little more fatigued at the end of the day, but as my pack...
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    Good article...thanks for posting.

    Good article...thanks for posting.
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    I could live off Pepsi and ice cream while...

    I could live off Pepsi and ice cream while hiking. I will hitch miles for a soda. I don't touch it off the trail.
  11. Thread: Rain Mitts?

    by Lucy Lulu
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    I've used MLD mitts on all of my hikes...great...

    I've used MLD mitts on all of my hikes...great mitts.
  12. I've given up very well paying jobs every time...

    I've given up very well paying jobs every time I've done long distance hikes. I've worked in my industry for 20 years, and I've maintained very good relationships with former employers. I've never...
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    The profile is a little misleading. It may...

    The profile is a little misleading. It may appear flat, but there are a lot of straight up/downs as mentioned earlier, along with roots and rocks to pick your way around. I agree, the hiking is...
  14. Thread: Hitchhiking?

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    I've hitched hundreds of times over the past 20...

    I've hitched hundreds of times over the past 20 years, and some of the best experiences with people I've met on the trails, have been on those rides. That said, you have to trust your instincts. ...
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    What ChinMusic said....+1

    What ChinMusic said....+1
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    Having hiked, traveled, and visited bars a bit...

    Having hiked, traveled, and visited bars a bit over the years, I would have to say that the intentions (or lack of) and assumptions, are basically the same on and off the trails. The only...
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    My very thin Columbia fleece jacket. The most...

    My very thin Columbia fleece jacket. The most versatile piece of gear I've used on any hike.
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    I can only tell you how I respond after...

    I can only tell you how I respond after thru-hikes, and only how they have changed me. Although there are probably similarities, I think every hiker responds differently.

    I will just state that I...
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    I always try to post accurate information, b/c...

    I always try to post accurate information, b/c I'm just that kinda gal. I don't really feel a sense of responsibility in what I post. At the end of the day this is the internet, and I personally...
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    I will stop in to shelters for lunch or to grab a...

    I will stop in to shelters for lunch or to grab a snack if the timing is right, but I don't often sleep in them. I enjoy hiking as much as possible, and they never seem to be close at the end of the...
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    I go stoveless and reconstitute food also. In...

    I go stoveless and reconstitute food also. In the past I have slept with the water I needed in my bag. In the mornings I would put it in a camelback bag (1-2) liter, and put it about half way down...
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    I have to agree with Garlic. Food is really just...

    I have to agree with Garlic. Food is really just fuel while I hike, and I can eat the same thing over and over. I actually enjoy cold Ramen with some spices and chicken or tuna. I eat it day after...
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    I went totally dehydrated and cooked my first...

    I went totally dehydrated and cooked my first time on the AT. I then went over to the PCT and the winds initially drove me nuts. Plus everything was just so dry. I started going long stretches...
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    There is some good advice in the posts above, and...

    There is some good advice in the posts above, and the original blog. I think everyone adjusts based on their own personality, but I follow some of my own basics.

    I don't split rooms unless I know...
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    The Gossamer pockets are great. I use a couple...

    The Gossamer pockets are great. I use a couple of those. I also always hike in longer shorts with deep pockets, and just keep bars in the pockets if I don't have the pockets on the pack.
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