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    Thanks! Good info.

    Thanks! Good info.
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    I'm not being argumentative on wearing masks, I...

    I'm not being argumentative on wearing masks, I wear one in public and I don't even notice it anymore.

    What I am curious about, however, is how much of the AT is actually on Federal lands.
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    Well, the drying time depends on how soaked and...

    Well, the drying time depends on how soaked and the local climate, I suppose, but I agree, 1/2 hour if thoroughly wet is optimistic. It is amazing though with trail runners; fording streams in them...
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    wow, this all brings back fond memories... I ran...

    wow, this all brings back fond memories... I ran both XC and track (1/4 and half mile) in HS and for a while in college, and yeah, I wore those ridiculously light racing flats/spikes. I wish I...
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    I've hiked through SNP 3 times now, always...

    I've hiked through SNP 3 times now, always enjoying the relatively easy hiking and abundance of food. The last time I did so I started with basically 3 days of food (out of Waynesboro) and kept...
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    Not sure why anyone would actually care if the ATC "recognizes" their hike or not, I've never understood this. Zero importance.

    That being said, I would tend to follow the advice of the ATC in...
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    Woops! Yeah, sorry about my hiking-only...

    Woops! Yeah, sorry about my hiking-only ramblings.

    I hear ya, and this used to be more of a problem out east, but in the last 10 years or so because of beetle kill (as lone talks about below)...
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    My "subscribing" philosophy is "there is no bad...

    My "subscribing" philosophy is "there is no bad weather, only inadequate gear". That boast being said though, high winds of course impose a severe limit; sure, you can mitigate against virtually...
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    Yeah, this. When I get to camp, I loosen my...

    Yeah, this. When I get to camp, I loosen my laces drastically and take out the footbeds/orthotics and my hiking shoes feel like slippers.

    Just another vote for no. My wife brings crocs, I call...
  10. Great plan Shae! After the game, walk back to...

    Great plan Shae! After the game, walk back to Union, get your pack and hop on train-to-the-plane. Easy peasy!

    Now the $64000 question.... where to eat? Either before or after the game... Labor...
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    I've done the "6-12 month" thing numerous times,...

    I've done the "6-12 month" thing numerous times, in fact this year, I was ready to hike the PCT, had 2 months of FD food all repackaged in freezer bags... well one week into my PCT hike, mid MArch,...
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    Yikes! Thanks, didn't notice that, for the...

    Yikes! Thanks, didn't notice that, for the record, my choice "C-prime" is a variation to the 2nd "C" listed.
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    Well, "C-prime" here.... It's not that I'm "not...

    Well, "C-prime" here.... It's not that I'm "not worried at all", sure, I'm a little worried, but most of life involves calculated risks. My wife (who is vaccinated) and I (who is not) are planning...
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    Well actually, though the name "USGS" (US...

    Well actually, though the name "USGS" (US geological survey) is indeed confusing, these passes are precisely for our National Park system use (plus "federal recreation lands", like NFS and others).
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    Another vote for those bargain Cascade Mtn....

    Another vote for those bargain Cascade Mtn. poles. Super light carbon fiber.

    I have broken TWO of them now since I started using them, but both times were on fairly extreme terrain and I have a...
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    One more tiny little push for Creede vs. Lake...

    One more tiny little push for Creede vs. Lake City. Two utterly different towns, maybe Lake City is slightly more popular w/ CT hikers because of the Hostel and daily ride.

    But Creede has...
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    I guess it is a regular thing for folks without a...

    I guess it is a regular thing for folks without a lot of experience flying with their backpack, which with all due modesty, I do; I've flown all over the world, dozens of trips simply checking my...
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    Well, that's a start. And one of the key...

    Well, that's a start. And one of the key ingredients, thanks!.

    But "green chili" (meaning a soup-like dish, like red chili but utterly different, maybe what most on here call "chili") contains a...
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    We've been consuming mass quantities of those...

    We've been consuming mass quantities of those dehydrated hash browns on our car camping trips forever (and even at home, though frozen ones are even better), but it never occurred to me to try them...
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    Thanks for clarifying my poor choice of words on...

    Thanks for clarifying my poor choice of words on the cabins... yes, you get a permit for a bunk in the cabins... NOt the entire cabin!

    The reason I promoted the Observatory trail from the saddle...
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    For the last 10 years or so, ever since I went...

    For the last 10 years or so, ever since I went with "brainless" packs, I've been using this zip-sack:

    https://www.granitegear.com/air-zippsack.html

    The yellow version, I think it's about an...
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    Not sure when that google earth shot was done,...

    Not sure when that google earth shot was done, the shadows on the buildings look pretty long to me meaning not summer at noon, but in any case, the dozen or so times I've been to this trailhead in...
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    Sure... basically you can reserve the "summit"...

    Sure... basically you can reserve the "summit" cabin through the volcano National Park (because the cabin is in the park). At the time (8 years ago), it didn't cost anything (I think!), but you do...
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    There is a regular, daily shuttle from a hostel...

    There is a regular, daily shuttle from a hostel in Lake City to/from the CO 149 crossing, something like noon or noon-30.

    Seems like it even ran last summer, but not 100% sure.

    And I have been...
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    Yikes, I just got verclempt..... literally...

    Yikes, I just got verclempt..... literally tears welled up.

    I would definitely visit the Onizuka visitors center on Mauna Kea, not to be missed.

    Quick story: So, we wound up climbing Mauna...
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