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    That is a fantastic accomplishment....

    That is a fantastic accomplishment. Congratulations, and much respect.
  2. 4eyedbuzzard gave really good advice about...

    4eyedbuzzard gave really good advice about drying. I check the dryer *frequently* when drying to be sure the shell isn't getting too hot. I have been surprised at just how hot it can get on its very...
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    This makes me terribly sad. I met Rain Man...

    This makes me terribly sad.

    I met Rain Man about three years ago. He had reached out to me a few days before my HF to Rockfish Gap section, and we met at Blackburn Trail Center on my second day...
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    This past winter/early spring, I used an R1...

    This past winter/early spring, I used an R1 hoodie for my "moving" fleece, then traded that for my melly in the evening in my sleeping bag. The R1 has a nice deep zipper front for venting, which I...
  5. I have lusted a bit for Helleberg tents, and may...

    I have lusted a bit for Helleberg tents, and may get one someday, but an excellent tent I have found in the meantime is made by Big Sky International. Double wall, simultaneous pitch, under 4lbs max,...
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    My dad once told me that when he was in the army...

    My dad once told me that when he was in the army they would put their wet socks around their necks to dry. I've never tried that, though -- I think the smell would probably kill me.
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    This. Very well said. People who fast for long...

    This. Very well said.

    People who fast for long periods of time -- for whatever various reasons -- will recognize what you are saying here and agree. There might be some brief hunger pangs or...
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    Your questions are very good ones, and the...

    Your questions are very good ones, and the likelihood of most -- or any -- long-distance hikers actually having a COVID plan and any ability to answer these questions is practically nil. Which is...
  9. When I was in Maine in 2014, I tripped and...

    When I was in Maine in 2014, I tripped and smashed my knee. What I hoped was just a bruise turned out to be a hike-ending injury -- and I had only just started the 100 Mile Wilderness (SOBO.) It was...
  10. Pork Rinds and Snickers -- the Breakfast of...

    Pork Rinds and Snickers -- the Breakfast of Champions!
  11. One snack I do like at this time of year -- when...

    One snack I do like at this time of year -- when I tend to want more salt -- is pork rinds. A little 2oz bag can deliver over 300 tasty calories!
  12. I have seen some of those Epic bars in the local...

    I have seen some of those Epic bars in the local stores...I'll probably give one a try. I'm trying to put a little more variety into my mid-day break -- it's been mostly jerky & pepperoni (along with...
  13. I've only had one version of pemmican, and that...

    I've only had one version of pemmican, and that was a hundred years ago. Do you have a recipe or a good brand recommendation?
  14. Every year for many years, my mother would send...

    Every year for many years, my mother would send me a "Fruitcake Confection" from Harry & David at Christmas time. Definitely NOT your grandmother's fruitcake -- this stuff is awesome! If I could keep...
  15. I do something similar to Tipi -- I use one of...

    I do something similar to Tipi -- I use one of those larger-sized mylar emergency blankets. It seems to be a good barrier against the moisture that builds on the floor...not necessarily from rain,...
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    Thanks for the link -- I'll check it out!

    Thanks for the link -- I'll check it out!
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    Actually looked at that -- won't quite work for...

    Actually looked at that -- won't quite work for me. Thanks for the tip though!
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    In Search Of....

    I'm wanting a DCF stuff sack of certain dimensions, and a couple of brief forays into the wilds of the internet hasn't been productive. There are dozens of providers to look through, but I'm hoping...
  19. Coronials.

    Coronials.
  20. I sure wish there was a "Like" button for posts...

    I sure wish there was a "Like" button for posts like this.

    Well said.
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    If hiker numbers significantly decrease this...

    If hiker numbers significantly decrease this year, as seems likely, it will.be interesting to see how certain seasonally overused areas look next year.
  22. Sharon Johnson (703-615-5612) is in Front Royal....

    Sharon Johnson (703-615-5612) is in Front Royal. Picked me up at Sky Meadows a couple years ago, drove me to Skyland resort to meet family. Delightful lady. Not certain she is still shuttling, but...
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    How funny for this topic to come up. I was...

    How funny for this topic to come up.

    I was always the history nerd in our family, and had talked with and learned a lot about my Dad's service in Europe. As such, I [quite happily] have inherited...
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    Pretty neato facts. I was fortunate to have...

    Pretty neato facts.

    I was fortunate to have talked quite a bit with my Dad (WWII/Europe) before he passed away in 2009 -- although he certainly wasn't chatty about it. But I did learn enough...
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    Like so many others, I've been asked if I carry a...

    Like so many others, I've been asked if I carry a gun with me...and like so many others, I say no and can offer different reasons for not doing so. Then they'll ask, "Well do you at least carry a...
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