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    TSA does not allow trekking poles in carry-on...

    TSA does not allow trekking poles in carry-on baggage going into the cabin, but they can be packed in checked luggage on commercial airlines. Stories abound of how people get them through TSA...
  2. FWIW - I have been winter hiking a significant...

    FWIW - I have been winter hiking a significant amount of time. As a result I have acquired several types of traction gear for winter use and the varying conditions winter often presents. First off, I...
  3. Having nearly lost access to one of the nicest...

    Having nearly lost access to one of the nicest sections of AT in southern New England along the Riga Plateau (between Lions Head and Race Mountain) due to camper carelessness with fires and other...
  4. Agreed with TwoSpirits. The pain is there for a...

    Agreed with TwoSpirits. The pain is there for a reason which could be to stop a while to recuperate, or there could be a mechanical issue in your body that will become worse and prevent you from...
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    The 4-riders of cell phone apocalypse and should...

    The 4-riders of cell phone apocalypse and should be heeded.

    To which one can add "other people" as a separate category or sub-category under #4. For whatever reasons I have seen a few phones...
  6. In the late afternoon of August 15th, 1969 at the...

    In the late afternoon of August 15th, 1969 at the impressionable age of 15, I was hanging out in a nearby McDonalds parking lot with two friends of mine. As we were leaning against the hood of my...
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    In my view, section hiking the entire AT over...

    In my view, section hiking the entire AT over time is a more difficult feat than a thru hike, especially living in the middle of the country and every section requires a serious travel commitment....
  8. Thread: Slackpacking

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    There are different levels of thru hiking...

    There are different levels of thru hiking ambitions and "ethics". Some insist on tapping each white blaze from Springer to Katahdin, some use the blue blaze trails as a means to move around serious...
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    For what its worth.... The triad of long...

    For what its worth....

    The triad of long distance hiking is rarely defeated, which are: Finances, Fitness, and Time. Losing any one of these to the vagaries of circumstance will certainly cripple...
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    Odd philosophical issue to be sorting out since...

    Odd philosophical issue to be sorting out since one cannot really be a thru hiker until they complete the trail in full, then they become a thru hiker.
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    Good news indeed!

    Good news indeed!
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    This... Some time ago I noticed I didn't have to...

    This... Some time ago I noticed I didn't have to adjust my pack hip belt nearly as frequently in winter conditions as I do in summer conditions. It took me a while to figure out sweat moisture was...
  13. Thread: thank you!

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    Communication classes?

    Communication classes?
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    The added weight of carrying a bottle with...

    The added weight of carrying a bottle with unfiltered water (or depletion of filtered water in the moment) would dissuade me. Seems a lot of work for a fairly simple task that will likely need a...
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    Glad to see you here!

    Glad to see you here!
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    Tipi, you are indeed on par with Fletcher in both...

    Tipi, you are indeed on par with Fletcher in both the macro elements of your trips and micro elements of what is working well for you or what isn't. Always a pleasure to peruse well constructed...
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    FWIW - I have tried a number of different knee...

    FWIW - I have tried a number of different knee compression devices and found Tommiecopper to be the best in terms of support and longevity. The silicone strips used to keep the sleeve in place work...
  18. Years ago I read the first edition of "The...

    Years ago I read the first edition of "The Complete Walker" Fletcher assembled in the late 1960s and read the following versions ending with "The Complete Walker IV" in 2002. I thumbed through these...
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    First time I had heard a deer snort was in the...

    First time I had heard a deer snort was in the PNW on a trail thick with brush on both sides of the trail. To say it startled me is understating the reaction, which was to literally freeze between...
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    Maybe just cite the FKT for that year and route?

    Maybe just cite the FKT for that year and route?
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    Without more specific information, knee pain is...

    Without more specific information, knee pain is such a generalized category it's difficult to sort out if there is a mechanical problem in the knee joint or if there are other complications from a...
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    Well done!

    Well done!
  23. I would imagine most here will be interested in...

    I would imagine most here will be interested in getting this vaccination given the alternatives, frankly I cannot imagine why those spending a good deal of time in the great out-of-doors would not...
  24. Curious why the late season start of an AT FKT...

    Curious why the late season start of an AT FKT attempt given the heat of summer will be a major factor along the entire route as opposed to an earlier starting date that would be slightly ahead of...
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    "Soup to Nuts" is a pretty common phrase, I hear...

    "Soup to Nuts" is a pretty common phrase, I hear it a lot and use it myself frequently.
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