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    Places that require a bear canister only require...

    Places that require a bear canister only require them while your food is unattended (i.e. you're asleep) or out of reach.

    So like TNhiker points out, most people simply don't spend the night is a...
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    I believe many bear canisters are darn near water...

    I believe many bear canisters are darn near water proof.
    I say "near", because the Bearikade is known for not being perfectly water proof and so those that know store the canister "lid down" at...
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    This "trail" doesn't really exist... not any more...

    This "trail" doesn't really exist... not any more at least.

    If you look at the satellite view, you can see where parts of it still exist today as a private drive way or utilities access road.
    ...
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    Tipi is also hiking in an area where bear...

    Tipi is also hiking in an area where bear canisters are not required (nor is hanging your food like is required in GSMNP).
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    When I was preparing to hike the JMT, I purchased...

    When I was preparing to hike the JMT, I purchased the Bearikade Expedition so that I could do a 10-day stent from MTR to Mt. Whitney without an additional resupply.
    With 10-days of food weighting...
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    The largest "bear canister" I know of that is...

    The largest "bear canister" I know of that is available is the Bearikade Expedition from wild-ideas.
    At about 900 cu-in, that's a little less than 15L.

    Beyond that, you're not looking for a "bear...
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    With only a few known exceptions (such as Davenport Gap), over-night parking at GSMNP trailheads are relatively safe... especially some place highly visible along New Found Gap road.

    I've heard...
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    Off the top of my head, I think the only place...

    Off the top of my head, I think the only place you are going to find a tent that can hold 2 people, cost about $300, and weights about 3lbs is a Tarptent.
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    When I did the JMT, I got an Osprey Volt 75,...

    When I did the JMT, I got an Osprey Volt 75, placed my sleeping bag and cloths in the bottom, the bear canister standing up, and everything else fit around the bear canister.
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    I had used the Bearikade Expedition with almost...

    I had used the Bearikade Expedition with almost 1,000 cu-in of space. It took a lot of planning in minimizing volume, but I was able to get 9 to 10 days of food @ 3,000 calories per day.
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    I used the Bearikade for the JMT and LOVED it....

    I used the Bearikade for the JMT and LOVED it.
    Opening it was such a breeze. It sat in the top of my pack (lid up) so that I was able to get lunch and snacks out without removing it from my pack.
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    IMHO: The jump to a bear canister imposes such a...

    IMHO: The jump to a bear canister imposes such a large weight penality that unless the extra room is just NEVER going to be needed, it seems like a small weight penality to go with a larger size.
    ...
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    Nothing wrong with that. It's still A LOT of...

    Nothing wrong with that. It's still A LOT of down hill... but just not quite as steep... Still steep, just a little less so.

    Obviously it will be a bit longer, and if you're talking about this...
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    If and when I get to do WT, I'm hoping what...

    If and when I get to do WT, I'm hoping what worked on the JMT will work on WT.

    I don't like using DEET because I don't want to have to wash it off and I don't want the stuff to get in my tent and...
  15. Good to know... always wondered how "water" could...

    Good to know... always wondered how "water" could expire.
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    From the Ursack web site...

    From the Ursack web site:
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    Facebook Several years ago, Whiteblaze seemed...

    Facebook

    Several years ago, Whiteblaze seemed to be THE place on the internet to go to ask hiking related questions.

    The only competition seemed to be Yahoo groups, and they sucked (difficult...
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    Ever since my son started hiking with me at age...

    Ever since my son started hiking with me at age 7, he ALWAYS had to at least carry his own pack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and cloths. I was willing to carry everything else.

    As he got older...
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    True: My mistake. I was specifically thinking of...

    True: My mistake. I was specifically thinking of the ProLite I mentioned above when I simply stated "Therm-a-Rest".

    But my main point being that I had chosen a back pack that didn't have...
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    I would tend to agree... Only down side is...

    I would tend to agree...
    Only down side is bulk.

    In my case, I had already purchased the Vapor Ki, and if you pay attention to the picture, you can see this pack has no lashing straps to put a...
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    What sort of temperature rating you looking for...

    What sort of temperature rating you looking for in a Sleeping Bag.

    I've got a NorthFace Tigger synthetic fill. 2lbs.
    The original claim for Temperature Rating was 20F.
    But when I first...
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    Except I've been told it has the worst...

    Except I've been told it has the worst infestation of mice. I've only stayed at 37 once, and I got a mouse hole in my food bag. Make sure you bring a mouse mobile because mice climb bear cables.
  23. What I personally do is use a Sawyer filter in...

    What I personally do is use a Sawyer filter in gravity mode..
    a 2L Evernew bladder for dirty water, a 2L Platypus Hoser for clean water, and a pair of Bai water bottles, because they are about as...
  24. Given the quality of modern water and drink...

    Given the quality of modern water and drink bottles, Nalgene is an overweight dinosaur.
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    Make a loop out of Gregory Bald. Park at the...

    Make a loop out of Gregory Bald. Park at the Gregory Ridge trailhead, but walk Parsons Branch road to Gregory Bald trail to CS13, then back down Gregory Ridge the next day.

    It's less than 8 mpd,...
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