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  1. Thread: Hip Bursitis

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    Yes my wife has been suffering from hip pain for...

    Yes my wife has been suffering from hip pain for years and recently had a leg length difference diagnosed. 9mm
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    Army surplus stores... cheap durable equipment,...

    Army surplus stores... cheap durable equipment, although not the lightest
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    For gripping you want a softer rubber, probably...

    For gripping you want a softer rubber, probably with more surface area contact than the hard Vibram type boots that we all have worn for decades (those are for mountaineering, really). Watch out for...
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    Remember that Maine is also known as "No...

    Remember that Maine is also known as "No pointless nubbin left unclimbed", they route you over every high point they can find. Makes for a slippery mess early season.
  5. Studies of casualties show that it's not one...

    Studies of casualties show that it's not one thing that will do you in. It's cascading errors. Dead battery in your phone, then lost the paper map, confused about trail, forgot warm clothes, light...
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    Thousands have come before you, my friend. We...

    Thousands have come before you, my friend. We have rarely found it to be a problem.
  7. You don't know what you are talking about. I've...

    You don't know what you are talking about. I've worked in the mining industry and State inspectors carefully force companies to reclaim the land to often better condition than they found it. Unless...
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    Most hikers are capable, with practice of 20-30...

    Most hikers are capable, with practice of 20-30 mpd, but as a practical matter we do a lot less especially as you get older and are no longer in childish love with your ability to go fast. After...
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    You can get a lot more boils out of a canister if...

    You can get a lot more boils out of a canister if you use a pot cozy, an insulated fabric jacket for your boil pot. And then design meals and drinks so it only requires boiling, no simmering. We...
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    I hiked over 1000 miles with a male Norwegian...

    I hiked over 1000 miles with a male Norwegian Elkhound. He never had trouble with the trail, but was distracted by wildlife a few times. He killed a fawn in PA, then got nailed by a porcupine in...
  11. I didn't start until April 4th, but all I can say...

    I didn't start until April 4th, but all I can say is I FROZE all the way to Hot Springs. And we had wool and goose down... You seem a little lightly dressed to me FWIW
  12. I lived in CO in the 1980's and climbed 25 or so...

    I lived in CO in the 1980's and climbed 25 or so 14ers, some repeatedly. I liked to sleep on the summit overnight if the weather was clear. I didn't have a sleeping bag. I carried a large rucksack...
  13. Thread: Slackpacking

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    For some, slacking is the only way they can do...

    For some, slacking is the only way they can do long distances. I think of Attilla the Hun, a small, sickly older man who completed his thru hike in 2007. We were doing Maine, south to north, and we...
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    I bought a good quality tarp with 17 strong...

    I bought a good quality tarp with 17 strong webbing loops, and that was smart because it stood overnight blocking ocean winds at my camps on the Wilderness Coast, Olympic NP, WA. Tarps today are...
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    I think that October is the best month to hike in...

    I think that October is the best month to hike in Shenandoah... I've hiked there in November too, but got hit by horrible rain storms that turned to snow. Maybe go south from Panorama... many...
  16. That's my favorite piece of the AT, I did it the...

    That's my favorite piece of the AT, I did it the first time in the Boy Scouts in about 1969. It was called the "Four State Hike" because you used to cross the Sandy Hook bridge and walk several...
  17. Thread: Knee support?

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    You see all kinds of knee supports on the AT. ...

    You see all kinds of knee supports on the AT. I've used the Body Helix sleeves (I have three), but my problems modest. If your knees are really trashed you will need heavy duty hardware. I found...
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    The biggest problem I had flying with poles was...

    The biggest problem I had flying with poles was taking bamboo walking sticks to Iceland. We needed them pretty bad because we had troublesome stream/river crossings and you can't get sticks in...
  19. I found out this week how easy it is to lose our...

    I found out this week how easy it is to lose our mobility. During a kettlebell workout I lightly tapped my kneecap with a bell. This caused extreme pain, difficult sleeping, and I'm still limping...
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    We always carry brollys on the AT. Most of the...

    We always carry brollys on the AT. Most of the time it's all you need, and you can avoid the condensation trap of raingear. We've used Raines Skinny Minny (5 oz) and more recently got a serious $60...
  21. These problems can be chronic and hard to treat. ...

    These problems can be chronic and hard to treat. My wife has been struggling with it for two years, despite many ortho and PT visits. There's no easy fix.
  22. Thread: radio in HMW

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    We always carried NOAA weather radio on a small...

    We always carried NOAA weather radio on a small handheld ham radio (I hold a General ham license). Very useful. You can almost always get reception and find out the weather.
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    There is an enormous amount of freedom on the...

    There is an enormous amount of freedom on the CDT. You don't even have to follow a specific route. There are many ways to get from Canada to Mexico. With the freedom comes a fair amount of risk. ...
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    I had it for six months, tried everything... ...

    I had it for six months, tried everything... Finally skillful physical therapy cured it in 4 sessions.
  25. Ex-Offico clothes last for decades with hard...

    Ex-Offico clothes last for decades with hard useage. Worth the money, IMO. Another good brand is Fjallraven, especially for their field pants. You'll see a lot of their little fox insignia if you...
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