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    Spectacular part of the trail. I did this in 2015...

    Spectacular part of the trail. I did this in 2015 but went up to Muir Trail Ranch/Florence lake before aborting what was supposed to be a thru hike (long story).

    I started on April 13 -- you're a...
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    I’ve met many people who are on long thru hikes...

    I’ve met many people who are on long thru hikes for that reason.
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    I had to turn around on a Mt. Whitney summit...

    I had to turn around on a Mt. Whitney summit attempt a few years ago in May because of this scenario on the approach trail. Going too close to the edge of a snow or ice covered “trail” and you might...
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    Iím rarely bored when hiking solo which means you...

    Iím rarely bored when hiking solo which means you are alone with your thoughts for hours at a time. When the scenery is not novel or changing, then you retreat into your mind. Whatís important is to...
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    I’ll have to look into chair zero.... I’d...

    I’ll have to look into chair zero.... I’d probably do more short trips involving time in camp if I had a place to sit. And shorter trips are light enough with less food weight so that a chair might...
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    Shortly after I moved into my current apartment...

    Shortly after I moved into my current apartment in September I started to notice a fishy gross smell in my hallway. It so happens that my hallway is adjacent to the trash room on my floor. I was...
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    It's like others have said - I consider base...

    It's like others have said - I consider base weight to be what goes on your back except for consumables (food, water, fuel).

    I usually include insulation rand rain layers in my base weight since...
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    Insane. And that's one of the nicest shelters...

    Insane. And that's one of the nicest shelters I've seen.
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    I read about fifty pages per day but I find it...

    I read about fifty pages per day but I find it difficult to do any reading on trips. It’s partly because I don’t like spending much time in camp other than sleeping but I also find it uncomfortable...
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    On the Colorado Trail in summer, I got chilled in...

    On the Colorado Trail in summer, I got chilled in a thunderstorm and apparently borderline hypothermic (I didnít realize it but hikers I encountered asked me if I was Ok - I must have looked bad). I...
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    It’s absolutely worth following the official JMT...

    It’s absolutely worth following the official JMT through Tuolumne Meadows. I’ve never understood why most hikers are so eager to get to the store. And then most just head up Lyell Canyon. Tuolumne...
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    I’m sure they are great packs since the cut and...

    I’m sure they are great packs since the cut and fit is the same as the regular circuit which has been great for me. But $349 is a pricey upgrade!
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    I avoid privies myself - the woods are more...

    I avoid privies myself - the woods are more hygienic anyway with proper cathole depth, LNT, etc.

    Getting disoriented is very easy to do in the woods. Once I went off trail and although I got back...
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    I have not read of the virus being made airborne...

    I have not read of the virus being made airborne via feces. Are there any studies indicating spread in this manner?

    (But I like the breadcrumb idea!)
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    ULA Circuit X Reviews

    Iím interesting in reviews of the new Circuit X that ULA is now selling for $349. They use various types/weights of xpak materials. Since the packs are pretty new, I am going to wait to read some...
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    Poll: On the couple of occasions where I have driven to...

    On the couple of occasions where I have driven to a trailhead and used a one way shuttle, I have always done so at the start of the hike so that I'd be walking back to the car. This way, I'm not...
  17. Yes, curveballs are almost certain. Ten years...

    Yes, curveballs are almost certain. Ten years ago, I could have hiked any long trail without any problems. Now I have obligations that prevent me from doing so, although I can still get away for a...
  18. That’s great to know. I did the Collegiate West...

    That’s great to know. I did the Collegiate West so I never made it to the resort. I plan to be back on the CT...someday.
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    At least in the pre-COVID days, it was sometimes...

    At least in the pre-COVID days, it was sometimes nice to tent camp near a shelter to kind of get the best of both worlds - being under cover while preparing and eating food, maybe being near a fire,...
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    I don't want to trigger a boots vs. trail runner...

    I don't want to trigger a boots vs. trail runner debate, but I will point out that most people seem to agree that trail runners do not require much, if any, "break in". That's certainly been my...
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    The long segment of the PCT that I did in 2015...

    The long segment of the PCT that I did in 2015 was the only hike where I had to replace shoes which I did twice -- once around 200 miles in because my shoes already had 300 miles on them. And...
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    I recommend the Harrison Maps, but with a caveat:...

    I recommend the Harrison Maps, but with a caveat: The "John Muir Trail Map Pack" is the lightest option, comprised of 13 sheets, but provides only a relatively narrow view of the trail corridor. ...
  23. I take my EE Revelation 30F bag in summer. It is...

    I take my EE Revelation 30F bag in summer. It is very lightweight and, although it can be too much on really warm and muggy nights, in those conditions, I'm likely to just sleep on top of it...
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    I carry minimal "sleep clothes" -- normally a...

    I carry minimal "sleep clothes" -- normally a smart wool long underwear and a smart wool long sleeve shirt. This keeps my sleeping bag cleaner and improves my morale after a long day of hiking, and...
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    This is very interesting. I was just thinking...

    This is very interesting. I was just thinking about how to cut weight from my cook system which, for the past eight years, has been a JetBoil Sol Aluminum. Super reliable, fast, efficient, but not...
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