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  1. How much I inflate the mat can make a big...

    How much I inflate the mat can make a big difference in how I sleep and feel in the morning. When I use a prolite plus (mostly canoeing since mine is a bit heavy/bulky), it works out a lot better for...
  2. Some people tweak their gear all the time and...

    Some people tweak their gear all the time and spend 100 hours on that and only hike 4 days a year. Not what I'm into, but maybe gear is more their hobby than hiking.
    At one point when I had little...
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    Wouldn't recommend 2-3 classes while hiking....

    Wouldn't recommend 2-3 classes while hiking. Would take away too much from the hike
    1 class... sure, if it's not a bit commitment and you can stay ahead and only check in about once a week.
    But...
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    If the longer size is ok, this bag is a deal:...

    If the longer size is ok, this bag is a deal:
    https://www.mountainhardwear.com/down-flip-35-50f%2C-1-10c-sleeping-bag-OU8534.html
    I'd say it's more like a 40.

    Other than a sale like that, there...
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    Those are just factors in the decision (crowds,...

    Those are just factors in the decision (crowds, rules). Very legitimate ones, more important for some. There are so many great places to visit and enjoy... might as well take the routes that you get...
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    I can sympathize with this. I don't like planning...

    I can sympathize with this. I don't like planning each day and I don't sleep very well in busy shelters either. They are legitimate factors to consider for a section hiker. One option is to skip it...
  7. I don't mind camping on the beach. Usually...

    I don't mind camping on the beach. Usually there's some rocks or driftwood around to tie a couple points on the tent to
    Sand has never bothered me much.

    Is there really zero shade, or maybe you...
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    I have noted this as well. In fairness, some of...

    I have noted this as well. In fairness, some of it may be due to increased volume of people on the trail. Even locally, when I go to a trail that has a ton of people on it, I don't want to say hello...
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    Yes, I thoroughly enjoy time away and being...

    Yes, I thoroughly enjoy time away and being incommunicado. Since I live near the border and have to pay to use my phone in the US, it's always been a fantastic reason to be in airplane mode for...
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    I guess at 37 I'm in the generation that...

    I guess at 37 I'm in the generation that appreciates both methods.
    Airplane mode almost all the time, I just use it for things that add to my experience.

    It's a lot to do with motivation and...
  11. Thread: Friendliness

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    Interesting how you described that scenario, but...

    Interesting how you described that scenario, but I have seen this play out simply because some new hikers ask a lot of questions and like to talk about gear, the trail, etc. If I'm the so called...
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    It's a gamble, but I wouldn't rule out renting it...

    It's a gamble, but I wouldn't rule out renting it or using airbnb.
    For rental, you'd have to be confident in the tenant. Eg: if it's a professional that needs a short-term rental and they have...
  13. If you don't brush your teeth or you take a...

    If you don't brush your teeth or you take a spill, there's still time to end up with triple crowns
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    You're right that if there was accommodation or a...

    You're right that if there was accommodation or a free camp spot in town, it would help

    But I can see it being useful for a lot of hikers for different purposes. Those that want to resupply, eat,...
  15. Cool, do you have a gofundme page so I can send...

    Cool, do you have a gofundme page so I can send you money?
  16. I'll peg the odds of this guy finishing all 3 in...

    I'll peg the odds of this guy finishing all 3 in a year at 1 in a 10,000. At 71, you don't train as you go at 10 mpd and then ramp it up to 30 mpd on the northern sections of the pct/cdt. Doing the...
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    It only makes sense for people to setup "magic...

    It only makes sense for people to setup "magic stands" for the day if it's high volume locations, such as masses of thru-hikers near the beginning of their hike.
    Once everyone is spread out and 75%...
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    If you want a specialized warm weather pad, then...

    If you want a specialized warm weather pad, then yes? Looks same as xlite... just thinner nylon
    If you don't already have an xlite and want a pad that you can use 3 season, then no.

    The upgrade...
  19. Yes, seems the OP is taking the right approach to...

    Yes, seems the OP is taking the right approach to getting all the info. With increasing numbers of hikers, and some with less experience, we'll continue to see increased deaths this season I'm sure....
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    How about permethrin? I've used it for ticks, but...

    How about permethrin? I've used it for ticks, but never specifically for other annoying insects. I know it's supposed to be effective against mosquitoes as well. Any direct experience with this?
    ...
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    Looks pretty high from that graph (especially if...

    Looks pretty high from that graph (especially if you remove 82-83).
    It's the second highest year on the graph at this point for central, and high for the other regions as well. But there's lots of...
  22. I did a short trip in that area years ago. About...

    I did a short trip in that area years ago. About 20 or 25 miles, starting from spruce knob, doing a loop or two, and then going back up to spruce knob. Not a bad shorter hike

    You could also...
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    My black diamond aluminum trail trek poles have...

    My black diamond aluminum trail trek poles have about 2500 miles without issue, and I weigh 210 and hike on a lot of rock, so I've been very pleased.
    But my wife's CF cascade poles from costco have...
  24. You seem pretty new to backpacking, based on the...

    You seem pretty new to backpacking, based on the questions. The only truly reliable pace indicator is from your own experience. However, if you're in good shape and you aren't overloaded with gear,...
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    Agree with this. If they're the owner, they...

    Agree with this. If they're the owner, they control the original price and that's fair. I will still tip in that circumstance if they had a ridiculously low price or went a bit above and beyond
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