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    I've changed my food carry planning from pounds...

    I've changed my food carry planning from pounds per day to miles per pound. I pack one pound per ten or twelve miles. That section is about 120 miles. I'd pack about ten pounds for that. (I carried...
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    Mine got bigger on my first thru hike and stayed...

    Mine got bigger on my first thru hike and stayed that way. They did not increase on subsequent long hikes. It makes sense there's a physical limit.
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    Ditto the comment about fat. Fat has twice the...

    Ditto the comment about fat. Fat has twice the energy density of carbs. Nuts are a good, packable, readily available source of fat and protein, so I make good use of them.

    How much you need to eat...
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    Mechanical heat.

    Mechanical cooling.

    Communication. A library with internet is often a top priority.

    Laundry.

    Mail drop for maps/shoes/prescriptions.
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    I can't imagine making as much investment as an...

    I can't imagine making as much investment as an AT hike takes without being seriously prepared for a season of hiking.

    One common mistake I saw was people trying to hike themselves into shape on...
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    Pack a warm water bottle in your pack, in an...

    Pack a warm water bottle in your pack, in an extra secure plastic bag, surrounded by any insulation you're carrying. You can pack lunch next to your water, if you want to keep it warm. And the bottle...
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    I use my engineer's knowledge of heat transfer....

    I use my engineer's knowledge of heat transfer. When air temps meet or exceed body temp, you must pay close attention to removing heat from the body. This can be done by convection, conduction, and...
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    What's the worst thing about being a vegan who...

    What's the worst thing about being a vegan who does Crossfit and has a shelter dog? Deciding what to tell people about first.
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    All the works of Elmore Leonard.

    All the works of Elmore Leonard.
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    I first heard this concept a couple of years ago....

    I first heard this concept a couple of years ago. Rather than adding something to the mix to make us feel better, often removing something is the much better solution, though it's seldom considered....
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    My partner and I hitched a ride to Missoula,...

    My partner and I hitched a ride to Missoula, rented a car one-way to East Glacier, then rode NPS shuttle to Chief Mt.
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    I usually have some Reflectix left over from...

    I usually have some Reflectix left over from handyman insulation projects. It's a cheap and easy way to turn a three-season pad into at least a marginal winter pad. It won't compete with an Exped...
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    I read more and more evidence that highly processed foods are linked to health problems.*

    The OP's proposed trail diet falls into the highly processed food category.

    *I have observed this...
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    I'm sure you have plenty of hair in other places...

    I'm sure you have plenty of hair in other places you didn't used to. You can also feel static charge between outstretched fingers on your hand. Ask me how I know....

    Good luck on your hike.
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    There are three methods of heat...

    There are three methods of heat transfer--convection, conduction and radiation. A space blanket is designed only to radiate heat back to you when you drape it over yourself. It will radiate some heat...
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    Excellent account and advice from Dogwood. I've...

    Excellent account and advice from Dogwood. I've not had June experience on Humphreys, just late summer/fall. No further advice from me, but here's my story:

    My fall hike was a side trip on a...
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    See my signature line.

    One of my favorite people I met on my AT hike was named "Wing it," and she really did.
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    My EE Rev 30 is perhaps the best gear purchase...

    My EE Rev 30 is perhaps the best gear purchase I've ever made.

    After one entire summer of bike touring with it, I didn't have to launder it. I never slept on it, and a few minutes of sunshine once...
  19. My thoughts exactly. How about a bag of nuts and...

    My thoughts exactly. How about a bag of nuts and one of raisins? Reusable packaging, too.
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    Weigh the two options and decide. When I switched...

    Weigh the two options and decide. When I switched to using a compactor bag, individual dry sacks were noticeably heavier.

    And they can be more difficult to pack. Multiple round objects in a round...
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    This thread is moving real close to the humor...

    This thread is moving real close to the humor forum. Keep it coming!

    Bear (and deer, coyote, skunks, etc) in my neighborhood don't worry too much about all the domestic dogs around.
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    To bring things down a notch, this is an original...

    To bring things down a notch, this is an original Limerick I wrote for my wife. It was a stressful morning in the Sierra Nevada on our PCT hike...

    Up high on the pass named Guyot
    GreasePot...
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    I waited until I got below the 10 pound threshold...

    I waited until I got below the 10 pound threshold to move to frameless. Going stoveless was what got me there, and may have had a factor in the decision as well. I'm pleased and have never looked...
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    When I started backpacking I read somewhere,...

    When I started backpacking I read somewhere, "Lunch starts sometime after breakfast and ends just before dinner."

    Every time I stop for a break I eat something. That's usually about five times a...
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    Ditto all the above. You may find that hiking...

    Ditto all the above.

    You may find that hiking the AT in the summer takes less energy than the tables show.

    Try it out, but you may find it difficult to eat 9000 calories a day while hiking. If...
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