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    I clean my Sawyer Squeeze with the bleach...

    I clean my Sawyer Squeeze with the bleach solution in the instructions, first. Then use vinegar to backflush to dissolve minerals. I have had one that had enough mineral deposits that it almost...
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    +1 : I tried both the Kestrel and the Aether. For...

    +1 : I tried both the Kestrel and the Aether. For me the Kestrel is a much better fit and carries more comfortably. The Kestrel belt is better padded and more comfortable. For your gear and expected...
  3. GE ???? General Electric has a plant on the NC...

    GE ???? General Electric has a plant on the NC border????
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    Shuttle over 2 hours late to pick up - NO!

    Shuttle over 2 hours late to pick up - NO!
  5. From Florida this is also a problem. Two years...

    From Florida this is also a problem. Two years ago my wife and I made a 2 week trip to the NorthEast - did 7 single day hikes from New Jersey north and by doing this finished the AT 14 State...
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    I hiked it a few years ago with no problems,...

    I hiked it a few years ago with no problems, thought it was pretty well marked. At deep gap, starts from the lower road. Came out into the camp ground at Standing Indian campground - I came out into...
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    hand sanitizer

    hand sanitizer
  8. +1 -- fur????

    +1 -- fur????
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    Best color should be late October in southern...

    Best color should be late October in southern portion of North Carolina this year. It has been warmer than normal, so instead of mid Oct. it will be a little later this year.
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    Omega 3 is an anti-inflamatory.

    Omega 3 is an anti-inflamatory.
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    I love mine, well worth the money! Nothing else...

    I love mine, well worth the money! Nothing else digs and cuts roots like it.
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    My preference is brush on!

    My preference is brush on!
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    A few years ago, NOBO to NOC, I stepped on a...

    A few years ago, NOBO to NOC, I stepped on a loose rock, turned my ankle all the way over and it threw me down the hill. Sprained really badly! I hiked by myself about a mile to the shelter just...
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    I would be afraid to even try to dehydrate any...

    I would be afraid to even try to dehydrate any sausage. The fat content is WAY too high! The fat left is is the biggest way for anything dehydrated to spoil. There might be a commercial way to remove...
  15. Thread: Hiker #

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    what is " # "?

    what is " # "?
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    2 years ago when I did a section in VA, crossing...

    2 years ago when I did a section in VA, crossing a good number of NOBOs - during a short (1/2 hr) shower, 15 to 20 took refuge in a shelter. Several were passing around drugs, but they honored with...
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    You can get the load on your back as light as you...

    You can get the load on your back as light as you are willing to let your wallet get!
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    Poll: I've tried both ways. With my Tarptent Moment it...

    I've tried both ways. With my Tarptent Moment it is a mistake to do the pole first.
  19. I was there 2 weeks ago. Spence had a small...

    I was there 2 weeks ago. Spence had a small puddle you could dip from, though with no rain for the last two weeks, that is likely dry or you have to go downhill a ways to find any. I heard Russell...
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    I was just in Smokies from Newfound Gap to...

    I was just in Smokies from Newfound Gap to Fontana, with an iPhone 5 and Verizon. Service was spotty at best. Some places with no signal you could move 25 feet and get signal though.
  21. 1. You can call the backcountry rangers office....

    1. You can call the backcountry rangers office. They can be very helpful (same number as to make shelter reservations).
    2. I was in Smokies from Newfound Gap to Fontana last week. As I understand it...
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    Water - Newfound Gap to Fontana

    Looking for water report from Newfound Gap to Fontana - going to be doing that sections in a week.
    The weather recently has been drier than normal, how are the water sources? Do I need to carry more...
  23. Thread: The Hike Inn

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    They are open. I called recently, made...

    They are open. I called recently, made reservations (to stay and for shuttle). They never closed, but slowed down for a while.
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    +2 from cranky! I've been at 40 deg. rainy and...

    +2 from cranky!
    I've been at 40 deg. rainy and it is a challenge! For me what I wasn't prepared for was trying to keep my hands dry and warm all day. My hands got so cold I couldn't open a zip lock...
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    According to www.appalachiantrail.org...

    According to www.appalachiantrail.org : "If you are hiking with a dog, be aware of its potential impact on animals and other hikers. Keep your dog leashed and under control at all times, and learn...
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