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    I finished my last AT section in 2014 atop...

    I finished my last AT section in 2014 atop Katahdin. Iwas 20 miles down the JMT in 2016 when my right knee informed me that it had had enough of backpacking. I replaced one knee back in February and...
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    I love my old zPacks Hexamid Peaked Twin Tarp...

    I love my old zPacks Hexamid Peaked Twin Tarp (sans netting, but with bathtub floor) for it's easy set-up, stupid-light weight (12.5 oz with stakes and guylines, but not including trekking pole), and...
  3. Thread: Trail names

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    Much easier to remember most trailnames than...

    Much easier to remember most trailnames than given names, especially over time and out-of-context. I've met a lot of WhiteBlazers who would recognize me as Kerosene but certainly not as Michael or...
  4. Pack sold and shipped.

    Pack sold and shipped.
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    In Memoriam

    Wow, I just saw this. I'm shocked. Hikerhead/Hokey Pokey and I backpacked almost 200 AT miles together over the course of 4 of my section hikes (Glasgow, VA in '03; GA in '04; NH in '05; and southern...
  6. Thanks Dune. Looks like Chris LeBlanc gets the...

    Thanks Dune. Looks like Chris LeBlanc gets the pack! I will contact by email and delete this post once we've completed the transaction.
  7. zPacks ArcBlast for Sale ($200, never used)

    I purchased a medium-sized (frame & belt) 52L ArcBlast from zPacks back in 2016, intending to use it for my thru-hike of the JMT. I ended up not using the pack due to the size of the Expedition...
  8. For my fall trips when water levels are low, I...

    For my fall trips when water levels are low, I carry a tiny 8-oz plastic milk bottle that I found at a convenience store during one of my hikes. It works very well for dipping in a low water source...
  9. Averaging 10.5 miles a day should be just fine...

    Averaging 10.5 miles a day should be just fine through this section, though it's closer to 13 mpd over what is arguably tougher terrain. The climb up Wildcat is no joke, and down is just as bad, so...
  10. Pumice stone works remarkably well (see this...

    Pumice stone works remarkably well (see this product on Amazon). Of course, you likely won't have one in your pack, in which case I'd just use a rag or paper towel to wipe off whatever crud I could,...
  11. Thread: In camp shoes

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    I bought these years ago, and they were expensive...

    I bought these years ago, and they were expensive even when at the sale price, but I was desperate for something less bulky than Crocs. I ended up cutting their weight almost in have by removing the...
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    This is what I always have done. Of course,...

    This is what I always have done. Of course, there's always the risk that you don't secure the sock tightly enough under a strap, but I never lost a sock that way in 3000 miles of section hiking.
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    I go with the blue foam Hear-Os from Walgreen's,...

    I go with the blue foam Hear-Os from Walgreen's, with an NRR of 35 (I notice a big difference between 35 and 32). These don't handle washing with water very well, so I typically bring a pair that...
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    What are the odds? I haven't logged into...

    What are the odds? I haven't logged into Whiteblaze for a month. Here I am sitting in a Tucson Starbucks trying to get caught up, after a Sabino Canyon dayhike shortened by flood conditions on many...
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    Purist here, as a long-time section hiker. I...

    Purist here, as a long-time section hiker. I would make sure to touch the blaze I started/ended at to connect each section. There were a few times that I took the blue-blaze loop trail to/from a...
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    I learned to police anyplace I stop after I...

    I learned to police anyplace I stop after I walked away from gear several times over the years, including my trekking poles, camera and stuffsack with asthma meds. I have now trained my girlfriend to...
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    Wow, those are amazing prices! I'll be very...

    Wow, those are amazing prices! I'll be very interested in total weight, ease-of-setup & take-down, packed volume, perceived comfort in the 20's, and overall workmanship.

    I used to own a Hennessey,...
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    I went with Vivobarefoot Pure's for my last few...

    I went with Vivobarefoot Pure's for my last few section hikes. For the last one, I removed the inner "bootie" and just used the external "rubber" outer shoe to cut weight further, which came to 224...
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    I first met Drag'n'Fly and her hiking partner,...

    I first met Drag'n'Fly and her hiking partner, Freckles, at Rainbow Stream Lean-to, and then her hubby late the next day as he was hiking in from the road to meet her.

    We both climbed Katahdin on...
  20. Here are a few other alternative tent sites to...

    Here are a few other alternative tent sites to consider:

    MP 6.0 - Hickory Flatts Cemetery: lots of flat tentsites next to a open-sided pavilion with picnic tables. Maybe 0.3 left of the AT?

    MP...
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    Ahh, the vagaries of telecommunications. This is...

    Ahh, the vagaries of telecommunications. This is why I stopped programming and went into management, although I never trusted my comms programmers to develop a reliable solution.
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    Anyone have an address, or at least the nearby...

    Anyone have an address, or at least the nearby trailhead?
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    I've tried turmeric in various forms, glucosamine...

    I've tried turmeric in various forms, glucosamine sulfate, and tart cherry juice without any noticeable improvements in knee pain associated with OA (40 years of soccer, basketball and backpacking)....
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    You're such a stud, Tipi. Thanks for the pics!

    You're such a stud, Tipi. Thanks for the pics!
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    I covered that stretch in mid-September 2006...

    I covered that stretch in mid-September 2006 (actually from Glencliff to Pinkham Notch). We camped at Liberty Springs Tentsite the evening after passing through Franconia Notch. We had a lovely,...
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