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    I like both Oboz and Keen's, various models. The...

    I like both Oboz and Keen's, various models. The Keen Targhee seems like a great choice, I do think their soles are pretty grippy. All that being said, I finally found my ideal hiking shoe, the...
  2. Yep, I don't think there is any argument there....

    Yep, I don't think there is any argument there. But nonetheless, there are places in the world where white gas is not available, hence the need to use regular "car gasoline".
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    Sorry for the drift.... Just curious, did we...

    Sorry for the drift.... Just curious, did we meet on the AT? Knees are doing OK, but O.L.D. is inevitable. BTW, a big group of us did the 4-pass this last summer on a weekday, not too bad,...
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    Funny, you're across The Pond and everything...

    Funny, you're across The Pond and everything you're saying is absolutely identical here in Colorado; parking issues at super-busy trailheads, littering, etc. Our local trails have at least 2X hiker...
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    100% agree with all of this, but I doubt if the...

    100% agree with all of this, but I doubt if the ATC will set up any testing sites. Great idea though.

    I'm cautiously optimistic given latest vaccine news, and as you said, once on the trail all is...
  6. Agree, I wasn't being sarcastic that homegrown...

    Agree, I wasn't being sarcastic that homegrown firestarters are fun. But if you just want to get a fire started reliably, nothing beats Trioxane (well, maybe that shaved magnesium...).
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    I was and still might if the generic "golden...

    I was and still might if the generic "golden ticket" PCTA permit thing sorts out I'd like to repeat KM northbound to as far as time permits, perhaps up to CA/OR border. But who knows.

    But to keep...
  8. All those cool home-remedy methods are cute, fun...

    All those cool home-remedy methods are cute, fun and fine for boy scouts, but nothing beats Trioxane tablets, amazing, super hot, super easy to light (with flint sparker), it's the best out there...
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    Poll: Not sure why, total luck, but literally a...

    Not sure why, total luck, but literally a thousand or two nights on inflatables and never had a total blowout. I've had a couple of slow leaks requiring topping off in the middle of the night,...
  10. Cool little Youtube movie of the CO trail....

    Ran across this link this morning, kinda cliche in places, stuff most of us know, but provides a nice series of CT snippets.

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    Interesting, I was in two separate places in WY,...

    Interesting, I was in two separate places in WY, cloud peak area the the Cirque of the Towers area the third week of this August and had zero bugs. different body chemistry I suppose! Or I was in...
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    Sounds good! As far as head nets/bug go, we've...

    Sounds good! As far as head nets/bug go, we've found that after mid August, the bugs are not an issue in WY. July? Forget about it.
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    Cool! Let's see how next summer shapes up. I...

    Cool! Let's see how next summer shapes up. I was thinking mid-late august is a fine time, bugs are mostly gone, leftover snow is melting fast, etc. BUT, I might try to hike the CDT next summer,...
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    IF you are a fairly experienced hiker/backpacker,...

    IF you are a fairly experienced hiker/backpacker, take a look at the Sierra High Route (not to be confused with the High Sierra trail, maybe worth looking at as well).

    The SHR roughly parallels...
  15. Well, I do certainly get it..... my first long...

    Well, I do certainly get it..... my first long trail (except for a 230 mile JMT) was indeed the AT. After that I completed the Long trail (270 miles), the CT (485 miles) the Sierra High route (230...
  16. thanks, good info, I had checked on travel to...

    thanks, good info, I had checked on travel to CT/Mass, I could fly in/out of Boston and satisfy requirements (from CO), but alas, Billygr points out:

    Yikes! wow, I missed that, oh well, time...
  17. Great info, thanks Slo! As far as getting to...

    Great info, thanks Slo!

    As far as getting to the trail, are the trains out of NY not running? I was planning on flying into LGA, taking the Harlem train north to the AT station near Pawling,...
  18. Maybe that's a good thing, missing the peak of...

    Maybe that's a good thing, missing the peak of foliage as I'll be missing the peak of the Leaf Peepers too. I was wondering when the peak was, so thanks, and good to confirm that it's a pleasant...
  19. Connecticut and Mass in late October....

    Just a gentle question for the locals in western MA/CT.... is late October a reasonable time of year to hike the AT through those parts? I realize it would probably be pretty chilly at times,...
  20. here it is, verified: ...

    here it is, verified:
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    Too much on-trail work, there are much better...

    Too much on-trail work, there are much better things to do (eat, drink, wash, socialize, etc). Prepackage them and stop worrying, they will last just fine.
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    I have done the freezer-bag repackaging thing for...

    I have done the freezer-bag repackaging thing for close to 10 years, and as we all know, plans change (like this year!), and I've used repackaged meals up to a year "old", and really haven't noticed...
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    Oh, and per your other questions, water,...

    Oh, and per your other questions, water, temperatures, etc: water is nearly always PLENTIFUL for early starters, and temperatures are chilly at night and the mornings, but very comfortable for...
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    Every year is sooooooo different regarding...

    Every year is sooooooo different regarding leftover snow for early starters, you just have to wait and see. I know that's not helpful....

    But: there are many creative ways to still hike the trail...
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    YEah, I remember you earlier talking about coming...

    YEah, I remember you earlier talking about coming out, and I had wondered what had happened, sorry you had that condition and hopefully all resolved.

    FWIW, the CO trail is quite the "zoo" this...
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