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    Escorted out of the area by the cougar. They're a...

    Escorted out of the area by the cougar. They're a common siting on the West Coast Trail (Vancouver island), but most encounters likely aren't that creepy.
    Good job carefully backing up for so long!
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    The Rae Lakes loop does book up early, but when...

    The Rae Lakes loop does book up early, but when we did the loop (mid-sept) we saw a couple people at the parking lot and then only passed a couple people on the parts of the loop that were not part...
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    I would consider the Rae Lakes loop; lots of...

    I would consider the Rae Lakes loop; lots of info/youtube vids if you search. The trail is about 45 miles if you do the whole loop, but you could also hike in part of the way and turn around. There...
  4. Agree that Luray had grocery, hostel/shuttle if...

    Agree that Luray had grocery, hostel/shuttle if needed, etc. Wayside closing dates 2020:
    https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/hours.htm

    Pack light... lots of food open until November! Loft, Big...
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    Good points. Education is part of it but one...

    Good points. Education is part of it but one issue is many of these people aren't hikers. Max patch is right near the parking lot and a short easy walk. Most that leave massive amounts of garbage in...
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    For the weight and the ventilation, zpacks haul...

    For the weight and the ventilation, zpacks haul or blast are definitely worth looking at. I personally don't have one but they're very popular

    I have a ULA circuit that I have really liked....
  7. If you are on a budget, I personally wouldn't get...

    If you are on a budget, I personally wouldn't get into things like a ghost whisperer unless it's at a huge discount, at least until you've reduced weight on other items. Getting a cheap puffy that is...
  8. Thread: Trail names

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    Your new trail name is PseudonymHater

    Your new trail name is PseudonymHater
  9. Thread: 2021 sobo

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    A few reasons to bring the tent: 1. On your...

    A few reasons to bring the tent:
    1. On your theme of "maximizing daylight", you may want the tent so you're not stuck to shelters and you can hike further. Some have larger distances between...
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    Interesting. Personally, I would prefer to do it...

    Interesting. Personally, I would prefer to do it the opposite way. SOBO from Katahdin to HF in August, SOBO from HF the following in late April

    Have a future thought about hiking as far as I can...
  11. "Wardens said she was able to notify authorities...

    "Wardens said she was able to notify authorities she was injured through an emergency locator beacon she carried with her."
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    The HG econ quilts are a bit lower than some for...

    The HG econ quilts are a bit lower than some for price. $140 for 40f https://hammockgear.com/economy-burrow-custom/
    That would be something they could use for years and is around 1 lb

    Or, if you...
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    The South is definitely easier (although not...

    The South is definitely easier (although not easy). That should be a good time for foliage. The view points are spread out and short-lived though... it's mostly forest. It would be a nice hike then...
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    This is a good suggestion. The trail is also nice...

    This is a good suggestion. The trail is also nice south of Rutland... excellent fall area
    There are some ridiculously cheap buses that I have used that connect some of those towns. Eg: An hour bus...
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    I have found there's some truth to this. I will...

    I have found there's some truth to this. I will leave the AC off most of the time to encourage me to get outside more. Otherwise, it feels horrible heading outside on a hot and humid day

    Also, to...
  16. Definitely seen a lot of night hiking mixed in....

    Definitely seen a lot of night hiking mixed in. I'd be hiding from the daylight hours on the hot days.... getting up before dawn and getting in big miles early

    I don't even like hiking (let alone...
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    Or they could charge a $375 "special use fee"...

    Or they could charge a $375 "special use fee" like they do for mountaineering at denali. Would pay for some tourist sar
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    I probably would have tried taxi first. But if I...

    I probably would have tried taxi first. But if I didn't want to fork over the $, hitch if possible and setup camp if that didn't work out.
    Anything but walk on an unsafe road.
    Worst decisions are...
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    Shoes usually come in the tent. I put them under...

    Shoes usually come in the tent. I put them under my mat at the top to prop up my neck more. Unless they're particular gross and i don't feel like dealing with 'em.
    Everything ends up in the tent...
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    Poll: Have had some valve issues and some slow leaks,...

    Have had some valve issues and some slow leaks, but reasonable given extensive use and that I am not always so careful.
    Had a friend puncture one badly in the winter (user error.... had it in a...
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    One vt option that's not too far from a main...

    One vt option that's not too far from a main road:Pico shelter area in VT had a nice sunset. From the fields (ski trails) or the overlook near there, or possibily right from the front of the shelter....
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    Get some basic logistical info and just get...

    Get some basic logistical info and just get walking. A shorter and easier option could be a good warmup, then could do some of the Colorado trail after
  23. SNP is also an option. Could start at Big Meadows...

    SNP is also an option. Could start at Big Meadows and go north. Possibly to Thornton gap or beyond and get a shuttle back. A nice little section; stony man, mary's rock, etc. Later in the season is...
  24. I generally start with zip locks where possible....

    I generally start with zip locks where possible. My tent I just stuff in the bottom of my pack with no sack; I generally separate it from the rest of my gear by leaving it outside of the small heavy...
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    I just use a clear bins in my basement on a cheap...

    I just use a clear bins in my basement on a cheap shelf, with some large items hanging from hooks. Certain items, such as down sleeping bags and clothing, end up hanging in a closet upstairs instead....
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