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  1. You can also throw out a bedroll and sleep in the...

    You can also throw out a bedroll and sleep in the backyard every night and try to "live outdoors" as much possible even though you're not out on a trip. It's called "Getting Your Bad Nights", a...
  2. Or start sleeping in the backyard or on the...

    Or start sleeping in the backyard or on the porch/deck tonight.
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    Your info needs to be updated---as these two...

    Your info needs to be updated---as these two examples popped into my head without research---

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynching_of_Michael_Donald
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  4. In the old days (1970s) we used a road map and...

    In the old days (1970s) we used a road map and hitched to the AT---and continued to use the road map as a rough guide to town hitches for food. Few worried about staying on the actual trail cuz it...
  5. Whenever I see "endurance athlete" and...

    Whenever I see "endurance athlete" and "backpacking" combined in a conversation I tune out and lose any interest in responding.

    I guess the reason for this personal opinion is because of the...
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    And I just might see you:)

    And I just might see you:)
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    And often the healthiest "meanest" poison ivy has...

    And often the healthiest "meanest" poison ivy has a very "greasy" oily look to the leaves.

    And speaking of digging a cathole---who here belongs to the exclusive Itchy Bunghole Club????
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    I was gonna mention virginia creeper as many...

    I was gonna mention virginia creeper as many people confuse it with poison ivy---although it's easily distinguishable.

    There's a section of the Benton MacKaye trail north of Unicoi Gap along...
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    At least you still have some hemlock trees...

    At least you still have some hemlock trees left---in Joyce Kilmer/Slickrock and adjacent areas all of the big ones are DEAD.

    Your post reminds me of the time I was camping at 5,300 feet in the NC...
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    Yes, copperheads are often very camouflaged!! I...

    Yes, copperheads are often very camouflaged!! I always post this pic when talking about such things---a "miracle" copperhead I saw on the Bald River trail in TN. "Miracle" because it was at the end...
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    I too love winter backpacking but ALAS our winter...

    I too love winter backpacking but ALAS our winter season is getting shorter and shorter every year. From year to year I always vow I'll never go out again in July/August but dangit here I am...
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    If you want to see a so-called backpacking forum...

    If you want to see a so-called backpacking forum site ruined by political talk with minimal backpacking thrown in, check out Backpacker Magazines forum here---
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    Some rattlers are very dark while others are...

    Some rattlers are very dark while others are not---both below are timber rattlers---

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    This is Jimmy---on the South Fork Citico trail.

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    Timber rattler on Upper Creek in Pisgah.
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    Some rattleheads are inquisitive and curious...

    Some rattleheads are inquisitive and curious creatures and if you hang out with them long enough they will raise up "like a cobra" to check you out.

    I found this guy on the North Fork Citico trail...
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    In my experience, these physical...

    In my experience, these physical issues---muscles, ligaments/tendons, joints---skeletal---come and go endlessly. People who backpack for decades from youth to old age experience all sorts of issues...
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    Cool subject. It concerns me of course due to...

    Cool subject. It concerns me of course due to how much decent food (calories and protein) a backpacker can carry long term.

    Google up "Ranger School" and you'll find an interesting article on...
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    My dream hike is that first step away from a car...

    My dream hike is that first step away from a car with the pack full of enough crap to get me through 3 weeks of backpacking. Pisgah NF, Cherokee NF, Nantahala NF, Chattahoochee NF, Jefferson...
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    No, he was stopped at a West Fork creek crossing...

    No, he was stopped at a West Fork creek crossing removing his hiking shoes. We talked gear for 30 minutes.
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    God willing and the creeks don't rise I hope to...

    God willing and the creeks don't rise I hope to achieve Trip 200 sometime in Sept/Oct . . . But first come a few trips in the Hell Furnace of June/July and August.





    Cohutta was recently...
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    The Nutbuster trail has traditionally been my...

    The Nutbuster trail has traditionally been my favorite area trail but in the last 8 to 10 years it has suffered terribly from the Hemlock tree dieoff. In March I just pulled my 46th backpack up the...
  21. I agree with this---but sometimes I'll cook up a...

    I agree with this---but sometimes I'll cook up a breakfast of oatmeal and hike for about 5 hours and set up camp and cook up a "pre-dinner" meal and then a later dinner. It's rare but three cooked...
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    Nope though it's hard to believe. The only snake...

    Nope though it's hard to believe. The only snake I saw was a ring neck on the Jacks River trail. But I never got the furnace temps we're having now across the Southeast. Pit vipers love 95F in the...
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    My max mileage with such weight is between 5 to 8...

    My max mileage with such weight is between 5 to 8 or 9 miles. And of course by Day 22 of a trip I'm at your usual "weekender's" backpack weight---in my case it's about 30 lbs---so I'm basically...
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    July in the Citico/Slick will be hot and nasty...

    July in the Citico/Slick will be hot and nasty with numerous Pit Vipers. Say hello to Jimmy and Johnny and Billy for me. Your route sounds spectacular especially going up Brush Mt and using Trail...
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    On my last backpacking trip I was camping on...

    On my last backpacking trip I was camping on Jacks River in Georgia and was reading thru some crap I copied off the Interwad from Wikipedia. Many pages were devoted to 173rd Airborne Brigade's...
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