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    Cabot Seriously Sharp is great. Or any kind of...

    Cabot Seriously Sharp is great. Or any kind of cheese stick will also last a while.
  2. VT would be a great hike in the summer. Two weeks...

    VT would be a great hike in the summer. Two weeks at the end of June would be perfect.

    But the elevation changes up North are way worse than in the South, in my experience.
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    Nice job. We've had a couple of similar...

    Nice job. We've had a couple of similar encounters with bears who just don't want to move - usually because it's hot, and they're wearing a fur coat. So I get that.

    Momma bear looked awfully...
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    This thread has my thoughts on my Arc Haul. I do...

    This thread has my thoughts on my Arc Haul. I do like it and would buy it again.

    https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php/112280-ZPacks-Arc-Haul-or-ULA-Circuit?highlight=arc+haul
  5. Awesome, glad she enjoyed it. Yay ponies :)

    Awesome, glad she enjoyed it. Yay ponies :)
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    I'd bring a head net for sleeping in the shelters...

    I'd bring a head net for sleeping in the shelters at night. Or a mesh sleeping bag cover/bivy. The weather should be great, cool at night and not too hot during the day. But of course it's highly...
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    With the weather we've been having the last...

    With the weather we've been having the last couple of years around here, I'm seriously considering one of these. Natural gas powered, fires up as soon as the power goes out. I really hate throwing...
  8. Thread: Dream Hike?

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    I always dreamed of a thru hike with my...

    I always dreamed of a thru hike with my partner/spouse. We love spending time together and we both love hiking and backpacking. The Long Trail e2e we did a few years ago confirmed all of that for us....
  9. Contact the Appalachian Trail Conservancy office...

    Contact the Appalachian Trail Conservancy office in Harpers Ferry. The staff there would likely know some local young people who might be able to help you.
  10. It's about 6 miles on the AT to the Long Branch...

    It's about 6 miles on the AT to the Long Branch trail, then a couple of miles down to the campground. Sure, nice day hike.
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    I tried frameless for a year or so, and went back...

    I tried frameless for a year or so, and went back to a light pack with a frame. It carries better, especially after resupply. Plus, I just can't keep my base weight below 10 pounds and be happy on a...
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    My favorite is the Tuna Wrap. Whole wheat flour...

    My favorite is the Tuna Wrap. Whole wheat flour tortilla (they hold up for a week in my pack), pouch of tuna, a couple of mayo packets and some mustard, some sliced American cheese or chunks of...
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    Great photos!

    Great photos!
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    Yeah, there is no way to carry enough food. Don't...

    Yeah, there is no way to carry enough food. Don't worry about it (and don't try!) You'll make up the calorie deficit in town stops. These days it's pretty easy to get into town every 3-4 days for...
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    Nope, no reason at all why this wouldn't work. ...

    Nope, no reason at all why this wouldn't work.

    I think some folks go southbound on the second part so they can finish at one of the termini. That's all.
  16. Exactly. We also carry a small towel to wipe it...

    Exactly. We also carry a small towel to wipe it down.
  17. It's a single wall tent. They get condensation...

    It's a single wall tent. They get condensation under many different conditions. Part of dealing with it.
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    Yup, builds character.

    Yup, builds character.
  19. Hmmm. The Zpacks Duplex is lighter (

    Hmmm. The Zpacks Duplex is lighter (<20 oz) and $400 cheaper. Plus it's pretty well established as a good long distance tent for thru-hikers. Similar interior sizes, 2 doors, etc. Sure, it's not...
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    +1 on ending at a reasonably accessible place,...

    +1 on ending at a reasonably accessible place, especially if one is going to start at the same spot for the next hike. Dick's Creek Gap is very accessible, it's on a major road. Deep Gap is closer...
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    There are no sites on the climb, it's all...

    There are no sites on the climb, it's all side-hill trail.
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    Elk Garden sobo is the climb up Whitetop, right?...

    Elk Garden sobo is the climb up Whitetop, right? There is a spectacular campsite at the top of the climb, which takes less than an hour. When you get to the top there are obvious campsites in the...
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    I had a 9x9 tarp, not silnylon. It did pitch well...

    I had a 9x9 tarp, not silnylon. It did pitch well in a flying V. If I were going to make a standard A-frame pitch, this tarp is too short for me. Would rather have the 8x10 foot.
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    Yeah, mid May seems good. You want to be early...

    Yeah, mid May seems good. You want to be early enough to have water in PA but not so early you get to VT too soon.
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    Has anyone used the Zpacks quilts, or had them...

    Has anyone used the Zpacks quilts, or had them side by side with the EE versions? The specs on the websites show that EE has more down, but it's hard to compare as EE offers 850/950 and Zpacks uses...
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