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  1. Got a guide book like the Whiteblaze pages? That...

    Got a guide book like the Whiteblaze pages? That would answer all your questions.

    My experience hiking that section in late April/early May (several times) is chilly, wet and muddy. Lots of rain,...
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    It's an actual trail. They never said what gear...

    It's an actual trail.
    They never said what gear they found, I suspect it was the day pack.
    I believe he was headed for the hike inn, which would have been the logical thing to do given the...
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    Sad news indeed. They say he was found 1.3...

    Sad news indeed.

    They say he was found 1.3 miles SW off the Le Foot trail. Which would put him at the bottom of a hollow which is difficult terrain according to the fire chief.

    The Le Foot...
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    The Ozark Trail packs look like a good deal. I...

    The Ozark Trail packs look like a good deal. I don't think I'd use one for a long distance hike, but for the weekend or week long trips your son is likely to do in the next few years, it would be...
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    Yes, that is what it looks like. Which leads me...

    Yes, that is what it looks like. Which leads me to think he's an inexperienced hiker. I suspect it's the personal belonging they found near the hike inn. It would be the first thing I'd ditch. We've...
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    Hypothermia does sound like the most likely...

    Hypothermia does sound like the most likely medical emergency. That would explain a lot of things. The dementia theory is a long shot. Anyone know what the weather was like down there on Sunday? I...
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    Very bizzar. Sudden onset of Dementia could...

    Very bizzar. Sudden onset of Dementia could explain it.

    Apparently they found some of his personal stuff near the hike inn. The first artical sounded like he had left all of it. I'd guess they...
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    I sincerely hope they find him before it's too...

    I sincerely hope they find him before it's too late.

    Can't help but wonder what kind of medical emergency results in abandoning ones gear and wandering off into the woods?
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    Not a good way to start a through hike. They...

    Not a good way to start a through hike. They found his gear but not him? Didn't even make it to the top of Springer. Yikes.
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    I found the best way to use an alky stove in cold...

    I found the best way to use an alky stove in cold weather is to make a pot stand out of a Dinty Moore beef stew can. Punch or drill a bunch of holes near the top and half way down the side of the...
  11. You don't need a paypal account. You should be...

    You don't need a paypal account.
    You should be able to enter your CC# and shipping address just like you would anywhere else. After that info is entered, you have the option to create an account. ...
  12. When a bear becomes a nusense bear, which it will...

    When a bear becomes a nusense bear, which it will once it starts scoring hiker food, it becomes a dead bear. Otherwise, it has a fair chance of avoiding the hunters.

    So using canisters can save a...
  13. Thread: Base weight

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    Base weight is the lightest the pack will ever...

    Base weight is the lightest the pack will ever get. That's a given and is why it's called the base weight. Once you know that you can brag about how light your base is or how heavy it is.

    Food...
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    It's a little hard to see, but it does use two...

    It's a little hard to see, but it does use two poles. The first picture shows it set up with carbon fiber poles. The second picture they replaced the CF pole with a trekking pole in the foreground,...
  15. Just ordered a new one myself. My 2013 edition is...

    Just ordered a new one myself. My 2013 edition is getting a bit tattered.
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    It looks very much like my SMD Trekker tent, but...

    It looks very much like my SMD Trekker tent, but with a different way of holding it up with the poles. The Trekker has the poles inside, the Flash Air has them on the outside. Not sure I like that...
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    I've arrived at shelters in the late morning and...

    I've arrived at shelters in the late morning and my first comment is "You guys aren't up yet?" Especially on a rainy morning.
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    When you had to heft your pack onto a picnic...

    When you had to heft your pack onto a picnic table and back into it to get it on, you knew it was on the heavy side :)

    A frame pack made the load a little easier to carry and some of the trail...
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    If you wait until after trail days, it will be a...

    If you wait until after trail days, it will be a lot quieter. It's a zoo around there for the week before and the week after.

    Going NOBO, your next resupply would be in Marion, 62 miles away....
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    The other part of the equasion is figuring out...

    The other part of the equasion is figuring out how much you need to put away each week or month to meet your goal. A good round number is to have $10,000 squirrelled away. $5K for on the trail and...
  21. Guthook only lists 2 campsites after Docs Knob. I...

    Guthook only lists 2 campsites after Docs Knob. I have noticed campsites noted in Guthook are the only practical places to camp. If you want to know if there is anywhere to camp farther on, if there...
  22. I'd go with #2. You'd be well behind most of the...

    I'd go with #2. You'd be well behind most of the thru hikers, but still lots of company. The weather will be warm to hot, so you can get away with a much lighter pack.
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    Extend the hike a few more days and end up at...

    Extend the hike a few more days and end up at Gatlinburg. Plenty of rooms there - something like 100,000...
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    You just have to live as frugally as possible....

    You just have to live as frugally as possible. That may or may not require a major shift in life style. If you make a half decent wage, start living like you don't. If you buy everything with a card,...
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    Which is why it's best done in the morning. ...

    Which is why it's best done in the morning.

    My last couple of hikes through there I ended up at Allentown shelter and cross 309 pretty early the next morning. Get to Palmerton late afternoon and...
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