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    I've hiked a lot of miles and also can't imagine...

    I've hiked a lot of miles and also can't imagine not using a food bag, if for no other reason than to ensure nothing breaks open and spreads a lot of food smells throughout my pack. I use a...
  2. I have done both. The AT is pretty easy to do...

    I have done both. The AT is pretty easy to do mostly "buy as you go" resupplies. As others in this thread have said, there are a few stops that would probably benefit from a drop box.
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    Lightly Used Gear For Sale

    Hi

    I have three items for sale. They are all in very good shape. If interested, I'm happy to send pictures. Please PM me if interested, and I'll sell to the first PM that requests to purchase...
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    Ditto what a couple of others said. I purchased...

    Ditto what a couple of others said. I purchased my Neoair X-lite in 2013 and it is still going strong. It now has close to 2,000 miles on it. I use it in 3 seasons and it has kept me warm and...
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    I have one of the original Hexamids with a...

    I have one of the original Hexamids with a bathtub floor. It has been a good, dependable shelter. I recently switched to an Altaplex because I'm tall and got tired of condensation always getting my...
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    It is tough to stay in "hiking shape," and as...

    It is tough to stay in "hiking shape," and as I've gotten older I have stopped running. I'm hoping that helps preserve my "hiking joints" a little longer. I use my treadmill, hiking at maximum...
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    Interesting question. The only real disadvantage...

    Interesting question. The only real disadvantage for me is really just the weight of the electronics. The Anker battery pack I carry is heavy. I keep my base weight for 3 season hiking around 13...
  8. I've used trail runners during desert hiking for...

    I've used trail runners during desert hiking for years - CA, AZ, NM. I also use gaiters which helps a lot. I had one issue due to sand, on the PCT in CA. I was wearing a pair of Asic trail runners...
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    I don't mind the heat too much, but then I grew...

    I don't mind the heat too much, but then I grew up in South Carolina. When I'm hiking during the day I usually wear a very thin, button up, long sleeve shirt. Over the years I have found I stay...
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    This is an interesting thread. I guess I'm one...

    This is an interesting thread. I guess I'm one of the technology hikers. I carry a 20,000 Anker on long hikes, along with a phone and InReach. The larger battery pack is really so I don't have to...
  11. These are some great responses, and I agree with...

    These are some great responses, and I agree with many of them. Everybody has something different that works for them. I can offer what works for me if I'm doing three season, long distance hiking....
  12. I left the AZT two weeks in due to Covid. My...

    I left the AZT two weeks in due to Covid. My hope is to hike the Colorado Trail in August, and then jump back on the AZT SOBO. Fingers crossed...
  13. I plan on starting the first of August, so really...

    I plan on starting the first of August, so really appreciate the information. Thanks!
  14. Colorado Trail if this all lifts in time.

    Colorado Trail if this all lifts in time.
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    Both directions had their advantages. NOBO, I...

    Both directions had their advantages. NOBO, I met people years ago that are still my friends today. I enjoyed the towns, events, etc. SOBO was my favorite direction though. I enjoyed the solitude...
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    I use a pouch from ULA just for the reason you...

    I use a pouch from ULA just for the reason you mention. It is a little more rigid. I believe they have two sizes. My iphone X fits in the smaller one perfectly.
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    I filter, depending on the trail and location. ...

    I filter, depending on the trail and location. On the AT I don't filter. On the PCT I started using Aqua Mira, and then stopped after the first couple hundred miles. On the CDT I filtered through...
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    I've done a few long distance hikes, and have...

    I've done a few long distance hikes, and have used both frames and frameless packs - ULA * Gossamer Gear mostly. I'm 52 now and find I know prefer a pack with a frame. If I'm hiking long mile days,...
  19. I have been hiking and backpacking for a long...

    I have been hiking and backpacking for a long time, and love seeing these conversations. I'm 52 now and backpack every chance I get. There is a lot of good advice on this forum. Check with local...
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    Like others on here, I put my clothes and bag in...

    Like others on here, I put my clothes and bag in a compactor pack in the bottom of my pack, and stood up the cannister in the pack on top of them. I put it in the middle of the pack and stuffed...
  21. I have a Neoair inflatable I purchased for the...

    I have a Neoair inflatable I purchased for the CDT. It got a hole in NM, so I purchased another one in NM. I was much more careful about campsites after that, and it finished the trail with me. I...
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    My Zpack shelters have been great. I purchased...

    My Zpack shelters have been great. I purchased the Hexamid when they first came out, and recently purchased the Altaplex for a little more room. I never used a footprint with my Hexamid - desert,...
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    I left my thru in March, in order to go home and...

    I left my thru in March, in order to go home and be close to family. The trails are going nowhere - I'll go back this year.
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