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    I also regained my winter hat and a pair of...

    I also regained my winter hat and a pair of gloves.
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    Just my two cents: I can't say enough good things...

    Just my two cents: I can't say enough good things about Western Mountaineering as a bag or a company. My husband and I used the WM ultralights at the beginning of our hike, and the WM hilites at the...
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    James, The best way to gather advice is to do...

    James,

    The best way to gather advice is to do exactly what you're doing...go through all the threads of this forum and you will get more advice than you ever wanted about gear, training, diet,...
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    I hiked all the time before I did the AT. Then I...

    I hiked all the time before I did the AT. Then I did the AT. I think I've been out twice since we got back. Instead of hiking, I find myself now wanting to pursue other outdoor loves, with a...
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    We hiked with a guy in '02..Slowpoke was his name...

    We hiked with a guy in '02..Slowpoke was his name and he hiked from town to town, took an afternoon to find some local work, worked until he could get enough food to get to the next town9 and in his...
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    Here's what I did, and I did not have a single...

    Here's what I did, and I did not have a single day with wet stuff:
    1. I lined the inside of my pack with a trash compactor bag. 2. I put everything in silnylon (Equinox) stuff sacks, and then 3. I...
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    Why hike the AT? For me it was simple. Why NOT...

    Why hike the AT? For me it was simple. Why NOT hike it? Beats workin' for a living! :)
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    Mark messages as read?

    Hey there,

    Been awhile since I checked in on Whiteblaze and I love the new format. Only one question..is there somewhere to click off "mark all messages as read" like there was before, and I'm...
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    Kitchen Etc. (the big kitchen supply chain store)...

    Kitchen Etc. (the big kitchen supply chain store) has them, as well as Bed, Bath & Beyond and Linens & Things. I've purchased the American Harvest ones at all three stores. Check the...
  10. Thread: Cameras

    by Jumpstart
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    Poll: We used the Olympus Stylus, and juding by the...

    We used the Olympus Stylus, and juding by the extremely positive responses I have gotten from my photo gallery, it was a good choice. I am not a professional (nor even amateur) photographer and our...
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    I can't speak for the specific WM you mentioned,...

    I can't speak for the specific WM you mentioned, but the company in general was very pleasant to deal with. We used the Highlight (40 degree) as our summer bag and started with the Ultralight (25...
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    We used the FoodSaver for our resupply on our...

    We used the FoodSaver for our resupply on our thruhike, and it worked out great. We stored all of the stuff we had previously dehydrated (corn, veggies, hamburger, spaghetti sauce, etc..) in them,...
  13. I also used the American Harvest dehydrator to...

    I also used the American Harvest dehydrator to dry hamburger, chicken, corn, salsa, and spaghetti sauce for our thru-hike. Everything reconstituted VERY well on the trail (actually, I'll admit I was...
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    You could easily get used to contacts before you...

    You could easily get used to contacts before you leave for thru-hike in March. Get them now and get used to them before you leave. Make sure to practice putting them in and taking them out without...
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    Dogginfox, I hiked with a Moonstone Cirrus...

    Dogginfox,

    I hiked with a Moonstone Cirrus jacket in 2002. It wasn't an especially cold year to hike, but it kept me toasty warm and weighed under a pound (women's medium). I am a notoriously...
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    We hiked in 2002, and left March 5th NOBO. We...

    We hiked in 2002, and left March 5th NOBO. We saw about 20-30 people a day to start, which I thought was a lot. I don't think we ever had a day where we saw NO ONE, but as we moved north, it...
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    The Moonstone Cirrus is like 10 ounces and kept...

    The Moonstone Cirrus is like 10 ounces and kept us warm as toast..it's like the Patagonia puffball..we found ours on the web for $45 bucks on clearance, not sure if they're still making them, but if...
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    I can't remember the name of the motel but we...

    I can't remember the name of the motel but we stayed there..it's set up motor-lodge style and was actually quite clean and comfortable, and cheap. I remember it had a sparkly green shower curtain,...
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    I'll have to agree with Youngblood, I don't think...

    I'll have to agree with Youngblood, I don't think I met a single person on the trail in 2002 that hiked without some sort of alternative shelter. Especially come the warmer, summer months, when the...
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    Ditto on celt's advice. We lined our backpacks...

    Ditto on celt's advice. We lined our backpacks with trash-compactor bags, and then just carried our sleeping bags in the stuff sacks they came in. We covered the whole backpack with a sil-nylon...
  21. Thread: Hitch Hiking

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    I would take the complete opposite view and say...

    I would take the complete opposite view and say that most people who pick up hitch-hikers, especially thru-hikers, do so because they can see the good in people. Hitching is so common to these trail...
  22. Thread: Hitch Hiking

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    I hiked with my husband, so being a solitary...

    I hiked with my husband, so being a solitary female trying to hitch alone was never an issue. That said, I actually enjoyed hitching...it added to the random-ness and adventure of the trip, we met...
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    Poll: I hike with my husband, as he is the only person...

    I hike with my husband, as he is the only person I have found that I can stand hiking with for more than 3 days in a row. Works out well that way.
  24. Thread: Life change?

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    Your thru-hike will change your life in ways you...

    Your thru-hike will change your life in ways you never imagined, whether you complete it in the ways you thought you would, or not.

    That said, we are from New England, and my husband is also in...
  25. Thread: Rattlesnakes

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    We saw 5 rattlers on the trail..in 2 in Virginia,...

    We saw 5 rattlers on the trail..in 2 in Virginia, one in Pennsylvania, and 2 in New York. All five of them we directly on the trail, some sleeping, some rattling...but we just took some pictures and...
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