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  1. http://www.orscrosscountryskisdirect.com/ors-cross...

    http://www.orscrosscountryskisdirect.com/ors-cross-country-skis-direct-customer-service.html

    They ship internationally using Bongo.

    The Darn Tough website has a list of online retailers. Many...
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    Yes, there are only a few places where you'll...

    Yes, there are only a few places where you'll have a harder time than someone smaller. You might be surprise when most of those places are going down instead of up. Plenty of people shorter than...
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    Ouch. That you are still having problems six...

    Ouch. That you are still having problems six months later is concerning.

    You definitely need to rest that leg and avoid stressing that bone if it isn't healed and you still have a lot of pain. ...
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    Same here, going northbound. Nothing noticeable...

    Same here, going northbound. Nothing noticeable about it.
  5. Olive oil is probably the most dense calorie...

    Olive oil is probably the most dense calorie source that isn't terrible for your health.
  6. When I thru-hiked I resupplied less often than a...

    When I thru-hiked I resupplied less often than a lot of hikers but you really seem to be planning much longer between resupplies than necessary. Here's where I did it. I didn't use any maildrops...
  7. I agree with endubyu. You have until October,...

    I agree with endubyu. You have until October, you are on a budget, make up a gear list, post it here, then look at a couple of alternatives for each item, then keep an eye out for sales and bargains.
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    If you can gain some muscle, that would be a good...

    If you can gain some muscle, that would be a good idea, but why would you want extra fat?

    Rather than carry extra fat on your body, carry extra food to eat. If you are going to carry extra weight,...
  9. http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackin...

    http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/bear_bag_hanging_technique.html
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    Eh usually I would say if you have $7,000+ in the...

    Eh usually I would say if you have $7,000+ in the bank to thru-hike and have a little bit of money when you get home to get started again I would say go for the hike.

    But you have a job that it...
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    When you use an alcohol prep pad to prepare the...

    When you use an alcohol prep pad to prepare the skin for injection, it is not only the alcohol but also the friction that cleans the skin. If you used alcohol gel, what would you apply it with and...
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    Get your pack weight down to 30 pounds if you...

    Get your pack weight down to 30 pounds if you can. Don't accept 45 or 50 pounds just because you're big.

    Go slow. Like someone said, if you only do five miles a day at first, fine. Avoid...
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    A teenaged hunter shot and killed a hiker in...

    A teenaged hunter shot and killed a hiker in Washington a couple of years ago. It does happen if infrequently.
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    I'm the psycho, that's why I'm not worried about...

    I'm the psycho, that's why I'm not worried about psychos. ;)
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    There is no public transportation in Unionville...

    There is no public transportation in Unionville itself.
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    It's hard hauling a heavy backpack up and down...

    It's hard hauling a heavy backpack up and down mountains all day when you aren't used to it mentally or physically. A lot of people aren't used to doing anything difficult in the first place.
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  17. If your tent won't stand up to wind and keep you...

    If your tent won't stand up to wind and keep you dry then get another shelter.
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    Bring your own food. I have been on Amtrak when...

    Bring your own food. I have been on Amtrak when they were supposed to have food on the train but didn't so even if I were planning on eating the Amtrak food I would have some snacks on hand anyway.
  19. Anything you can do without or think you might...

    Anything you can do without or think you might mail home, leave it at home to begin with. And don't even think about hauling your pack up Katahdin--even the NOBO thru-hikers who are in good shape...
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    What about #1, silkweight?

    What about #1, silkweight?
  21. 15-20 from a good manufacturer. From an...

    15-20 from a good manufacturer. From an off-brand, the rating is meaningless except to compare to other bags of the same brand. If you are willing to wear all your clothes including your down or...
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    If you feel like you need a weapon to protect...

    If you feel like you need a weapon to protect yourself hiking the A.T. do yourself a favor and take a vacation some place where you'll feel safe and won't feel the need to have weapons to defend...
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    To over-simplify things: Base layer is a...

    To over-simplify things:

    Base layer is a moisture-wicking teeshirt and underpants, both short or long.
    Midlayer is for warmth, like a sweater or fleece.
    Outer layer is a rain jacket to...
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    It's exciting to see bears. I saw three between...

    It's exciting to see bears. I saw three between Delaware Water Gap and Sunfish pond. If you get to see some, consider yourself lucky. Hang your food or put it in the metal bear boxes and don't try...
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    Just use a credit card then if there are any...

    Just use a credit card then if there are any problems you can do a charge back.

    I looked at the "about us" page and they give their physical address. On Google street view, however, it's an empty...
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