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  1. Thread: Showering

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    If I'm out in winter for more than 3 days, I heat...

    If I'm out in winter for more than 3 days, I heat up some water in my cookpot and dip my packtowel into it to wash my face, pits, and nether regions as best I can, usually quite carefully while in my...
  2. Thread: Gossamer pack

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    I have had similarly good experiences with the...

    I have had similarly good experiences with the Mariposa (on JMT and other trips), which is my largest pack. For the AT, the smaller Gorilla was big enough for the gear and food/water I had to carry....
  3. Thread: Showering

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    Surprised nobody has mentioned a bucket "shower"...

    Surprised nobody has mentioned a bucket "shower" in the woods away from others, using a water-carrier of some kind (I like the 10 liter Sea to Summit), some Campsuds, and a pack towel. Not as nice as...
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    I have hiked most of the trails in the Quehanna,...

    I have hiked most of the trails in the Quehanna, including the entire main trail. It is an elevated plateau broken up by stream drainages that provide the ups and the downs. It's PA rocky and rooty,...
  5. Thread: Food dehydrator

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    I have the Excalibur and it is a great...

    I have the Excalibur and it is a great dehydrator. Get some of the silicone sheets for it if you like to dehydrate any fruit or veggie leathers or other soupy meal items like spaghetti and...
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    I got a used stair stepper on Craig's List a...

    I got a used stair stepper on Craig's List a couple months ahead of time and felt that helped me do better as I started hiking in GA. This type of leg strength training is more useful than running...
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    My preference is 5 days or less, but have done as...

    My preference is 5 days or less, but have done as many as 9.
  8. I would not take the Tyvek and I would take a...

    I would not take the Tyvek and I would take a NeoAir Xtherm as an inflatable pad without the zlite until I got warm enough to go to an even lighter inflatable. If you have a regular NeoAir, I would...
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    The key to any sleep system is that your loft...

    The key to any sleep system is that your loft does not get compressed or wet. A quilt inside a sleeping bag would lead to loft compression (from the inside) unless the bag is oversized enough. This...
  10. Thread: Bounce box

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    I would carry extra medical items in case the...

    I would carry extra medical items in case the bounce box fails to show up and you need to go to a plan B.
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    Agree on Ova Easy being the best backpacking...

    Agree on Ova Easy being the best backpacking eggs.

    For dehydrating, my method is to make something I like at home, then dehydrate it in the dehydrator - any big pieces of stuff needs to made...
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    Most of my colleagues and myself will make a fire...

    Most of my colleagues and myself will make a fire and keep it going till ~9 PM (hiker midnight) or even later. Still need to try to sleep for up to 10 hours, which is challenging. I try to start a...
  13. Make sure the canister mix just has propane and...

    Make sure the canister mix just has propane and isobutane, NO BUTANE. I don't think any brand that that meets this requirement is better than another. If your mix contains butane, in winter after the...
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    I like the Ursack Minor to keep the varmints out...

    I like the Ursack Minor to keep the varmints out of my food bag, hung (if bears) or not hung (if not bears); no issues after quite a few trail miles over quite a few years.
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    Take your time and ease into it in the beginning...

    Take your time and ease into it in the beginning of the hike, give your body time to get used to the daily demands of the trail. Smell the roses. It's just walking. ; )
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    Have not hiked new Hammersly Trails, but highly...

    Have not hiked new Hammersly Trails, but highly recommend the STS. Many options exist to do less than the full 85 miles (or do more, if you want) without retracing your steps.
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    I am a stomach and side sleeper. I'm quite comfy...

    I am a stomach and side sleeper. I'm quite comfy on a not-quite firm NeoAir.
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    I like the UL carbon fiber poles that Gossamer...

    I like the UL carbon fiber poles that Gossamer Gear sells. I use the fixed length ones most of the time, and the sectioned ones for air travel trips.
  19. I really like a 900 cc pot when I'm just cooking...

    I really like a 900 cc pot when I'm just cooking for me. When full of water, it's perfect to pour off a couple cups for a big mug of tea or coffee, and still have enough water and room to rehydrate...
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    FWIW I used a rented Bearikade Expedition in...

    FWIW I used a rented Bearikade Expedition in Olympic Park Bailey Range traverse, a borrowed Bearikade Expedition for the JMT, and now own a Weekender that I have used on Tahoe Rim trail and in...
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    I found it helpful to spend some time using a...

    I found it helpful to spend some time using a stair-stepper machine in the weeks before getting on trail for a long section hike (Springer to Hot Springs). Allowed me to average 13-14 miles a day in...
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    In addition to the other good advice above about...

    In addition to the other good advice above about reducing packaging and calorie dense foods, suggest you pack you last day's food into the canister first, ending with your first day's food. This way...
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    10 days is a lot of food to carry. You might try...

    10 days is a lot of food to carry. You might try 1.5 or even 1.25 pounds per person a day, but cutting your food in half from your usual 2 pounds a day for ten days on trail seems overly extreme to...
  24. Thread: Shoe size

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    I used to fit well in size 10.5-11. Now I'm...

    I used to fit well in size 10.5-11. Now I'm needing to get 11.5-12. Feet have always been wide. I think I can blame the backpacking I've done over the last 8-9 years. No thru hikes, but more than...
  25. I have used the Gossamer Gear fixed length carbon...

    I have used the Gossamer Gear fixed length carbon fiber poles for years with good results. Suspect these will also be winners. Aramid wrap of lower section is a good idea.
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