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  1. Thread: Seasons?

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    Short fall days are definitely a downside of that...

    Short fall days are definitely a downside of that season for people like me who aren't big fans of being in camp. I like hiking, not camping, so when we get into 13 and 14 hour nights, I often opt...
  2. Thread: Seasons?

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    In Northern Virginia, fall (mid October through...

    In Northern Virginia, fall (mid October through November) is excellent for foliage and great weather. Late winter and early spring is great for views. I'm not a huge fan of summer backpacking due to...
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    Awesome ... you'll be finishing in the Sierra...

    Awesome ... you'll be finishing in the Sierra Nevada at the best time of year when few are on the trail but the weather is still (for the most part) great.
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    InReach is useful for staying in touch while out...

    InReach is useful for staying in touch while out of cell range. Indeed it is nice to have people who care about what happens to you. It’s just that most fears about backpacking are irrational.
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    So much in life involves luck. Take lightning....

    So much in life involves luck. Take lightning. You do what you can to reduce exposure in the wilderness yet even those who do not typically are fine. And then two days ago, three people died of a...
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    Congrats on a successful first trip -- nothing...

    Congrats on a successful first trip -- nothing like getting out there are figuring out what works and what doesn't firsthand to dial in gear selections! It's a process and it is very individual.
  7. I ended a section hike at the highway crossing...

    I ended a section hike at the highway crossing near Carlisle. A number of hotels just west of the crossing. You could try to make it the entire 14.7 miles and, if late in the day or tired, just opt...
  8. Definitely a situation where the landowner needs...

    Definitely a situation where the landowner needs to carry an umbrella liability policy. This provides protection in addition to limits of property insurance. And it isn’t expensive. A million...
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    Important to place bear cans in a place where...

    Important to place bear cans in a place where they can't be easily rolled off somewhere far away. Like between some downed trees, rocks, etc. Bear cans are supposed to be left some distance from...
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    That's true. At a shelter in SNP one time, the...

    That's true. At a shelter in SNP one time, the bear box had an oder to it that seemed gross so I hung my back on the bear pole instead.
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    People also use bear boxes to cache food. I've...

    People also use bear boxes to cache food. I've seen that in the Sierra Nevada, especially in SEKI. This has resulted in some boxes being locked by rangers.
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    The problem with a canister on top of the pack is...

    The problem with a canister on top of the pack is poor weight distribution if the canister has a lot of food in it. It’s better to have the heaviest items lower. Some hikers put their food in bags in...
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    The Bearikade is a great product and the lightest...

    The Bearikade is a great product and the lightest of the Yosemite/SEKI approved canisters. I have a 12” Bearikade that weighs in at just over two pounds and I can fit seven days of food in it. For...
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    The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee list has,...

    The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee list has, for some reason, not included the Wild Ideas Bearikade products. Perhaps because those canisters have only proven effective against black bears. Of...
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    I agree - I stopped using gatorade years ago,...

    I agree - I stopped using gatorade years ago, both for hiking and for running. I don't feel a need to supplement electrolytes other than consuming salty snacks while hiking. On long runs over 13-14...
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    I tried unsuccessfully to start using contacts in...

    I tried unsuccessfully to start using contacts in 2016 mainly because I wanted to get rid of glasses during hikes. I wanted extended wear lenses. But I could never get used to the process of...
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    Thanks, I’ll look into FR75. I normally try to...

    Thanks, I’ll look into FR75.

    I normally try to limit carbs but after finishing a hike, pizza is deserved so thanks for that suggestion!
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    Dolly Sods - Roads to trailheads

    Iíve read great things about Dolly Sods for years but have never gone because of concerns over the roads needed to access trailheads which are apparently all unpaved. I do not own a car. When I want...
  19. If travel to Europe is an option, I would...

    If travel to Europe is an option, I would recommend the Camino de Santiago where you can do sections and easily use public transit to skip around since some segments aren't that interesting. I am not...
  20. Always enjoy your videos! I need to get back to...

    Always enjoy your videos! I need to get back to Europe someday.
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    Just to clarify my post on the Patagonia Houdini…...

    Just to clarify my post on the Patagonia Houdini… I don’t rely on it as a rain layer on multi day backpacking trips. I might just take it without a rain layer on a overnight hike with a good forecast...
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    My Patagonia Houdini is one of my favorite pieces...

    My Patagonia Houdini is one of my favorite pieces of gear and well worth the tiny weight. Great for wind but also as a layer for chilly mornings until warming up. It has been in my pack for every...
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    "Social Media" has taken more and more of the...

    "Social Media" has taken more and more of the share of conversations regarding topics of all types, including hiking. Several of the forums I have participated on in the past, related to hiking and...
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    Indeed… Santa Fe beans used to be cheap and...

    Indeed… Santa Fe beans used to be cheap and easily available on Amazon. I still have four bags in my pantry.
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    Never needed anything but the cuben groundsheet...

    Never needed anything but the cuben groundsheet in my Hexamid … over hundreds of nights of use, never had a hole.

    But I did buy the footprint for my copper spur UL1 which I just received. Two...
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