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    I think I'd have to have a bit of cheese in there...

    I think I'd have to have a bit of cheese in there too :)
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    Well, those sound like "Mountain Sickness"...

    Well, those sound like "Mountain Sickness" symptoms to me and it's certainly not unheard of at that altitude. Even at 5,000 feet there's 16% less oxygen than at sea level so yeah, it's a real thing....
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    My experience is that I much prefer the full...

    My experience is that I much prefer the full length UQ + a sit pad (use the sit pad where needed - for me it's always my buttocks, some folks have cold feet.) Also, I don't know if a 20 degree quilt...
  4. Thread: Hot, Hot , Hot

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    Only 90 out ? Sounds like nice spring weather to...

    Only 90 out ? Sounds like nice spring weather to us folks down in Texas :) My hot weather advice is:
    - plan to make miles in the early morning (starting at the crack of dawn and take a siesta from...
  5. Ehh, I'm not sure either so I took it down - I...

    Ehh, I'm not sure either so I took it down - I see some references to dried and some to dehydrated on different web sites for the same product. These smaller packs are clearly marked though :)
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    Another vote for always. I just don't trust...

    Another vote for always. I just don't trust weather forecasts that much. A small chance of getting soaked and freezing out weighs the benefit of star gazing for 2 minutes until I fall asleep but...
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    My advice is to dial your ambitions back hard for...

    My advice is to dial your ambitions back hard for a first hike. I don't know your family and I'm sure that this sounds like fun to you but does this sound like it will be fun for them? It just...
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    In all seriousness - try Velveeta cheese spread. ...

    In all seriousness - try Velveeta cheese spread. It's actually really good on crackers and keeps fantastically well. I'll also add it to meals with rice, etc because it melts well and adds a lot of...
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    I would be worried that dog = food to a really...

    I would be worried that dog = food to a really hungry and potentially dangerous bear. A dog night deter bears in most situations but it may attract one that's desperate for a meal. A tethered dog...
  11. The bottom line: If more people Fat Shamed others...

    The bottom line: If more people Fat Shamed others (which should be compulsory), then perhaps the 39.8% of obesity amongst the 93.3 million US adults could be seriously reduced and SAVE LIVES, instead...
  12. I really don't understand all of the criticism...

    I really don't understand all of the criticism and judging going on here. Saying that he needs to exercise and watch his diet is really the functional equivalent of telling an alcoholic that they...
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    Add a vote for suck it up buttercup and carry a...

    Add a vote for suck it up buttercup and carry a canister :)

    Sleeping with your food just sounds like a justification for doing what we all want to do (carry less weight.) I get why it's...
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    Ehhhhh, usually they are pretty timid but...

    Ehhhhh, usually they are pretty timid but sometimes not so much. I encountered a bear in the Nantahala forest last year that was pretty hiker habituated and wasn't at all timid. He sat on hill and...
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    I've seen a lot of reviews that indicate the Arc...

    I've seen a lot of reviews that indicate the Arc Haul in particular performs poorly above 25-26lb. It's just too much of an investment/risk for me to get one of those packs for the higher weights,...
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    Well, as a fellow big hiker (280lbs) there are...

    Well, as a fellow big hiker (280lbs) there are some challenges and differences that you need to account for. For one thing your gear is going to be a little heavier. (I need a larger tent, large...
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    The mud thing is going to happen if the trail is...

    The mud thing is going to happen if the trail is saturated. If you think it's better to gt the mud on your legs then on your rain pants that's entirely up to you. It really just comes down to...
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    One other note. You are comparing the weight of...

    One other note. You are comparing the weight of a cot versus a sleeping pad but the sleeping pad provides two functions: comfort and insulation. Maybe it will be warm enough that you don't need any...
  19. As someone who has hiked at 340lbs I assure you...

    As someone who has hiked at 340lbs I assure you that being a plus sized hiker who is out of shape is vastly more difficult than most people can imagine. He is burning far more calories than you...
  20. Yeah, they have a little forest service road that...

    Yeah, they have a little forest service road that they park section hikers on. Just go into the office and tell them that you're section hiking and need to park for a couple of weeks. They'll sell...
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    No. There is no way for your phone to send...

    No. There is no way for your phone to send signals to a satellite directly. There are programs that let you piggyback on other people's cell phone signals to try and reach a tower through another...
  22. Thread: Trail logistics

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    Well, I can give you a benchmark based on a local...

    Well, I can give you a benchmark based on a local trail comparison. Have you hiked Goodwater loop around Lake Georgetown? That's where I did most of my training prior to my 1st section hike and I...
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    I recommend that you buy a 40 degree top quilt...

    I recommend that you buy a 40 degree top quilt and just use it over the top of your bag initially. Then, when things start warming up in the spring you can ditch the top quilt and just use the bag. ...
  24. I have bought the #10 cans and reportioned them...

    I have bought the #10 cans and reportioned them as well. You can use mylar bags (with an oxygen absorber) or vacuum sealed bags for longer term storage but a quart sized ziplock freezer bag works...
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    Yeah, an opsack is nice but it isn't going to...

    Yeah, an opsack is nice but it isn't going to fool a bear:

    "Bears are thought to have the best sense of smell of any animal on earth. For example, the average dog's sense ofsmell is 100 times...
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