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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasebrooklyn View Post
    What's the cliche about thru-hiking being 20% physical and 80% mental?

    Clearly the OP's failure has nothing to do with his pack size. You don't need a PhD in Psychology to understand that.

    Thinking of which - has anybody heard or seen Ben lately?
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    There are more reasons not to hike than to hike. It's a between-the-ears problem, not packing issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RangerZ View Post
    Thinking of which - has anybody heard or seen Ben lately?
    He posted here on 4/20 https://whiteblaze.net/forum/showthr...t=#post2144585

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4eyedbuzzard View Post
    Little Llama's profile says he is "Jonathan". Not sure who Ben is...

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    Quote Originally Posted by illabelle View Post
    Little Llama's profile says he is "Jonathan". Not sure who Ben is...
    Oh, maybe Benonadventures Ben. Yeah, he's sorely missed by fellow adventurers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4eyedbuzzard View Post
    Oh, maybe Benonadventures Ben. Yeah, he's sorely missed by fellow adventurers.
    Sorry for being obscure with my reference - of course, everybody remembers Ben.
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    I dont understand how you can be planning a thru hike but literally never attempted to pack your backpack until the night before you leave? Smells fishy.

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    He said once before that he's a veteran and has ptsd I would assume that the ptsd is what ended the thru- hike not the pack issues. I hope that he gets help and is able to thru some day. God bless our service members . We own them more than we can repay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by foodbag View Post
    I had the same problem when I attempted a thru-hike in 1999. When I cinched the top down on an overstuffed load one of the buckles broke - that's how much there was in it! Bounced the problem off of some veterans and learned that I was carrying waaay too many clothes, and you should have seen the size of my foodbag.

    After adjustments everything fit into a different pack, with room to spare, that I used while the replacement pack was being shipped ahead to Mountain Crossings. After that everything was fine and I didn't even have to send anything home.

    By the way, the foodbag was still huge, but not quite so overstuffed, and that was where some folks came up with my trail name
    As a vet, one of my favorite movies, Platoon. "You're humping too much stuff, troop. You don't need half this ****. I'll haul it for you, but next time you check with me first, all right?

    "OK. Thanks, Sarge."

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    LL, Thank you for your service. Enjoy your hike.

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    where you been hikin?

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    Trooolllll.....

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    Not in the traditional sense at least. Whatever his reasons for not going through with it this year, the OP was definitely planning to hike. Nice guy as well. Went out of his way to meet me one day to give me a replacement valve for my Big Agnes air mattress that he had a spare for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CalebJ View Post
    Not in the traditional sense at least. Whatever his reasons for not going through with it this year, the OP was definitely planning to hike. Nice guy as well. Went out of his way to meet me one day to give me a replacement valve for my Big Agnes air mattress that he had a spare for.
    Funny, I thought drapac was referring to hokie.

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    Could be. Hadn't considered that possibility till you mentioned it.

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    Dude, stop being so hard on yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traffic Jam View Post
    Funny, I thought drapac was referring to hokie.
    No, not trolling. I am a combat vet and wanted to join/meet LL for a hike. I went to school in BBurg and if he's hiking in that area, then I'd try to link up someday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by llittle_llama View Post
    Wife and I were loading everything up in my Excursion to head down to GA. and then an hour later... we weren't.

    We were going over the last of the things before we left and started loading everything into my pack. Everything fit well, but then we noticed the food bag had never been put in. There was no room for it. My 65L pack was full and the food didn't fit.

    That was when we stopped, we just sat there not knowing what we had done wrong. Eventually we just said to each other "We've messed something up somehow" and then admitted that we might not be ready to do this. Even if my food bag fit there was still the issue of there not being enough room for my little pup for when she can't walk (rain, snow, rocks).

    So it is with that I have to quit. If I can't figure out how to pack my pack then I'm a failure and can't go. No idea where to go from here, this is really killing me
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