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    @ TNman,

    No worries chief, its my pleasure. Your target weight sounds good. I was also a noob to hiking before my thru; the AT was my first hike. Good luck.

    -McB

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    hey mcbride...

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    Quote Originally Posted by d.o.c View Post
    hey mcbride...
    Oh D.O.C. it's really hard not to respond without saying what's up in the obvious way...

    How you been chief, I heard that you got hurt pretty bad in the Whites, what went down? Where you at these days?

    If you're ever in Australia, look me up.

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    I've come really late to this thread, but--
    Why shamwow instead of packtowl? How much does a shamwow weigh?
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackett View Post
    I've come really late to this thread, but--
    Why shamwow instead of packtowl? How much does a shamwow weigh?
    Thanks!
    Hi Blackett,

    I found that regular packtowels were pretty bad at sopping up liquids (like tent condensation) and after a few swipes on the inside of a tent were pretty useless. The shamwows seemed to have way more capacity for water and were much more useful. I'd recommend just cutting off a 14 inch square of one and using that. As for weight it's pretty negligible (probably about the same as a packtowel).

    The weight of stuff really doesn't matter all that much, once you get out there you figure out what you want to carry really quickly. I used to carry chargers and stuff for my electronics (after I got sick of sending a bounce box to every town). It wasn't a big deal.

    Hope that helps,

    -McBride

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    Quote Originally Posted by McBride View Post
    @ TNman,

    No worries chief, its my pleasure. Your target weight sounds good. I was also a noob to hiking before my thru; the AT was my first hike. Good luck.

    -McB
    +1 mighty nice, way to pay it forward McBride.....I dig it!

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    Haven't checked in for a while (4 years) but still around if anyone has questions.

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    Thanks for bringing it back to our attention. I found it interesting. Have you tried the Atmos AG 50? I am planning on getting one for section hikes. The extra mass is worth it for the ride.

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    I haven't tried it but just had a look and it looks almost identical to the one I used. The extendable hip belt and removable lid would be the only major differences. It certainly looks like the one I'd get if I were buying a pack now.

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    Bought the pack last week. Put about 18 lb. and carried it for about 5 flat miles. It rode easily.
    It seems like gear sans H2O should be in low 20s. Planning a week in SNP.

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