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  1. Four days of water is around 28 pounds if you bring a gallon a day. I have done one backpacking trip in Big Bend near the Mules Ears. We went around New Years in early Jan. I went with 3 geologists, so we hiked from spring to spring using topo maps. We were never on a trail. The weather was great, near 70 during the day and freezing at night. Our rule was if we could not find the next spring at the end of a day we would back track to the last known water.
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  2. Hey Matt, I find that going with an insulated air pad alone at those temperatures can be tough - as I always get cold spots where my body compresses the air pad. For winter camping my total r-value for sleeping pads is over 6 (and I take this below 0), but I get there by taking my normal 3 season sleeping pad and adding in an old Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest Deluxe but you can of course come up with your own foam pad to air pad combo. Used this way, I can inflate my air pad at a comfortable level but still have insulation anywhere I might compress the pad. Also, I have a workable backup if
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  3. No experience with this particular stove, but all igniters will eventually fail. That said the convenience is high and I won’t buy a stove without one - just carry a backup lighter. The fuel canister brands for these type of stoves are cross compatible but some have better mixtures of fuel than others.
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  4. I grew up with birdwatcher parents and spent a lot of time outdoors - in my adult life I sort of drifted away for a while from spending time amid nature. Now I'm getting into hiking - so far just shorter hikes in the area (I'm in Ohio) but there is a part of me that thinks it would be amazing to build up to doing a long hiking trip at some point. So, I'm here to learn more and see what experienced hikers have to say. My username is Skink because I love lizards. I'm not really a birdwatcher myself - that is, I don't count species or keep a life list - but I love seeing wildlife, and I love
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  5. Wow I still remember the time I went fly fishing and caught a 160 pounder. I was fly fishing in upstate New York with my Great Uncle during a family reunion gathering. He and I were on some large rocks in the middle of the river and i was pulling in the line so i could do another cast and right when I thought i had at least another 10 feet of line to reel in I jerked the rod once really hard and OMG What Luck!!! That fish hook did its job and pierced through its target. I quickly turned to my great uncle and called to him to get his attention " I just hooked a 160 pounder"
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  6. Hello everyone. Was an avid hiker and camper 35-40 years ago, and trying to get back into it again in my 50's. I've got a Smoky Mountain trip coming in 2.5 weeks and I'm worried I'm not prepared so...will be asking alot of questions soon so...please me patient with me. Looking forward to the wisdom this community has to offer. Mark
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  7. I am "ultralight" for seven years now and I found that the layering principles also apply to footwear: I do have a full array of different ankle supporting bandages, from mere sock-like slip-ons to "heavy" 3M bandage with stiff sides for support. So I can "layer" my footwear to the difficulty of the trail and the current state of my ankle(s). I find this to be far lighter and cheaper than looking for a mid-shoe or boot that covers all my needs and still is lightweight. My old (retired) real mountaineering boots weighing 3pounds each would probably give as much support as the "heavy" 3M bandage
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  8. Hi everyone! Jennifer from western Massachusetts here. I used to do quite a bit of hiking but it's been a while. I've made a few attempts to hike again, but owing to a series of serious medical setbacks and injuries, I have been unable to stick with it. My most recent injury was a torn hamstring tendon, and I have finally (after a year) been cleared to do fun things again. So, here I am, practically starting from the beginning. I'm pretty out of shape, but I am motivated. Wish me luck!
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  9. I am originally from New Mexico. I spent half my childhood on the mountain where my dad was raised. We did plenty of hiking and fishing. Spent all day up and down the river and on the hillside. We also did a small bit of bouldering with my stepdad. We did a lot of camping as well. We didn't have a lot of money, so the outdoors was our entertainment. Loved it! I crave it to this day! I cant get enough of it! I love to disconnect and unplug! I could really care less about modern amenities. Well...except for my phone...but even that has to be tossed aside too! Moved to Texas. A small town with a
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  10. Just joined your site. Started hiking seriously last year when Covid hit but actually was hiking for most of my life as I worked for 35 yrs as a mail carrier. Hi to everyone from Newfoundland, Canada.
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  11. We use bottles, not bladders. But in years past we've used Gatorade and recycled soda bottles. Good for weight, good for recycling...not so great for the consumer economy. But what the heck.
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  12. Waiting for the snow to melt off the high roads of Idaho and Montana so I can head off on some good hikes soon. I love packing in over snow so getting out early in the season is fun.
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  13. Hello friends my name is Robert and I currently reside out of Anaheim California. I own a marketing company out here, and hiking is my new passion. I have made a resolution to hike every Sunday regardless the circumstances. So far I have kept my resolution. I'm here to meet new people with the same interest, exchange knowledge and experience. Hope you all are having a great Monday and feel free to hit me up for anything.
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  14. Thanks Aaron! This is great to hear, but I am still surprised. I suppose I am just thinking from a couple of decades ago. Certainly my cell phone with an extra battery pack would be ideal for multiple reasons. I started using GAIA yesterday for the 1st time and was quite impressed. Knowing this could be my solution I will invest in a membership. I am going to read your article now. Thanks!
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  15. I currently do most of my trail walking in the English Lake District as it is on my doorstep , but spend a lot of holidays in Scotland and in Europe . I am however planning to retire in the next couple of years which will leave me free to explore the World . I have my eye on the PCT , GR5 , and the Te Araroa in New Zealand . If anyone wants advice on trails in UK just Let me know
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  16. I have also used a combo of air mattress and closed cell pad in winter temps for many years and found it to be the best way to sleep comfortably in such conditions.
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  17. BBNP is fairly open to caches.
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  18. Hi All, A great topic. I started in 1960 with military surplus and my Dad's Trapper Nelson, kapok sb, cast iron fry pan, 2 pound can of ravioli and a tube tent. I grew up hiking in the Appalachian Mtns near Skyline Drive in Virginia. Br 1972 I moved West and started hiking the Sierra and the Cascades, then later the Rockies and Alaska. I have mostly done only short backpacking trips 5 days and under. For longer trips I have relied on canoes, rafts, driftboats and horses and mules. Llamas are a great idea and easy to handle. So are burros and donkeys but they are rarely
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  19. It's been a tough year for some many people, and for so many reasons. Here's wishing you all peace, joy, and more time in the mountains in 2021.
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  20. I am getting ready for a March trip to Eastern Arizona. I'm fairly excited because it is new territory for me and it is the first trip after a lengthy recovery. My wife started a new job and has no vacation time so it is the dog and I. Here's the I way pack for Brooke (The Wonder Dog). I made this up a couple of years ago. If there are better ways, or you do it a better way, I'm all ears. Brooke posing with the Ruff Wear pack. She is never sure of what were doing when the pack first goes on. Sometimes acting like it is the dumbest of all ideas. Four steps towards the trail an
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  21. And learn to manage your food. If you manage your food, bears are far less interested...
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  22. As a general rule, a brand that may work for me won't necessarily work for you. This is due to every manufacturer cutting the shape of their boots slightly differently--called the "last" of the boot. I would recommend finding a brand and model that fits you well and stick with it. Boots are not something I would recommend ordering on line--find a good outdoor store and try them on, walk around for 20-30 minutes. A good store will let you do this (in-store). Good luck!
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  23. Thanks Jay. I do seem to be improving!
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