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  • Dan76 -

    Liked LIhikers’s post in the thread One day, two different helicopter rescues at low gap shelter..

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    I'm glad the hikers were OK in the end but I don't know how I feel about the use of helicopters. That's a pretty expensive ride.
  • Dan76 -

    Liked odd man out’s post in the thread CNOC Bladders - First Report.

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    I was at our local gear store today and picked up a CNOC water bladder. I think these are pretty new to the market. I thought I would try one. I think they pronounce it "SEE-knock", but I'm not sure. I currently carry two 24 oz Gatorade bottles to drink…
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    Replied to the thread Chronic Lyme... stuff to avoid....

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    Many interesting articles.
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    Replied to the thread Astro on the AT 2018.

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    Quote from jimmyjam: “What tent are you using Astro? I can't decide if I want to take my Little Trailstar and bivy at 29 oz or a more A frame tarp and bivy at 24oz. The Trailstar has a wider footprint and heavier but more room and absolutely…
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    Liked Astro’s post in the thread Astro on the AT 2018.

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    Day 6 7.6m to Garfield Ridge Shelter. Storm with rain last night but I slept well as the lightning did not wake me. Cooler today, so for the first time I wore long pants and my fleece top, gloves, and bennie. Got off early by 6pm. First problem of…
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    Replied to the thread Hiking & Biking.

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    Quote from Ewok11: “I don't begrudge anyone whatever kind of exercise they're getting, indoor or outdoor. I'm in Idaho where the whole concept of the "Idaho Stop" started, in a town with bike lanes and still people don't get it. I tried zigzagging…
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    Quote from LIhikers: “Yesterday I rode my bicycle to work and home with no problems. Today as I'm wheeling it across a parking lot, on my way to my local bike shop I see the rear wheel has quite a wobble. The plan was to replace the stem with an…
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    Liked Ewok11’s post in the thread Hiking & Biking.

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    I don't begrudge anyone whatever kind of exercise they're getting, indoor or outdoor. I'm in Idaho where the whole concept of the "Idaho Stop" started, in a town with bike lanes and still people don't get it. I tried zigzagging through neighborhoods…
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    Liked jimmyjam’s post in the thread Hiking & Biking.

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    Quote from LIhikers: “Quote from Ewok11: “...........The problem here isn't even that they can't see me. They can. There is just a massive rift between those who bike and those who drive in this area. Many of those who drive, resent sharing the road…
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    Liked LIhikers’s post in the thread Hiking & Biking.

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    Quote from Ewok11: “ ...........The problem here isn't even that they can't see me. They can. There is just a massive rift between those who bike and those who drive in this area. Many of those who drive, resent sharing the road with those who bike,…

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    I was at our local gear store today and picked up a CNOC water bladder. I think these are pretty new to the market. I thought I would try one. I think they pronounce it "SEE-knock", but I'm not sure.

    I currently carry two 24 oz Gatorade bottles to drink from and two Evernew Bladders (1 Liter) to use with my Sawyer filter. I like to gravity filter so I have rigged my dirty Evernew bladder so it can hang it from a branch and let the water drain into a clean container, either the Gatorade bottles or the other bladder. When I connect the bladders, it is a closed system to it can filter unattended and the water flow stops when the clean bag is full. The ability to attach a clean bladder as a receiver also lets me use it to backflush by squeezing the clean-side bladder. I attach the clean bag to the Sawyer Mini using a 1" piece of the grey tube that comes with the Sawyer and a female thread/hose tube adapter. This system has worked fine, but the Evernew bags are a stiff plastic and don't…
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    it's about 4.5 miles from hogpen gap to low gap shelter in georgia.

    CLEVELAND — Rescuers from White County spent about 10 hours Sunday handling rescue calls at or near the Low Gap Shelter on the Appalachian Trail.

    About 11:30 a.m. Sunday, White County Fire Services responded to a report of a female hiker suffering from exhaustion and dehydration just a few feet south of the Low Gap Shelter on the AT, said White County Public Safety Director David Murphy.

    When firefighters arrived, they discovered it was a female hiker with her daughter. The daughter had tried to make her way to the parking area of Hogpen [Gap], but became distressed about a mile before the parking area, Murphy said.

    Murphy said a team of three firefighters went in to her location, while a second team went in to the Low Gap area for her mother.

    “The mother was located about one mile south of the Low Gap Shelter,” Murphy said. “A DNR helicopter was used to lift her out to awaiting fire personnel at 801 Low…
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    So on this years PCT section hike I had severe foot problems. Not blisters really, more like whole sections of skin rubbing off. It wasn't my shoes and I do not normally have foot problems. The issue I am afraid was lack of cleanliness.

    The trail is dusty, needless to say, and the grit gets ground into your socks turning them into #220 sandpaper. The arches of my feet, bottom and tops of my toes were flayed.

    Normally on my hikes I work with two pair of Darn Tough socks. The ones I am wearing that day, and a pair that gets washed and dried on the back of my pack. In the desert there were few opportunities to wash because of the lack of water, so the grit just built up. In addition the salt build up on my feet grew to toxic proportions. The skin between my toes was sloughing off too. Again, no water to wash with. My feet became a bloody mess which hobbled me considerably.

    My proposed solutions for next year's desert hike:
    1) I plan on bringing some moisturizer for my feet.…

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  • Six Moon Designs Deschutes Plus
    Weight - 16 ounces
    Weight w/Pegs - 18.125 ounces
    Material - 30D Silnylon
    Features - A no-frills tarp with a no-see-um skirt perimeter. Uses a single trekking pole set anywhere between 40" (100cm) to hug the ground or 49" (125cm) to provide great ventilation.
    Pros - Weight, Ventilation
    Cons - The setup is slightly confusing. There are 6 points to attach with pegs. Two of those point must be pegged first and are very difficult specify in dark and/or windy…
  • Winter Linville Gorge

    On February 27th, 28th and 29th I did a two night out and back trip from Wolf Pit Road trail-head to Table Rock mountain and back. In typical cafe fashion I planned this trip while driving 80 mph east on I-40 heading back from the Smokies. I stopped at a McDonald's to borrow some free Wifi to get a picture of a the trails and away I went. Going up Wolf Pit road in my 2002 Honda Accord was risky with the amount of ice and snow on the road. The final hill going down to the…
  • Great Smoky Mountain National Park

    On February 25th and 26th I did a nice loop in the Smokies from Big Creek Ranger Station parking lot to Deep Gap along the AT south of Mt. Cammerer fire tower. There was about 6 to 8 inches of snow while going up. I stealth camped due to the amount of snow coming in and the next day went down the Big Creek trail. Overnight there was another 6 to 8 inches of snow and freezing fog.

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  • Chicken Jambalaya

    5 grams - Freeze Dried Chicken
    7 grams - Dehydrated Chopped Onion
    5 grams - Dehydrated Leeks
    2 grams - Freeze Dried Celery
    5 grams - Freeze Dried Bell Pepper
    56 grams - Rice (Real or Instant)
    2 grams - Dehydrated Green Onion
    7 grams - Creole Seasoning
    7 grams - Dehydrated Diced Tomato
    7 grams - Tomato Powder
    7 grams - Chicken Stock Powder
    1 gram - Black Pepper
    1 gram - Salt
    28 grams - Dried Chorizo Sausage
    14 grams - Olive Oil
    8 ounces - Water

    Calories - 680
    Dry Weight -…
  • Nestle Nido and Breakfast Essential Based Milkshakes

    Nestle Nido is a full fat powdered milk which when combined with water makes a high calorie milk. I add Nestle Carnation Breakfast Essentials to add flavor and additional calories.

    Chocolate Latte

    1/2 Cup - Nestle Nido
    2 Packets - Chocolate Nestle Carnation Breakfast Essentials
    2 Packets - Folgers Instant Coffee Singles
    16 Ounces - Water

    Calories 580
    Weight 4.5 ounces

    1) Combine dry ingredients in zip lock bag
    2) Mix with water and…