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  • Current Gear Sales

    LIhikers - - Gear

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    Quote from max.patch: “marmot precip is at rei outlet for $70. spend $100 and get another $20 off. ” Wait, I don't have much financial sense but even I know not to spend 30 dollars to get 20 off, unless that 30 is on something I need or want.

  • Hiking & Biking

    LIhikers - - General

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    I got my new Surly back from the shop with a new rear wheel, to repair the damage that I did. I haven't ridden it yet, maybe in a couple days. I can't ride right now because I fell and landed on my tail bone, and it hurts.

  • Connecticut section hike

    LIhikers - - AT Specific

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    Quote from Astro: “Quote from LIhikers: “I've heard from Kathy. I'll be picking her up at NY's Wiley shelter this weekend. ” Hopefully you will get to walk a few miles yourself too. ” Yep, just under 6 miles from a parking spot on route 22 to the shelter. We'll spend the night there and then hike out to the car the next day.

  • The value of a Pocket Bellow

    LIhikers - - Gear

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    Quote from odd man out: “I've never built a fire while backpacking. But for car camping, I might find a use. I wonder if you could just use a hollow carbon fiber golf club shaft. ” After you cut off the head and the handle. That sure would be one expensive straw! And like others, I don't make a fire when backpacking. It's bad enough that I blow up my sleeping mat.

  • Connecticut section hike

    LIhikers - - AT Specific

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    I've heard from Kathy. I'll be picking her up at NY's Wiley shelter this weekend.

  • New Hamshire Section Hike

    LIhikers - - Trip Planning

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    Quote from Rasty: “Between moving, divorce, new girlfriend, quitting job, building my camper van and the wedding this is going to be the least well researched section hike of my life. Leaving Monday and I haven't done anything. ” Enjoy the trip, it'll all fall into place once it starts. Plus, enjoy the new life adventure you're setting out on. And like Astro said, avoid the NYC area as much as possible.

  • Technology

    LIhikers - - Coffee Talk

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    I'm not a big fan of electronic technology. I put off getting a computer as long as I could. I finally got one when our first son went off to college. I knew he'd never write us a letter, would only call home if he needed money or something else, but figured he might send us an occasional e-mail. I still don't have a smart phone, my old flip phone serves my needs just fine. I'm thinking of making the change before we do a cross the USA bicycle ride in a few years. All that said, I did detect a c…

  • Connecticut section hike

    LIhikers - - AT Specific

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    Quote from CoachLou: “Quote from Astro: “Quote from CoachLou: “Quote from LIhikers: “No messages from Kathy since the one text on Sunday. I hope she's having a great time. ” Crappy service up there! ” But I bet she is still really enjoying her hike. ” Probably better with no connection! ” Yep, we're both OK without constant contact.

  • Connecticut section hike

    LIhikers - - AT Specific

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    No messages from Kathy since the one text on Sunday. I hope she's having a great time.

  • The Cumberland Trail

    LIhikers - - Other Trails

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    Even a regular, cotton bandana can be weted to help cool the head. And drinking copious amounts is something I have to do too, or I have problems. I fact, I've been to the hospital twice do to heat related problems. That was like 40 years ago and had nothing to do with hiking, but in each case I was told that I was dehydrated because I didn't drink enough. So keep cool as you can and keep hydrated, easier said then done though when you're out hiking.

  • Connecticut section hike

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    I got a text from Kathy on Sunday night telling me where she was going to camp. I was surprised because her plan was to leave her phone turned off, and buried in her pack until late in the week when she would tell me where to pick her up. I didn't look at my phone yesterday after I started work and forgot it on top of my tool box when I came home from work, so I don't know if there's more texts from her. I hope not, I hope she leaves it turned off. Neither of us are big cell phone people, in fac…

  • Connecticut section hike

    LIhikers - - AT Specific

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    Since we weren't going back to the AT in Maine this year my wife, Kathy, decided to go out hiking without me. We spent this morning driving to northern CT and found a trailhead on East Street ( or is it East Road?), to a side trail which leads to the AT. Kathy, and our dog Tora, started walking at 1:25 in the afternoon headed south on the AT. We've already hiked CT but she wanted to get out and hike. Later in the week she'll get in touch with me and let me know where she plans to finish. I'll dr…

  • Mountain House

    LIhikers - - General

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    30 year shelf life????? That makes me wonder what's in the bag I can't remember the last time we bought Mountain House When we want a pre-made meal we usually order from Hawk Vittles Of course that means being able to plan ahead. Otherwise we just use food from the super market or Trader Joes

  • That tent looks big enough to be considered a "tiny house"

  • Astro on the AT 2018

    LIhikers - - Trip Report

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    Quote from Astro: “Drybones, so is that boat the one that take you to White House Landing in the middle of the 100 Mile Wilderness? ” I was wondering the same thing and thanks for the photos!

  • State High Points

    LIhikers - - Other Trails

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    New York has the lowest point on the AT, does that count for anything?

  • 4th of July 2018

    LIhikers - - Coffee Talk

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    Quote from Traffic Jam: “Quote from jimmyjam: “Happy Fourth everyone and Happy Birthday Lou and America! What's everyone doing to celebrate? I cut the grass this morning, went to Bass Pro to get me a new fisheye compass for my pack belt, worked out my knees and now I'm enjoying an ice cold PBR on the patio. Cooking burgers on the grill later with corn on the cob and watermelon for desert ” No celebration for me, have to work. Will have beer and popcorn when i get home. ” And thanks for the work …

  • Thinking of being Ohio bound

    LIhikers - - Trip Planning

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    Kathy and I have been thinking and talking about this possible hike to Ohio and decided NOT to do it in the summer of 2019. Instead we'll finish the AT in Maine. We want to finish one thing before we start another. Besides, the hike to Ohio will have less mountains than Maine so we should get Maine finished before we get much older. I'm going to ask for 6 weeks off next summer, if the company balks at that idea I'll have a decision to make, although right now I'm inclined to quit if they say no.

  • 4th of July 2018

    LIhikers - - Coffee Talk

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    I have today, the 4th, off as a paid holiday. I'm still getting used to the idea of holidays off, my last job we only got a holiday off if it fell on your regular day off I'm helping Kathy get ready for a week on the AT a little later in the month. Here's an odd 4th thought. We had a war against the British to win our independence but now we're close allies. How odd is that, enemies become friends. That idea gives me hope that the nations of the world, and even individuals, might someday work ou…

  • 4th of July 2018

    LIhikers - - Coffee Talk

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    Quote from CoachLou: “61..... I will chill this year. I WILL ride my bike! I believe I will get some lobsters. I’ve been pretty busy work and walking. This years walk week will be The Whites in August, so I gave this week to the owner, he is only going to take Thursday and Friday. HB and I will take a short walk somewhere Saturday/ Sunday. I’d like to do something vigorous the last week of July! ” Happy Birthday friend