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  • Knead Bread

    Mountain-Mike - - Trail Chefs

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    Some of the best bagels I ever had were in Hollister, CA. A NYC transplant opened a shop there & made them bigger & a huge varieity along with a selection of spreads/toppings. They had to be 50% bigger than normal ones. Add one of their flavored cream cheeses & you had breakfast.

  • I agree with all that has been mentioned. It's doable if you have your trail legs. The AT is conseriably tougher than the JMT. Lots of ups & down as opposed to the gradual elevation change of the JMT. On the flip side, re-supply is a lot more available along with hostels & laundry. I reccomend getting "Companion" guidebook from ALDHA. aldha.org/ You get a free PDF copy when you join, all for $10. Other options are AWOL's trail guide & the Guthook app that many use. If you want , I have some Trai…

  • I've enjoyed following your exploits on your Sabbatical. I wish you the best on your future endevours.

  • Whiskey Thread

    Mountain-Mike - - Coffee Talk

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    On a whim I bought some Jim Bean Maple. Way to sweet for me. It did work great in bourbon chickeen though!

  • Do they serve cheesecake? Or did you have to bring your own?

  • Filter or Drops

    Mountain-Mike - - Gear

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    Lots of times I never filtered in the Whites or used any treatment. Enoug spring fed streams with not much above. I'd be wary south of the Whites & in the Mahusucs where there are lots of beaver ponds. In fact Berlin that draws it's water from them had a outbreak of Giardia many years ago. Also factor in the Huts where you can refill your water.

  • I've always considered good food as a reward for the miles I do. Thus a bit more weight in fuel is never a concern. Cook time doesn't bug me either because I can be filtering water or setting up my tent at the same time, or just kick back & read. If I share weight with a partner, I'll make it from scratch. If I go boxed, I'll lean toward the heavy velvita with broccoli. If doing a box with powder,it needs help; tuna, salmon, bacon, FD veggie, pack of mustard, etc

  • And In Other News

    Mountain-Mike - - Coffee Talk

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  • I'll stick with Snickers.

  • Astro on the AT 2018

    Mountain-Mike - - Trip Report

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    Quote from Astro: “Quote from LIhikers: “I remember Mt Lafayette! We were in the clouds with visibility of less than 50 feet, cold rain, and wind so hard that it was hard to stand still. You had to lean into the wind to walk forward. Astro, thanks for making me remember ! ” Hopefully you don't wear glasses. Mine kept fogging up. I would wipe them off and then they would fog right back up and I could not even find the trail. Once I finish the AT, I hope to go back some time and hike Franconia Rid…

  • welcome to the cafe

    Mountain-Mike - - Coffee Talk

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    Quote from max.patch: “hiker mirage? 35550053_1716887638347133_2076714488316297216_n.jpg ” Why I don't like night hiking!

  • The Colorado Trail

    Mountain-Mike - - Other Trails

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    I was thinking about it for mid August but decided to switch planning with the fire currently burning & dry conditions out there. There are now fires on both sides of the trail in Durango area. I would mon itor other sites to see how it could affect your hike.

  • Bacon Lovers Alert

    Mountain-Mike - - Coffee Talk

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  • Astro on the AT 2018

    Mountain-Mike - - Trip Report

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    There are definatly many places where you will be better off just stowing them. Climbing out of each notch & the ladders in the Mahosics. One on the ridges pull them out again.appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…928b8ec3928d3939b6bde1581appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…928b8ec3928d3939b6bde1581

  • I agree with hitting northern states due to the timing. I would suggest you join ALDHA (Appalachian Long Distance Hiker Association) aldha.org/ For $10 memebership you also get a PDF copy of their Trail Companion. I reccomend Vermont along with NH & ME. One of the benefits is that there are bus systems that somewhat paralell the AT/ LT (Long Trail) South of Killington & ME Jct you will share camping areas/shelters with Thru Hikers. North of that the Long Trail is less populated. It gets a bit mo…

  • The DUTCH OVEN THREAD!

    Mountain-Mike - - Trail Chefs

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    I learned to cook on cast iron. Rule in my scout troop was meals were cooked from scratch. Nothing like a stew or chili that has simmered for hours on a cold winter trip! Cobblers are quick & easy. I'ven even stacked dutch ovens wen baking for a crowd to save on charcoal when doing a seminar on it. Love cooking on cast iron. Yeserday I had two pots going. One making goulash & another with the meat sauce for lasagna. Prepping for a show, both simmered for hours & aged for a day in the fridge & th…

  • End of Fort Bastion

    Mountain-Mike - - Coffee Talk

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    Quote from Trillium: “Quote from Mountain-Mike: “Just wanted to let you all know that Fort Bastion is no more. A partner Trubrit had when he first started & bailed has come back after five year, sued & won. He has to sign over the deed to her. We have untill June 1st to remove any personal property from there. It sucks. I hate to see it go with all the work & dreams that was put into the place. I loved the time I got to spend there! Between hikers hosted or just the serenity of my time there alo…

  • End of Fort Bastion

    Mountain-Mike - - Coffee Talk

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    Quote from Drybones: “Sorry to hear that Mike, really sounded like a great place. You have until June, right?, will you be there during June?, I'd like to come up and share a bottle of whisky with you. ” As much as I would enjou that, right now I plan to move my trailer & tools out in the next week. Unfortunately the boss goes for back surgery Tuiesday. So it has fallen on me to pull stock for the next show & load the up. Then it's off to MI for a week. When I return I hope to return to the Fort…

  • End of Fort Bastion

    Mountain-Mike - - Coffee Talk

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    Just wanted to let you all know that Fort Bastion is no more. A partner Trubrit had when he first started & bailed has come back after five year, sued & won. He has to sign over the deed to her. We have untill June 1st to remove any personal property from there. It sucks. I hate to see it go with all the work & dreams that was put into the place. I loved the time I got to spend there! Between hikers hosted or just the serenity of my time there alone. I'll miss it all. appalachiantrailcafe.net/in…

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