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  • Sleeping Bag

    SandyofPA - - Sleep Systems

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    Quote from Traffic Jam: “Quote from SandyofPA: “I have the Western Mountaineering Antelope, as a side sleeper the width allows me to pull my knees up to stay real warm. I pair it with an X-Therm. ” Good point, I sleep the same...on my side with knees up. I worried the extra space would make me feel colder. Sandy, for what temp range do you use the Antelope? I’d like to use it up to 30’s, at least. ” The Antelope comes out to play below 25 degrees. My homemade quilts are used above that. I have n…

  • Sleeping Bag

    SandyofPA - - Sleep Systems

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    I have the Western Mountaineering Antelope, as a side sleeper the width allows me to pull my knees up to stay real warm. I pair it with an X-Therm.

  • I have hiked over 500 miles in Hoka One One Clifton2 running shoes and wear them everyday. I just killed my last pair and the new model is Clifton5. What I liked the most about that model is even when the soles are totally shot, they don't slip on wet rocks or street. They are quite cushy and helped my Plantar problem.

  • Combo Trekking Poles and Filter

    SandyofPA - - Gear

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    The way I sweat on the grips of Trekking poles and put my hand over the top on steep downhills, there is no way that design would ever work. Yuk!

  • What's For Dinner?

    SandyofPA - - Coffee Talk

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    I roasted a chunk of pork loin, with baked potatoes, sugar snap peas and broccoli fresh from the garden.

  • welcome to the cafe

    SandyofPA - - Coffee Talk

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    Mine still takes that weird stuff, Cash!

  • Filter or Drops

    SandyofPA - - Gear

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    I used a Steripen Classic for water south of New Jersey. Northern water was dark and nasty looking so a filter was needed. Only time it was a bit of a problem was creek water after rain, had to filter thru a cloth to keep the leaves out. It was wonderful drinking cold spring water after 90 seconds! I got 6 weeks of hiking out of a set of Lithium batteries, at my normal water use.

  • Question about PA

    SandyofPA - - Appalachian Trail

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    You just hiked the easiest part of the AT in PA! No Rocks!

  • High blood pressure

    SandyofPA - - General

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    Quote from Drybones: “Quote from SandyofPA: “Your age plays into the pressure at which medication is recommended. A pressure of 140/90 is quite normal for someone over 65, but would be far more of a concern for a young person. If you want to reduce BP naturally, try getting 30 minutes of morning sun with as few clothes as possible, no sunscreen or glasses of any kind. Take your BP before and after, mine drops 10 points on both numbers. We tend to forget we are creatures of nature, live indoors u…

  • High blood pressure

    SandyofPA - - General

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    Your age plays into the pressure at which medication is recommended. A pressure of 140/90 is quite normal for someone over 65, but would be far more of a concern for a young person. If you want to reduce BP naturally, try getting 30 minutes of morning sun with as few clothes as possible, no sunscreen or glasses of any kind. Take your BP before and after, mine drops 10 points on both numbers. We tend to forget we are creatures of nature, live indoors under fake light, staring at blue screens, sit…

  • welcome to the cafe

    SandyofPA - - Coffee Talk

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    I wanted a dog. My husband hates dogs, so he got me a cat and a cat stroller so I could walk the cat! I make him push it.

  • Question about PA

    SandyofPA - - Appalachian Trail

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    I have had my husband dump me out for a hike right at the bridge that takes the AT across the Turnpike. There is a pulloff in both directions, a path and a break in the fence so I am sure I am not the only one to hit the trail this way! Your best bet for a dayhike from Boiling Springs would be to get off at the Carlise exit and head to the ATC office.

  • Hiking & Biking

    SandyofPA - - General

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    Quote from LIhikers: “Quote from LDog: “Looking like the GAP/C&O is gonna happen this summer. Haven't done any bike touring in many years. I have a hardtail mountain bike, an old aluminum road bike, and a steel old-man fixie. Looking at a Salsa Vaya for a light touring/gravel bike, and getting rid of the rest. Maybe .... L Dog appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…d1d749191ff5b8f9dcf823df8 ” Let me suggest you start at Pittsburgh and go east.That way you'd have a 13 mile down hill from Frostburgh to Cu…

  • End of Fort Bastion

    SandyofPA - - Coffee Talk

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    I stayed with Nigel back in 2012 when he had the karate place and was building out the craft stalls next door. He let me stay in a quiet craft stall next to him and his lovely dog while the thru-hikers watched movies til 2 AM. I wish him all the best.

  • Quote from Wise Old Owl: “Ok I don't know how to explain the details... but the leader forgot an integral part of peeing in the woods. The hike is next week and the part that was left out was how to lean against a tree. You squat, pull up the leggings and drop the drawers. Most find a squat log right? But if your back is supported by a living tree all is good. Please do not read between the lines on this one - water is involved. ” Tree? Squat log? This girl has been peeing in the woods for 60 ye…

  • Ask a Chef

    SandyofPA - - Trail Chefs

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    Quote from Astro: “Quote from SandyofPA: “My Henckel chef knife is 42 years old, a present from my Dad for my 18th birthday. A very fine German knife, good for a lifetime! ” We assume he owned it 20 years before he gave it to you. ” I am afraid it was brand new.....

  • Ask a Chef

    SandyofPA - - Trail Chefs

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    My Henckel chef knife is 42 years old, a present from my Dad for my 18th birthday. A very fine German knife, good for a lifetime!

  • Ask a Chef

    SandyofPA - - Trail Chefs

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    Quote from Astro: “So what is wrong with salt? I love the stuff. ” Salt is a critical mineral, humans die without it. I enjoy my salt and my blood pressure is great. Must be balanced with potassium and magnesium, so eat your greens.

  • Astro on the AT 2018

    SandyofPA - - Trip Report

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    Quote from Astro: “Quote from SandyofPA: “I hiked over Moosilauke in the tail end of a storm with 70 mile gusts. My trekking poles were the only way I was upright enough to move forward. Never so happy to get below treeline and slither down along Bonnie Brook. Going over the Kinsmen after that was enough to decide it wasn't safe to solo hike, so I went home. That was in 2014 before they found Inchworm's body, which was in the back of my mind while crawling over the piles of rocks they call a tra…

  • Astro on the AT 2018

    SandyofPA - - Trip Report

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    I hiked over Moosilauke in the tail end of a storm with 70 mile gusts. My trekking poles were the only way I was upright enough to move forward. Never so happy to get below treeline and slither down along Bonnie Brook. Going over the Kinsmen after that was enough to decide it wasn't safe to solo hike, so I went home. That was in 2014 before they found Inchworm's body, which was in the back of my mind while crawling over the piles of rocks they call a trail up there. I have rehiked much of the so…