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  • Let's talk about quilts

    jimmyjam - - Gear

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    ugqoutdoor.com/ their quilts are reasonably priced

  • Let's talk about quilts

    jimmyjam - - Gear

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    I have three quilts. An EE Revelation 10° that I think if I remember right is 30 oz. It's a wide and had the zippered foot box, snaps after that up to about my waist or so and two straps that go under your pad to hold the sides down, at the neck it snaps behind you and drawstring cinches it tight. I also have a 32° Vesper which weighs 15 oz, foot box is sewn and there are two straps and neck snap and drawstring. I also have a DIY summer quilt I'll call a 45-50° that is synthetic with zippered fo…

  • SNP Day Trip

    jimmyjam - - Trip Report

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    Quote from max.patch: “I've read that most of "good" hikes in the SNP are not on the AT. I hope that someday I can decide on my own if that's true or not. My wife hiked about 30 miles with me on my thru. About 8 miles in GA and the rest in the SNP. She was with me when we walked thru a meadow not far from one of the parking areas and we passed 2 really cute foreign girls having a picnic beside the trail. Topless. That's one detail about my thru I'll never forget. ” There are a lot of great hikes…

  • I need a lighter sleeping pad

    jimmyjam - - Gear

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    Kylmit, Neoair and Nemo all make good light pads. Kylmit and Nemo are usually a little less expensive than the Neos.

  • SNP Day Trip

    jimmyjam - - Trip Report

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    Quote from IMScotty: “JJ, Took me a while to see that walking stick. ” "Stick Bug". Sometimes they are brown. In the fall one time we had them rain down on us in the hundreds from the trees on the trail to Blackrock - it was freaky!

  • It's time for new shoes

    jimmyjam - - Footwear

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    Quote from Traffic Jam: “Quote from jimmyjam: “Quote from Traffic Jam: “My foot did better on this last hike but still hurt. No blisters though, Injini socks and a wide toe box have helped. After multiple blisters, I've developed a big callous on the side of my big toe where it overlaps and rubs the second toe and that also seemed to help. I guess my choices are to continue hiking, never planning more than 10 mile days and expecting to have some pain, or have surgery and a painful recovery. ” Re…

  • SNP Day Trip

    jimmyjam - - Trip Report

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    Quote from max.patch: “I'm glad you're taking this virus seriously, a lot of hikers aren't. Last night I went to the soccer field to walk after dark to attempt to beat the heat. I knew that if nothing was going on I'd have the 1/2 mile track to myself or maybe one other person tops. All of the soccer fields were full. And the track was absolutely packed and not a mask in sight. I was honestly shocked at what I saw. I drove home and walked thru the nighborhood instead. ” appalachiantrailcafe.net/…

  • SNP Day Trip

    jimmyjam - - Trip Report

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    A couple of days after my overnighter at Loft Mountain I decided to go for a day trip. I entered at the Rockfish Gap entrance and drove about 12 miles to the Turk Branch parking lot. I decided I would hike the Turk Branch Loop which is 7.5 miles with about 2,000 total feet of ascent and descent.The loop crosses both the Turk Branch Creek and the Moorsmans River several times before connecting with the AT after about 4 miles. I probably saw about 15 other hikers and I chose to step off the trail …

  • SNP Overnighter

    jimmyjam - - Trip Report

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    I bought a used MLD Grace Duo in Dyneema and I wanted to field test it and do a little hiking now that my shoulder is finally better and I have recovered from having my gallbladder removed. Not a backcountry trip because I wasn't ready to commit to that just yet, so I camped in Loft Mountain Campground. I arrived early afternoon and set up my tent on tent site A13 which more or less has about a 200 foot trail directly to the AT. I hiked the AT around the campground to the store and back. Later I…

  • Wildlife Sightings Today

    jimmyjam - - General

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    Just now as I'm sitting on the front porch watching it rain.appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…dd35876ef75df46d4eee46f90

  • Hiking Plans for 2020

    jimmyjam - - Trip Planning

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    I've hiked twice in the SNP in the past week. I'll post something later with pics.

  • Wildlife Sightings Today

    jimmyjam - - General

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    Found this monster hiding behind the garage.appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…dd35876ef75df46d4eee46f90

  • whats the weather where you are?

    jimmyjam - - General

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    Quote from Drybones: “Quote from Astro: “I guess my Mom and Grandmother's garden's were "sustainable" when they utilized the fertilizer from my egg business as a teenager (120 hens). ” I lived in the Harrisonburg area of VA for 5 years... the chicken and turkey capital of the world, chicken houses everywhere....nothing like the smell of chicken "fertilizer" being spread on the fields to awaken the nose and eyes. ” I fell in love with Harrisonburg when my daughter attended JMU. Great town and lot…

  • whats the weather where you are?

    jimmyjam - - General

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    Quote from Astro: “Quote from jimmyjam: “Got sand, sun, salt and fun. Keeping our distance here on the beach. 84°appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…dd35876ef75df46d4eee46f90appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…dd35876ef75df46d4eee46f90appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…dd35876ef75df46d4eee46f90 ” Just wait till the media flies over for their zoom shot that makes it look like you are on top of each other. Seriously, looks like fun, sure you will have a great time. ” Oh, there were plenty of idiots out there. T…

  • whats the weather where you are?

    jimmyjam - - General

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    Got sand, sun, salt and fun. Keeping our distance here on the beach. 84°appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…dd35876ef75df46d4eee46f90appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…dd35876ef75df46d4eee46f90appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…dd35876ef75df46d4eee46f90

  • Floating Backpack

    jimmyjam - - Gear

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    Nope. I saw that thing last year. I think it would feel like a monkey jumping up and down on my back.

  • What Are You Reading?

    jimmyjam - - Books

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    Quote from rhjanes: “I recently finished "Where the Crawdads Sing". Interesting novel. Murder mystery, coming of age, hardship. Do NOT read the ending first. I finished the book, then reread the last chapter because I was going "WHOA! Wait, What!". I've always been "into" cars, old machinery. I have two old Mustangs and a newer one. I just finished "Go Like Hell". It's the story that the movie Ford V Ferrari was sort of based on. The book is more about Ford V Ferrari, all the drivers and such. V…

  • What Are You Reading?

    jimmyjam - - Books

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    Just finished "Strong Light of Day" by Jon Land. It's a series about a modern day Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong, she's a kick-ass take no prisoners kinda ranger. Lot's of good plot and action. Now I'm reading "Blind Courage" by Bill Irwin. Truly an inspiring story about how he turned his life around and hiked the AT while totally blind.

  • marmite stuffed pizza

    jimmyjam - - Trail Chefs

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    Quote from Drybones: “Quote from odd man out: “If we are talking exotic international pizza, I'll nominate Pizza Vulkamen (Valcano Pizza), ranked as on of the top 50 foods in Sweden. It is described as "a visually impressive dish with extra everything – there are pockets of cheese and ham, salami, bacon, and beef tenderloin in a wide ring. Erupting from the center are french fries and a salad with Béarnaise sauce". tasteatlas.com/pizza-vulkanen appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…dd35876ef75df46d4eee…

  • It's time for new shoes

    jimmyjam - - Footwear

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    Quote from IMScotty: “So it was time for new shoes for me too... I have become dependent on my wide toe-box, zero-drop, Altra Lone Peaks as my everyday, every occasion shoe. My feet are happy. The 3.5 model that I have wore out much too quickly, durability is a problem with the Altras. So I ordered a new pair of 4.0 model Lone Peaks that I have been wearing for about a week. Altra is on generation 4.5 for the Lone Peaks now, ordering the 4.0's gave me a discounted price. I do not know why Altra …