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Gear Repair



And In Other News



A place for jokes



Hiking Plans 2022



Packing Time Line



ALDHA Gathering 2021



Some comments on tents for those buying/upgrading.


odd man out

Hockey Thread



Day Tripping



Corona Virus and the Trail



Baseball Thread



Ask a Chef


Traffic Jam

What's for dinner?


Traffic Jam

Whiskey Thread



Tarptent Double Rainbow



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  • max.patch -

    Replied to the thread Gear Repair.

    The pricing on some of the tents in BA Crazylight series is exactly that...crazy.
  • LIhikers -

    Replied to the thread Gear Repair.

    Quote from Traffic Jam: “Quote from Astro: “I really enjoy my Tiger Wall UL1. :thumbup: ” It was on my short list. In fact, I decided to buy the Tiger Wall bike pack tent but got cold feet. I’m reading that the fabric is too delicate and the zipper is…
  • LIhikers -

    Replied to the thread And In Other News.

    If that's the biggest problem that Abbey has to face she's doing pretty good.
  • max.patch -

    Replied to the thread And In Other News.

    Timely news... It's not leaf peepers. It's leaf peekers. According to todays Dear Abby column.
  • Astro -

    Liked jimmyjam’s post in the thread Hiking Plans 2022.

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    Quote from odd man out: “Quote from jimmyjam: “Grand Canyon. I've been five times now and I'm still blown away by it. ” I've been wondering about itineraries.Three or four nights? Corridor or Hermit loop? Transportation and lodging…
  • Astro -

    Liked jimmyjam’s post in the thread Packing Time Line.

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    I get everything together a day or two before and lay it all out either in the spare bedroom or on a tarp in the garage. Then stuff it all in pack the day/night before. I have a list that I use and change up the clothes based on season and weather…
  • LIhikers -

    Replied to the thread A place for jokes.

    Quote from max.patch: “A Priest, a Rabbit and a Minister walk into a bar. The bartender asks the Rabbit: ‘what will you have?’ The rabbit replied: ‘I dunno, I’m only here because of autocorrect.' ” Cute, ... lol
  • LIhikers -

    Liked max.patch’s post in the thread A place for jokes.

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    A Priest, a Rabbit and a Minister walk into a bar. The bartender asks the Rabbit: ‘what will you have?’ The rabbit replied: ‘I dunno, I’m only here because of autocorrect.'
  • LIhikers -

    Liked hikerboy’s post in the thread ALDHA Gathering 2021.

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    there was a 5 year old boy, "little man" who hiked the entire trail with his mom and dad. I liked his appalachiantrailcafe.net/index…4951d1bf8c058753441a9d4f8shirt(Hidden Content)
  • LIhikers -

    Liked hikerboy’s post in the thread ALDHA Gathering 2021.

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    supergirl was 7 years old, finished with her mom, supermom.They were all honored at Friday night's festivities


  • New

    A lot of my gear is wearing out at the same time which is frustrating.

    My campground tent is a Big Agnes Copper Spur that I bought in 2011. At that time, the fabric used was ultralight silicone treated nylon rip-stop with a waterproof polyurethane coating. According to the research, this type of fabric is very difficult and near impossible to re-water proof.

    My problem is that some of the seam tape under the rain fly has loosened and was falling off. The tent is at the end of it’s life but I really want another year out of it.

    I clipped off the loose tape, cleaned the exposed seam with alcohol and applied seam sealant. However, it doesn't seem to have worked. There is a thin strip of something over the seams which I assume is what held the original tape onto the fabric. I can’t see where my seam sealant was applied and feel like I should be able to see it. I think the original “glue” is still on the seam.

    Everything I read about this issue says to “remove the flaking…
  • New

    I’m not proud of it but I’m the type of person who often packs the night before a hike. I also don’t use a packing list…just go by what’s in my head which often leads to things being forgotten. It’s never been an issue, I always adapt and make do.

    But I’m trying to be more organized and started packing today for next week’s trip. Then I started worrying about my down bag being compressed for the next week so I started unpacking. :rolleyes:

    What’s your packing timeline? How early do you start packing and planning? If you have a down bag, what’s your limit for the amount of time it’s compressed?
  • New

    I don't think this thread has been started yet, so I will do the honors.

    It looks like I might have a window of opportunity for a hike between April 28 and May 8.
    High on my wish list are Isle Royale, Northern Sweden, Nepal, Sierra Mountains, New Zealand, and Kilimanjaro.

    As none of those are possible in the first week of May, I resort to plan B:
    1. Grand Canyon
    2. Someplace Else

    Any input on either of these options for the first week of May is appreciated. Cof124 Cof123 gif.013.gif :thumbup:


  • 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.

  • 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…