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QuietTiger
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It's been 14 years or so, but I carried a Gerber boot knife and a Buck for utility purposes.





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Hammertime
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thats what 30-40 miles?
not a nice hike either I would suggest packing heat you'll get up there in the NE GA mountains with those ridge runners all jacked up on meth carry 2 wallets one to give away and your real wallet that you keep but not in your back pack good chance they will take that too


I also used to have a 10mm Glock on my hip when in the woods. I used to bring it sparingly because of the possibility of colored bears/meth-heads and after a Squatch was running around me in the woods in Fayette, MS I started packing everywhere. I definitely high-tailed it back to the truck after that one.

Ran across some weird shite at least once a week. It is crazy walking through the woods for hours and all of a sudden come upon a half broken down brick house with no roads leading to it or people closer than 10 miles.






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Gotta have one of these.


Giant Swiss Army Knife






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DirtyMikeandtheBoys
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You did a thruhike of the AT? How long was it?





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Cracker
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hell I was out hiking on a local WMA today trying to get the dog and its owner in shape for bird season in Sept and walking out I ran in to 4 hippies with dreadlocks with all their juggling equipment & hula hoops i guess going to practice they were not meth heads but stoned out of their minds. its public land glad they were enjoying it, but that was a first





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Blue Velvet
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A little over 5 months including a 27 day break for pneumonia.





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Walt OReilly
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A little over 5 months including a 27 day break for pneumonia.



where did you go when you got sick?

went back home or a hotel or what?






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DirtyMikeandtheBoys
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That's a pretty incredible accomplishment, I wish I could be a part of that club. That takes some major commitment though





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Blue Velvet
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Hitched to Asheville where I rented a car at the airport and drove home.





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TulaneUVA
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It's been a dream of mine to do the AT...especially after reading a "A Walk in the Woods"





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Walt OReilly
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same here

if i could find someone to go with id do it in a heartbeat






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Jim Rockford
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I started the AT with 45 pounds on my back in Georgia, finished with 15 on my back in Maine and that was with luxury items included. The price of the heavily loaded pack was fatigue, burning shoulders, and plantar fasciitis. Every gram counts. I cut my toothbrush in half before I even made it to North Carolina.


What did you start out, with, what did you cut out along the way and why?






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faxis
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Yeah I'd love to see a list.





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Boats n Hose
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Yeah I'd love to see a list.

+1






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Boats n Hose
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if i could find someone to go with id do it in a heartbeat

I'd love to do it, but there's no way I could. My bum ankle would be the size of a football after a couple of days. Hikes and running are pretty much out of the question for me these days.






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Damnit I want to hike this at some point man, but I doubt I ever will.





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Jim Rockford
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LINK

Here's a chick from BR who did it.






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If it were me I would take a Rat-3 and a Preon 2.







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Blue Velvet
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What did you start out, with, what did you cut out along the way and why?

Oh god, where to begin.

First, you can lose pack weight multiple ways but ultimately there will be times when money becomes an option because ultralight gear can be expensive.

I started with an REI pack and then went to a GoLite Pinnacle and ended with an Osprey Exos. Only buy Osprey.

I started with a Marmot Home Alone Bivy and switched to a Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1. Most people like the UL2 more than the UL1. It's a preference.

I cut out luxury items (utensils, knives, cup, nalgene bottle, solar panel, etc.)

I switched from a Mountain Hardware ultralamina 45 (synthetic) to Western Mountaineering Highlite (down) (single greatest sleeping bag in the history of man). I also own a Western Mountaineering Versalite for cold temperatures. The best sleeping bags are Western Mountaineering; although the new Marmot Plasma is pretty rad.

Find multiple uses for everything you own. Example: If you have an extra pair of socks then use one as a sunglasses case and one as a camera cover and then you have two less things you need to carry.

I started with MRE's and grocery store food. I then switched to a stove and dehydrated food. Though I had to add a stove and fuel I still saved weight by not carrying heavy foods because dehydrated food (oatmeal, ramen, pasta, mountainhouse, etc.) is so light. I used the Jetboil Sol Ti.

Bring iodine for emergencies but don't use it everyday! Big mistake. I used a platypus 3 liter and added an inline filter so the water was treated as I sucked through the hose. To clean water for cooking I just boiled instead of treated.

Started with a Thermarest prolite and ended with the Thermarest neoair. Nothing tops a Neoair.

Also, you'll gain knowledge about gear as you go. For example, down fill power. 600? 900? These numbers refer to "fill power". Fill power is a measurement of the loft or "fluffiness" of a down product. It measures the volume in cubic inches displaced by 1 oz. of down. It's important in sleeping bags and clothing made with a higher fill power down because they have more loft and trap more air. So, to achieve the same temperature rating/insulation, less of this down is needed. This means a better quality sleeping bag will be lighter and more compressible. Most high quality bags will have fill powers of 600-650 and superior bags will have fill powers of 800-900. Higher quality down (800-900) occurs when geese molt in spring, leaving clusters of down. This down has very few feathers and also has more oil on it. These clusters not only loft higher but are more durable. It is more expensive initially, but over the life of a bag it will save you money. Remember that the sleeping bag should be unrolled & fluffed first thing when you get to camp and lastly when packing up camp. The less time the bag is compressed the better for the down. I keep my sleeping pads inflated under my bed 365 days a year and my sleeping bags on hangers in my closet 365. Don't keep them rolled up. There's also the synthetic vs. down debate. Down insulation is lighter and more compressible, more durable, will be a better cost value over the life of the bag, more comfortable over a broader range of temperatures, and is a natural fiber. Synthetic insulation stays warmer than down when wet and dries more quickly, initial cost is less expensive, and some people are allergic to down. NEVER let a down bag or jacket get wet. If you're sleeping under an open air tarp beware of down bags getting wet!

Also, if you have any specific questions about hiking or gear feel free to ask. I can talk gear all day but I'd rather talk about gear piece by piece to describe why I chose something instead of making a tedious list.






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Nodust
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Good tips.

I made an alcohol stove out of a Vienna sausage can. Ever use one of those?






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