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    #131477 - 03/29/10 08:30 PM Re: Great Forum! Need help with gear choices. [Re: Pat-trick]
    Tango61 Offline
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    Registered: 12/27/05
    Posts: 931
    Loc: East Texas Piney Woods
    Hello Pat-trick, on HF.net there is a google map of where everyone is located (those that volunteer the info) so you might check on there and see if there are any others close to you.

    If so, I'm sure they would be happy to show off their rigs or perhaps even set up a demo.

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    #131760 - 04/08/10 11:31 AM Re: Great Forum! Need help with gear choices. [Re: Pat-trick]
    Kent W Offline
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    Registered: 10/15/09
    Posts: 607
    Loc: IL.
    Sounds well thought. Get out and go and you will find what you do not need. Just a sugestion Nalgenes are awsome but a bit heavy. I took a plastic gallon milk jug and cut the top off made it about five inches high . This is very lightweight and goes inbottom of pack ontop of sleeping bag. This makes a awsome sink for sponge baths. Lighter than the nalgene wring out washcloth and dry or put in ziplock bag to hit the trail.
    I also have several alcohol stoves. Anytrip over three days and I would take my little 2.1 oz colman and two fuel canisters. It is just more efficent. Hope this helps. Sounds like you have already discovered what works for you.

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    #133227 - 05/05/10 02:11 AM Re: Great Forum! Need help with gear choices. [Re: Pat-trick]
    PeterR Offline
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    Registered: 05/04/10
    Posts: 2
    Loc: Australia
    Hi Everyone, My first post on here. From Australia and locked into walking the JMT this summer. End of July into August. Really looking forward to walking America's great trail.
    A little background: 65 years, like lots of you guys been walking them thar hills since I was a boy. Now graduating into the 'lighter' weight category after years of luggin' all sorts of bizarre ex-Army stuff etc. up hill and down dale.
    I've invested in a Henry Squires Tarptent [ the Squall ], bought an 800gram bag, a titanium stove, carbon fibre sticks, moved over to Merino clothing, and otherwise tried to squelch my 'gear freak' inclination to buy the latest gee-whizz gadgets. Hard to do but my feet will thank me.
    Great to have a forum for us pre-Boomers and Boomers.
    Eventually I hope to write a piece on tackling the JMT from an overseas perspective. The logistics, believe me, are horrendous...
    Best, PeterR

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    #133244 - 05/05/10 01:50 PM Re: Great Forum! Need help with gear choices. [Re: PeterR]
    aimless Online   content
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    Registered: 02/05/03
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    Loc: Portland, OR
    Welcome. I can believe the logistics are pretty complicated, but I have a feeling that unless you are expecting perfection in all aspects of your hike, you'll come away more than glad you did it.

    Also, with all the snow in the Sierras this year, it may be buggy later than usual. Come prepared and if the bugs are few, be happy and relieved.

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    #133282 - 05/06/10 05:04 AM Re: Great Forum! Need help with gear choices. [Re: aimless]
    PeterR Offline
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    Registered: 05/04/10
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    Loc: Australia
    Thanks Aimless, I agree the best way is not to get bent out of shape when things don't go exactly to plan.

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