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    I'm not familiar with Enlightened Equipment, but...

    I'm not familiar with Enlightened Equipment, but the Torrid jacket looks nice. The Wild Things jacket with PrimaLoft insulation still works, but the zipper gives me trouble at times.

    I'm also...
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    I'm looking for a new insulated hooded shell to...

    I'm looking for a new insulated hooded shell to replace a Wild Things EP hooded jacket. Thinking about an Eddie Bauer jacket with Thindown insulation: ...
  3. Thread: Mt. Greylock

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    I'll recommend taking the Gould Trail up and back...

    I'll recommend taking the Gould Trail up and back from the parking area on West Mountain Road. Here's a map and description: ...
  4. Yup. My list has 30 non-essential items, which...

    Yup. My list has 30 non-essential items, which includes shoes.
  5. A hike up Greylock in the summer takes about 2...

    A hike up Greylock in the summer takes about 2 hours, then you can stop at Bascom Lodge for a cheeseburger and beer before hiking back down.
  6. I've never found the "ten essentials" list to be...

    I've never found the "ten essentials" list to be useful. I have my own list of gear to take on routine dayhikes and it has 40 items. The "ten essentials" list doesn't even include shoes. Duh....
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    The Skyeship base area on Route 100 is a good...

    The Skyeship base area on Route 100 is a good place to park because it is easy to drive to (especially on a busy day) and you can take a gondola up to Skye Peak to start your day.
  8. In my case, each step is approximately 2 feet...

    In my case, each step is approximately 2 feet long. 10,000 steps would be approximately 4 miles. 4 miles in 2 hours with no adjustment for elevation changes is "book time." I find that I hike at a...
  9. Thread: Handwarmers?

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    I used to wear rubber gloves as protective...

    I used to wear rubber gloves as protective clothing at work. The only time I'll wear something similar for hiking is if it's raining. My favorite gloves/mittens for winter hiking are the Fox River...
  10. Thread: Handwarmers?

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    A few years ago, I started putting handwarmers in...

    A few years ago, I started putting handwarmers in the toes of my downhill ski boots during the ride to local areas. By the time I get to the lodge and put on my ski boots, the toes are quite...
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    Thanks for the warning. My options are: 1-liter...

    Thanks for the warning. My options are: 1-liter Nalgene bottles in OR parkas, 12-ounce stainless steel vacuum bottle, 750-ml Sigg water bottle (not insulated) and 500-ml Sigg water bottle (not...
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    I guess you are asking if a neoprene bottle...

    I guess you are asking if a neoprene bottle holder works better than the OR foam bottle parka? I don't know.

    https://nalgene.com/product/32oz-sleeve-insulated-gray/
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    For what it's worth: I don't think lightly-used...

    For what it's worth: I don't think lightly-used 10-year old bindings would have fatigue cracks that might result in catastrophic failure in the near future. The springs might have relaxed from...
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    Sorry to hear about your injury, peakbagger. I...

    Sorry to hear about your injury, peakbagger. I hope it heals properly and you can get back to the trails before spring.
  15. One thing this mechanical engineer learned at...

    One thing this mechanical engineer learned at work was to not criticize how others were doing their jobs, but to provide suggestions about how they could improve their performance. For example,...
  16. I think it boils down to the definition of risk...

    I think it boils down to the definition of risk and how much risk individuals are willing to take. If risk is defined as "probability x consequences," then a competent hiker has a low probability of...
  17. He didn't say you were lucky, just that your gear...

    He didn't say you were lucky, just that your gear was completely inadequate. "Your "system" (or lack thereof) is completely inadequate; it's just you have never needed to use it."
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    That's pretty much how I feel, but I do not mind...

    That's pretty much how I feel, but I do not mind wearing less expensive W/B shells when it's raining. I may get damp under the shell, but as long as I stay warm, the shell is doing its job. I...
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    What sort of problem are you finding because...

    What sort of problem are you finding because water is not beading on the surface? Is perspiration building up inside at a higher rate than in the past? As far as I know, that's the only consequence...
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    Also, when hiking at night with no lights, it can...

    Also, when hiking at night with no lights, it can be useful to throw small stones in the path ahead to locate steep drops that should be avoided.
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    From the airport, your best choice would probably...

    From the airport, your best choice would probably be to hike the AT up Prospect, camp at Wilbur's campsite and hike back the same way the next day. I think there's a bear box at the campsite and...
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    I'll be recommending dog rescue harnesses to...

    I'll be recommending dog rescue harnesses to those I know who hike with dogs. https://mountaindogware.com/dog-carrying-harness-usa.html
  23. Thread: Bootleg sign?

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    I just checked the WVAIA website and it looks...

    I just checked the WVAIA website and it looks like they maintain that trail and probably did install that sign.
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    A few years ago, I put together a few lists of my...

    A few years ago, I put together a few lists of my overnight gear and weight for the different seasons. I ended up deleting the lists, but remember that for this time of year, my overnight weight was...
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    I have a Serratus Genie, which is a frameless 30L...

    I have a Serratus Genie, which is a frameless 30L pack similar to Scream 25.
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