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Re: [AT-L] Lotsa Questions
On Sun, 8 Sep 1996, Adam FrancisSmith wrote:
> Now for my questions:
> There seems to be a controversy surrounding the use of boots
> versus jogging shoes. Any opinions?
personally I'd think it crazy to not wear boots that support the ankles
if you're carrying a pack.
> Jardine suggested that feet will grow up to 2 shoe sizes
> under the stress of thru-hiking. Has anyone noticed this type
> of thing happen to them?
> Gear stuff:
> Tent- Eureka Zepher. Are bivies/semi-bivies o.k.? Could the
> rainfly be altered by a pro? Maybe attach a good nylon
> tarp over the entrance for a dry place for my pack and
I carried an OR bivy this summer for 600+ miles. The weight, 2 lb., is
great. I found it functional, and even kept my down bag dry with the
exception of a second night in a row pitching in the rain - bag got
fairly damp then.
And you can use it in a shelter to keep the no-see-ums out.
Down side to it is that it's cramped and I wished for the luxury of a tent
- extra weight notwithstanding.
I thought of including a fly w/ the OR bivy, but the combination weighed
almost as much as a tent. I didn't miss having a fly much if any.
> Filter- PUR Hiker (unless something better comes out)
I had no problems with the PUR Hiker.
> Bag- clueless?? What was that about Feather Friends?? Is it down?
> How can anything keep a down bag dry?
With care it's easy. Mine only got damp once. The weight savings is great.
> Umbrellas- Do they work as advertised in the book? Have any of you
> tried them?
why would you want to bring an umbrella
> Stove- I'm totally confused about this one. There seems to be 20
> to 30 good ones and then there's all of the different gases
Whisperlite International - reliable and field maintainable. Coleman is
easy to get on the AT - if not, use unleaded. Stinks, but it works. And
you can get them to simmer - takes finesse.
> the fanged population (Snakes...It had to be snakes.)
avoid stepping on them - and they'll avoid you
> Palmtop Computer- I want to be able to post a trail journal, but
> little else. Is it even possible to keep one of
> these things intact? How?
I think you'd regret the weight and bother. Mail the journal to have it
posted. Keep it simple.
> There! I realize this is a ridiculously long list of questions. I am
> sorry about that. I'm just don't have a budget to make major mistakes
> on gear. Thanks a lot in advance for all your help.
You're welcome -