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    Hiking that section at the beginning of May should not be seeing lows below 40 even at the higher spots. That could free you up to rig your existing pad in an SPE. If you're looking for something less expensive than the HH, you could get a Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter and change out the 8mm suspension for something more tree and adjustment friendly. I'm 6'0 and 205lbs. I have a Skeeter Beeter and a Skeeter Beeter Pro, and I've not had any weight issues with either with myself and a decent sized dog. They're not the sexiest ones out there, but you can get a fairly good hammock for about 70 bucks. It looks like they've discontinued the regular Skeeter Beeter and now just have the Pro version. It weighs about 28 ounces with all of the suspension and bugnet lines. (I use a single ridgeline and a couple of sticks to keep the bugnet up.) You'd still need a tarp at that point.

    Without working too hard on weight, you could have a 25 pound pack including your food and water. It will get lighter as you burn through your food. With a little more discipline, you could have that starting weight down to about 20 lbs. If you weigh 200, 20 lbs won't make much more of a difference than 12 lbs. Just skip the Lewis and Clark 75 lb pack, and you should cruise fine.

    Another note, if you do some walking the next couple of weeks to get in shape, you'll do much better than just hitting the trail. (That's a pretty steep climb you've got ahead of you.) Don't forget your Advil either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harpo63 View Post
    Looks like a leap of faith is needed and a WBBB and Dixon Roller pack or AARN is needed for you! Can anyone make them appear quicky?
    I never knew about these things!

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=10900
    Awesome

    Quote Originally Posted by obxcola View Post
    I'll be thinking about you and mentally pushing you up Cheoah!
    thanks obxcola

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    I'm only 30 and my lower back has been bothering me, my left knee was shot in high school, and I kicked cancer's *** in college. Even though my knee hurt, I did Fontana Dam to Clingman's dome last October with an ENO Double and a GI surplus poncho. I'd rather have an aching body from hiking than from doing nothing, as the pains are increasingly omnipresent...but dampened on the trail.

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    I'm doing an overnighter from there this weekend. It figures that the only rain in three weeks hits right on my longer day.

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    Gadgeteer... When youre ready for those dynaglide slings, let me know.

    An old school friend of mine and I promised one day we would do a thru on the AT. We both lived near the PA/MD section most of our lives and spent many nites out on the trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trooper View Post
    I'm only 30 and my lower back has been bothering me, my left knee was shot in high school, and I kicked cancer's *** in college. Even though my knee hurt, I did Fontana Dam to Clingman's dome last October with an ENO Double and a GI surplus poncho. I'd rather have an aching body from hiking than from doing nothing, as the pains are increasingly omnipresent...but dampened on the trail.
    How true is your statement.
    Exactly why I never want this thread to be taken a s a piss moan thread. Just very disheartened and I will do this.
    I am just simply amazed on how kind people are here on this board.
    I sincerely appreciate it....(understatement)

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    Quote Originally Posted by opie View Post
    Gadgeteer... When youre ready for those dynaglide slings, let me know.

    An old school friend of mine and I promised one day we would do a thru on the AT. We both lived near the PA/MD section most of our lives and spent many nites out on the trail.
    I'm trying to get all of my ducks in a row so to speak, you will hear from me soon and thanks.
    My best friend of 30 YEARS from kindergarden til present lol are section hiking every year until we retire. Family/work comes first of course

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    Quote Originally Posted by GADGETEER View Post
    How true is your statement.
    Exactly why I never want this thread to be taken a s a piss moan thread. Just very disheartened and I will do this.
    I am just simply amazed on how kind people are here on this board.
    I sincerely appreciate it....(understatement)
    Everybody needs encouragement from time to time. You simply have some concerns about your body and pack weight, but you are taking steps to mitigate them. This is only natural before such an endeavor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GADGETEER View Post
    I'm trying to get all of my ducks in a row so to speak, you will hear from me soon and thanks.
    My best friend of 30 YEARS from kindergarden til present lol are section hiking every year until we retire. Family/work comes first of course
    That's giving me some serious Bill Bryson images. Just make sure that Newfound Gap does not lead to Roanoke!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wisenber View Post
    That's giving me some serious Bill Bryson images. Just make sure that Newfound Gap does not lead to Roanoke!
    No doubt LOL

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