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    Quote Originally Posted by WV View Post
    Okay, next up are underquilt or other bottom insulation and bugnet. Also a top quilt. More important than them is experience. AT in 2013 is possible if you acquire all your backpacking and hammocking skills in 2012. To accelerate that, beg, borrow, or steal (actually, don't steal) as much as you can. Don't save money by making stuff yourself - it will waste time. Get into the woods as soon as possible.

    If you come to West Virginia, I'll give you some stuff to use. (We'll test it out in the Cranberry Wilderness.) I bet others would do the same. Consider becoming a temporary itinerant beggar. You can also learn heaps at group hangs. Fall MAHHA would be a great place to meet lots of fine people, refine your skills, and get psyched for your trip. That's in October. Can you manage 4 or 5 trips of three days or more between now and then?
    +1 WV (<--<< that WV he is a wise one).
    And, setup (and sleep in) your hammock in your home or yard as often as possible.
    As a newbie here, I attended my first Group hang last month. - In person, all of the folks there were as friendly and helpful as they are on this forum - So i can highly recommend you also attend as many group hangs as you can while prepping for your 2013 AT hike.

    Welcome to HF and best good fortune on your goals.
    Last edited by Loki; 08-01-2012 at 20:43.
    - Loki,

    "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
    Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
    The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy,
    while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn."
    John Muir

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    One suggestion I would make. With a CPAP machine and the batteries to support it a Dixon roller pack or diy version of it could be of great benefit. Claims to convert 50lb pack to a 20lb load on your knees.

    Good for you and carry forth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayson View Post
    One suggestion I would make. With a CPAP machine and the batteries to support it a Dixon roller pack or diy version of it could be of great benefit. Claims to convert 50lb pack to a 20lb load on your knees.

    Good for you and carry forth!
    +1 on this, could be a real help.

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