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comment Bypassing river fords in Maine's 100 Mile Wilderness
They decrease a lot. You can look it up on via USGS Streamflow data if you want. Or call one of the hostels in the area (Shaw's in Monson or the Appalachian Trail Lodge in Millinocket), they will know at the time you are going. As for the risk factor - that's your opinion. We happen to disagree :) And that's OK! We each get to set what we consider too risky. If the stream turns out to be knee deep, the kid can walk holding your hand. If it turns out to be deeper, practice in a pool - what happens if you tip over? I bet nothing even vaguely catastrophic. But, obviously... your call!
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comment How many people have done a triple triple?
There is barely a record of people who have completed the CDT (I wasn't able to find anything even vaguely official and comprehensive). I know of one other person who, I believe, has done a triple-triple, named RestStop.
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comment What lower temperature limit should I look for in sleeping bag for the Appalachian Trail?
I met a guy who used a garbage bag as his sleeping bag on the AT. Russell is not joking about how warm it is... I wouldn't shy away from a down bag myself (for the weight savings), but make sure you know how to keep it dry-ish. Something like the Western Mountaineering EverLite
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comment How to efficiently fill a bladder with water?
I use a mix of hard-sided bottles and 2L Platypus bladders, that sound exactly like what you were struggling with. If the water is still, I use a hard-sided bottle to fill the soft ones, exactly as you said. I've never found a better way.
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comment What are some good tips and techniques for packing a backpack?
The loft of quality synthetic degrades significantly faster than quality down. The rule of thumb I've heard is 3-5 years for synthetic, 5-10 for down.
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comment Is there special etiquette for hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) during AT Season
I haven't set foot on the AT, but I disagree with some of this. Thru-hikers are not that special, they are just hiking the trail like everyone else. Sure, if you feel like it, offer them an apple, they'll love it. But giving them priority on the trail and in shelters? I would argue the opposite - you're out there on your one summer weekend trip, take the silly shelter spot if you want it. There's always another shelter down the trail for them. Or you know, their tent?
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comment How much does it cost to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail?
PS, I'm planning an AT thru-hike for 2015 as we speak :)