Umbrella on a Thru-Hike, yes or no?

I'm training for my upcoming Appalachian Trail thru-hike and I'm fortunate to live in a place that makes training easy and fun.

It's also wet here.  Which leaves me thinking about rain-gear.  A LOT.

Today I ponder the pros and cons of carrying an umbrella on a 2,000 mile hike.  Read on to see if an umbrella is something you might consider, too.

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