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  1. Oops. I see you said to hike north from HF....

    Oops. I see you said to hike north from HF. That's harder as you will be in southern PA where there isn't much public transportation on the trail. 50 mi north will take you to Old Forge Park. From...
  2. You can fly to Reagan National Airport (DCA),...

    You can fly to Reagan National Airport (DCA), Dullas (IAD), or Baltimore Washington Airport (BWI). It doesn't matter much which as they all have direct transport to Union Station in DC, although BWI...
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    https://wildlife.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/1...

    https://wildlife.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jwmg.342

    Here is the article. You can read the abstract for free but must pay to access the whole article, unless you can access trough a...
  4. If only that pot were a little bigger. I cook in...

    If only that pot were a little bigger. I cook in the pot and the Sterno Inferno seems a bit small. The Olicamp is a bit bigger than I need. The new JB Stash would seem to be the ideal size and weight...
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    Good time to post reference to the research that...

    Good time to post reference to the research that shows bear spray is more effective than guns.

    "People should consider carrying a non-lethal deterrent such as bear spray," said Smith, a gun owner...
  6. I use an Olicamp XTS pot. A simple cylinder od...

    I use an Olicamp XTS pot. A simple cylinder od Aluminum flashing is the stand/windscreen. Air hole are only at the bottom. Heat is forced through the heat exchangers in the pot. Not UL, but very...
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    You are probably correct. I didn't have detailed...

    You are probably correct. I didn't have detailed notes on every photo location but was going by the order in which they came off the camera.

    But I did read that the witnesses to the recent...
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    In one of his lectures videos posted on line, Tom...

    In one of his lectures videos posted on line, Tom Smith (bear expert) tells a humorous story about his bear bell research. People buy boatloads of bells to scare bears. Smith tested their efficacy...
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    My thoughts exactly. I'm an old fart so I know...

    My thoughts exactly. I'm an old fart so I know the expression and its origin. Didn't expect that from the youngsters.
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    I just wonder how many people here use the idiom...

    I just wonder how many people here use the idiom "From soup to nuts" on a regular basis.
  11. Hike the Kungsleden in northern Sweden where many...

    Hike the Kungsleden in northern Sweden where many of the huts have a wood burning sauna. Chop wood, carry a bucket of water up from the lake, fire up the stove, and wash up. Clothing is discouraged,...
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    How Brave are You?

    This video has been all over the news. A boater caught a cliff drop at Pictured Rocks NL. The top of the cliff is where the North Country Trail follows the edge. I attached my picture of the trail...
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    Thanks. I have a standard Notch so the two are...

    Thanks. I have a standard Notch so the two are about the same weight. For me it would be the extra room and fabric upgrade I am interested in. But it looks like they are backordered til fall.
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    That's pretty slick. I may get one of those for...

    That's pretty slick. I may get one of those for the flint. Can it replace the tweezers or the toothpick? I find the tweezers rather useless. Although I can live without the toothpick too. I usually...
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    Thanks. The review above says it feels much...

    Thanks. The review above says it feels much bigger than a TT Notch (which I have). But the specs suggest they are about the same. I'm wondering if I should switch to an XMid. I'm happy with the...
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    When you say it fits largest inflatable pads, I...

    When you say it fits largest inflatable pads, I assume you mean the long wide sizes that are usually 25" wide and 6.5 ft long?
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    Duct tape is overrated.

    Duct tape is overrated.
  18. Thanks Brad. Re-reading my previous post, I see...

    Thanks Brad. Re-reading my previous post, I see that I failed to indicate that in the e-mail discussion I referred to, we were specifically discussing east coast US black bears. I should have pointed...
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    Seems like attempting a FKT during a record...

    Seems like attempting a FKT during a record setting heat wave and potentially horrible fire season could be problematic.
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    I agree. I am a big fan of alcohol systems, but...

    I agree. I am a big fan of alcohol systems, but in order for them to be effective, you do need to invest the time to develop a system the works for you. Unfortunately they are often advertised as...
  21. When explaining why bear spray repels bears but...

    When explaining why bear spray repels bears but the residue attracts them, Tom Smith says "I like to drink milkshakes, but I don't like to have them sprayed up my nose."
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    The Appalachian Trail: A Biography

    A new book about the history of the AT was published this week. I have not read it yet.

    https://www.atbiography.com/​

    There is an excerpt here. This part of MacKaye's story only got a couple of...
  23. The OP has applied the "sleep with your food"...

    The OP has applied the "sleep with your food" rationale that has been around for years and discussed on every hiking forum ad nauseum. As Dr Tom Smith (one of the top bear biologists) puts it, the...
  24. This is why many parks state that food and ice...

    This is why many parks state that food and ice chests in your car must be out of sight because bears will break into cars if they see the food. An empty ice chest out in the open will attract beats.
  25. Thread: Buckwheat

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    Our grocery store carries a number of Bob's Red...

    Our grocery store carries a number of Bob's Red Mill products, but unfortunately not all of them
    Bob's has the best museli, but alas it is one item not in our local store. I've never figured out why...
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