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    Your words do make sense, and would make perfect...

    Your words do make sense, and would make perfect sense if we were talking about tent floors.

    My 35yrs old Salewa tent has a Polyester rainfly (w/o sil-coating) and it had been perfectly waterproof...
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    If I understand right, Silpoly is...

    If I understand right, Silpoly is Silicone-impregnated Polyester, which is the perfect material for a rainfly:
    Polyester by itself doesn't absorb any water, and impregnation by Silicone gives it a...
  3. Being lucky living in a place thats quiet and...

    Being lucky living in a place thats quiet and close to nature, I usually spend more nights out on the balcony, up in the open loft or on the terrace, than in the bed.
    Our grandkids (3 and 5yrs) love...
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    Not sure if you can get this in the US, but we...

    Not sure if you can get this in the US, but we usually carry chunks of Swiss Emmentaler and a similar type of Austrian cheese, in vacuum sealed plastic. Its basically one of our main staple when...
  5. I'm having a hard time seeing people overthinking...

    I'm having a hard time seeing people overthinking gear instead of beeing out hiking.

    Thats one of the biggest benefits of the Middle East desert hikes we are doing: To see the locals using...
  6. I'm having back problems on and off like most...

    I'm having back problems on and off like most office people do, and this is the pad thats sleeping me better than anything else.
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    To the best of my knowledge, the Wehrmacht used...

    To the best of my knowledge, the Wehrmacht used Pervitin, which is basically Meth in low doses, as tablets and injections.
    Even famous Alpinists like Hermann Buhl on his famous solo first ascent of...
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    Here in EU while hiking I got attacked several...

    Here in EU while hiking I got attacked several times by animals: By dogs, cattle, horses.
    In either case a cub or stick was the perfect weapon.
    The dogs I knew beforehand and was prepared and had a...
  9. Thread: Dream Hike?

    by Leo L.
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    If it happens that you'll pass by here in the...

    If it happens that you'll pass by here in the vicinity, feel welcome to plan a stop at my place. Yes, we have some beer.
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    Up to my experience, its mandatory to do some...

    Up to my experience, its mandatory to do some break-in with any new footwear.
    Sturdy boots need more (way more) break-in than trailrunners, but I would never set off for a longer hike using new...
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    I'm using a very similar Salomon model for...

    I'm using a very similar Salomon model for everyday use, including some jogging and minor trail running.
    Downside is that some debris keeps falling in, and thats the main reason why I don't use them...
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    The only time I've stepped on an US based LD...

    The only time I've stepped on an US based LD trail, it happened that I was with a nice American couple, he being kind of a consultant who had to perform several telefone conferences.
    He did it in a...
  13. Thread: slovenia

    by Leo L.
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    Beautiful area, highly recommended! BTW, not...

    Beautiful area, highly recommended!
    BTW, not sure how the stealth camping would work, the bigger part of the route goes through a National Park, and unlike in the US, almost everything (including...
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    I have a Domo do7038 and carry and use it for...

    I have a Domo do7038 and carry and use it for every trip thats longer than just a few days. Charges via USB.
    Its weak and sounds like choking and throtteling at every single hair, but at the end it...
  15. Thread: Kumano Kodo

    by Leo L.
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    Great pics! Just wondering, is Japan per se so...

    Great pics!
    Just wondering, is Japan per se so perfectly clean and litter-free, or did you manage to mask away the litter in your pics?
  16. Speaking not from my own experience, but from...

    Speaking not from my own experience, but from endless tales told by close friends who are enthusiatic Camino hikers:
    Lots of hosting of all kind everywhere, they usually just walk up and ask.
    A...
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    In our younger and more adventurous days we...

    In our younger and more adventurous days we routinely spent many nights at the Mediterranean beaches.
    Later I started to hate the absence of toilets and the aboundance of Moskitos.

    Sand never...
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    Saw exactly this kind of business when crossing...

    Saw exactly this kind of business when crossing the border into Israel:
    A airconditioned room, rows of chairs, free Wifi, free charging (lots of dangling USB cables of all kinds), and a row of...
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    Nothing wrong with carrying electronic devices,...

    Nothing wrong with carrying electronic devices, IMHO.
    It only comes down to how you're using it.

    For my kind of hikes, a smartphone running a GPS app basically is a godsend. It replaces a huge...
  20. Thread: Friendliness

    by Leo L.
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    Just back from 6 weeks in the Middle East...

    Just back from 6 weeks in the Middle East deserts, I'm very used to the "friendliness" over there.
    Everyone greets everybody anytime (well, except for the bigger cities).
    Especially in the desert a...
  21. Thread: Tarps vs bugs

    by Leo L.
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    Tried this (tarp-like setup) with two of my...

    Tried this (tarp-like setup) with two of my freestanding tents by using a DIY groundsheet providing the right setup points for the poles.
    After a few test runs I didn't find it useful at all, so I'm...
  22. Thread: First Aid

    by Leo L.
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    Honey double-used, you mean, applying it to a...

    Honey double-used, you mean, applying it to a burn, and later lick your wound? <G>
    Honestly, I belive in such methods (applying honey), many times being better than standard medicine.
    Even just...
  23. Thread: First Aid

    by Leo L.
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    Only item I've ever really used is tape....

    Only item I've ever really used is tape. Leukotape Classic is my favourite.

    But I still carry a tiny Standard first aid kit that you can buy at the pharmacy, and I swap it to a new one after...
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    Great scriptum, Kevin. I've been through all the...

    Great scriptum, Kevin.
    I've been through all the mentioned items, all worked for some limited time, nothing worked perfect.
    Maybe I should start over again with sunglasses with prescription...
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    Would be interesting to know what you're doing...

    Would be interesting to know what you're doing about (optical) glasses?
    Whenever I'm trying to use any kind of mask or balaclava my glasses start to fog.
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