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    I've never used the hot water bottle trick in...

    I've never used the hot water bottle trick in winter outdoors activities, but just carried a better sleeping bag plus a decent down jacket to back it up.
    Just guessing that the extra weight of the...
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    Not really specifically to WP tape on rain...

    Not really specifically to WP tape on rain jackets, but I never had any luck in reapplying a tape that got disattatched, not even when I tried to do it right after it got loose.
    There was good...
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    As nobody mentioned it, I will do: Training to...

    As nobody mentioned it, I will do:
    Training to sleep outside of the bed helps a lot.
    Usually I spice up the bigger part of my civilisation life by sleeping outside, on the terrace, in the backyard...
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    Just my personal experience: I've bought an MST...

    Just my personal experience:
    I've bought an MST Hubba Hubba NX a while back, and this year we (my wife and me) happened to get trapped two times in the tent in heavy thunderstorms, and the tent...
  5. Understand you well, basically we're in the same...

    Understand you well, basically we're in the same boat.

    There is historical reason why it's this way, and no chance to change that anytime soon.
    When this specific laws were introduced in the...
  6. Only in Scandinavia there is an old tradition...

    Only in Scandinavia there is an old tradition when it comes to roaming and camping, everything is free unless its definitely forbidden.
    In all other EU countries that I know of, its just the...
  7. Wild camping is illegal throughout EU, except...

    Wild camping is illegal throughout EU, except where its definitely allowed in specific places and conditions.
    In heavy travelled areas (which the TDM is) there are very specific rules-of-thumb to...
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    At the beginning of my recent hiking career I've...

    At the beginning of my recent hiking career I've tried to waterproof clothes and shoes by spraying whatever stuff I got recommended.
    None of it did any more good that fend off a light sprinkle, not...
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    And then, as an English native speaker you...

    And then, as an English native speaker you believe to get the pronounciation of French words right? <G>

    OK, in my warning in post #25 I was a bit exaggerating. Most likely you will be fine.
    ...
  10. And you would leave the fish starving?

    And you would leave the fish starving? <G>
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    If you start by flying to Paris, you most likely...

    If you start by flying to Paris, you most likely will need some words in French. This is one country, maybe the only one in EU, where locals try hard to stay away from speaking English. Nothing wrong...
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    On the Camino, its always good to know enough of...

    On the Camino, its always good to know enough of the local language to call ahead for reservations.
    Even in October, many places will be crowded on the Francese, while later in the year some places...
  13. Thanks for posting this. Gives me and my wife...

    Thanks for posting this. Gives me and my wife Wandering Feet.
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    I would quit such a job immediately. Poor...

    I would quit such a job immediately. Poor employer, having extremely poor Italian Partners.
    Normally, its impossible to escape those endless Italian dinners, when you're released only after 3hrs to...
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    Not exactly answering your question, but I always...

    Not exactly answering your question, but I always carry two plasic tubes, one 6mm Diameter and the other 8mm, to use as a straw or water drain on hidden springs.
    Started doing so on my desert hikes,...
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    My wife has wide hips and it took us quite some...

    My wife has wide hips and it took us quite some time and effort to find a pack that's hipbelts would hug her hips the correct way. Most packs have a long enough hipbelt, but the cushioning of the...
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    If one really had very limited time to hike, it...

    If one really had very limited time to hike, it would make sense to book a complete journey including acommodation and guide, otherwise one would spend the first day or two in some sort of...
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    Nice consideration, rickb. One more thing to...

    Nice consideration, rickb.

    One more thing to take care of is water.
    Heavy and well insulated people sweat more and thus need to carry more water.
    My wife is on the heavier side, and typically...
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    Coming from rock climbing, where you learn to...

    Coming from rock climbing, where you learn to never slip, I hardly ever really fall when hiking.

    Earlier this summer I did a nice 3-days hike here in the local mountains with my wife.
    I was so...
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    On my Middle East desert trips, I never carry a...

    On my Middle East desert trips, I never carry a shelter of any kind, but just sleep under the stars.
    I'm carrying a space blanket in my pack all the time.
    Once it started to rain, hail and snow in...
  21. Perfect attitude. All the best!

    Perfect attitude.
    All the best!
  22. It happens that I'm confronted with several old...

    It happens that I'm confronted with several old (90+yrs) relatives, suffering badly while slowly drifting towards the end.
    Remembers me of my father who died in his 70ties at an accident while doing...
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    Up to my experience two ports, both of them...

    Up to my experience two ports, both of them high-power, are essential.
    At least the phone and the powerbank wants to get charged simultanously, and usually there are more items in the pack that...
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    I have the dual port fast charging Anker, and its...

    I have the dual port fast charging Anker, and its not heavy, but big, really big.
  25. Honestly, I've never got the idea why people...

    Honestly, I've never got the idea why people spend lots of money on outdoor drinking bottles like Nalgene, just to add extra weight to the pack.

    PET bottles (like your Smartwater) is all I've ever...
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