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    I was camping in WNC a few years back and heard a...

    I was camping in WNC a few years back and heard a high-pitched scream. It sounded like someone getting murdered. Thought a ranger later told me it was probably an owl. Now I wonder, how many animals...
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    That's not always the case ... my bear spray is...

    That's not always the case ... my bear spray is 2.00% major capsaicinoids, my pepper spray is 1.33%.

    Heck of a video. Practice your throwing! Ever seen the one where Skurka had thrown a hiking...
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    I've noticed that too with backpacking tents from...

    I've noticed that too with backpacking tents from a number of other brands as well. Going slack seemingly before their time. It may be inevitable with age, but perhaps lower quality elastics were...
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    Unfortunately no on both counts. Of the endcaps...

    Unfortunately no on both counts. Of the endcaps that aren't packed with dirt, it's not possible to see what knot the cord has. You can see the cord a bit. My guess is that when the cord does break...
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    Thanks all! Not sure the hole in the cap is...

    Thanks all!

    Not sure the hole in the cap is bigger than the hole in the pole segment, but there could be a bottleneck in there (like a washer-type thing) that would let an end knot get inside the...
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    Yes! I just noticed - the tip is open-ended, a...

    Yes! I just noticed - the tip is open-ended, a very small hole, currently impacted with dirt from the ground.

    So what does this mean in terms of a method of replacing cordage? Any end knot is on...
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    Only indirectly, via the twisting/pulling force...

    Only indirectly, via the twisting/pulling force they have withstood thus far. But I've not used any mechanical helps yet. You may be right - it could be a very tight friction fit, unlike the fairly...
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    Follow-Up & New Question

    The follow up for the REI tent (Half Dome 2+) is that yes, there's a V-shaped clip in there, not unlike a tiny bobby pin, which seats in the hub from the interior of the ring. The shock cord loops...
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    Agreed - I love cowboy coffee - even at home! But...

    Agreed - I love cowboy coffee - even at home! But ...

    You don't necessarily need to filter, you can just pour it off carefully. Let the coffee (and grounds) sit for a minute after boiling. The...
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    Hope you get a taker - best wishes - but it seems...

    Hope you get a taker - best wishes - but it seems like you're blurring the lines between return period and warranty period. What was the warranty at the time you bought it? Currently their website...
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    Kudos! That's quite a "barbell" finish w/r/t...

    Kudos!

    That's quite a "barbell" finish w/r/t the weather!
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    My Sawyer Mini is not quite outside my circle of...

    My Sawyer Mini is not quite outside my circle of trust. But checking it before each trip is now (unfortunately) part of my routine, as I no longer trust it if unchecked.
  13. That sounds like they were intentionally being...

    That sounds like they were intentionally being jackwagons. In the interest of decorum I'll refrain from saying what should happen to them.
  14. To be clear it's not necessarily the fault of the...

    To be clear it's not necessarily the fault of the particular humans involved in the bear encounter. At times, such as with the hammocking father/son combo, it was determined that they did everything...
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    I've done the Rich Mtn Loop Trail, New Years...

    I've done the Rich Mtn Loop Trail, New Years 2019. There were some shallow stream crossings and a waterfall off trail. I don't know if they'd be there year-round or not. I wouldn't count on it. The...
  16. FWIW: down bag, washed in tub with Zote...

    FWIW:

    down bag, washed in tub with Zote (grated off shreds from a solid bar). Lukewarm water. Soaked for a bit then "massaged" through with hands.
    Rinsed twice. Not sure 2nd rinse was even...
  17. It's not that bad. Adjacent / contiguous Pot...

    It's not that bad. Adjacent / contiguous Pot Point Loop (also about 10 miles) is maybe slightly harder to follow. Meaning, there was one time, in late fall with leaves fully covering the trails and...
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    Hall Road to Barker Pounds?

    Hey,

    I was just checking out the August 2020 Newsletter on the cumberlandtrail.org website,

    https://www.cumberlandtrail.org/august-2020-newletter/
    (scroll down)

    and it mentions a new 10.6...
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    Thanks. It's curious, though, why Outland USA is...

    Thanks. It's curious, though, why Outland USA is not listed as a dealer on Optimus' web site (at least, not by searching by city/state or zip). REI is listed, but they don't carry this stove.
    ...
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    Thanks - I phrased my question(s) poorly. I meant...

    Thanks - I phrased my question(s) poorly. I meant to ask if they were still being produced at all, and if so, was there a distributor in the USA?

    There's a popular online site that has lost my...
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    Is the SVEA 123/R still being produced and...

    Is the SVEA 123/R still being produced and distributed in the USA? [Aside from potential knockoffs at the river site? Looking for official distribution]
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    I don't think there's a trick; you're just...

    I don't think there's a trick; you're just encountering inherent challenges with small ground tarps. I have a 3mx3m (roughly 10' square) tarp and there are a myriad of cool shapes you can pitch it...
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    I think it's termed evaporative cooling, IIRC...

    I think it's termed evaporative cooling, IIRC from my prior days as a motorcyclist. Evaporative cooling vests are popular in summertime, esp. under an armored-but-mesh riding jacket. They contain...
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    I agree with this - following the "cotton kills"...

    I agree with this - following the "cotton kills" mantra unquestioningly in the heat of summer can make hiking life more miserable, not less.

    The other day I was lucky enough to hike at elevation...
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    This reminds me of the scene in Anchorman where...

    This reminds me of the scene in Anchorman where Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) maces himself.
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