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  1. Perfect attitude. All the best!

    Perfect attitude.
    All the best!
  2. 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.
  5. 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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    True, Android is providing several different ways...

    True, Android is providing several different ways to find its own position, one being the cell Towers (which works the fastest, but very coarse), another the WIFI (which works amazingly fast and...
  7. Thread: Vaude pack

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    $12 for a huge pack thats still OK is a good buy....

    $12 for a huge pack thats still OK is a good buy.
    75+10 liters is really huge. We have two Lowe 80 liters and they were killing us because we always tend to fill the pack to the brim, no matter how...
  8. Thread: Vaude pack

    by Leo L.
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    Vaude is a German company, known for medium...

    Vaude is a German company, known for medium quality stuff.
    Not bad, not top, just medium.

    Many years ago I had a cradle to carry my daughter, which was a Vaude product (the cradle, not the...
  9. Thread: Booties?

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    OK thanks, so there was nothing I could have done...

    OK thanks, so there was nothing I could have done for them anyway.
    The guy was ready to carry the dog (and he actually did part of the way), but the size and weight was just too much to carry it the...
  10. Thread: Booties?

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    Booties?

    I'm no dog owner, nor intend to become one.
    But I'm curious if there would have been any help for a near-incident I saw during the last weekend hike.

    We hiked over our local highest mountain,...
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    Poll: I'm always carrying a compass (and a good Swiss...

    I'm always carrying a compass (and a good Swiss one) in my emergency pack, but then it is pretty much useless if you don't have a decent map of the area, plus you roughly know where you are.
    Next,...
  12. "up to 9lb per person per day, when game was...

    "up to 9lb per person per day, when game was plentiful" - but other times, they ate poor roots and rotten fish, and starved.
    As far as I read through their stories.
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    Poll: Not on the AT, but I'm carrying my smartphone and...

    Not on the AT, but I'm carrying my smartphone and using its GPS capability whenever I'm out, be it a local hike dayhike, an urban wandering, a multiday mountain adventure or a multi-week desert hike....
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    Thank you, this claryfies a health issue I've...

    Thank you, this claryfies a health issue I've developed during my 6 weeks desert hike this spring.

    During this 6 weeks, most of the cooking was done by local Bedouins, and they use oil (very good...
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    Not on the AT, but whenever we had mice...

    Not on the AT, but whenever we had mice encounters, it was on some heavily used camspot, And they gnawed through anything that was in their way. Even through the rim of a Tupperware box.
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    OK, let me do a rewording: If the mice had...

    OK, let me do a rewording:
    If the mice had nibbed at the corner of a chocolate bar, I'd break the corner off and eat the rest.
    If mice had been inside a bag of gorp and all over it, I'd most likely...
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    I don't know much about hantavirus, but a quick...

    I don't know much about hantavirus, but a quick onlinesearch indicates, that the virus can stay infectious for several days, and the most likely way of infection is breathing it in.
    So if you wait...
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    Most germs and viruses do not survive a long time...

    Most germs and viruses do not survive a long time outside of their host, so while it's disgusting, IMHO its safe to eat food that got gnawed on by mice a few days later.
  19. Thread: Shoe size

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    Exactly this. And once the feet became wider,...

    Exactly this.
    And once the feet became wider, they won't shrink after having finished the hike.
    My and my wife's experience.
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    There were no pads available when I was young and...

    There were no pads available when I was young and I slept on the ground no matter what.
    And yes, I developed kidney problems that only went away after I got a CCF pad and stopped skinny dipping in...
  21. Thread: Bitten

    by Leo L.
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    Since I've learned about Permethrin here on WB,...

    Since I've learned about Permethrin here on WB, I'm using similar stuff on my hiking trousers and never had a tick attatched to the skin any more.

    But the book is not about, how to avoid ticks,...
  22. Thread: Bitten

    by Leo L.
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    Bitten

    Found this book recommended in a local news article about tick diseases:

    https://www.amazon.com/Bitten-History-Disease-Biological-Weapons/dp/006289627X

    Is this something new, or old and well...
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    My biggest mistake in the earlier days of...

    My biggest mistake in the earlier days of (desert) hiking was, to use a pack that was too big.
    I always filled it up to the brim and the load was heavy. The pack itself was heavy, too (4kg = 8lb)....
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    Really aprecciate your trip reports, Walter....

    Really aprecciate your trip reports, Walter.
    Basically my biggest inspiration when it come to hiking.

    Regarding cameras, what I'm missing in all modern cameras is extended battery life.
    I have...
  25. Thread: Sleep System

    by Leo L.
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    Personally, I would hate to have cold nights in...

    Personally, I would hate to have cold nights in series, and not be prepared for.
    Cold nights in most cases also mean cold days, and especially cold evenings, and only if I could look forward to a...
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