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    Moral authority, yes. Also the authority to...

    Moral authority, yes.

    Also the authority to trespass an individual from property they own or lease (like the Harper’s Ferry HQ) just as any private organization would be able to do.

    Zero...
  2. 20 Years of Whiteblaze — Happy (belated) Anniversary !

    Happy belated Anniversary to Whiteblaze!

    Hard to believe it started 20 years ago last month.

    At the time that other personality-driven site (now defunct) was just about the only on-line option,...
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    Headnet for mosquitos after you have been on the...

    Headnet for mosquitos after you have been on the trail a good while — no need to start with it.

    These from day one, since they are so light. I have used them with VERY good results for both...
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    I am only a sample of one, but my experience with...

    I am only a sample of one, but my experience with the Apple Store has been good. Mostly asking “dumb” questions to one of the sales people, or making an appointment with the Genius Bar to clean lint...
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    I am thinking of how nice it would have been to...

    I am thinking of how nice it would have been to have an app like these 40years ago when I first heard that faint sound of a “lawnmower” sputtering to life in a remote campsite on the AT, or not hat...
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    This one: 49451

    This one:

    49451
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    Merlin bird song ID app

    It is phenomenal.

    Just picked out a Cooper’s hawk from a very agitated group (murder) of crows. Clear as day when I played the recording back, but would have missed it.

    Free.

    49450
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    Better Hermit Thrush: ...

    Better Hermit Thrush: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB0QyShvqAg
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    F Hermit Thrush perhaps?...

    F

    Hermit Thrush perhaps?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0mATRdzZSc
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    While I think what you say is objectively true,...

    While I think what you say is objectively true, an alarming number of AT thru hikers (yes, thru hikers) have been killed by the hand of a perfect stranger.

    Since citing the names and number (7) of...
  11. It’s certainly a good question. FWIW, while...

    It’s certainly a good question.

    FWIW, while there is a great deal of information out there regarding issues surrounding factory farming — including the down sourcing for our beloved gear — I have...
  12. Second or third hand stuff for the environment...

    Second or third hand stuff for the environment and ethics.

    Quality second or third hand stuff for performance.
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    As one who has more Neanderthal DNA than 97%...

    As one who has more Neanderthal DNA than 97% than al other 23AndMe customers, you made me a proud man today.

    A bit disappointed not to see any rattlesnake pictures, but otherwise another great...
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    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. As one who...

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    As one who once eagerly awaited the Appalachia accident reports, I think yours would have certainly stood out as a great reminder how “stuff happens”, and to...
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    Credit card or loan. Unlike the purchase of a...

    Credit card or loan.

    Unlike the purchase of a car (for which society says debt is totally acceptable even though I would disagree) finishing a thru hike with a potential life partner is not a...
  16. I remember the neighbors heading down on their...

    I remember the neighbors heading down on their motorcycles after hearing the Thruway was closed.

    As a man born in 1960, I don’t think we thank many of those young people nearly enough.
  17. Thread: Slackpacking

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    I would suggest that there is a difference...

    I would suggest that there is a difference between not caring about how any individual hiker transits the AT, and observing how evolving group norms are changing the character of the trail.

    For...
  18. Thread: Slackpacking

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    After reading this thread from top to bottom. I...

    After reading this thread from top to bottom. I suspect that were Guy Waterman’s book Wilderness Ethics: Preserving the Spirit of Wildness to be published today, he would necessarily be canceled.
    ...
  19. Thread: Darn Tough

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    I took advantage of warrantees this spring. ...

    I took advantage of warrantees this spring.

    DarnTough required socks to be returned to them.

    Smartwool just asked for a photo.

    Neither wanted a receipt.
  20. Thread: Scaring Bears

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    Interesting though, right?

    Interesting though, right?
  21. Thread: Scaring Bears

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    Thanks, you inspire me to google up the Author’s...

    Thanks, you inspire me to google up the Author’s name, and the full article appeared here:
    ...
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    Too bad the actual study was not linked — I am...

    Too bad the actual study was not linked — I am sure it would make for interesting reading.

    Here is another article of possible interest to those who do carry.
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  23. Thread: Spirit of choice

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    Jim Beam 50ml 1. $0.99 each 2. Portion...

    Jim Beam 50ml

    1. $0.99 each
    2. Portion controled to insure ration is not exceeded before resupply
    3. Lightest 50ml bottle on the market
    4, Small size allows for multiple backups to protect...
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    One hiker and mother of thru hiker(s) spent...

    One hiker and mother of thru hiker(s) spent millions of her own money to forever preserve land up in Maine, but was reviled by many local sportsman/hunters for doing so.

    Which is to say every...
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    [QUOTE=Durwood;2287283]Alligator, this will...

    [QUOTE=Durwood;2287283]Alligator, this will probably go into a slack vs purist debate./QUOTE]

    It really shouldn’t.

    Slackpacking is when you either use rides or gear shuttles to avoid carrying...
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