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    If you really want the ability to be enclosed in...

    If you really want the ability to be enclosed in a tent, and, if you are willing to use the poncho as your raingear (an excellent choice in my opinion), you can kinda get the best of both worlds. ...
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    It's surprising how well many leftovers from our...

    It's surprising how well many leftovers from our family favorites like beef stroganoff and spaghetti with Italian sausage dry in our food drier and rehydrate into shockingly wonderful trail foods. ....
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    I've gotten lazy and cheep in my older age. I...

    I've gotten lazy and cheep in my older age. I have a cheap food drier and I just buy bags of frozen veggies from the grocery store and dump them into the food drier. They do require some soaking to...
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    So, given your concerns, why bring either the...

    So, given your concerns, why bring either the tent or the poncho? It sounds like you want a tarp. Go for it. You'll love it. Leave the rest at home.

    If you don't trust just a tarp, go out a...
  5. Thread: Dream Hike?

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    Being close to home, how about a friend with a...

    Being close to home, how about a friend with a car. Give up on being a purist. Focus your time on the beautiful, "close-to-home" hiking without spoiling your peace of mind with miserable roadside...
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    The night we camped exposed on the rim of Crater...

    The night we camped exposed on the rim of Crater Lake Oregon in Feb 2013 we were pounded by 50+ mph winds throughout the night without a care in the world about the big old tree shielding us from the...
  7. For a $15'ish stove, the BRS is a great,...

    For a $15'ish stove, the BRS is a great, ultra-light little tool. It doesn't perform well in wind relative to many other canister options. It has a reputation of the pot supports collapsing on some...
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    I would suggest absolute wind speed is not so...

    I would suggest absolute wind speed is not so much the issue as relative windspeed, in that 50 mph wind gusts in an area that regularly experiences 50 mph winds is not particularly dangerous as the...
  9. You might try running a few stripes of seam...

    You might try running a few stripes of seam sealer or seam grip on the surfaces of your pads to provide friction where they contact each other. Hook velcro can be a nuisance to deal with when it is...
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    Yeah, I play around outside in the mountains a...

    Yeah, I play around outside in the mountains a lot in the winter, and I am fundamentally lazy. So I like simple, effective, and problem free. I've found no easier solution to winter "stoving" than...
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    A couple thoughts: 1) Generator tubes on gas...

    A couple thoughts:

    1) Generator tubes on gas stoves are intended to route heat into the gas line help to vaporize any liquid gas before it reaches the burner where it needs to be vapor to burn. A...
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    I've tried and DO NOT generally like using pots...

    I've tried and DO NOT generally like using pots smaller than about 850 ml. The 650 is way to small for me. It's not that the pot is too small to boil two cups of water in. If all you ever do is...
  13. Thread: Shoe Spikes

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    Lots of great advice and insights above. For...

    Lots of great advice and insights above.

    For what it's worth, I've watched lots of people, especially on group hikes, where people wear traction devices just because they have them, even thought...
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    It sounds to me like your case needs either care...

    It sounds to me like your case needs either care through a dentist, or if you are already going through your dentist, maybe care from a more experienced dentist or more follow-up from you with your...
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    I think what you are running into is that, aside...

    I think what you are running into is that, aside from non-critical situations (i.e. where a failed electric gloves won't lead to catastrophic outcomes) and situations where the length of use is...
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    Apparently he can be found here . . ....

    Apparently he can be found here . . . https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/34294618/paul-harvey#view-photo=16429148

    Forest Park, Cook County, IL
    Mausoleum, Section 49, Lot 676
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    FWIW if one compares the price, reliability, and...

    FWIW if one compares the price, reliability, and working time of chemical hand warmers vs. electric heated gloves, the chemical hand warmers win on all fronts by a significant margin.
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    And how many of those were hikers on on public...

    And how many of those were hikers on on public lands? And, what part of the country? You suggest that my observations are not true. Whereas I suggest my observations are absolutely true to my...
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    I wonder if we may be dealing with regional...

    I wonder if we may be dealing with regional differences in experience?

    The vast majority of my hiking and backpacking (50+ years of it) has been in the Pacific NW and the Northeast US. I will...
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    And through all this discussion, this group isn't...

    And through all this discussion, this group isn't questioning the assumptions about the water? The park service stated that, based on tests from a couple months ago, the river was deadly if the...
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    I have moderate sleep apnea and use a CPAP at...

    I have moderate sleep apnea and use a CPAP at home and often when traveling. However, I have also had very good success, both traveling and backpacking, by combining a mandibular advancement device...
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    With my experience and reinforced from what I've...

    With my experience and reinforced from what I've read on this thread, leashed dogs are more likely to be dangerous dogs. Free running/roaming dogs are rarely a real threat. This may be because...
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    I have regularly eaten summer sausage over a week...

    I have regularly eaten summer sausage over a week or more, during summer weather, after open, with no issues. That being said, I've been surprised that it didn't last longer than a week or so. I...
  24. I know several people that have figured out that...

    I know several people that have figured out that even though prepacking and bouncing allows for lower cost of food, it increases the cost of shipping such that it didn't end up being advantageous for...
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    Geez, picking a favorite ramen recipe . . ....

    Geez, picking a favorite ramen recipe . . . variety is the spice of life . . .
    1) My stand-by is noodles with a handful of freeze-dried veggies thrown in with whatever meat or interesting flavor...
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