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  1. Not in the US but here in the Alps, the numbers...

    Not in the US but here in the Alps, the numbers of people being outdoors multiplied during the pandemic, simply because it was one of the very few things people were allowed to do: Hiking, skiing...
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    Thanks for the insight, Franco. Basically, the...

    Thanks for the insight, Franco.

    Basically, the Hubba works fine, but I would not call the design idiot-proof.
    There are way too many possible mistakes you can make when setting it up, especially...
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    That sleeve repair works just fine, problem is...

    That sleeve repair works just fine, problem is its not going to work for a field repair, even if I carried a spare sleeve, because you'd need a vise, some strong pliers and a small hammer to push the...
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    Luckily, the failure happend back home so no...

    Luckily, the failure happend back home so no serious harm was done.
    I just went to my garage which hosts a private miniature mechanical shop, switched on the lathe and fabricated a slim fitting...
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    Franco, Exactly this tent. The poles are three...

    Franco,
    Exactly this tent.
    The poles are three straight ones (segmented though) and the inner is fixed by velcro loops.
    So if one of the poles breaks you could use any suitable stick and tie it...
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    Good point! Coming from a Boy Scouts background...

    Good point!
    Coming from a Boy Scouts background using staked tents, I went towards dome tents (freestanding) the very day I saw the first one, back in the late 70ties, and never looked back.
    The...
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    Portugal is a great country, no reason not to buy...

    Portugal is a great country, no reason not to buy stuff from there.
    But then, the website doesn't tell much about the company itself, if anything at all.
    No postal address, no ID, company name, CEO...
  8. The solution I worked out is, with the pack still...

    The solution I worked out is, with the pack still on the ground to neatly spread the poncho over the pack but leaving the front piece of the poncho in a nice roll just on top of the shoulder straps....
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    Ahemmm... I do have a garage (where never a car...

    Ahemmm...
    I do have a garage (where never a car had been) modified into a private mechanical shop and there's an oven where I can do such stinky heat stuff without poinsoning the whole house.
  10. Thread: Fanny Packs

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    I have used a fanny pack (Eastpack) for my...

    I have used a fanny pack (Eastpack) for my digicam for many years, and developed a love-hate relation to it.
    Loved it for having the camera ready at the best possible position (which resulted in...
  11. Just to add another of my opinion: An umbrella...

    Just to add another of my opinion:
    An umbrella and a small/short poncho used together would not complement each other, but both have the same shortcomings, i.e. leaving the mid and lower parts...
  12. Maybe the overall conditions are much different...

    Maybe the overall conditions are much different here in the Alps, than on the AT, but still here is my setup:

    The only reasonable rain protection when hiking I found so far is a Poncho that that...
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    For removing exess wax from items like Christmas...

    For removing exess wax from items like Christmas tree candle holders we usually place it on a paper towel and rest it atop the garage oven at a moderate temperature that just lets the wax slowly melt...
  14. I've owned one of these many years ago, it had a...

    I've owned one of these many years ago, it had a plastic bag inside to make it waterproof and as its impossible to clean it inside properly, it got moldy pretty quick.
    This item is a fake...
  15. I belive there are several, a quick Google search...

    I belive there are several, a quick Google search brought up this one:
    https://keego.at/products/the-bottle?lang=de
  16. Thread: Phone apps

    by Leo L.
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    When heading out for a hard trip, I usually drain...

    When heading out for a hard trip, I usually drain the battery of the smartphone to save weight.
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    Not on the AT, but we have ticks here in the...

    Not on the AT, but we have ticks here in the Alps, too.

    I've learned about Permethrin-threated trousers here on WB a few years ago and find this to be a real godsend.
    Since I'm spraying my...
  18. Thread: Riddle time

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    We have one creek here thats literally echoing,...

    We have one creek here thats literally echoing, therefore its valley is called "echo valley" and the other day I hiked through the specific echo point, again amazed how clear an echo this is.
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    For every trip I set out alone, I'll give my wife...

    For every trip I set out alone, I'll give my wife an intinerary and expected date&time to be back, plus advice when to call the Mountain Rescue if I'd be overdue.
    This most likely will be one or two...
  20. Thread: Power Banks

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    Ah, this might be due to the different approach...

    Ah, this might be due to the different approach to hiking between LD-hikes in the US, vs. hiking here in the Alps and in the Middle East desert whre I'm usually roaming.
    During my hikes, the main...
  21. Thread: Power Banks

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    With powerbanks this size (10.000 - 20.000 mAh)...

    With powerbanks this size (10.000 - 20.000 mAh) its highly recommended to use a dual port high power charger, so you can charge your phone and the power bank simultanously.
    Funfact: This charger is...
  22. Thread: Power Banks

    by Leo L.
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    I'm using a 20,000 mAh Anker, can recharge my...

    I'm using a 20,000 mAh Anker, can recharge my phone about 3 times and this never failed me. Actually the 20,000 mAh is a bit too big for my purpose.

    One thing is important in winter, both devices...
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    Yes, the dealer sent in the bag last March, and I...

    Yes, the dealer sent in the bag last March, and I got a new one recently as a replacement.

    This is a pic from the time when the pack was still OK:

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    No chemicals involved. The issue most likely was...

    No chemicals involved.
    The issue most likely was caused by the rash desert environment, in conjunction with the specific way of packing I did.
    The pack was pretty stuffed full and the edges of the...
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    Good things take time! The other day I recived a...

    Good things take time!
    The other day I recived a brand new pack from Lightwave as a replacement for the disintegrated one I sent in last year.
    Its an improved version and I'm really happy with it.
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