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    I've tried to use an old Nokia due to their...

    I've tried to use an old Nokia due to their brillant phone-only capability and battery life.
    It failed miserably. Obviously, the old Nokia was "dirty" inside and had developed some leak current....
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    When my smartphone was brand new, I could go for...

    When my smartphone was brand new, I could go for 10 days using Backcountry Navigator for navigation only, plus take some fotos, and still have some battery left.
    If I did tracking (again using BN),...
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    Again: Your trip reports are very inspiring,...

    Again: Your trip reports are very inspiring, Walter.
    Thanks!
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    I'm carrying my smartphone in the thigh pocket on...

    I'm carrying my smartphone in the thigh pocket on all hikes, and it never got damaged so far.
    The phone is waterproof, but in heavy rain I'd put it in the shirt pocket beneath the rain coat.
    The...
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    I've loved to sleep without clothes and used a...

    I've loved to sleep without clothes and used a silk liner for many years to keep the sleeping bag clean. Honestly, I've never considered the silk liner adding any warmth to the sleep system.
    Now the...
  6. I'm sleeping the bigger part of all nights...

    I'm sleeping the bigger part of all nights somewhere outdoors and after trying any number of setups I ended up wearing a long-sleeve lightweight Merino underwear plus a balaclava.
    Merino for me has...
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    Well understood! I'm well aware that touching...

    Well understood!
    I'm well aware that touching one self down/back there is not everybodys favorite thing.
    But then, out in nature, everything you touch or breath or eat can (and will) be infested...
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    Good topic, I'd like to contribute my personal...

    Good topic, I'd like to contribute my personal experience to.

    Having done most of my travels and all of the desert hikes in the Middle East, I'm used to use water instead of TP.
    Travelling over...
  9. Here in Europe we especially hate tick-borne...

    Here in Europe we especially hate tick-borne encephalitis (TBE).
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    Interesting thread. Another view on the issue of...

    Interesting thread.
    Another view on the issue of loosening hip belt is, that while hiking my belly is shrinking a bit and causes the hip belt to feel loose after several hours.
    So even while...
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    Over the years I've tried any fix for my leaky...

    Over the years I've tried any fix for my leaky Thermarests that came to my mind or heard/read about.

    The worst was the patches provided by Thermarest itself, those used kind of a glue that vever...
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    Thanks Walter. Obviously there is more to it...

    Thanks Walter.
    Obviously there is more to it than just similar naming. Ramps is not the same as Ramson (which seems to be an old name for Bear Garlic).
    When googling Allium tricocca, there comes...
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    Cant count the number of my Thermarests that...

    Cant count the number of my Thermarests that failed and got replaced by Cascade Designs.
    But then, most of my hikes were done in desert environment where everything is thorny, spiky and otherwise...
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    Truely inspiring, your trip reports! "wild...

    Truely inspiring, your trip reports!

    "wild ramps" - thats Bear Garlic?
    We eat this stuff a lot in spring.
    The best part are the flowers roasted a bit in oil, great for seasoning salads and...
  15. We visited our daughter in Sweden last Oct. and I...

    We visited our daughter in Sweden last Oct. and I had a 2/3-days-hike in the Helagsfjell area in mind, but didn't even start it due to my incompetent equipment for the given situation.
    The biggest...
  16. From your video, I've learned a few things. One...

    From your video, I've learned a few things.
    One was, if you make a snow bivouac you better make the roof slanted and smoth to not have low points on the rooftop where from water will drop down....
  17. This tent is an Exped Venus II extreme, my winter...

    This tent is an Exped Venus II extreme, my winter tent.
    Pretty exoensive, high quality, and perfect for my need.
    Might be a bit too small for trips of the kind you are doing.

    The speciality of...
  18. Backcountry skiing (or, as we call it, Ski...

    Backcountry skiing (or, as we call it, Ski Touring) is very popular here in the Alps and its different from what you are doing, due to the landscape.
    Here we typically have ascents of 1000 - 1500...
  19. Thanks a lot! Obviously, you've put lots of...

    Thanks a lot!
    Obviously, you've put lots of thought and experience into your equipment. Love your kitchen stove, the way how you improved it over time.

    As for the ski binding, this seems to be...
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    On the bottom-right of the screen there is a button to get the subtitles.
    Well worth the additional info.
  21. Fun fact, our middle daughter lives in Umeo, too....

    Fun fact, our middle daughter lives in Umeo, too.

    Love your trip report, would be interesting to get more technical details about your stuff.
    Which tent? I saw only one single Z-Lite pad, you...
  22. 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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