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  1. Thanks Brad. Re-reading my previous post, I see...

    Thanks Brad. Re-reading my previous post, I see that I failed to indicate that in the e-mail discussion I referred to, we were specifically discussing east coast US black bears. I should have pointed...
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    Seems like attempting a FKT during a record...

    Seems like attempting a FKT during a record setting heat wave and potentially horrible fire season could be problematic.
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    I agree. I am a big fan of alcohol systems, but...

    I agree. I am a big fan of alcohol systems, but in order for them to be effective, you do need to invest the time to develop a system the works for you. Unfortunately they are often advertised as...
  4. When explaining why bear spray repels bears but...

    When explaining why bear spray repels bears but the residue attracts them, Tom Smith says "I like to drink milkshakes, but I don't like to have them sprayed up my nose."
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    The Appalachian Trail: A Biography

    A new book about the history of the AT was published this week. I have not read it yet.

    https://www.atbiography.com/​

    There is an excerpt here. This part of MacKaye's story only got a couple of...
  6. The OP has applied the "sleep with your food"...

    The OP has applied the "sleep with your food" rationale that has been around for years and discussed on every hiking forum ad nauseum. As Dr Tom Smith (one of the top bear biologists) puts it, the...
  7. This is why many parks state that food and ice...

    This is why many parks state that food and ice chests in your car must be out of sight because bears will break into cars if they see the food. An empty ice chest out in the open will attract beats.
  8. Thread: Buckwheat

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    Our grocery store carries a number of Bob's Red...

    Our grocery store carries a number of Bob's Red Mill products, but unfortunately not all of them
    Bob's has the best museli, but alas it is one item not in our local store. I've never figured out why...
  9. You will notice in my post I'd did not call them...

    You will notice in my post I'd did not call them odor proof but rather odor barrier. The point is that some plastics are better at blocking odors than others, the most common plastic, polyethylene,...
  10. Agree that odor barrier bags are of value. Also...

    Agree that odor barrier bags are of value. Also consider this perspective. You hike all day with a bag of smelly food packed in you backpack with your clothes and sleeping bag. By the end of the day,...
  11. Thread: Buckwheat

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    Buckwheat

    I have been experimenting with buckwheat recipes recently. They have a lot of potential for backpacking meals. Buckwheat is not a grain but cooks up much like rice, but with man advantages. One is it...
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    Oops........

    Oops........
  13. Hmmm. I never thought that mocking or ignoring...

    Hmmm. I never thought that mocking or ignoring people were the only two options, nor that providing information to someone who asked for it was beneath me.
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    They supposedly taste like shrimp. Fewer resupply...

    They supposedly taste like shrimp. Fewer resupply stops. I know they are common in MD. I remember 3 broods ago growing up near DC.
  15. I go up from the bottom. All sorts of ideas for...

    I go up from the bottom. All sorts of ideas for why. Here is my reason. When straps are adjusted correctly, when you plant the pole, you can push down without even grabbing the pole. The weight is...
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    What elevation will you sleep at? The protocol...

    What elevation will you sleep at? The protocol for acclimating to altitude is to not ascend more than 1000 to 1500 ft per day after getting to 9000 ft. Then add a day with no elevation gain every 2...
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    I too have a Static V for comfort but I carry a...

    I too have a Static V for comfort but I carry a thin CCF to supplement. I see it as a multi use item. It can supplement my insulation if temps are colder than expected. It can go under the Static V...
  18. The picture I posted from Sleeping Bear Dunes was...

    The picture I posted from Sleeping Bear Dunes was on North Manitou Island. It is managed as a wilderness area. It has been a very long time since there were roads or a car ferry there. It's not a big...
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    Are you giving thru hike certificates?

    Are you giving thru hike certificates?
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    Are the saunas open too?

    Are the saunas open too?
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    White blazes even. You should make a blue blazed...

    White blazes even. You should make a blue blazed shortcut and debate if you should use it or not.
  22. I guess I'm not the only one. 48119 Sleeping...

    I guess I'm not the only one.

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    I too have a Notch. Have considered getting a...

    I too have a Notch. Have considered getting a bigger tent to avoid that coffin feel I decided I like everything else and to keep it for now I am usually only in the tent for sleeping and if I'm...
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    Second best reply of the year. (The LASH post is...

    Second best reply of the year. (The LASH post is still #1)
  25. Thanks. I know Abisko to Nikkaluokta is crowded,...

    Thanks. I know Abisko to Nikkaluokta is crowded, but that area might be smarter than trying to cross Sarek solo on my first outing. I was thinking detours through valleys to Nallo, Vistas, or Tarfala...
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