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    My problem is the initial flame. I can get my...

    My problem is the initial flame. I can get my fire starter to produce a flame but the twigs/leaves/moss I choose only smolder, glow, and turn to ash but never actually get hot enough to produce a...
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    Yeah, I carry the petroleum jelly-dipped cotton...

    Yeah, I carry the petroleum jelly-dipped cotton balls in my FAK in winter. Not that they do me any good. If nothing else, they keep my lips from getting chapped cuz I rub my fingers on my lips...
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    The reason it’s so important to me is because I...

    The reason it’s so important to me is because I am striving to become a competent winter backpacker. And I will never forget Another Kevin’s story about falling in the river in the Daks, having to...
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    It infuriates me. I’m not a newbie. I...

    It infuriates me. I’m not a newbie. I understand the principals of starting a fire and I’ve practiced many times in different conditions using many techniques. I’ve read and watched videos. I...
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    I found this striker that I bought many years...

    I found this striker that I bought many years ago. It shaves something, maybe magnesium? then makes a spark. It seems to work really well (sparks very easily) and I canít wait to try it.

    (I...
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    Come on baby, light my fire. :)

    Come on baby, light my fire.


    :)
  7. Thread: Down bag

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    Those WM bags are pretty dissimilar...a big...

    Those WM bags are pretty dissimilar...a big difference in width and outer shell material. What are your thoughts on this? Do you need the extra space in the Alpinlite?
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    I have some old sterno cans that I was going to...

    I have some old sterno cans that I was going to toss today. Thought I might pour them into a squirt bottle to use as an accelerant. Is the ethanol likely to evaporate before I get a change to use...
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    Iíve started fermenting and made some killer...

    Iíve started fermenting and made some killer kimchi and have southwestern kraut bubbling away. Has anyone tried dehydrating their fermented foods? My guess is that low-heat dehydrating will...
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    Yeah...I canít figure how in the heck these...

    Yeah...I canít figure how in the heck these people get damp wood to burn, are they magic? Iíve tried every tip thatís been suggested (and more, except the esbit and relighting birthday candles, very...
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    Thanks for the encouragement, I’ll keep trying. ...

    Thanks for the encouragement, I’ll keep trying. Maybe one day I’ll be a proficient fire maker.
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    Braggart! :) (of course itís me...I suck at...

    Braggart! :)

    (of course itís me...I suck at making fires.)
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    Great achievement! Congratulations!

    Great achievement! Congratulations!
  14. Sounds delicious. Where do you get packaged...

    Sounds delicious. Where do you get packaged buffalo chicken?
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    The book was better than the movie. The...

    The book was better than the movie. The audiobook is awesome. :)
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    Noooooo....****** cancer. If I could, Iíd beat...

    Noooooo....****** cancer. If I could, Iíd beat it to a bloody pulp with a baseball bat, grind it up in the blender, drink it, and vomit the disgusting morass into the toilet.
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    Having obscure, overgrown trails and not having...

    Having obscure, overgrown trails and not having great maps is very scary. It forces you to use your brain and figure things out. Can’t say I want to repeat the experience but it helped me become a...
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    I practiced with the inferno today using your...

    I practiced with the inferno today using your method and couldnít start a twig fire worth a damn. Tried for over an hour...did everything I could think of including using paper towels and shaving...
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    I did the same route as the Mormon group, itís...

    I did the same route as the Mormon group, itís tough. The only trip that I honestly thought there was a chance that I might die.
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    Thanks! I’m thinking about it for my son but it might also be used by the shorter members of my family.
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    Do you think the WM bag is too long for someone who is 5í11Ē?
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    I didnít read past this... :( This guy ainít...

    I didnít read past this... :(

    This guy ainít no superhero or role model and this sure isnít the stuff I read when wrapped in a cozy blanket, sitting in front of a fire.

    ďThwack!!!

    The...
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    Theres usually a lifting restriction until...

    Theres usually a lifting restriction until sutures have healed so there’s no incision dehiscence. :)
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    I donít often hike with groups but have led a...

    I donít often hike with groups but have led a few. Itís very helpful to have a pre-hike meeting to discuss plans, gear, and peopleís abilities. I also distribute copies of our route to each hiker...
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    Sounds like a great plan. You are young and...

    Sounds like a great plan. You are young and healthy and will recover quickly.

    (I forgot to mention that you may want to ask your Dr. about an abdominal binder for support. It helps a lot).
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