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    You are perfectly right, Walter, within your...

    You are perfectly right, Walter, within your world&way of hiking. You most likely never come close to falling into the trap of Ultralight.
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    One point not mentioned so far is the size. In...

    One point not mentioned so far is the size.

    In the older days, down bags were cut wide and the one measure you could select was the length.
    Nowadays as everybody seems to be hunting for the...
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    Like Walter describes, the old valves are a bit...

    Like Walter describes, the old valves are a bit tricky.

    What I found to be the best way to handle it:
    - First, unscrew the top part of the valve completely until its loose from the internal...
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    Not on the AT, but we have ticks here in the Alps...

    Not on the AT, but we have ticks here in the Alps too, and they deliver not only Lyme, but also a very nasty kind of Enzephalitis.
    Since I learned about Permethrin here on WB, and started using it...
  5. Thread: Seasons?

    by Leo L.
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    Reading being my #1 sparetime occupation, i never...

    Reading being my #1 sparetime occupation, i never found a good way for reading when hiking. I'll get uncomfortable and aching within an hour and thats it. In winter, while I have a very good sleep...
  6. Thread: Seasons?

    by Leo L.
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    While late summer and autumn are perfect for...

    While late summer and autumn are perfect for hiking from all points of view, the big downside is that its very crowderd here in the Alps.
    As I'm living here in the middle of all those great...
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    The same here as mostothers stated, I prefer...

    The same here as mostothers stated, I prefer glasses.

    Had contacts for many years and due to lack of hygiene got an eye infection during a multi-month trip through the Middle East. Aside of this...
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    From experience, I know that the body learns to...

    From experience, I know that the body learns to not roll off the pad while sleeping. You could practice sleeping on your pad right back home.
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    Forgot to add: Kids normally break down just...

    Forgot to add:
    Kids normally break down just bang and down at the spot.
    When the energy is gone, there is nothing to be done other than stop for a break (and a snack) or carry the kid.
    The good...
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    To my limited experience, I can tell what Kids...

    To my limited experience, I can tell what Kids dislike or actually hate: Doing anything monotonous for longer time.

    Whenever we were outdoors with our kids (including the neighbour's too) we...
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    For many years, my scope for hiking was in the...

    For many years, my scope for hiking was in the Middle East deserts.
    I've tried any kind of shoes that came into my mind, and after several years of trial&error, I ended up with military desert...
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    The Cheekless Chaps are meant to be used together...

    The Cheekless Chaps are meant to be used together with a poncho, so any cheeks would be hidden well.
    They would not work with a rain jacket.

    Chaps are cheaper, lighter and less a hassle to put on...
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    While this topic seems to be solved already, I...

    While this topic seems to be solved already, I still would like to give my input:
    In the early years of my hiking life, I carried an umbrella, but finally lost it somehow and never replaced it. It...
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    In the earliest part of my hiking carrer we tried...

    In the earliest part of my hiking carrer we tried out exactly this: Pulling a huge plastic bag over the foot end of the sleeping bag.
    The result was sobering: Exactly the part that had been covered...
  15. Thread: New pack needed

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    I hear you well. But then, being an older guy I...

    I hear you well.
    But then, being an older guy I love some comfort, and honestly dislike being cold during the night (so I'm carrying a 4-seasons tent and two pads, plus a good down bag).
    Thats all...
  16. Thread: New pack needed

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    The pack I'm using since a few years is a...

    The pack I'm using since a few years is a Lightwave 60lt, so it does not exactly fit to your question, but still:
    I'm doing local multi-day hikes here in the Alps, and am carrying a decent tent, a...
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    I aquired a morning routine to break tent and...

    I aquired a morning routine to break tent and start off hiking immediately.
    Later in the day, as soon as the sun is up and I'd find a nice spot with a view, I would get my breakfast which might be...
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    I prefer free-standing tents anytime. While I'm...

    I prefer free-standing tents anytime.
    While I'm paying quite a price weight-wise, its so much easier to setup in various conditions.

    The one lesson I've learned so far is, that even a so-called...
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    While the Meindls are perfect boots, they...

    While the Meindls are perfect boots, they oviously don't fit for hiking in the flat lands of Denmark.
    There is a rule-of-thumb that the weight and sturdiness of your footware should be selected,...
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    Sorry, if the story from 2018 belongs to the same...

    Sorry, if the story from 2018 belongs to the same guy, I'll pull back my guess.
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    I'm always interested and trying to analyse what...

    I'm always interested and trying to analyse what really went wrong when something bad had happened.
    In this specific case, after having read this second article, it gives me the idea that maybe both...
  22. Thread: Garmin Anyone?

    by Leo L.
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    Not specifically for the InReach, but I've had...

    Not specifically for the InReach, but I've had best success for GPS devices carrying them in the brain of the pack.
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    I'm doing lots of winter hiking here in the Alps,...

    I'm doing lots of winter hiking here in the Alps, and usually in areas unknown to me.
    Can't imagine this without GPS (unless I'm following existing footsteps or skietracks), as most blazes or other...
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    I've learned this in the deserts of the Middle East, where water is scarce, and while all the locals use water, its hard to get by all the TP blossoms provided by the tourists.
    I do this the same in...
  25. Thanks for posting this process. Since many...

    Thanks for posting this process.
    Since many years, I don't carry TP or paper towels or similar stuff, but am using water only.
    Over time, I got so much skilled in this that I'd need only very...
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