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    In the desert, I once was 10 days going just out...

    In the desert, I once was 10 days going just out of the pack, but have to admit that I got invited by some locals inbetween (so at the end I had some surplus food)
    In the mountains back home, my...
  2. Thread: Glasses

    by Leo L.
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    I'm using my regular glasses, which are Titanium...

    I'm using my regular glasses, which are Titanium wire frames w/o hinges, and plastic optics.
    https://www.silhouette.com/at/de/optische-brillen/essence/do/7000
    While they are called indestructible,...
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    Did a quick overnighter last weekend, so I have...

    Did a quick overnighter last weekend, so I have fresh memories to report.

    I hiked until dusk (which means, 5pm right now) with just enough daylight left to setup the camp.
    Then I slipped on my...
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    All the best for your surgery, KE. Sure you are...

    All the best for your surgery, KE.
    Sure you are aware that hiking (if in moderate doeses) is about the best way to get healthy and strong again.
  5. Thread: Oboz boots

    by Leo L.
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    Leather shoes/boots usually are stiff right out...

    Leather shoes/boots usually are stiff right out of the shop.
    Grease them up several times and they will soften.
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    Exactly the way I'm thinking: Where there are...

    Exactly the way I'm thinking:
    Where there are few people, there is much less chance for meeting bad people.
    Criminals tend to stay at the cities, and terrorists, mass shooters and such try to get...
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    Since you are asking for anekdotes: I've had a...

    Since you are asking for anekdotes:

    I've had a minor sugery that was followed by cancer diagnosis, which got finally shied away by chemo.
    The chemo seemed not to be too bad, I could stand it, and...
  8. Thread: Boot reforming

    by Leo L.
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    Nice, the're made around the corner here, in the...

    Nice, the're made around the corner here, in the shop I'm usually buying my boots.
    For anything like the AT, I would not recommend the mid-weight combat boots like in the above link, but something...
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    Don't know about Thailand, but in Turkey most...

    Don't know about Thailand, but in Turkey most likely alcohol will be difficult to get, due to being a mostly muslim country.
    They will have some LPG canisters though. When you're staying in Turkey...
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    by Leo L.
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    You've got anything like this?...

    You've got anything like this?...
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    by Leo L.
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    If you want to keep your leather boots, you may...

    If you want to keep your leather boots, you may try:
    - grease them up and let them absorb on a very warm place several times until the leather doesn't absorb any more
    - there are stretchers...
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    As an European, I read about the Lewis&Clark...

    As an European, I read about the Lewis&Clark Expedition just the other year and its a truely fascinating story.
    True, they did have the most advanced equipment available at thier time, and they even...
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    I think that most good practices described and...

    I think that most good practices described and recommended here come automatically when hiking barefoot.
  14. Thread: Friendliness

    by Leo L.
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    Waving hands to greet, but getting misinterpreted...

    Waving hands to greet, but getting misinterpreted as asking for help, happened to my wife in Mongolia.
    Different culture.
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    In the small town I'm living, alpine setting and...

    In the small town I'm living, alpine setting and pretty touristic all around, its a social game everybody is playing: Locals are greeting each other (even ones who don't know personally), tourists...
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    As fiddlehead was mentioning China: One of my...

    As fiddlehead was mentioning China:

    One of my brothers-in-law had been to China on his own, many years ago, when getting a Visa was still difficult.
    He intended to do some studies in Accupuncture...
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    Thank you DW for the kind words! The pleasure is...

    Thank you DW for the kind words! The pleasure is on my side, always reading your texts with delight.
  18. Thread: Ankle bursitis

    by Leo L.
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    My personal experience is, that all problems I...

    My personal experience is, that all problems I ever had with my feet came from the shoes.
    Not necessarily from bad shoes/boots, but many times just from a change of shoes from one type to another...
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    I'm using the sleeve of the Thermarest as a...

    I'm using the sleeve of the Thermarest as a pillow, stuffing it carefully with spare clothes, getting best results with the fleece jacket or the down puffy (if its spare).
    When the ground is not...
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    I would be one of those guys who would try...

    I would be one of those guys who would try everything that comes to mind to repair old stuff, instead of shopping new gear.
    But honestly, I found it difficult enough to seam seal my rain jacket and...
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    Maybe it depends on make and model of the pad....

    Maybe it depends on make and model of the pad.
    My Thermarests, I can inflate full-power, and put the tip of the tongue over the opening of the valve to keep it sealed while twisting the valve shut....
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    For winter mountaineering, where you might be out...

    For winter mountaineering, where you might be out for a defined periode of (guessing) 2-3 days in a row and know the weather beforehand, I would be with you. Don't belive that chemical handwarmers...
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    I've never used the hot water bottle trick in...

    I've never used the hot water bottle trick in winter outdoors activities, but just carried a better sleeping bag plus a decent down jacket to back it up.
    Just guessing that the extra weight of the...
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    Not really specifically to WP tape on rain...

    Not really specifically to WP tape on rain jackets, but I never had any luck in reapplying a tape that got disattatched, not even when I tried to do it right after it got loose.
    There was good...
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    As nobody mentioned it, I will do: Training to...

    As nobody mentioned it, I will do:
    Training to sleep outside of the bed helps a lot.
    Usually I spice up the bigger part of my civilisation life by sleeping outside, on the terrace, in the backyard...
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