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  1. Humans are walking cheese sticks to a bear black...

    Humans are walking cheese sticks to a bear black or otherwise. Thinking we should hang our food bags when we have a lb of food in our stomachs after dinner as we sleep in a tent is strange metrics. ...
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    I agree---there are very few pure backpacking...

    I agree---there are very few pure backpacking forums that get any amount of decent traffic. Section Hiker is not really a forum and his Comments section is subject to censorship if you post links to...
  3. Common misconception. My backpacking diet (and...

    Common misconception. My backpacking diet (and home diet) has been vegetarian for 41 years and vegan for the last 3 years.

    My backpacking food bags contain brown rice and beans along with TVP. ...
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    I spent 30 years backpacking around Boone NC and...

    I spent 30 years backpacking around Boone NC and a beefy down sleeping bag was the ticket price to living outside in Watauga County in all four seasons. Old habits are hard to change.



    I'm...
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    If you're anywhere near 5'9" tall you should...

    If you're anywhere near 5'9" tall you should probably get the Long version of Everlite. I got the Long and it makes all the difference.
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    You bring up Southeast rain and humidity but even...

    You bring up Southeast rain and humidity but even on long trips my down items perform great. There's a cycle (mostly in winter) with my down gear---

    **I leave home with everything at bone dry max...
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    Yes, the Puma is my go-to winter bag--- 48304...

    Yes, the Puma is my go-to winter bag---
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    Puma as a survival item at -10F.
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    As mentioned this minimal bag is rated at 45F and...

    As mentioned this minimal bag is rated at 45F and just about perfect for our summer TN/NC mountains---either as an open quilt or a zipped up bag. My pillow is a down jacket so if things get cold I...
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    I am using it every night in the backyard and so...

    I am using it every night in the backyard and so far it's plenty warm as a quilt.
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    48297 Emblem of excellence. 48298 Pic shows...

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    Emblem of excellence.

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    Pic shows bottom zipper with velcro closure.

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    With velcro closure open.

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    New Summer Bag

    WESTERN MOUNTAINEERING EVERLITE
    Well, I finally bit the big one and upgraded to a down sleeping bag/quilt rated at 45F. It comes in at around 14ozs.

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    My previous "summer" bag (versus my WM...
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    Wilburn Ridge is so nice I'd do them both---the...

    Wilburn Ridge is so nice I'd do them both---the AT and Wilburn Ridge---and maybe there's another trail up there too.

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    Fatman Squeeze.
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    Your comment reminds me of the time about 10...

    Your comment reminds me of the time about 10 years ago when WB installed an upgrade and all my old trip reports (with pictures!) got permanently deleted. Everyone's did.
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    This is gonna sound odd but I think still...

    This is gonna sound odd but I think still pictures with exhaustive captions offer interested people more facts and information and visual clues than a backpacking YouTube video. This is why some FB...
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    Question---is the pack new or old?? All worn...

    Question---is the pack new or old?? All worn pack harness systems slip due to two factors---worn plastic buckles and worn webbing. Once it happens there's no fixing it except full replacement of...
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    I see the "free website" argument a different...

    I see the "free website" argument a different way. Many posters here have a vast amount of backpacking experience which they offer to Whiteblaze for free.
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    Youtube only works if you're willing to sit...

    Youtube only works if you're willing to sit around and watch backpacking videos. I need TEXT and alot of it so I can print it and take it out with me to read in my tent (and then burn).

    One...
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    The problem with FB is, once again, deep...

    The problem with FB is, once again, deep scrolling with no "forum subject" as mentioned. If someone posts a FB trip report on Cohutta wilderness and I'm not online for two weeks---when I get back...
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    Oh and one more negatory to Reddit---if you want...

    Oh and one more negatory to Reddit---if you want to print out a long and interesting thread there is no Print Option like here on WB---so you have to go the slow and crappy copy and paste technique.
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    In my opinion Reddit and Facebook are not Forums...

    In my opinion Reddit and Facebook are not Forums organized like Whiteblaze. It's hard to find subject matter on either FB or Reddit as listed here on Forum subjects. When I punch in r/Wilderness...
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    What's there to worry about??? These pics won't...

    What's there to worry about??? These pics won't help---

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    Mother skunk comes into tent vestibule to say hello.

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    Saw this guy next to my tent on Bald River in TN.
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    It's amazing how much dirt comes off a pack and...

    It's amazing how much dirt comes off a pack and how great it looks afterwards. The bigger the pack the more hassle it is to wash but it's worth getting the funk out.
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    It sure brightens the fabric and cleans the...

    It sure brightens the fabric and cleans the zippers of dirt and removes all the salt from hipbelt/shoulder straps and back panel etc.
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    Time to Wash the Pack

    Let's wash our packs for summer!!

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    Warm water with Dawn soap---

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    The all important rinse.
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    Sounds like you're having fun in the backcountry....

    Sounds like you're having fun in the backcountry.



    Food weight for a 21 day trip is around 50 lbs including stove fuel. Current mainstay is Loaded Oatmeal, Outdoor Herbivore meals, Ramen...
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