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    And how many of those were hikers on on public...

    And how many of those were hikers on on public lands? And, what part of the country? You suggest that my observations are not true. Whereas I suggest my observations are absolutely true to my...
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    I wonder if we may be dealing with regional...

    I wonder if we may be dealing with regional differences in experience?

    The vast majority of my hiking and backpacking (50+ years of it) has been in the Pacific NW and the Northeast US. I will...
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    And through all this discussion, this group isn't...

    And through all this discussion, this group isn't questioning the assumptions about the water? The park service stated that, based on tests from a couple months ago, the river was deadly if the...
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    I have moderate sleep apnea and use a CPAP at...

    I have moderate sleep apnea and use a CPAP at home and often when traveling. However, I have also had very good success, both traveling and backpacking, by combining a mandibular advancement device...
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    With my experience and reinforced from what I've...

    With my experience and reinforced from what I've read on this thread, leashed dogs are more likely to be dangerous dogs. Free running/roaming dogs are rarely a real threat. This may be because...
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    I have regularly eaten summer sausage over a week...

    I have regularly eaten summer sausage over a week or more, during summer weather, after open, with no issues. That being said, I've been surprised that it didn't last longer than a week or so. I...
  7. I know several people that have figured out that...

    I know several people that have figured out that even though prepacking and bouncing allows for lower cost of food, it increases the cost of shipping such that it didn't end up being advantageous for...
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    Geez, picking a favorite ramen recipe . . ....

    Geez, picking a favorite ramen recipe . . . variety is the spice of life . . .
    1) My stand-by is noodles with a handful of freeze-dried veggies thrown in with whatever meat or interesting flavor...
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    For shorter trips freezer bags are fast and easy...

    For shorter trips freezer bags are fast and easy and the waste is limited. Depending on my mood and the preferences of anyone I might be cooking with I might go either way.

    For longer trips...
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    Lots of people use bivys under tarps. I find them...

    Lots of people use bivys under tarps. I find them superfluous most of the time. The very rare times when I want more bag protection than the tarp alone, I can pull my pack liner over the foot of my...
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    There are lots of tricks to optimize different...

    There are lots of tricks to optimize different tarp pitches in different conditions. But, I'm sensing that part of your issue may be unrealistic expectations combined with unnecessary concerns.
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  12. Three thoughts . . . 1) I'll second, third, or...

    Three thoughts . . .
    1) I'll second, third, or fourth the need for more under-insulation and the chance of needing more on top as a less obvious issue, but possibly still helpful.
    2) Regarding the...
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    Small propane canisters sound like fun. But, if...

    Small propane canisters sound like fun. But, if you are putting together an inverted canister setup (already heavier and more complicated), why add the complication of propane when the standard...
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    Just to weigh back on on this Ti vs Al thing. ...

    Just to weigh back on on this Ti vs Al thing. Heat transfer to the the liquid may be similar in Ti vs. Al for the purposes of backpacking pots. BUT, the significantly higher thermal conductivity of...
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    Something I haven't seen posted on this thread...

    Something I haven't seen posted on this thread yet is choosing to wear cotton, cotton blend, or wool cloths as you can get them wet and they evaporate in the heat at a useful rate. One of the many...
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    The biggest problem I have with heat is the first...

    The biggest problem I have with heat is the first three days or so. Reading posts about hikers wanting to get into air-conditioned buildings makes me think that the biggest problem isn't so much the...
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    Two thoughts: 1) Whatever pot you choose, make...

    Two thoughts:
    1) Whatever pot you choose, make sure it's aluminum. A thin aluminum pot will diffuse heat better than a thick titanium one will due to aluminum's extraordinarily high heat...
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    Good points on the BRS. As for fiddling with...

    Good points on the BRS.

    As for fiddling with the Fancy Feast, I debated with myself about calling it that because I love how simple and fiddle free it is relative to other alcohol stoves. But,...
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    I'll have to disagree strongly with this one. My...

    I'll have to disagree strongly with this one. My BRS3000T is awesome, light, simple, cheap, and super wind sensitive and has some finicky flame issues when it's cold outside. My SnowPeak light max...
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    Gosh. Sometimes essentially empty and under my...

    Gosh. Sometimes essentially empty and under my legs. Sometimes next to me as an additional barrier to rain splatter or spin-drift under my tarp. Sometime in the vestibule of a tent that is to small...
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    Don't give'em any ideas!! That being said, the...

    Don't give'em any ideas!!

    That being said, the summit of Denali would be more expensive and time consuming to remove . . . and, it's not nearly as ugly as that bus.
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    And, if Krakauer didn't choose this story to...

    And, if Krakauer didn't choose this story to write a book about it wouldn't have been an issue either. So, I guess that means the bus is only important because of the author, not so much the...
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    Two people died and how many dozen rescues that...

    Two people died and how many dozen rescues that were successful?


    That's the plan. The bus will be more accessible to more interested people without the associated dangers. And, as far as...
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    Oh yay. Yeah, a loss. But geez, what an ugly...

    Oh yay. Yeah, a loss. But geez, what an ugly piece of trash in the wilderness. I thought it was ugly, albeit kinda novel, in 1990 (yes before Chris McCandless). I can only imagine it now.
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    I was impressed when Thermarest when they told me...

    I was impressed when Thermarest when they told me to sent in a 1979 original mattress that was finally delaminating and they sent me a new one!
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