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  1. "Overall, the researchers found that the...

    "Overall, the researchers found that the cognitive abilities that were most likely to be affected were the climbers’ executive function and memory.P

    These deficits are commonly seen in Attention...
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    If one is highly allergic to bees and plans to...

    If one is highly allergic to bees and plans to hike into the backcountry- hours or days from a trailhead- he or she should talk to his/ her doctor about a plan of action to manage anaphylaxis. This...
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    Go west young man!!! You just got back from some...

    Go west young man!!! You just got back from some fabulous places, any of which would be worth a return trip. If it were me, I would choose Yosemite NP at the end of May. The high country has opened...
  4. I don't have maps with me at present, but my...

    I don't have maps with me at present, but my memory says that the climb from the valley floor to the top of Stone Mountain is about 700 ft. The overlook (off the BRP, not the Skyline Drive), across...
  5. How long do you have? The area is filled with...

    How long do you have? The area is filled with great hikes.

    It has been years since I have done it, but going out to Cold Mountain is a fabulous route. You can access from the BR Parkway, or from...
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    It is a proven unscientific fact that the ground...

    It is a proven unscientific fact that the ground has gotten harder over the past 30 years- something to do with global warming, changing weather patterns, gravity, cell phones, immunizations, and...
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    The "test" detects the presence of antibodies....

    The "test" detects the presence of antibodies. Once antibodies develop, they tend to persist. If Lyme disease is treated early (the best time to treat it), antibodies may not develop. Whether the...
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    I love my Highlite: ultralight, ultracompact,...

    I love my Highlite: ultralight, ultracompact, ultrawarm, ultracheap. Well, 3 of 4 ain't bad.

    It's 35* rating is conservative, but it is not too hot in the summer. When it is colder, I add a...
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    I love my Froggs: waterproof, breathable,...

    I love my Froggs: waterproof, breathable, lightweight, cheap. They are bulky, though. I strap mine on the outside of my pack (GG Vapor Trail). That way, they are easy to reach when I need them, and...
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    Since it was posted on 5-10-09, perhaps it should...

    Since it was posted on 5-10-09, perhaps it should be titled "Happy Mother's Day."
  11. I was there last summer. Our crew of 12 used a...

    I was there last summer. Our crew of 12 used a Tarptent Cloudburst, a TT Squall, 2 REI Quarterdomes, a Sierra Designs Lightyear, and an MSR Twin Peaks Tarp. All worked great, and no one questioned...
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    I will second this recommendation of this course....

    I will second this recommendation of this course. I took it about 5 years ago when my son moved into boy scouts. As a pediatrician, I knew everyone would assume I would be able to care for any...
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    Check with your local chapter of the American Red...

    Check with your local chapter of the American Red Cross. The basic course would be a little helpful, but assumes that back up is readily available. Some ARCs have courses oriented to the outdoors.
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    Unless you are made of $$$ I would stick with...

    Unless you are made of $$$ I would stick with what works and is paid for:D
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    For summer use, a quilt is a great option. I made...

    For summer use, a quilt is a great option. I made a RayWay quilt and love it. Warm, lightweight, and (relatively) cheap.
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    If I remember correctly, the bideps femoris...

    If I remember correctly, the bideps femoris muscle (part of the quadriceps complex) attaches to the upper aspect of the fibula (the smaller of the 2 bones in the lower leg). If I am wrong, someone...
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    Agree with IT Band Syndrome (or possibly...

    Agree with IT Band Syndrome (or possibly tendinitis at the insertion of the bideps femoris tendon if lower down- doesn't matter- treatment the same).

    Stretching can help. Quad strengthening can...
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    The sickness is called "gearaholism" and those...

    The sickness is called "gearaholism" and those who have it are called "gearaholics." Most of us suffer to one degree or another. I love to walk thru (and am very tempted by) gear shops. I read myself...
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    First, surgery to repair. Then physical therapy...

    First, surgery to repair. Then physical therapy to rehabilitate. Things are dark right now, but dawn and daylight are coming. I snapped an achilles tendon 6 years ago and have never been lower.
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  20. "Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration."...

    "Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration." -Einstein

    "Grandchildren are the reward you get for not killing your own kids." -sign in a gift shop
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    A super ultralight tent with total rain and bug...

    A super ultralight tent with total rain and bug protection with lots and lots of room, but which has been put up wet, mildewed, and smells REALLY really bad. What torment!!!
  22. Sounds like a good bear deterrent- better than...

    Sounds like a good bear deterrent- better than bells or pepper spray!!!

    Real or not, it is a funny story.
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    I think it's a great idea. I'll join, and...

    I think it's a great idea. I'll join, and encourage my son to join as well. Although, at almost 16 he seems to be coming more under the influence of "the fumes." Not as interested in backpacking as a...
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    One of the reasons I hike is so that people...

    One of the reasons I hike is so that people CANNOT find me. I certainly don't want my migration patterns monitored and recorded. Besides, it might be embarrassing to find out just how slow I walk and...
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    My I suggest doing this trek from north to south;...

    My I suggest doing this trek from north to south; that is, from Dickey Gap to Damascus. I did this trek with a group of scouts in 2006, the youngest of which was 12. We did it in June, starting and...
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