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    Healthcare

    I/m not getting into the debate of healthcare in the US...

    I did one hike with a basic plan but even when I went to the Dr on that hike I did not use it and paid out of pocket because I knew if I...
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    Thanks for the idea to use silicone... also...

    Thanks for the idea to use silicone... also might try to old stand by... duct tape. but I like the spray silicone idea.
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    Silencing an internal frame pack

    Does anyone have any ideas of how to get rid of the squeak in an internal frame pack?

    I love (most of) the qualities of my Granite Gear Nimbus Meridian pack, and I don't want to give it up, but...
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    TDS is one of the strongest people I have ever...

    TDS is one of the strongest people I have ever met and I am so thankful to call him a friend.
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    lightly massage K's ankles! Reflexology on the...

    lightly massage K's ankles! Reflexology on the ankles is said to start labor... you never know if it will work, but it's worth a try!
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    I made my decision to hike just after my 29th...

    I made my decision to hike just after my 29th birthday with about 12K in debt and knew I needed to make some major changes for my hike to happen by so that I could be on the Big K for my 33 birthday...
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    Personally, many years ago I had a back injury...

    Personally, many years ago I had a back injury which affect the muscles of the mid thoracic to the lower lumbar (just below my shoulder blades to the small of my back) and there is no possible way...
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    Hip belt sores

    This brings up another good question...

    Let me begin this by saying I am working on getting a new pack but seeing as I am a jobless student right now I am trying to make due with what I have.
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    In AZ pine tree country, that leaves no where to...

    In AZ pine tree country, that leaves no where to camp thanks to the pesky beetles!
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    Last weekend while driving on a forest road my...

    Last weekend while driving on a forest road my friends and I came up on a recently fallen tree, that had to have come down in the preceding 5 minutes since we had just passed trucks headed in the...
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    Hitman Weren't you with us the prior two nights...

    Hitman
    Weren't you with us the prior two nights where trees fell just in front of or next to the shelters? April 1st, 2nd and 3rd in 2005 all had trees or very large branches fall right next to the...
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    Thanks for the ideas... Since I am not hiking...

    Thanks for the ideas... Since I am not hiking right now I am going to let it be and see what happens. Of course if it gets really big and painful again I just might drain it again!
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    Blisters

    Ok, so I know this is a topic that is brought up all the time and normally I know what to do… but again my Turkey-Day backpacking trip has thrown me for another loop.

    I haven’t had a lot of...
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    It was not my truck, it does have a bedliner...

    It was not my truck, it does have a bedliner already and in the end, it was a last minute change in plans. Maybe someday I will the right gear for weather that cold and have my own 4x4 so I can get...
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    Yep, Women's Thermarest Prolight 3, full...

    Yep, Women's Thermarest Prolight 3, full length... I realize the hot water bottle trick should have worked... but on this trip it failed me... hopefully next time, I will have a warmer bag and...
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    My bag is a 20 degree, and I know I was testing...

    My bag is a 20 degree, and I know I was testing the limits of it... at 5K feet in the nearest town (below the rim that we were camping on) the low was 28 and we guessed the wind was blowing steady...
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    Hot water bottles

    Well, I would have to disagree with you on this one based on my experience this weekend… I know all of you are thinking “ but she lives in AZ” right? Well, let’s just say this weekend at 7400 feet...
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    Anyone know where Lion King is?

    I know this is a repost but I wanted to change the title... Does anyone know EXACTLY where Lion King is? I would like to step up some magic through some friends, but I need to know if he is still in...
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    Does anyone know EXACTLY where Lion King is? I...

    Does anyone know EXACTLY where Lion King is? I would like to step up some magic through some friends, but I need to know if he is still in the area of where they live or not!
    Phoenix Rising
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    And how many backpacker do you know that carry...

    And how many backpacker do you know that carry stakes like the ones in the photo?
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    Of all the posts here, I believe this is the best advice I have read, and Mt Squid should know as I know he has spent a few days working at a hostel in the past. While I was on the road angeling in...
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    Beeman- I’m glad to see you brought this up… ...

    Beeman-
    I’m glad to see you brought this up… but unlike your link, according to Ayurveda, Ghee (India’s version of clarified butter) is completely safe to keep at room temperature (has been...
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    Heating pads should NEVER be used dry! Always...

    Heating pads should NEVER be used dry! Always place a wet wash cloth between the skin and the heat source (today's heating pads are made to be used wet or dry). Otherwise you are attempting to make...
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    I could have described that EXACT pain about 4...

    I could have described that EXACT pain about 4 years ago… (I would tell people it felt like an ice pick being stabbed through the knee on a diagonal) I went to the Dr, and after an MRI didn’t show...
  25. Terrapin... you're killing me! I grew up...

    Terrapin... you're killing me! I grew up hanging out in Essex, back side of Cranes and all! I hate missing the fall! Maybe next year I will need to make a trip home...
    Phoenix Rising
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