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  1. When the times comes for a man to look his Maker...

    When the times comes for a man to look his Maker in the eye, where better could the meeting be held than in the wilderness?

    -Richard Proeneke
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    Some of my very best nights have been on a...

    Some of my very best nights have been on a Therm-a-Rest. If I were poor, I would use it instead of a mattress.
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    I always shake my head when I see a new hiker...

    I always shake my head when I see a new hiker with brand new boots.
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    On the bottom of plastic containers is a...

    On the bottom of plastic containers is a triangle. Inside the triangle is a number.
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    But with no public court proceedings we shall...

    But with no public court proceedings we shall never learn the facts of the case and thus be limited in our ability to learn from it...
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    Outdoor Research used to make insulated Nalgene...

    Outdoor Research used to make insulated Nalgene bottle holders that strap to a pack's waist belt. I bought & still have two from my days in the Adirondacks of NY where water would begin to freeze...
  7. Here is the official word: ...

    Here is the official word: https://www.nps.gov/shen/learn/nature/black-bear.htm.

    Here is the media's word, wherever they're getting these numbers?!?!:...
  8. SHEN has 300 bears in a 300 square mile park. ...

    SHEN has 300 bears in a 300 square mile park. Doubt any other park is so stacked with them...
  9. I'm not quite sure 12mph constitutes speeding...

    I'm not quite sure 12mph constitutes speeding past much...
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    My recollection from reading the charging...

    My recollection from reading the charging document is that the defendant first threatened to burn victims #1 and #2 and Hikers #1 and #2 alive in their tents. The 4 then decided to pack up and...
  11. I think the PA Turnpike stretch makes a better...

    I think the PA Turnpike stretch makes a better bike ride than walk, as you'll be walking on pavement the whole way. When I was there years ago a state park ranger was patrolling it.
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    I got into the game early so I have the fairly...

    I got into the game early so I have the fairly large, fairly weighty and very expensive ACR Electronics PLB. It appears to be fairly indestructible as well. They now make a version that is half the...
  13. You can purchase velcro by the roll @ Walmart. ...

    You can purchase velcro by the roll @ Walmart. Sticky on one side and hook-and-loop on the other. It then attaches to fabric, like a cubicle wall. Framing is very expensive, but I did that for my...
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    A posted self-defense blog on the ATC site could...

    A posted self-defense blog on the ATC site could be very useful and appreciated; if the ATC let's you so post it. Could also post here.
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    Well, I should add that most cops no longer...

    Well, I should add that most cops no longer employ their collapsable batons b/c they have no faith in their effectiveness. Criminals just aren't scared of collapsable batons. Most plain clothes...
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    A couple of posters have now opined that a...

    A couple of posters have now opined that a collapsed hiking pole is an effective self-defense weapon. I would caution anyone from thinking themselves able to fend off an armed or even unarmed...
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    I think this is a pretty thorough overview of...

    I think this is a pretty thorough overview of each state's firearm carry laws for travelers: https://www.gunlawguide.com

    The inability of a non-law enforcement officer AT through hiker wanting to...
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    100% agree.

    100% agree.
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    It actually turns sweet after it dries. A park...

    It actually turns sweet after it dries. A park ranger buddy @ Yellowstone told me that every year they get several calls b/c a bear or other animal is licking their tent which they had sprayed w/...
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    I'll disagree on the .22. I've seen too many...

    I'll disagree on the .22. I've seen too many videos of crazed/drugged attackers get shot by 9mm pistols, realize they aren't dead, and get back up and reinitiate their attack. I would not carry any...
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    Oh sorry; pepper spray or its industry name, OC...

    Oh sorry; pepper spray or its industry name, OC Spray. Never been tased. Would love to see someone get smoked by bear spray. That would be hysterical.

    But my point was that any tool made by man...
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    Yea I don't think it's intended to be shot at a...

    Yea I don't think it's intended to be shot at a target 15' away! that being said it is totally legit to do so. It has been proven, sadly, that an attacker with a knife can charge and stab you from...
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    You are absolutely right. But I don't care why...

    You are absolutely right. But I don't care why something didn't work, whether it be user error, distance, the attacker is on drugs or just plain immune. If being attacked, I only care that I...
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    Hiker #1 and Hiker #2 are not victims. The...

    Hiker #1 and Hiker #2 are not victims. The victims are identified by legal documents as Victim # 1 and Victim #2. I prefer to read source documents instead of the for-profit media. I did not in...
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    More clarification on pepper spray if I may. ...

    More clarification on pepper spray if I may. Pepper spray and bear spray is the same thing. The active ingredient in both is "Capsaicin and related capsaicinoids". It's a matter of degree. Both...
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