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    I used a Foley catheter for two weeks before my...

    I used a Foley catheter for two weeks before my prostate surgery. They seem impractical for an active lifestyle, IMHO, compared to intermittent catheters, which I now use and which I'd recommend if...
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    On trail male urinary catheterization

    Long story short: I had prostate surgery several years ago and now I need to catheterize myself 3 times a day; otherwise, I'm a healthy and fit 73 yo. I'm trying to figure out how to do the cathing...
  3. Sticky: I love the Thru-Hikers' Companion. Have...

    I love the Thru-Hikers' Companion. Have purchased one every year since 2013 and will buy the 2018 edition too. IMHO it's THE BEST, most comprehensive single AT guidebook out there. And its...
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    Since you seem to need some clarification about...

    Since you seem to need some clarification about what I said: what I personally found chilling about the bear attack was that I was just in that area with my daughter where the fatal attack took...
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    Millions of visitors? In the main areas of...

    Millions of visitors? In the main areas of Yellowstone next to the roads yes, but my guess is that only a very small percentage of those millions venture into the backcountry areas of the park where...
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    My adult daughter and I were backpacking in...

    My adult daughter and I were backpacking in Yellowstone two weeks ago. It was the first time either of us had been there. We got to the park in mid-afternoon and the campgrounds were all full (of...
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    Oops, Amazon maps are same maps as postholder.com...

    Oops, Amazon maps are same maps as postholder.com source. Shoulda checked that first before posting. Long day...
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    I ran across these maps on Amazon recently. I...

    I ran across these maps on Amazon recently. I don't know anything about them, but the description sounds good. They come in a three-volume set. Each volume is about $28. ...
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    FWIW regarding sodium in your diet and...

    FWIW regarding sodium in your diet and hypertension, from the Mayo Clinic (see risk factor #4) : ...
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    I ordered mine earlier this week. Can't wait to...

    I ordered mine earlier this week. Can't wait to see the new user-friendly layout. Love the professional elevation profiles—very useful on my last section hike. IMHO the best thru-hiker guide out...
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    I'd like to go against the tide and, along with...

    I'd like to go against the tide and, along with RED-DOG, recommend the ATC's Thru-Hiker Companion. I have recent copies of both AWOL's guide (2013) and the Thru-Hiker Companion (2014) and I have...
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    These are my AT favorites. NOBOs: 1) Affirm...

    These are my AT favorites. NOBOs: 1) Affirm (20-something guy, great attitude, great sense of humor); 2) Sisu (retired army officer, good writer, good attitude, finished 2014 thru already, last...
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    Affirm, hilarious post! Love reading your...

    Affirm, hilarious post! Love reading your journal. Your writing reminds me of Jack Kerouac's (On the Road). Keep enjoying your thru. Peace.
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    I recently purchased a Marmot Helium 15 bag,...

    I recently purchased a Marmot Helium 15 bag, which has down coated with Marmot's "Down Defender." I think "Dri-Down" and "Down Defender" are similar processes that come under the generic term of...
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    ndstephens: I'm pretty sure the weight doesn't...

    ndstephens: I'm pretty sure the weight doesn't include the batteries, like you said, but I don't have a scale that small so I can't confirm it. I got the Android version of the keyboard, and it...
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    Forgot to mention, the AmazonBasics keyboard uses...

    Forgot to mention, the AmazonBasics keyboard uses 2 AAA batteries, so it won't be a drain on your phone's power.

    ColinsDadMike
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    I just bought an AmazonBasics Bluetooth keyboard....

    I just bought an AmazonBasics Bluetooth keyboard. It works great, is easy to pair with your smartphone, and it comes in two versions, one for Android and one for iPhone. It's a little on the heavy...
  18. There's a nice bio of Colin Fletcher, who passed...

    There's a nice bio of Colin Fletcher, who passed away in 2007, in Wikipedia if anyone's interested. It's here.
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    A similar thread was started about 2 weeks ago...

    A similar thread was started about 2 weeks ago titled Any Good Journals for 2014? which you may want to check out too. I'm not hiking the AT yet—hoping to start a thru-hike later this year and...
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    I've been following the TJ of Affirm, a...

    I've been following the TJ of Affirm, a twenty-something young guy from California. Quit his job to drop out of mainstream American life for awhile. Very good, creative writer. Has a different...
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    HikerMom, thanks for your sympathetic and kind...

    HikerMom, thanks for your sympathetic and kind words.

    4shot, thanks for your personal message, which I replied to with another PM.

    Didn't mean to hijack the thread and turn it into a...
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    Eight months ago my 20-year old son was robbed...

    Eight months ago my 20-year old son was robbed and murdered in a senseless act of violence. He was unarmed and there was absolutely no reason to kill him. I'm sure he would have given the scum who...
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    Forrest: I hope our paths do cross sometime next...

    Forrest: I hope our paths do cross sometime next year. According to your "hiking resume" on Trail Journals, you seem to have a lot of backpacking experience, a lot more than me anyway, and I would...
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    Fellow SOBOers: Hope to join the 2014 class of...

    Fellow SOBOers: Hope to join the 2014 class of you guys (and gals). Not sure yet of my start date. Depends on a few things outside my control, but shooting for late-June or early-July (too bad...
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