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    The is my scenario---backpacking trails closer to...

    The is my scenario---backpacking trails closer to home. 2020 was a good year with 141 days out and 2021 looks to be no different god willing and the creeks don't rise.
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    NO IT DOES NOT!!! Yippee---problem solved. ...

    NO IT DOES NOT!!! Yippee---problem solved.

    Sadly I didn't know this for years so all my trip reports with full size pics are using Smugmug as hosting URL site which means if Smug goes down all my...
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    Next Test--- First pic is Large size. This pic...

    Next Test---
    First pic is Large size. This pic is Full size. Let's see if it still blanks out momentarily and returns again when cursor lands on it----

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    Test Post--- 47144 WOW I just learned...

    Test Post---

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    WOW I just learned something. All of my large pics have been used from a hosting site because I didn't think I could post large pics here from my computer---just thumbnails....
  5. The usual config without elastic--- 47143

    The usual config without elastic---

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  6. Go to walmart and get some elastic strips and cut...

    Go to walmart and get some elastic strips and cut to size and sew ends---make two such loops. One winter I used two inflatables---a Prolite with a Prolite Plus---
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    It depends on the fit of the original unmodified...

    It depends on the fit of the original unmodified vest. If it's snug to begin with, well, it'll get "snugger". High quality goose down is very compressible though so generally it's no problem. And...
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    They can join me and lead the way--- 47107...

    They can join me and lead the way---

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    Fun times on Brush Mt trail---
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    I just pulled a trip with my JWE pack and used a...

    I just pulled a trip with my JWE pack and used a $428 pack cover I found online at AOI, an outdoor retailer specializing in backpacking accessories. (Accoutrements Of Idiocy.com).

    Here's a pic of...
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    Wow, what a deal! I've been hoarding JWE packs...

    Wow, what a deal! I've been hoarding JWE packs and must've missed this $599.99 offer. But be careful---knock-off JWE packs show an Allosaurus AND NOT a T-Rex---these packs ARE NOT authentic!!!
  11. Good idea. Tarps whether poly or canvas work...

    Good idea. Tarps whether poly or canvas work great in many outdoor applications. I used a large canvas tarp for my Iron Mt tent on Chickasaw Creek---
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  12. I call her Miss Nature. My latest thought...

    I call her Miss Nature. My latest thought is---"Ya gotta dance with the Woman who brung ya." Or something like that.
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    Actually, the pack (below) as mentioned is custom...

    Actually, the pack (below) as mentioned is custom made and uses a proprietary Arc-Rod Sponge Frame with articulating bobbing hipbelt joints (called Bobs) and none of it comes cheap. In fact without...
  14. My backpacking buddy Hoppin John strings up...

    My backpacking buddy Hoppin John strings up Christmas lights in all his backpacking tents---small battery powered things---and he's always trying to get me to have them to add to my already obscene...
  15. You can solve the frost problem---as you well...

    You can solve the frost problem---as you well know---by setting up a tent and just leaving it up in the yard for the winter season. Problem is, UV damage will destroy the tent in a couple months.
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  16. My best back yard camps are in "permanent" tents...

    My best back yard camps are in "permanent" tents set up until they rot and fall apart. Here are couple in the yard outside Tellico Plains---
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  17. This was taken several hours after I moved the...

    This was taken several hours after I moved the bag out of a covered area. Sometimes in blowing snow I set up outside on a porch under a roof---
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    I've been offered to be an Official Spokesman for...

    I've been offered to be an Official Spokesman for these brands but so far I'm reluctant to allow my name to be associated with such products. This DOES NOT MEAN they are not excellent backpacks for...
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    Although I'm happy with my new Christmas 2020...

    Although I'm happy with my new Christmas 2020 pack, it's hard to let go of my most recent load hauler---most comfortable pack I've ever worn---even with 21 days worth of food and gear.
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    The above new pack supplants an older smaller...

    The above new pack supplants an older smaller pack of inferior design---

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Backpacking2011/Tipi-Walter-In-Mt-Rogers/i-b2f8Rnz/0/d8822490/O/0729101333b.jpg
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    Getting Outfitted For a January Trip

    Okay boys, Santa brought me a new Expedition pack to stay out even longer than usual---the mighty Jurassic World Edition in subdued colors.

    Friendly and knowledgeable store clerks helped with...
  22. Day After Christmas UPDATE--- An even colder...

    Day After Christmas UPDATE---

    An even colder night produces an early morning at 10F---coldest yet of the season here in TN---
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  23. It's just a regular barbed wire fence. I used to...

    It's just a regular barbed wire fence. I used to cowboy camp all the time in the 1980s but rarely do it now on my trips. Last time was in 2017. Too many surprise rainstorms at 3am.
  24. Good to hear. Nothing quite like sleeping...

    Good to hear. Nothing quite like sleeping outside under the vast sky of open space.
  25. White Christmas From Backyard Bedroll Camp

    I spend another night in the backyard but this time it's Christmas Eve into Christmas Day with actual snow at 20F---cold enough. Mt LeConte gets 1F.

    Bag of choice is WM Puma rated at -15F---and...
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