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    I've done several trips to SEKI, including the...

    I've done several trips to SEKI, including the JMT and High Sierra Trail. Practically in SEKI, but not justidictionally, is the Jennie Lakes Loop. Because it's in national forest, there is no permits...
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    I'll often poke a pinhole in my commercial...

    I'll often poke a pinhole in my commercial freezer dried meals to squeeze the air out, and then cover the hole with tape. I've had meals last 2-3 months prepped this way without issue.
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    I found I can run reflectrix through my sewing...

    I found I can run reflectrix through my sewing machine to make coozies and rehydration envelopes. I thought the mylar would tear right out, but they hold up just fine.
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    Years ago, I had a toenail on my big toe get...

    Years ago, I had a toenail on my big toe get peeled back like that. I washed it every day, wrapped it in gauze, then slid a 35mm film canister over it to protect it from pressure inside my boot. It...
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    I carry a Kershaw Ken Onion folder for my EDC...

    I carry a Kershaw Ken Onion folder for my EDC pocket knife, but lately, I've really come to love the CRKT SPEW. It's a nicely small fixed blade that cuts really well. Better yet, my local Walmart has...
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    I was recently discussing this pass with a local...

    I was recently discussing this pass with a local NPS ranger. He assured me that even as a veteran with a non-service related disability, I can still get a free pass. I just need to bring the letter...
  7. Sew a good size patch of Velcro loop to your...

    Sew a good size patch of Velcro loop to your pack, and seal it as described above. Then sew Velcro hook to your patches, and swap them out anytime you please.
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    Personally, I'd seam seal the outside with a...

    Personally, I'd seam seal the outside with a 50/50 mix of mineral spirits and 100% silicone caulk. Use a 1" foam brush to apply it after pitching your tent tightly. While you're at it, paint a few...
  9. I'll take it. PM sent.

    I'll take it. PM sent.
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    Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics is my Go-To...

    Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics is my Go-To...
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    Dogwood, just to be clear, she didn't begin her...

    Dogwood, just to be clear, she didn't begin her walk/jog at Twin Falls, she started in the Makawao Forest Reserve, just outside of Makawao town, and was found some 5-7 miles as a crow flies from her...
  12. Google Velcro patch panel.... It's easy to sew...

    Google Velcro patch panel.... It's easy to sew Velcro hook to the back of your patches. A small panel of loop sewn to your pack lets you swap out patches any time you choose to, and large ones are...
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    I have a pair of bad knees too ... Had ACL...

    I have a pair of bad knees too ... Had ACL reconstruction surgery a year ago, and my meniscus trimmed. However my knee problems go back many years. I found that wearing good knee braces with the...
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    I'm not familiar with the BushBox, but the key...

    I'm not familiar with the BushBox, but the key thing in a windscreen is a HANGING windscreen. For safety reasons, you don't want the canister to be heated by the windscreen. Search the DIY section...
  15. Not a candle lantern, but I often carry a couple...

    Not a candle lantern, but I often carry a couple of birthday cake candles. They make nice fire starters the rare times I make a campfire. But a trick I learned in the Boy Scouts is to light one in...
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    I used mineral spirits and followed TT's...

    I used mineral spirits and followed TT's directions on a few tents and tarps. I've never had any problems. I'm no chemist, so I'm not sure if acetone could damage the tent.
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    I'm 6'2" and prefer a tarp over a tent for many...

    I'm 6'2" and prefer a tarp over a tent for many reasons. Touching the tent walls is one of them. However, I've heard nothing but good things about the LightHeart Gear Solong 6 tent. It's made...
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    I got the original inReach back in 2013. It...

    I got the original inReach back in 2013. It worked flawlessly to keep my wife informed/happy during my many misadventures. A few months ago, I upgraded to the new inReach Mini, which is simply the...
  19. I sometimes make pouches which mount to 1"...

    I sometimes make pouches which mount to 1" webbing straps by means of a 1.5" Velcro strip. I overlap about an inch of them lengthwise with a single layer on each outside edge to sew down, creating a...
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    During my three trips to the Sierra, I placed my...

    During my three trips to the Sierra, I placed my bear canister about 20-25 feet from the front of my tent, with my stove and cook pot on top as a noise maker. I never had any bear encounters in some...
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    The system I have come to really like is a pair...

    The system I have come to really like is a pair of 1L bladders mounted on my front straps. However, the simple silny pouch I sewed to hold them isn't attached at a fixed point along the strap. The...
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    I have the Klymit Massdrop insulated Static V....

    I have the Klymit Massdrop insulated Static V. However, I've only used it for a handful of trips so far.... About 10 nights. Most were in the 50's, but a couple of nights got down to 37. I had no...
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    Last week I started off on a quick overnighter in...

    Last week I started off on a quick overnighter in Haleakala Crater. Since I was leaving my truck a couple hours before sunrise, I "securely attached" my wide brimmed sun hat to the outside of my...
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    https://www.rei.com/product/128509/sea-to-summit-a...

    https://www.rei.com/product/128509/sea-to-summit-alpha-pot-37-liters
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    On Kauai, the Kalalau Trail, including...

    On Kauai, the Kalalau Trail, including Hanakapai'ai waterfall, remain closed after a devastating flood event several months ago. Most likely, it still will not be open next March. It will probably...
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