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    I'll second the above, including body size. My...

    I'll second the above, including body size. My Copper Spur is noticeably longer inside (maybe 3 inches?) than my REI Quarterdome with exactly the same advertised floor dimensions. So, while on this...
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    Being 6'4" and 210 lbs +/-, I get it. I'm also a...

    Being 6'4" and 210 lbs +/-, I get it. I'm also a gear junky and like hunting down the best gear possible, which my gear room, garage, and my wife will attest to. That being said, one of the many...
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    I use alcohol. It has its place. BUT, I...

    I use alcohol. It has its place. BUT, I wouldn't call it simple compared to either canisters or Esbit.

    The not simple side of alcohol:
    1) Handling/poring liquid fuel whenever you use the stove...
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    I was playing around with freezing and warm water...

    I was playing around with freezing and warm water and whatnot a few years ago. I found filling with just a cold receiving canister took too much time. When I did both a cold receiving canister and...
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    I've got no problem weighing my canisters on a...

    I've got no problem weighing my canisters on a scale at home. Using the 100 g canisters, there is 100 g of fuel and 100 g of canister (more or less).
    I did a few boil tests at home, tracking the...
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    Years ago I had this problem on a pack that...

    Years ago I had this problem on a pack that pulled from two directions. Sitting in camp, I used a needle and thread and stitched on side of the strap down which solved 1/2 the problem. Then, for...
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    Is it real, or is it my imagination?

    It seems to me like WhiteBlaze forums have become significantly less active recently when I would have expected Covid followed by spring to bring on more people spending more time thinking and typing...
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    As I read over this thread, one of the themes...

    As I read over this thread, one of the themes seems to be strange noises in the night outside of tents. Geez, I hate tents, and this is one more reason to hate them.

    Not to beat a dead horse any...
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    I don't know any particulars on this one, but,...

    I don't know any particulars on this one, but, this is also a reason to pitch your hammock with that 30 to 45 degree sag in it. As a hammock with no sag can generate a shocking amount of pull when...
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    I'll second this! Although, I'll also drink a...

    I'll second this! Although, I'll also drink a peaty Islay any time of year.
  11. Oh gosh no. I don't disagree with your date...

    Oh gosh no. I don't disagree with your date estimates of the adoption of trekking poles. I grew up Nordic skiing and I'm apparently generalizing across disciplines that use poles with straps. I...
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    Personally, I'd rather have a fix that kept me...

    Personally, I'd rather have a fix that kept me from dying, not the other way around. ;-)
  13. I find this discussion interesting, in that it is...

    I find this discussion interesting, in that it is a discussion at all. It's kinda like debating whether you should wear a bicycle helmet backwards or not.

    To my knowledge, all reputable poles and...
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    It's a tool. It's not so much a trust issue as a...

    It's a tool. It's not so much a trust issue as a know it's limits and plan and use accordingly. Most things fail at some point. Most things we use, we use because they are useful. Some things I...
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    Do I trust my inflatable mattress? For comfort,...

    Do I trust my inflatable mattress? For comfort, yes. They've been reasonably reliable. I have patched one or two once or twice, but, not too often, and it's not hard. I had a first generation...
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    Great start. Not nearly overused enough though....

    Great start. Not nearly overused enough though.

    Lives are always better when we build trails in our back woods.
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    I'm not a member of any trail club. I'm not a...

    I'm not a member of any trail club. I'm not a joiner type person. But, I do a fair bit of volunteer trail work. I've built and maintained trails in the past that have then been taken over by local...
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    Couldn't agree more.

    Couldn't agree more.
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    This thread is drifting in an interesting...

    This thread is drifting in an interesting direction away from the horrible and irresponsible mistake of a hunter to the banning of hikers on huntable land during hunting season to what group(s) pays...
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    My first thought is, "Wow. How nice. No bugs."

    My first thought is, "Wow. How nice. No bugs."
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    Well said and true. Carelessness with a gun that...

    Well said and true. Carelessness with a gun that ends in injury or death to another is one of the more unforgivable mistakes I think anyone can make. I have a lot of sympathy for people that make...
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    Why is it not common knowledge that when wearing...

    Why is it not common knowledge that when wearing a poncho in windy conditions, tying a string around your waist holds the poncho down quite nicely making it a most effective and versatile piece of...
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    I think it depends on where you are. There are...

    I think it depends on where you are. There are certainly places in New England that allow turkey and deer hunting in areas where you'd be hard pressed to ever be more than 100 or 200 yards from a...
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    I don't think it's a one trick pony show. I do...

    I don't think it's a one trick pony show. I do it all depending on the circumstances.

    When required, I use bear canisters. When in open areas (i.e. no trees) with heavy bear populations and/or...
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    I have the opposite problem with my feet. I have...

    I have the opposite problem with my feet. I have a low and collapsed arch that I've had to manage my whole life. About 15 years ago I started using SuperFeet insoles with good results. But, my...
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