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    Good things take time! The other day I recived a...

    Good things take time!
    The other day I recived a brand new pack from Lightwave as a replacement for the disintegrated one I sent in last year.
    Its an improved version and I'm really happy with it.
  2. Thread: Pre-Trip Chores

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    It was kind of hinted here already, but I want to...

    It was kind of hinted here already, but I want to emphasize again:
    One important pre-trip chore is to get clear&ready with each&every mundane everyday civilisation job.

    I just was out on a 3-days...
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    Regarding smartphones, I find myself swaying...

    Regarding smartphones, I find myself swaying forth and back between seeing and using mine as an essential means of navigation with the added bonus of being able to communicate some essentials, and...
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    I don't have an extensive range of gear to select...

    I don't have an extensive range of gear to select from, so pre-trip preparation mostly boils down to select either winter stuff, or summer stuff.

    Most important preparation for me is, to find kind...
  5. Main issue not mentioned: **"There is a guy...

    Main issue not mentioned:
    **"There is a guy hiking in JEANS! He's gonna die!"
  6. I read the book "Wild" and found it an amazing...

    I read the book "Wild" and found it an amazing piece of work, actually about the best books about hiking in the US I ever read. A perfect mix of personal drama, hiking experience and catharsis....
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    I've used two bag liners in the past, a silk one...

    I've used two bag liners in the past, a silk one inside the bag to give a cosy feeling on the skin, and a nylon one outside to keep the wind off.
    The nylon one outside might have added a few degrees...
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    Alligator, Obviously you are way better...

    Alligator,

    Obviously you are way better educated in this respect than I'm, me only having personal experience and no dedicated education (aside of reading popular articles about it, occasionally)....
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    I think the discussion about accuracy and...

    I think the discussion about accuracy and relieability of maps and GPS is drifting off a bit here.
    The point where this thread started was, to have a means of finding the way back to the trail after...
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    Sure nobody (at least not me) wanted to distract...

    Sure nobody (at least not me) wanted to distract you from hiking, and doing it your way.
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    String theory can go bad for chicken, really......

    String theory can go bad for chicken, really...
    http://www.davidgorman.com/maxundmoritz.htm#Erster_Streich
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    The smartphone I'm using since many years is a...

    The smartphone I'm using since many years is a Sony Z3 compact. Tiny screen, but high resolution.
    The maps I'm using vary, here in Austria I'm using the official highly detailed map of Austria...
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    Maybe I'm using GPS different than you do? I'd...

    Maybe I'm using GPS different than you do?
    I'd start the GPS (without tracking) the moment I start hiking and am looking on the GPS every now and then, especially when expecting special features of...
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    I agree with something you didn't say explicitly,...

    I agree with something you didn't say explicitly, but I'm reading between your (and others) lines here:
    If anybody is aware of navigational issues to a degree that she/he is using flags, clips or...
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    I hope none of my (our) texts here was understood...

    I hope none of my (our) texts here was understood as belittlement or to put somebody down.
    Each of us here has made errors, was turned around or got lost, nobody is perfect.

    My purpose in...
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    Sorry, forgot to add: The only time when GPS...

    Sorry, forgot to add:
    The only time when GPS failed me was in a heavy snowstorm in the desert.
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    Regarding accuracy of GPS, as far as I know once...

    Regarding accuracy of GPS, as far as I know once you get a fix and move off away and get the next fix a few minutes later, the location between the two fixes relative to each other is very precise,...
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    Similar story here. We were hiking in the...

    Similar story here.
    We were hiking in the desert, my friend was tracking with his Garmin, I did the same using my then-new Sony smartphone.
    He lost his Garmin, and we decided to go search for it...
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    Honestly, I don't know about the maps and trails...

    Honestly, I don't know about the maps and trails in the US, esp. not about the AT.

    But when hiking, just out of pure curiosity I always have the map in my mind and on the phone and am looking for...
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    Guess we humans are too intelligent, always...

    Guess we humans are too intelligent, always busying our brain with useless highend stuff while not taking care of the most fundamental tasks at hand.
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    OK, 100 meter is quite a distance and if the dump...

    OK, 100 meter is quite a distance and if the dump made you dizzy you could get disorientated.
    But then, I'm quite regular on this business and select my breakfast&coffee point exactly with this...
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    Again, for those carrying a smartphone: Would it...

    Again, for those carrying a smartphone:
    Would it be OK if one had an app like Backcountry Navigator running (without tracking active, so almost zero battery usage - and on my hikes I have it exactly...
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    We have similar flags or ribbons here in the...

    We have similar flags or ribbons here in the forests everywhere, nobody really knows who put it there and for what purpose.
    Best guess is, it was once placed by a logger who wanted to make clear...
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    @Alligator: My wife told me that we have those...

    @Alligator:
    My wife told me that we have those bread bag clips here in Europe, too.

    While I understand the basic idea to have something simple to fint the way back to the trail, I don't like the...
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    Just wondering, how many times and how far off...

    Just wondering, how many times and how far off the trail most of you go for a bathroom break?

    As an anekdote, it had happened to me once in the Middle East desert:
    Alone in the winter in a rugged...
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