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    Guilty! Your Honor! From White Christmas to a...

    Guilty! Your Honor!
    From White Christmas to a Frozen Mardi Gras, it was fun while it lasted!
    Todayís morning low was 27 F. The relative humidity was 34%. Not conducive to winter precipitation!...
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    Hillsound FlexSteps Traction System From REI. ...

    Hillsound FlexSteps Traction System

    From REI.
    I have been fretting since I placed the order that these things might not fit my bewildering array of outdoor shoes.
    I worried for no reason....
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    The Restocking Gods smiled on me! REI has the...

    The Restocking Gods smiled on me!
    REI has the Hillsound Flexsteps in my size!
    They should arrive next week.
    We had an ice fog overnight. I might need the spikes sooner than I thought!
    This...
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    Thank you! I think weíre about finished with ice...

    Thank you! I think weíre about finished with ice in North Carolina and inventory is meager right now. Iíll shop around next Labor Day.
    Wayne
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    Microspikes? Explain please. Brand? Model? Iím...

    Microspikes? Explain please. Brand? Model? Iím shopping. Dickís Sporting Goods Winston Salem is my closest source to see before I buy. They stock Hillsound products.
    Any shopping advice is greatly...
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    Expensive is ďthinking that you are saving money...

    Expensive is ďthinking that you are saving money buying an endless series of inferior products.Ē
    Economical is buying quality once!
    Wayne
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    Why not TarpTent? There are models that donít...

    Why not TarpTent?
    There are models that donít require trekking poles. Henry sells aluminum poles that replace trekking poles if you donít use trekking poles. I havenít looked lately, but I think...
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    I also have the Sol Aluminum which I rescued from...

    I also have the Sol Aluminum which I rescued from Gander Mountain as they were closing.
    It is by far the best system in my cooking cabinet.
    Wayne
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    Ditto! My exception: I bought some lightweight...

    Ditto!
    My exception: I bought some lightweight (male pantyhose weight synthetic) long John bottoms to sleep in and make nighttime excursions outside of the tent more comfortable.
    I have LL BEAN...
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    Get a map. Mark all of the Holiday Inns. When...

    Get a map.
    Mark all of the Holiday Inns.
    When the time comes, make a reservation. From a trail town with phone service.
    They donít know your hiking.
    That said, a place like Gatlinburg would...
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    Yíall can have the fish tacos. Leave more...

    Yíall can have the fish tacos.
    Leave more shrimp tacos for me!
    Wayne
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    The man was lightyears ahead of the times. Wayne

    The man was lightyears ahead of the times.
    Wayne
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    Creede, CO. KIPís Grill. Shrimp Tacos. ...

    Creede, CO.
    KIPís Grill.
    Shrimp Tacos.
    Kipís is also in Pagosa Springs, CO
    ĎNuff said.
    Wayne
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    I still enjoy using American created and made...

    I still enjoy using American created and made gear.
    Wayne
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    Back in the Dark Ages, I scored a pair of...

    Back in the Dark Ages, I scored a pair of Komperdell telescoping poles from Sierra Trading Post.
    More recently I scored a pair of Komperdell Carbon Folding poles from Moosejaw. Both products have...
  16. Who is waiting for Post Covid to go hiking? I...

    Who is waiting for Post Covid to go hiking?
    I havenít stopped hiking. Not backpacking, but still hiking.
    Music? I have a playlist titled Road Trip. It works equally well in the car or on the...
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    Pinedale area shuttle services:...

    Pinedale area shuttle services:
    https://www.greatoutdoorshop.com/services/shuttles/
    What is your backpacking itinerary in the Wind River Range?
    Wayne
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    I know that Jackson Hole Airport is convenient. ...

    I know that Jackson Hole Airport is convenient.
    BUT! Itís probably the most expensive airport in the USA to fly to. Especially around Labor Day when there is a big political shindig in Jackson. ...
  19. Amen! Spread the word! Tell the Pres Elect!...

    Amen! Spread the word!
    Tell the Pres Elect!
    Help stamp out Fabricated Climate Change!
    Wayne
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    Rethink freestanding. Freestanding tents resemble...

    Rethink freestanding. Freestanding tents resemble beach balls without secure anchors.
    TarpTent.com. Stratospire 1 or 2. Part solid inner tent body. When insects arenít a problem use the fly alone. ...
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    Footsloggers in Boone is no more. The Mast...

    Footsloggers in Boone is no more.
    The Mast General Stores in Wautauga County cater to Backpackers.
    Wayne
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    The first time that we were allowed our and about...

    The first time that we were allowed our and about after the Covid hit, I went shopping for winter boots in West Jefferson, NC.
    I found a pair of Hanwag Yukon boots. Full leather. Inside and out....
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    Western Mountaineering Warm sleeper : Versalite...

    Western Mountaineering
    Warm sleeper : Versalite
    Cold sleeper : Antelope
    Both with appropriate clothes and an Xtherm air mattress, ~R-7
    I have the 20 degree WM Alpinlite and have been...
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    I would call the PCTA. Get the straight scoop...

    I would call the PCTA. Get the straight scoop with the new Lockdown rules starting soon.
    I heard on the radio that Campgrounds, State & National Parks are either closed or severely restricted. ...
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    Kerosene can be used in most of the European...

    Kerosene can be used in most of the European Expedition multi-fuel stoves with the right nozzle. I canít speak for MSR stoves. However, there was or is an International model which used to indicate...
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