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  1. Just watched your Slickrock vid and recognized so...

    Just watched your Slickrock vid and recognized so many places.

    2:00 South Lead's Cave.
    2:40 Favorite reststop on ridge finger.
    4:05 Hangover Mt clearcut which happened in 2007.
    7:00 I call...
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    That pic is of Little Mitten and by gosh she's...

    That pic is of Little Mitten and by gosh she's wearing a hood.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this pic of chairs and/or...

    Thanks for sharing this pic of chairs and/or discarded chairs. It reminds me of my experiences---

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    Saw this one on Doublecamp Creek which somebody hauled out and left.

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    Found this...
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    I left camp in crocs because just a couple...

    I left camp in crocs because just a couple hundreds yards further I had to cross this creek---

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  5. Excellent. And the bigger and heavier the pack...

    Excellent. And the bigger and heavier the pack the better the chair.

    The only drawback is when a hunting dog swings by and pees on my pack---which this cur did---
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    I always take a few single dollar bills just in...

    I always take a few single dollar bills just in case my cellphone dies and I hitch out to a store that has a payphone so I can get change to make a call. It's alot easily than trying to get change...
  7. Fortunately this thread is not in Straight...

    Fortunately this thread is not in Straight Forward so I can tout the beauty of using my pack as a "chair" in lazy-boy style when leaning back to rest. I do this many times a day during reststops. ...
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    I can go a month without nail clippers afterwhich...

    I can go a month without nail clippers afterwhich things get weird.
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    One good thing about winter in the Southeast...

    One good thing about winter in the Southeast mountains is we don't have many deaths because we don't have a "4,000 Footer" club or a "5,000 Foot Peak" club whereby individuals try to reach every peak...
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    It really depends on elevation in NC and VA. ...

    It really depends on elevation in NC and VA. 5,000 feet and above and things can get tricky.

    Ridgetops commonly get 2-3 feet of snow and just hiking is tough---think arduous postholing or if deep...
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    I drank the Patagonia thermal weight capilene...

    I drank the Patagonia thermal weight capilene hoody kool aid and love it and it goes on most of my trips. Here's a pic from my last trip---

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    It offers several advantages---
    ** You can...
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    Toenails and finger nails---esp for a 3 week trip.

    Toenails and finger nails---esp for a 3 week trip.
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    Filters are great for those of us who got giardia...

    Filters are great for those of us who got giardia back in the '70s and '80s---when few backpackers carried any type of filter.

    And Deadeye is right about more humans in the woods. I was...
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    To me "cursing" happens more when backpacking...

    To me "cursing" happens more when backpacking than boredom. What is cursing? When a boot sole comes off. When a tent pole breaks. When I leave tent pegs under the snow. When it rains for 150...
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    Amen brother. Something I've agreed with for...

    Amen brother. Something I've agreed with for years.



    A tent shelter can save lives. Reminds me of an AT backpacker who didn't bring a tent and suffered an injury and couldn't reach a shelter...
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    When I find lost spoons and tent stakes on a trip...

    When I find lost spoons and tent stakes on a trip I cache them under a known rock in case I break a spoon or a peg and will know where to go for spares.



    My pack has been loaded so many times...
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    Yes, you remind me about making my "wallet" for a...

    Yes, you remind me about making my "wallet" for a trip---folding money wrapped around my license/medicare card with rubber band and placed in hefty bag (with zip closure cut off).



    I also take...
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    For some reason your post reminds me of this...

    For some reason your post reminds me of this song---What Condition My Condition Is In---(Kenny Rogers!)

    I woke up this mornin' with the sundown shinin' in
    I found my mind in a brown paper bag...
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    To me boredom is over-saturation of the 5...

    To me boredom is over-saturation of the 5 senses---too much television, too much food, too much of almost anything and we are satiated and ask ourselves in exasperation "Now What!!??". This is a...
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    That's a good question. Despite hauling a heavy...

    That's a good question. Despite hauling a heavy pack I'm always excited to get moving every morning and happy to be a self-contained unit out for the duration. To me a foot trail is a labyrinth...
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    I sometimes forget stuff too. Several years ago...

    I sometimes forget stuff too. Several years ago I had 18 fresh eggs all ready to go and left them in the fridge. One time I forgot my pack cover. Never forgot anything major like tent poles or...
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    Pre-Trip Chores

    What things do you do to prepare for a backpacking trip?

    Here's my list---

    ** Pull out laces/insoles and wash off boots---dry---and coat with boot grease.
    ** Wash all backpacking clothing...
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    There's another aspect of a mentality interfering...

    There's another aspect of a mentality interfering with a backpacking trip---and not just boredom. It's the worry over home concerns and/or the beginning of a new relationship in courtship mode when...
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    I'm a fan of Total Pack Weight---heck it even has...

    I'm a fan of Total Pack Weight---heck it even has my initials---TiPi Walter.
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    I've always been easily bored since I was a...

    I've always been easily bored since I was a kid---but two things never bore me---backpacking out in what's left of pristine nature; the beauty thereof---and playing music on various instruments.
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