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  1. OK...thought I might have missed something.

    OK...thought I might have missed something.
  2. Why did get rid of the old (Granite gear?) pack?

    Why did get rid of the old (Granite gear?) pack?
  3. I agree, and noticed his gear is I'll fitting as...

    I agree, and noticed his gear is I'll fitting as well. I think it's in part due to him still being quite overweight. I'm impressed with the progress he's made, I just hope he stays injury...
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    I've bought from Knifecenter before. Their...

    I've bought from Knifecenter before. Their prices aren't always the best, but they're otherwise good to go.

    ETA: I'd think hard about getting a karambit style knife. They're really nasty looking...
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    I don't really care for neck knives, but the ESEE...

    I don't really care for neck knives, but the ESEE Candiru or ESEE Izula would both be good choices. The Candiru is 1.7oz and comes with a nice secure sheath that can be inverted. Oh yeah, you can...
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    Who do we think posted the relatively large bond...

    Who do we think posted the relatively large bond for the murderer? I highly, highly doubt he had the money. I would assume a family member did because no bondsman is going to post bond for a...
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    Honestly I think this incident makes a great...

    Honestly I think this incident makes a great argument for stealth camping, or at least staying away from shelters. Shelters will always attract the less serious/less prepared/party and drugs types.
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    To answer the OP's question... I think the...

    To answer the OP's question...

    I think the effectiveness of pepper spray in a situation like we had here is dubious. You're inside a tent and likely to catch as much as the attacker for one. ...
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    Why? Lawful gun owners are, necessarily, more...

    Why? Lawful gun owners are, necessarily, more law-abiding than the population as a whole. If you see a person with a concealed firearm, you can be reasonably sure that they've never committed a...
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    Statistics are kind of meaningless as you watch...

    Statistics are kind of meaningless as you watch your partner get stabbed in the chest with a 17" knife at 3am 6miles from the nearest road.

    That aside, looking at crimes which literally happen...
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    Anyone remember the paranoid schizophrenic who...

    Anyone remember the paranoid schizophrenic who drowned trying to ford the Kennebec last year? People here blamed the cops for that one too....
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    The confusion is yours - I am correctly quoting...

    The confusion is yours - I am correctly quoting the sheriff.



    Yes, people "press" charges in circumstances like this (being threatened...and the only evidence is your word) - the first hikers...
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    So... you have an irrational understanding proven...

    So... you have an irrational understanding proven false by the circumstances of the case (he wasn't detained for a lengthy period for possession), but you wish they violared his rights anyways...
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    What part of "they declined to press charges"...

    What part of "they declined to press charges" don't you understand? They charged him for what they could with nobody who was willing to press charges. Funny that you inject the race card "simple...
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    The hands of the police are often tied in matters...

    The hands of the police are often tied in matters like this. If he is a paranoid schizophrenic (sounds like he is, but I didn't stay at a holiday in express last night), then I have more questions...
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    This is very true. The present day is one of the...

    This is very true. The present day is one of the safest periods in the last 60+years.
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    The problem started when a person with a very...

    The problem started when a person with a very obvious mental illness was out there in the first place.
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    Washington Post has a story up, complete with an...

    Washington Post has a story up, complete with an interview with Odie Norman
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    Well have at it then! Nobody is stopping you. ...

    Well have at it then! Nobody is stopping you. Set something up - but don't expect some bureaucracy to bail you out for your lack of personal responsibility and/or planning.
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    :confused: What? These are people on...

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    What? These are people on vacation. The ATC shouldn't have anything to do with this.
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    Yep. The one that always makes me cringe is the...

    Yep. The one that always makes me cringe is the hostel(s) with a vehicle that hikers can drive into town.
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    Doesn't sound like a place I would go to, but it...

    Doesn't sound like a place I would go to, but it doesn't sound like scamming. Competition is a good thing.
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    FYI, I'm camping at Big Meadows now and the...

    FYI, I'm camping at Big Meadows now and the wayside doesn't look close to opening. Ranger thought it might still be a few weeks. He said that either Loft or Lewis (can't remember which) camp store...
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    I've seen something like what you speak of, but...

    I've seen something like what you speak of, but it was heavy. MSR Thru Hiker Mesh House sounds close to what you're looking for. If the poles are set up at the ends of the tarp, they shouldn't...
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    Oh brother.

    Oh brother.
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