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  1. As I've gotten older, I've had to relearn the...

    As I've gotten older, I've had to relearn the hard way that cardio get's strong in weeks, muscles in weeks to months, and ligaments and tendons in months to years. As our lungs get stronger we start...
  2. As a cyclist, I find riding my bike actually...

    As a cyclist, I find riding my bike actually helps me quite a bit in recover from hard hiking and/or running.

    In brush, make sure your pole baskets are removed. And, with time and pole use, you...
  3. I was a competitive cyclist for years, years ago....

    I was a competitive cyclist for years, years ago. I've been backpacking my whole life.
    Things I've noticed:
    1) Cycling muscles are an awesome advantage when hiking up hills! Overdeveloped knees...
  4. Hours long? Really? :eek: And here I thought...

    Hours long? Really? :eek:

    And here I thought most rescue operations only involved a short phone call and a nearly instantaneous helicopter extraction all in less than 60 minutes. ;)
  5. Thread: Trowel test

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    FWIW, the holes are a complete non-issue as they...

    FWIW, the holes are a complete non-issue as they are too small to loose much dirt through. As for being narrow, yeah, it's less efficient than a wider trowel for scooping loose soil (so you have to...
  6. Lots of different solutions depending on the pole...

    Lots of different solutions depending on the pole tips or handle and depending on the tarp.

    I generally use my trekking poles handle down and just loop the guy line around the tip with a...
  7. Thread: Trowel test

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    Many years ago, after I quit carrying a plastic...

    Many years ago, after I quit carrying a plastic Coghlans and then decided that I still needed something more than my foot or trekking pole, I started throwing one of my snow stakes into my backpack...
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    Most insightful study. Thanks! If I read this...

    Most insightful study. Thanks!
    If I read this right, it looks like the snow stake wins. ;-)
  9. Thread: Question

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    Wow. Same story here, but only 7 screws. An...

    Wow. Same story here, but only 7 screws. An obvious bump on the clavicle right under where the strap rides. It's rarely a problem, and when it is, it's minor and moving the strap cures it.
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    I've also heard good things about Isle Royal. ...

    I've also heard good things about Isle Royal.

    The Adirondacks are classic with the Northville-Placid Trail cutting up through the middle of them (skiable and snowshoeable also), the Cranberry...
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    If you're up to a couple 14-16 miles days, you...

    If you're up to a couple 14-16 miles days, you can bag them all with day hikes. If you want to minimize trips, I'd try and do a Pemi loop in two or three days to bag those 12 and maybe a Presi...
  12. Thread: Trowel test

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    Three Things: 1) It's not your experience pooing...

    Three Things:
    1) It's not your experience pooing that helps wake one up to the need for cat holes, it's your experience hiking and camping in areas where others have done a poor job of burying their...
  13. Dictionary: a temporary camp without tents or...

    Dictionary: a temporary camp without tents or cover, used especially by soldiers or mountaineers.

    As a mountaineer, it can mean the above. It can also mean an area where it is feasible to bivouac...
  14. Good thought. And Bivi or Bivy is even shorter...

    Good thought. And Bivi or Bivy is even shorter implying a place to spend the night, often just enough space to safely roll out a sleeping bag?
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    I like that . . . HYOH "BUT". I'm sorry. I...

    I like that . . . HYOH "BUT".

    I'm sorry. I still disagree with your statement above.
    You cannot reasonably suggest that filtering is not more work. It is. You are carrying another item that...
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    That dear D2maine depends on how you choose to...

    That dear D2maine depends on how you choose to manage your filtering.
    And, I for one find filtering as I drink from a bottle awkward and slow and a bit hard to manage the flow well if I'm huffing...
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    I actually don't see a lot of similarity in these...

    I actually don't see a lot of similarity in these two things. Both safety precautions are to prevent low likelihood events. BUT, filtering water does take significantly more time (yeah, a minute or...
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    Yeah, the above technique works fine with flat...

    Yeah, the above technique works fine with flat valves also. You wrap your thumb and index finger around the flat valve similar to wrapping them around the smaller diameter valves that stand up above...
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    Heck, set the Wekapo up in your bedroom and just...

    Heck, set the Wekapo up in your bedroom and just try sleeping on it. You don't need to be outside to do that. Also, even if it is comfortable and holds air all night, it will have zero insulation,...
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    Dramatically reduce your human encounters and...

    Dramatically reduce your human encounters and eliminate hitching . . . carry your whole week's worth of food. Yeah, it a bit different experience, but beautiful in its own way. Also, with just a...
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    I watched a video on inflating mattresses with a...

    I watched a video on inflating mattresses with a plastic bag years ago.
    Yeah, this method it takes a little practice, but not much.
    The pre-shaping of the hole with your finger is critical. ...
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    At 58 years old, I grew up drinking water...

    At 58 years old, I grew up drinking water directly from streams and still find it a bit of a spiritual experience. In that 58 years and as a kid, even drinking from streams flowing through pasture...
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    What an awesome image! . . . I don't see an...

    What an awesome image!
    . . . I don't see an original Pocket Rocket in that image. Given it was the best selling canister stove for about a decade, that's pretty funny.
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    They're super comfy to lounge in, but I don't...

    They're super comfy to lounge in, but I don't know about comfort for all night sleeping in them. Also, I don't know how well they will hold their air over a whole night. I'd sure experiment a few...
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    For a slight weight penalty, I'd be tempted by...

    For a slight weight penalty, I'd be tempted by the Pocket Rocket Deluxe. With its pressure regulator it should have much better simmer control than than the Optimus along with more wind resistant...
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