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    This is a trick question: before or after...

    This is a trick question: before or after contact?

    Before, the answer would have been mostly animal skins. Up in the north, the gold standard was probably rabbit skin, with the rabbit fur wound...
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    I haven't used these hydrocolloid plasters, but I...

    I haven't used these hydrocolloid plasters, but I use methylcellulose gel in pottery and book binding. It's generally a gel former and a mild adhesive.

    In my experience, if I get a blister and...
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    It took five pages to get to that? Like I said,...

    It took five pages to get to that? Like I said, Sabre, keep your head down, and listen in on the fireside chat. Mostly you already know what you'll hear, but maybe you'll get a new view here and...
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    Well, you folks sure have a lot to say about...

    Well, you folks sure have a lot to say about nothing special. And it all seems to center on NGA. Up til now, the worst I heard was a few tales of hiker harassment around Cherokee territory. Nothing...
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    This sounds like an opportunity for some...

    This sounds like an opportunity for some enterprising hiker: solve the hiker funk wash problem, and offer it as an option at all the trail-side laundromats and hostels. For a start, we know that the...
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    No! Namedalling is FUN! Besides, without...

    No! Namedalling is FUN! Besides, without namecalling, WB would be practically silent. Just saying. :)
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    Concening the oldest, largest tree question, I...

    Concening the oldest, largest tree question, I know that the krumholtz forests in places like Labrador, in the Torngats, are both big and old. Seems funny for a tree that never pokes its head above...
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    Bummer! I didn't know that.

    Bummer! I didn't know that.
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    I think you can consider all black bears to be...

    I think you can consider all black bears to be hungry all the time. They eat small stuff, mainly, and they eat pretty much all the time. So trying to find a sated bear is pretty hard, I would guess....
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    Here goes again: The parks are dealing with...

    Here goes again: The parks are dealing with several problems in one. There's the problem of habituated bears being a menace to both humans and themselves. There's the problem of ignorant humans...
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    I don't know about that. Bears make a better...

    I don't know about that. Bears make a better living out in the forest than I could. And I think I'll let someone else do the actual whispering. The ear end is also the teeth end, if you catch my...
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    You lugged a jack-leg air drill in for that job? ...

    You lugged a jack-leg air drill in for that job? Whoa. Did you use it to drive the posts, or were you drilling post holes in mud? I'd be afraid that the drillers would settle in about as fast as...
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    Having thought about this for, like, 5 minutes, I...

    Having thought about this for, like, 5 minutes, I think I have an idea why bears don't go for food in tents, unless they are either desperate or habituated, like the trash dump bear that Chaco ran...
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    Other trails to try: Sentier de L'Estrie is...

    Other trails to try:

    Sentier de L'Estrie is sort of an extension of the Long Trail. Starts just over the border and runs up to the town of Richmond. About 200km according to their wb site, but I...
  15. Thread: Gaps and Notches

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    Or a col in alpine speak

    Or a col in alpine speak
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    Regarding alcohol. I think you guys in the US...

    Regarding alcohol. I think you guys in the US have the right stuff, Everclear I think its called. Can't buy it up here; best we can get is 50% Vodka. But the 100% stuff is multipurpose:...
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    I can well imagine it was a good ten days of...

    I can well imagine it was a good ten days of hiking, in the cloister of the rain curtain. Pray without ceasing. Where does that come from? It's the way. When Christ says I am the way, I cannot...
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    Also remember that you will need your passport...

    Also remember that you will need your passport and 6 month visa in order to cross the border into the US from Canada on the bus or any form of transport.
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    Very good, TW, and thanks for the compliments. ...

    Very good, TW, and thanks for the compliments. Hope you don't zone out TOO much, next time you pass by on the 402. Nice to meet someone who knows about such things.

    You are of course right about...
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    I know people who have very intensive Buddhist...

    I know people who have very intensive Buddhist practices who have worked for years and achieved very little. I also know people who have no particular practice or lineage who have achieved much in a...
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    Ah. Thanks for the reply, TW. The reason I...

    Ah. Thanks for the reply, TW. The reason I asked is simply to try to understand what you meant by Zen. I gather it is the informal or popular usage, in which case I have nothing more to add. LYOL
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    I don't consider a bivy a rain shelter. If you...

    I don't consider a bivy a rain shelter. If you are going out in the rain, I would consider something more like a tarp, tarptent or tent. Or even a tarp and hammock. You can use the bivy under a...
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    It seems I have to retract my claim that I don't...

    It seems I have to retract my claim that I don't live in bear country. This spring there have been at least two sightings inside London city limits. In one case the bear was shot by police, which...
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    Not so far as I know. But then I'm an idiot.

    Not so far as I know. But then I'm an idiot.
  25. Thread: Singles area?

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    So to speak. Am I mistaken, or did the Earthy...

    So to speak.

    Am I mistaken, or did the Earthy female thread turn into the Earthly female thread? Or was it the other way around? And if so, what would be better, an earthly female or an...
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