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    Yes. Self defense against an animal is not the...

    Yes. Self defense against an animal is not the same legal standard as use of force against a human. A dog is what? It is property.

    Against a human, you must use "an objectionably reasonable"...
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    There a couple of bear spray holsters. Use a...

    There a couple of bear spray holsters. Use a carabiner to attach it to your waist belt or front pack strap. Also, hang the bear spray upside down; it will come out much easier. If you practice...
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    Who goes on a "pre-hike fast"? My red flag is...

    Who goes on a "pre-hike fast"?

    My red flag is the fact that the NPS and SAR teams released virtually no information beyond the patient's name and the fact that she had been found alive. Land...
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    As a cyclist I can second this. My cycling...

    As a cyclist I can second this. My cycling partner has done this several times. We have also learned that raising something as if to throw it gets the dog's attention.
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    That is a lawsuit you are 100% winning.

    That is a lawsuit you are 100% winning.
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    The Rae Lakes loop is very popular and you may...

    The Rae Lakes loop is very popular and you may not find the solitude you seek.

    I recommend entering from the Owens Valley trailheads to the east of the park.

    Falcon Guides' Hiking SEKI​ is a...
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    Good advice but I really don't want to go "hands...

    Good advice but I really don't want to go "hands on" with an animal. You may win, but unlikely you would escape uninjured. I would prefer defense at a distance, say with bear spray or firearm.
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    If threatened like that it is reasonable to draw...

    If threatened like that it is reasonable to draw a firearm on the dog(s) [not the owner]. Owner attitude might be very different at seeing their precious property in danger.
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    USFS has very very few LEOs. If you call the...

    USFS has very very few LEOs. If you call the Forest Service they usually ask for help from the County.
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    The article makes the AT sound like a pretty bad...

    The article makes the AT sound like a pretty bad place, which of course it is not. 7 people have been murdered out of how many millions of cumulative hiking days?

    I advocate that all hikers /...
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    It is a difficult issue, being polite to people...

    It is a difficult issue, being polite to people and protecting yourself from their unknown animal at the same time.

    What is clear is that it is completely rude to allow your pet to run up on...
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    Didn't discern the kitten till you pointed it...

    Didn't discern the kitten till you pointed it out. Talk about a world of difference.

    It seems like kitten #2 ran after him too.
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    Bear spray and pepper spray are the same thing. ...

    Bear spray and pepper spray are the same thing. Different manufacturers make it in different concentrations but bear spray goes further and you have more of it. Pepper spray for man goes like 10...
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    I was there last spring. Broken glass everywhere.

    I was there last spring. Broken glass everywhere.
  15. If your feet are cold, you will be cold.

    If your feet are cold, you will be cold.
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    Red Bank Battlefield is a small Rev War site off...

    Red Bank Battlefield is a small Rev War site off 95 in NJ
    Cedar Creek Battlefield is a civil war site off 81 in VA
    New Market Battlefield is a civil war site off 81 in VA
    Woodrow Wilson's home is...
  17. His might be one of the more consequential...

    His might be one of the more consequential inventions of the late 20th Century. Think of how ubiquitous that fabric now is.
  18. An article that discusses both bear situations: ...

    An article that discusses both bear situations:

    https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2020/09/great-smoky-mountains-national-park-officials-awaiting-autopsy-results
  19. Thread: Crowds

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    https://smokymountains.com/fall-foliage-map/

    https://smokymountains.com/fall-foliage-map/
  20. Which might also be two separate incidents.

    Which might also be two separate incidents.
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    Anything with the name Therm-a-Rest on it will...

    Anything with the name Therm-a-Rest on it will provide you with years of comfortable nights under the stars; so long as it is at least as long as you are.
  22. Shenandoah has similar problem with bear hunting...

    Shenandoah has similar problem with bear hunting dogs. Very common to run across them when hiking the side trails.
  23. Thread: Hiker shape

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    Better than a star master is a treadmill that...

    Better than a star master is a treadmill that rises to an angle above 15 degrees. Most only go to 15, but some models go as high as 30. I can't do steeper than 25 for more than a few minutes, so I...
  24. Thread: Trail names

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    I'm trying to use reverse psychology to scare...

    I'm trying to use reverse psychology to scare away the rain gods.
  25. I know this is crazy but you can use the...

    I know this is crazy but you can use the telephone app on that hand held computer of yours and call the NOC.
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