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    Good thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxNcathy View Post
    Starting north Mar 19th how NECESSARY is a stove?
    Thanks, Sandalwood
    I leave the 18th, if you need a stove donít be shy to ask around for me.

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    Good read

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    Duct tape is overrated.

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    I read you list but I'm not impressed. Duct tape? No mention of first aid? Navigtion? Nutrition? Fitness prior to hiking?

    So here's a list. I can't count how many miles it's based on but it's umpteen thousands...all over the world, much of it as professional work as a geologist. Stopped counting miles thirty years ago...

    1. Safety is first. Carry a decent first aid kit. That includes wound dressings, antiseptic, electrolytes, water treatment, bodyglide, sun protection, and proven quality treatment for blisters (look up blistobans; forget duct tape).

    2. Warmth. You can get painfully cold and uncomfortable on every trip, every month of the year. Merino wool head to toe as a base layer for starters. Always have head gear and some kind of gloves. Don't scrimp on your sleeping bag. 800+ cu inch loft down is worth every penny. You can get a 10 deg rated bag that weighs 2.2 lbs. And take a good parka--you'll wear it lots.

    3. Shelter. Don't count of staying in shelters. There are good shelter options at under three pounds.

    4. Nutrition. Prioritize protein, limit carbs, balance fat. No you don't want to have to rely on Little Debbie for "energy". Teach your body to burn fat, and provide construction materials for repair--you won't get them from pop tarts. Think nutrients, not just energy, and you won't get sick because of vitamin deficiencies.

    5. Navigation. It's a good idea to use more than one technology... GPS and paper maps covers the bases, do different things, have different strengths/weaknesses.

    6. Fitness. Become a hiker before you start a long hike. You're going to make mistakes. Get them out of the way as fast as possible and don't mess up your target hike.

    7. Friends. Be gregarious on the trail. You might need some help at some point. Plus you will make lifelong friends.

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    good read THX

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    The most astonishingly, amazing, acute, informative, attributes to any threads I've ever witnessed

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    I liked some of the first list, but saw some of the short comings. Liked RocDocs, but other than the last it was a little short on the mental attitude.

    I suspect everyone’s best list is different. There’s a lot of ways to skin the cat, lots of cats and lots of skinners.

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    [QUOTE=gunner76;1143371]To me going on a trip implies everything is already planed and you know what to expect and when. Boring

    Well, there's always more than one way to plan an adventure. I think the frame of mind to go on said adventure makes all the difference. Just to simply prepare for the worst yet expect the best is the plan ... no matter where you go or what you end up doing.

    Everything can be an adventure...like Wally World visits for example - how does one find those boring with such an eclectic mix of individuals of good forms, questionable forms, and slightly odd yet entertaining forms also. Or what's down the next isle...it may say canned goods, but turns out granola is there with coffee also. Just never know what you may leave with also. Just the 'list' items or bonus ones 'needed' also since you've possibly been meaning to pick up that new pillowcase (pillows too...when have I last washed mine?).

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