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  1. I have a couple of different styles and sizes...

    I have a couple of different styles and sizes that fold for ease of carrying my maps. My favorite is one I got from LLBean years ago. It is clear plastic on one side only, nylon fabric on the back...
  2. I usually have three compasses tucked away, my...

    I usually have three compasses tucked away, my favorite always available primary, a secondary just in case, and a third functional but lesser quality to give to some poor sot I may meet who lost or...
  3. i can't tell you how many NYSDEC Ranger reports I...

    i can't tell you how many NYSDEC Ranger reports I have seen where the subject claims "But I had a flashlight on my cell phone". Of course neither the cell phone signal nor the light works for very...
  4. But if you don't know how to use it or have never...

    But if you don't know how to use it or have never practiced with it, no amount of sophisticated electronics will help you get out of so much as a mud puddle. Reminds me of a Colorado ranger report...
  5. Natural clues to navigation. The Sun ( the...

    Natural clues to navigation. The Sun ( the direction of your shadow on the ground does not change much over the course of a half hour or so, but it may change rapidly around local noon, moreso when...
  6. For the past 30 years I have been on an...

    For the past 30 years I have been on an instructor tream training and certifying young (typically college age) folks as Adirondack wilderness guides who are applying to work for BSA resident camps...
  7. While I'm sweating as much as I normally do when...

    While I'm sweating as much as I normally do when bushwhacking in heavy brush between ponds and climbing ridges and peaks, as I try to hydrate as much as I can, I don't worry too much about temporary...
  8. How to cook spam: Find a couple of large...

    How to cook spam:
    Find a couple of large non-toxic tree leaves. Maple and beech work good. Get a good bed of wood coals going from a small fire. Obtain a thin slice from the block of spam. Place...
  9. i have never learned as much about navigating far...

    i have never learned as much about navigating far off trail and landscape formations (as well as when on trails), while at the same time throuroughly enjoying the process as I do by gaining...
  10. +++Absolutely.

    +++Absolutely.
  11. Speaking of Scotland.... I was there with my...

    Speaking of Scotland.... I was there with my family a couple of years ago. We had a large rented van and my son, a US Air Force fighter pilot was driving. I had a Garmin auto GPS, recently updated...
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    Not floating, not a bridge either, it is a wood...

    Not floating, not a bridge either, it is a wood plank somewhat elevated boardwalk walkway loosely "attached" and supported by the adjacent rock cliff face and the ground below (where possible). In...
  13. I would recommend a clear sky summit with a view...

    I would recommend a clear sky summit with a view toward the southwest if you can arrange that configuration. I was on an elevated area in 1970 overlooking Chesapeake Bay and the sight of the dark...
  14. Interesting, I was in the town of Union in...

    Interesting, I was in the town of Union in eastern MO, right on the center line under a perfectly clear blue sky at the time. My friend and I had two telescopes for direct optical viewing, wives...
  15. That was the Eclipse in Nova Scotia, the one ...

    That was the Eclipse in Nova Scotia, the one where I was clouded out in Cap Chat, Quebec.
  16. you can absolutely look directly at an eclipse ...

    you can absolutely look directly at an eclipse with the naked eye as long as it is in total phase. I have even viewed directly through a telescope with no attenuation during totality. It is...
  17. My home in northern NY is barely within the zone...

    My home in northern NY is barely within the zone of totality. 60 miles away, my brother has a camp on the shore of Lake Ontario, very close to the cener line. I may go there, or to my daughter's...
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    The NYSDEC has reported very few SAR incidents...

    The NYSDEC has reported very few SAR incidents since cold weather came upon us. Just today there is a report of a snowmobile fatality from falling through the ice on a lake. It happens every year....
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    No way on this earth, regardless of my condition,...

    No way on this earth, regardless of my condition, would I support in any way any part of that industry. My feeling on that is a large part of my upbinging, my career requirements, and my firmly...
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    Exactly. Any level of basic or wilderness first...

    Exactly. Any level of basic or wilderness first aid instructor should caution you that administering drugs is not within your level of training. If you did so and the person had some kind of...
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    As I was growing up, the rule of best practices...

    As I was growing up, the rule of best practices said that if you get "mixed up' or "lost" in the woods, then you sit down, have a sandwich, look at your map and figure out what you did to get where...
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    The DEC simply gave up after not being able to...

    The DEC simply gave up after not being able to control the rush of people's critical need to place their junk at random places in the woods. At least now, a "legal" geocache must have the owner's...
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    Be sure you fully and properly digitally eject a...

    Be sure you fully and properly digitally eject a GPS card, or the GPS itself if it is directly connected to your computer. I have had major problems with a Garmin 60 when I did not do that properly....
  24. Thread: Rain Gloves

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    During a recent swift water rescue training I did...

    During a recent swift water rescue training I did over a 4 day period, students were given a kind of NRS water rescue gloves (rubbery but not fully neoprene) that went with the drysuits we were...
  25. Thread: Rain Gloves

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    I think the OP was asking about keeping warm...

    I think the OP was asking about keeping warm hands in rain, not complete submersion under water. I have a couple of different types of gloves for paddling that keep my hands warm enough while...
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