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    The first Yukon 1000 mile canoe race rules...

    The first Yukon 1000 mile canoe race rules required a ridiculous 20Kg (44 pounds!!) of food per person to be carried on board from the start of the race. Supposedly enough to last for 3 weeks. All...
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    I've not heard a Lynx, but several times a bobcat...

    I've not heard a Lynx, but several times a bobcat in the Adirondacks. But nothing like my first experience. My dad shot a deer in his usual fairly remote hunting spot deep in the woods. Late in...
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    I was part of an outing club at my university...

    I was part of an outing club at my university many years ago. We specialized, almost exclusively, on exploring caves and caverns in the hollow Karst landscape of east central NY state. I feel that...
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    Burritos. Fresh tortillas, dehydrated salsa,...

    Burritos.

    Fresh tortillas, dehydrated salsa, dehydrated refried beans (very easy to dehydrate from cans and will rehydrate perfectly to original condition), dehydrated cooked ground beef (cooked...
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    I found a great calorie and flavor enhancement...

    I found a great calorie and flavor enhancement recipe to tomato sauce. Puree a large jar or two of sauce with a can of kidney beans and onions and peppers. You can either dehydrate it separately,...
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    No need to pre-thaw. But I do tend to freeze my...

    No need to pre-thaw. But I do tend to freeze my fingers by breaking them into smaller pieces before placing on the dehydrator tray.

    A caution, be careful when setting a high temperature on a...
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    One of my favorite breakfast meals is dehydrated...

    One of my favorite breakfast meals is dehydrated hash browns with gravy. I get frozen hash browns in packages of 20 from Aldis or Walmart. Kind of like the HB you get from McDonalds, but less...
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    When I paddled the Yukon 1000 mile canoe race, we...

    When I paddled the Yukon 1000 mile canoe race, we (my voyageur canoe team of 7 people), following the race rules had to be totally self-sufficient from the start to the finish. The first running of...
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    Get a dehydrator and you can have a huge variety...

    Get a dehydrator and you can have a huge variety of camping meals that you cook at home just the way you like.
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    Here are just two relevant incidents from the...

    Here are just two relevant incidents from the NYSDEC ranger reports of the past week:

    Town of North Elba
    Essex County
    Wilderness Rescue: On May 17 at 5:45 p.m., DEC's Ray Brook Dispatch received...
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    That would be the Curtis S. Read Scout...

    That would be the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation located near (not on) the north end of Brant Lake. Yea we do train "Voyageur" high adventure guides for CSR and other camps. We do not have any...
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    Mike, One would think and hope that overall...

    Mike,

    One would think and hope that overall the official or designated "leader" is the most important person in a hiking group. That is certainly only true if he or she is fully aware of all that...
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    If I am not leading or instructing and monitoring...

    If I am not leading or instructing and monitoring a student crew, I am very uncomfortable doing nothing by blindly following in a train of footsteps. I must at least monitor navigation with map and...
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    You don't have to focus on the High Peaks to get...

    You don't have to focus on the High Peaks to get climbs in the wilderness with great views. There are 3 million publicly accessible acres in the Adirondacks (half of the total park) and the high...
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    The Adirondacks are extensive. Do you have an...

    The Adirondacks are extensive. Do you have an idea of what area you might like to try? I am not familiar with the Whites, but I am sure you can find something you will like in the Adirondacks. I can...
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    During a guide training/evaluation session that I...

    During a guide training/evaluation session that I instruct, I will often ask a random group member, who may or may not at the moment be acting as the designated trek leader, questions such as: ...
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    I think I covered that within my post. Pre trip...

    I think I covered that within my post. Pre trip planning and awareness.
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    In 25 years of being on SAR teams, half of them...

    In 25 years of being on SAR teams, half of them as a crew boss, I never recall being called on an extended SAR incident in which more than a single subject was involved. DEC rangers sometimes are...
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    What difference does that make? When you head...

    What difference does that make? When you head out on a trek, you are responsible to know what you are getting yourself into, wilderness or not, snow conditions, navigation, terrain and elevation...
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    Real guides, at least the ones I know who are...

    Real guides, at least the ones I know who are trained and licensed here in NY, are trained to never break up a group, especially to not let one person to leave on their own. The leader should have...
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    I have two pair of Limmers. Best most comfortable...

    I have two pair of Limmers. Best most comfortable boots I have ever worn. I keep them well treated with Limmer Grease, and they have never leaked. I do a lot of off trail rough ground often wet...
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    Snow covered trails can be difficult to follow,...

    Snow covered trails can be difficult to follow, but even in summer mistakes are made that can lead one astray on what should be easy to follow trails.

    I was instructing an annual wilderness...
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    One of these may help. I have several different...

    One of these may help. I have several different sizes and I never go afield without carrying my map(s) in one. Windproof and waterproof. Infinitely more durable than a zip lock bag while traveling...
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    I happen to have more than 200 USGS topo maps...

    I happen to have more than 200 USGS topo maps just of NY State that I use for personal hiking and SAR. Several Dozens of others where I have been or plan to go including the SW US, California,...
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    What makes you think that people haven't been...

    What makes you think that people haven't been doing that for more than 150 years already with printed maps and a compass? In the northeast US you don't get many true long distance vista views unless...
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