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    Final word: They DIDN'T WORK. Checking the little...

    Final word: They DIDN'T WORK. Checking the little sandwiches after about 2 weeks in zip-lock baggies showed mold on probably half of them. Out they went...
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    Very interesting, Brambor. That's exactly what it...

    Very interesting, Brambor. That's exactly what it looks like. My trip is still over a month away so there's plenty of time for empirical testing!
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    Thanks, TCD and peakbagger... Crackers sound...

    Thanks, TCD and peakbagger... Crackers sound good. They remind me of Jack London's "Love of Life" in which a fellow stashed hardtack in his clothes after making it to rescue.



    Cool. In one of...
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    Thanks, Harp... you're probably right. My hope...

    Thanks, Harp... you're probably right. My hope was that because this is DIFFERENT bread than the usual everyday kind it might last longer. The manufacturer's web site says 8 days, after opening the...
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    Food: Spelt Bread

    Does anyone have experience with a dense whole-grain organic bread with "The Baker" brand name? The product I have (purchased at the local Giant) comes in a package about 4"x5"x2", containing 8...
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    Woah... less than a week to my departure for...

    Woah... less than a week to my departure for Switzerland, and you guys have me rethinking my whole strategy. But the tarp, Z-rest, and sleeping bag weigh only a few pounds. Maybe I can get along...
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    Mohamed, you've walked this route...is my hope of...

    Mohamed, you've walked this route...is my hope of "wild camping" feasible, or should I just plan to use the huts and hotels? I've seen various opinions about Swiss wild-camping, from "illegal" to...
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    Wow, thanks, Mohamed! I'll spend some time this...

    Wow, thanks, Mohamed! I'll spend some time this evening with this excellent resource.
  9. Got it too, using Sardog's method. I really need...

    Got it too, using Sardog's method. I really need to learn more about how to use Amazon.
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    Switzerland this summer

    I'd love to hear from any of the VFTT group with experience hiking and backpacking in Switzerland. Some of you may recall my 7-week solo backpacking trip in Scotland last summer (...
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    Thanks for your comments! I'm especially grateful...

    Thanks for your comments! I'm especially grateful to those who offered advice when this trip was being planned.

    If it seems as if I'm in a lot of the photos, that was at my wife's request. She...
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    Scotland: Photos of 7-week trip

    Some of you may remember this thread from last Spring, in which I asked for advice about my early-summer 2011 seven-week backpacking trip to Scotland:...
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    I arrived home last night about 7:45 PM EDT......

    I arrived home last night about 7:45 PM EDT... long day; I'd arisen, in a Glasgow hotel, at 6 AM local or 1 AM EDT! The flight, US Air 769, was excellent, though.

    Creag, here's a bit about my days...
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    Finished Speyside Way Sunday. Going to get...

    Finished Speyside Way Sunday. Going to get knowcked off this library computer (Ft Wm) so that's it for now!

    OK, today I have a new 15-minute chunk of time... I finished the Great Glen Way Friday,...
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    Thanks for your note, Creag. I'm always going to...

    Thanks for your note, Creag. I'm always going to wonder if I bailed too soon, the result of a rough first day. (I've had bad first days in the 'daks too, and gone on to some very successful hikes.) ...
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    Progress report #2

    I'm at the Inverness Student Hotel now, and will be here through Monday.

    After staying a few days at Ft. William Backpackers, nursing a swollen ankle, I headed for the Cape Wrath Trail on...
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    Progress report

    I'm at the Fort William Public Library, using their free internet access. So far...

    Day 1: Landed GLA 7AM from Phila, right on time. Got fuel at Nevisport and out to Milngavie, started on West...
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    Thanks, Alistair and Josh! I just registered at...

    Thanks, Alistair and Josh! I just registered at the Bushcraft site -- it does look like a good group. I need to lurk a bit before doing any posting!

    I think I've been obsessing too much over this...
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    Thanks, John, Rickie, and Paul! Very helpful...

    Thanks, John, Rickie, and Paul! Very helpful suggestions, and the video was really cool. I still have a week or so to experiment with this thing before my trip to Scotland, so as soon as it stops...
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    My departure on this adventure is in a little...

    My departure on this adventure is in a little over a week! Hillwalker is already over there.

    I emailed Tiso Outdoor Experience, in Glasgow, to ask if they could store the canvas army-style duffel...
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    Pitching a tarp

    I have a 8x10 silicone tarp. It has one seam in the middle of the 10' side (so the seam is 8' long); along that seam are three tie tapes, at 2', 4', and 6'. (I presume they're on the INSIDE of the...
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    Well, I wonder about some of the above...

    Well, I wonder about some of the above contributions. I sure wish forgetting my lunch had been my dumbest moment! I liked the story about winding up on Seymour instead of Seward, but (for d'oh-ness)...
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    Poll: I voted for Garcia because I inferred from...

    I voted for Garcia because I inferred from SAR-EMT40's post that that's what "Backpackers' Cache" is.

    A lot of my hiking is in the eastern High Peaks, so I don't have a choice. I can only get 8...
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    Thanks... yes, I wondered if it was a major...

    Thanks... yes, I wondered if it was a major highway with no (or no safe) pedestrian access. Guess I'll stick to the Buchanan Station bus route that you and HW have advised. (Actually, after my wife...
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    Thanks for the warnings, HW and alistair! But one...

    Thanks for the warnings, HW and alistair! But one has to go when the time is available. Some day I'll retire and have a bit more freedom to schedule things.

    The midges don't sound very pleasant...
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