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    Poll: Nope - she is just glad i'm home and not far away...

    Nope - she is just glad i'm home and not far away anymore.
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    I had a once-in-a-lifetime warranty replacement...

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime warranty replacement offer from Mountain Hardwead. So, after years of getting by, i picked out one of these...
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    Poll: Gotta DOWNPLAY the winter hiking cause otherwise...

    Gotta DOWNPLAY the winter hiking cause otherwise EVERYONE will wanna go then too!

    I pretty much camp only in the winter. I ocassionally go for hikes in the fall or spring, but summer is O-U-T for...
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    Bohinj Jezero

    Check out Lake Bohinj - 'near' the base of Mt. Triglav in the Julian Alps.

    It is utterly stunning - been there couple of times. Lotsa b&b's (called "pensions"...). Also, the hike to Mt. Vogel is...
  5. Poll: Bite Size Snickers all the way!

    If they are good enough for Reinhold Messner, well then they're good enough for me!

    All kidding aside, i've taken these little yummies all over the world and they stand uncontested as my favorite...
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    Yup - start looking at mini-vans. There are great...

    Yup - start looking at mini-vans. There are great for hauling lotsa stuff, have lotsa head room and can get "reasonable" mileage (i'm no expert here though....). Unfortunately, the cool factor is...
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    Poll: Actually, ready in less than an hour and most...

    Actually, ready in less than an hour and most likely won't need to go to the store...depending on season. Summer food stuff is easy and no store visit needed, but winter adds a little more thought to...
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    G-Tex bibs for winter climbing/hiking/camping?...

    G-Tex bibs for winter climbing/hiking/camping? Absolutely!!!!

    I use 'em and love 'em! I have the EMS branded bibs with the Gore-XCR (i think.....). Not the sturdiest host fabric, but pretty light...
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    STANDARD DISCLAIMER..... Though you are wisely...

    STANDARD DISCLAIMER.....

    Though you are wisely getting a second opinion, when my ACL finally popped and tore my meniscus i also went to see the Sports Med doc. He told me i could either have him...
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    Western Mountaineering......

    Since you're looking for a down bag, i unreservedly recommend Western Mountaineering (i don't even work 'em!!!). I've bought 4 bags from them and all are outstanding. While there are many well-known,...
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    I hope someone who is not experienced does not...

    I hope someone who is not experienced does not read the following and presume it is good advice - it is from my personal experience and not to be followed under ANY circumstances!!!

    "Back in the...
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    Not to add anything controversial, but i wear VBL...

    Not to add anything controversial, but i wear VBL V(vapor)B(barrier)L(liner) socks over a pair of thin "sock-liners" and under a mid-weight (insulating?) sock. It saves on the "wet from inside"...
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    Hey Zeke - Though not used so much anymore, i...

    Hey Zeke -

    Though not used so much anymore, i have the Inverno's and have several 10+ mile days in them. I also have both stock and heat-moldable aftermarket liners. The Invernos are indeed very,...
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    So, as most have posted, yes a stainless steel...

    So, as most have posted, yes a stainless steel vacuum bottle for hot beverages is a lovely luxury, but like all luxuries, it comes with a price tag: Extra weight.

    Somewhere in this thread,...
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    hot springs in Banff closed in Sept?

    I was thinking the hot springs in Banff are only open Oct through May... If they are open, it is really nice to soak after a long day on the _______. Afterward, a nice dinner, some ____ wine and -...
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    gotta love Banff...

    Hmmmm, the Canadian Rockies.....

    I would definitely make a stop over in Banff and take a soak in the hot springs. Make your stay at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel and enjoy a nice meal or two...
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    Down Jacket = Insurance!

    I always take my down parka on wintery hikes, winter camping, or when winter climbing - there seems to be a little thematic consistency here - WINTER! When it's cold outside, i need my WARM coat...
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    Poll: Great for ascent AND descent!

    in the vote i selected recently, but have used a walking stick for many years, just within the last 4 years started using actual "hiking" poles. They're great - for rock hopping, snow, general going...
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    Down Parka? Here ya go...

    I have Mtn Hrdwr Sub-Zero PARKA and it is truly winter worthy - in the Whites or most anywhere else for that matter. I used mine in -30F standing temps in the 'daks and was toasty before i'd had any...
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    Poll: Interesting question - Mud/No Mud I don't like...

    Interesting question - Mud/No Mud

    I don't like it because it increases my clean up time AFTER the hike. I could care less about walking through it (i've crawled through probably a mile or two...
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    There was a lengthy thread RE: a similar question...

    There was a lengthy thread RE: a similar question on the General Backcountry forum recently i believe - though i could be wrong - it's happened b4, it'll happen again....

    Both crampons you linked...
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    Down VS Synth?

    This could easily degenerate into another down vs synth debate ;) - it is usually pretty sad watching normally nice folks really dig in their heels and "tee off" on one another.

    To address you...
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    Amazing Topic!

    Thank you all - this is a very interesting read. At the "risk" of misunderstanding some, there has been every type of post-er from the humble "know your limits" types (thankfully in the majority...
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    Black Diamond Sabertooth and/or Contact 'pons

    I use Black Diamond's Sabertooth - both the full step-in version (which requires a stiff "welt" to set the heel/toe bails) and the newer Clip version. The Clip version is my primary crampon. Easy to...
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    Thoughts....

    Hi Bobby -

    You likely have already made your purchase, but in case you haven't.....

    For boots, i have both plastic and leather boots as do many here. I used to use pac-boots "back in the day",...
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