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    Yes give them a try! Owners are friends of my...

    Yes give them a try! Owners are friends of my wife and I want to give them a plug :-)
  2. Australian Hiker Says He Crawled ‘Inch-by-Inch’ to Survive....

    https://www.foxnews.com/world/australian-hiker-survives-after-fall


    Lower leg snapped in half. Ouch! Seen it done on the soccer pitch a few times, can't imagine the pain he was in.
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    I don't mean to direct this at you, individually....

    I don't mean to direct this at you, individually. But, collectively, aren't we as much of the problem as anything else? We demand solitude, yet likely spend more time in the mountains than anyone...
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    Never say it's "just a rabbit". I've seen one...

    Never say it's "just a rabbit". I've seen one that was, well, no ordinary rabbit. It was the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on.
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    I know you say you don't want a 2nd closed-cell...

    I know you say you don't want a 2nd closed-cell foam pad, but I love having one. I doubles as a seat no matter where you are, rests under your pad to protect it, adds additional warmth, can stand on...
  6. Thread: Banff Wolf Attack

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    Banff Wolf Attack

    https://www.boston.com/news/animals/2019/08/14/banff-wolf-attack

    Pretty harrowing story.
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    TP issue to me is related to the proliferation of...

    TP issue to me is related to the proliferation of winter hiking. What is buried in the snow becomes visible in the spring. Assuming the same percentage of people will leave trash behind, if there...
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    ** sigh **

    ** sigh **
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    Understood. But, the basic stipulation was "I'm...

    Understood. But, the basic stipulation was "I'm planning a backpack from Katahdin back to my house in New Hampshire along the AT in July and August.". So, I still don't understand how going...
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    Sure, anything is possible. Just seems strange...

    Sure, anything is possible. Just seems strange to take a trail in Vermont when you want to go from Maine to NH. But, like they say...hike your own hike.
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    Will be quite difficult to get from Katahdin to...

    Will be quite difficult to get from Katahdin to NH via the Long Trail.
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    Seems like almost all of Colorado is above...

    Seems like almost all of Colorado is above treeline. Side note, but I just did a quick search and Lightning Strikes aren't even listed anywhere in the leading cause of deaths in Colorado. It is...
  13. Ran into a similar story and happened to have a...

    Ran into a similar story and happened to have a few leftovers in my kit. They did make a big difference. Not that it was a carry-worthy injury, but still a painful one and the meds helped.
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    If someone is too far gone to get up on their...

    If someone is too far gone to get up on their own, there's no way you drag a 200lb. person down that unless you are trained at it.
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    I believe it is total attempts/summits, so there...

    I believe it is total attempts/summits, so there would be several who have done it multiple times.
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    Numbers slightly outdated: Number of people to...

    Numbers slightly outdated:

    Number of people to attempt to climb Mt. Everest: approximately 4,000.
    Number of people to successfully climb Mt. Everest: 660.
    Number of people who have died trying...
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    I go for walks in the woods all the time and have...

    I go for walks in the woods all the time and have all my life. I don't plan on carrying my full safety gear all the time. While I often will have my phone with me, not always and coverage where I...
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    Out in southern NH yesterday and they were hungry.

    Out in southern NH yesterday and they were hungry.
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    A really enthralling read. I haven't read one in...

    A really enthralling read. I haven't read one in so much detail previously; only read one with similar drama previously which was in Gulf of Slides quite a long time ago (which we were nearly in).
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    Thru-hikers are a category all their own. Much...

    Thru-hikers are a category all their own. Much of their hike is dictated by budget and timing, and a side-route of a couple of miles in the midst of a 20+ mile day could mean a missed connection,...
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    That's what struck me as well. When braiding,...

    That's what struck me as well. When braiding, they seem to cross, separate, and cross again often enough. These look like completely divergent paths after meeting. It does look a bit odd. Would...
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    Since I am sure I've done a hike the weekend...

    Since I am sure I've done a hike the weekend before Christmas almost every year for the last 25 (as part of my instructions to do what I can to help for the holidays was to GTFO of the way...) I can...
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    You're overthinking it. I go with "dayum, it...

    You're overthinking it.

    I go with "dayum, it was cold & snowy today" and if it felt like winter (to me), I consider it done. If it didn't (to me), I don't.
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    If he was wearing bright green dog booties I'd be really scared....
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    I took a different route. If I climbed a peak in...

    I took a different route. If I climbed a peak in "winter" conditions, I checked it off my internal list. I experienced that peak in "winter" conditions, which was my goal. Sometimes, that occurred...
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