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    I've been using Gaia for a few years and like it...

    I've been using Gaia for a few years and like it a lot. I paid for the download but don't pay the yearly subscription. If I'm using it, I just want to know where I am and where trails and landmarks...
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    Respectfully Brian, I hope you'll consider taking...

    Respectfully Brian, I hope you'll consider taking your own advice: step back from your knee-jerk reaction, let the ideas mellow for a day, and then let's have a civil electronic conversation. I'd ask...
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    Thanks for the response, I appreciate it. But I...

    Thanks for the response, I appreciate it. But I don't think you answered even a single one of my (gazillion) questions. Except maybe part of my last question: it sounds like you believe dividing...
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    [emphasis added by me] I have some questions...

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    I have some questions with this line of reasoning. How does one define 'position of power'? For example, the CEO of my company, a man I greatly admire, is a man of African...
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    Having slept on this (good advice, btw), I land...

    Having slept on this (good advice, btw), I land in the same space as Grey J and Puma concolor in the last two posts, as well as related thoughts upstream in this thread. This feels like another...
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    A-f******-men. I'm reminded of two experiences...

    A-f******-men.

    I'm reminded of two experiences I've had fairly recently. A few years ago I arrived at Kinsman shelter with an AMC group I was leading. We took out our MSR Whisperlites to melt snow...
  7. Great article. Note, it's the same one as the...

    Great article. Note, it's the same one as the vtskiandride link posted above by skiguy.
  8. Ammo is a classic terrain trap - modest slide =...

    Ammo is a classic terrain trap - modest slide = deep burial. This guy was clearly accomplished and appears to have practically invented drainage skiing, along with others on this coast. That guy knew...
  9. I'm not sure, Daytrip. I will say the night the...

    I'm not sure, Daytrip. I will say the night the o-rings failed on my Whisperlite was nowhere near the coldest night I'd been out with the stove. I think the o-rings were just old. I'm not sure the...
  10. Great info Dave.m. I thought it would be the case...

    Great info Dave.m. I thought it would be the case that one could understand what the stove was doing based on how it sounded. I imagine even without experience, a careful observer could have some...
  11. Hey JoshandBaron, what's your take on the Svea's...

    Hey JoshandBaron, what's your take on the Svea's performance in windy conditions, and is there anything special you do in those circumstances? I was out on a pretty chilly and windy night a couple...
  12. FWIW, my kids have both been in a hybrid school...

    FWIW, my kids have both been in a hybrid school model since September. Count me as a person who was certain school would be closed by Thanksgiving at the latest due to a surge in cases. This never...
  13. OMG, I haven't ridden the commuter rail in 10...

    OMG, I haven't ridden the commuter rail in 10 months, but that photo puts me right back there, the sounds (ka-tunk ka-tunk...ka-tunk ka-tunk), the smell, the sway of the cars. Holy moly. I can't...
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    Ha! Saw that after I posted, and I'm not editing...

    Ha! Saw that after I posted, and I'm not editing because I'm just not. I mean, I've heard the Whites are pretty bad this year...
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    Great comments here. Regarding Matrasova, I still...

    Great comments here. Regarding Matrasova, I still think the fundamental issues were 1) She simply did not know how bad it could get up there, that conditions sometimes are simply not survivable; and...
  16. This. Actually, if you're set on using your...

    This.

    Actually, if you're set on using your Pocket Rocket and weight is not an issue, I'd do both: bring an extra (new) canister, and also bring a shallow bowl of water to sit your cannister in...
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    Yep, exactly. For my kids specifically (ages 10...

    Yep, exactly. For my kids specifically (ages 10 and 12), I wanted something in shorter length - I got them the 20" - and I wanted the binding to be easy since I'd probably often be the one attaching...
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    I got both of my kids Symbioz Hyperflex for...

    I got both of my kids Symbioz Hyperflex for Christmas. They look and feel very solid. Great binding. I fully plan to swipe them and test them out myself. Time will tell on the durability piece.
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    Thanks for the link - that high level summary in...

    Thanks for the link - that high level summary in the journal African Health Sciences doesn't have any data, though there is a paper in Archives of Internal Medicine (might be paywalled?) from 2012...
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    Hard for me to add any more to SAR-EMT's 4:44...

    Hard for me to add any more to SAR-EMT's 4:44 post from 2005. I lean strongly towards what s/he says in that post. Don't administer such meds to anyone other than yourself.

    All drugs have an...
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    My dad and I went 'no guts, no glory' for our...

    My dad and I went 'no guts, no glory' for our first winter backpack in the late 90's. We both had crap synthetic '0 degree' (in quotes for a reason) sleeping bags. It was -12 that night in January....
  22. Got it, that makes sense. Your thought about...

    Got it, that makes sense. Your thought about getting back down FW at whatever the cost, even if they had to crawl half a mile to get there, was exactly my thought when I got to that part of the...
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    Couple of thoughts to add to the other good info...

    Couple of thoughts to add to the other good info here:
    1. I have an Osprey Aether 85L. It's gigantic, not too heavy (4.5 lbs?), but I find it pretty uncomfortable and sort of hate it. If all my gear...
  24. I agree with all that has been said so far. And...

    I agree with all that has been said so far. And I'm also curious Sierra what made you un-order the book? I haven't seen the lecture you referenced. I thought the book was simply outstanding, even...
  25. We skied at Wachusett yesterday. The experience...

    We skied at Wachusett yesterday. The experience crystalized some things for me. In no particular order:
    1. For MA residents, the biggest challenge to skiing in another state is the 10-day required...
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