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    I carry ibuprofen and acetaminophen in my first...

    I carry ibuprofen and acetaminophen in my first aid kit. Ibuprofen seems to work better for me, so that's what I prefer to take, although I very rarely use any pain medications.
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    The question of drug effectiveness beyond...

    The question of drug effectiveness beyond expiration date has been studied by FDA at the request of the military. Here is a link to high-level summary at NIH web site:...
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    This one made me chuckle, as I certainly have...

    This one made me chuckle, as I certainly have been guilty of doing this (perhaps less the assertion that I haven't been swimming): https://www.vftt.org/forums/showthread.php?59166-Mount-Obama-4-17-17
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    I am one of (few?) people who did not have a...

    I am one of (few?) people who did not have a sponsor. I came across VFTT when googling for information on Kate Matrosova. One thing that struck me from the beginning was the quality of posts -...
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    They are probably using high ISO setting which is...

    They are probably using high ISO setting which is probably why the picture looks a bit grainy. They could be also setting exposure time higher at night. For comparison, I took these two pictures in...
  6. I don't know how these heel straps look like or...

    I don't know how these heel straps look like or how they are mounted but I bet you can buy some generic synthetic straps (probably 1/2 inch would be strong enough) and some screws / washers / rivets...
  7. If supplies run really low one can always type in...

    If supplies run really low one can always type in "DIY snowshoes" in YouTube search box...
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    Since I was not getting much progress with a file...

    Since I was not getting much progress with a file I thought that my choice was either to use bench grinder or to replace the microspikes altogether as they got dull to the point that is was really...
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    Now that winter is here again, I though I would...

    Now that winter is here again, I though I would post an update on sharpening my microspikes - I tried using a file as we as a rotary tool but all this was going too slow, so I ended up using a bench...
  10. If your snowshoes are 18 years old and the...

    If your snowshoes are 18 years old and the material became brittle then it seems quite likely that you might experience similar problem in other parts of the snowshoe that uses the same type of...
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    All popular hiking-oriented mapping apps that I...

    All popular hiking-oriented mapping apps that I am aware of utilize smartphone built-in gps and have some (perhaps paid) option to pre-download maps prior to hiking. Hence with a little planning...
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    When I see errors on OpenStreetMap I just upload...

    When I see errors on OpenStreetMap I just upload my gps traces after the hike and fix whatever is wrong. It's really not that hard to do and makes the map better for future users. Paper maps also...
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    Btw, the battery door is usually holding up...

    Btw, the battery door is usually holding up really well (at least on all Garmin units I had so far), so I wonder if the lock is working properly on yours? It should click as as you turn the lock tab.
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    I think Doug is making a really good call here. ...

    I think Doug is making a really good call here. Your maps on SD card might be fine but as SD card fell out, your GPS possibly decided that your topo map was no longer available, and now it just...
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    I asked my son for some more details. Their...

    I asked my son for some more details. Their group did not fit into a lean-to, so some kids were sleeping inside of a lean-to while 6 slept in tents pitched next to a lean-to which was less than 150...
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    Hikerbrian, Perhaps you had some bad luck but...

    Hikerbrian,

    Perhaps you had some bad luck but it's not the first time I hear a story like this. Few years ago my son went with his scout troop to Catskills and they got awoken in the middle of...
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    Ratings are subjective and inherently asymmetric...

    Ratings are subjective and inherently asymmetric - the person rating the trail will very likely perceive the difficulty differently than a random user of the guide. That's why I prefer attributes...
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    You probably should check out...

    You probably should check out https://www.alltrails.com I believe this is currently the most popular on-line "living" trail guide that has a quite a number of useful features. It has curated &...
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    I recently backpacked in Sierra Nevada and my...

    I recently backpacked in Sierra Nevada and my observation is that depending on the wind direction you may get air filled with smoke and horrible visibility or a perfect blue sky. Here are two...
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    If you find plane crash sites interesting, then...

    If you find plane crash sites interesting, then there are many geocaches placed near them, so geocaching might be one of the easiest way of getting coordinates for places like this.
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    I have a bit of update on the maps for my Garmin...

    I have a bit of update on the maps for my Garmin eTrex 32x - last night I updated to the latest TopoActive map version 2020.10 but this map did not yet have the lakes that I marked on OpenStreetMap,...
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    I suspect my issue is a bit different in that...

    I suspect my issue is a bit different in that once I connected the device to a different USB port it worked fine once. What I discovered was that after I plugged in my GPS to a USB port that I used...
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    I recently bought eTrex 32x to replace my old...

    I recently bought eTrex 32x to replace my old eTrex 30. eTrex 32x is a essentially 22x + 3-axis compass, barometric altimeter & includes ANT+ connectivity. I think TopoActive maps are primarily...
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    Great photos. I really love the 4th one where...

    Great photos. I really love the 4th one where the Sun is hidden behind the clouds.
  25. I have had Spot3 for several years now, so over...

    I have had Spot3 for several years now, so over time I got some idea of what to look for in a satellite communication device. I think the things I care about fall primarily into these categories:

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