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    I liked this book. It dispels a lot of common...

    I liked this book. It dispels a lot of common fears people have.

    http://www.amazon.com/Backcountry-Bear-Basics-Definitive-Mountaineers/dp/1594850283

    NOLS and Herrero's books and NPS are good...
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    The trail angel (hippie commune?) from today (May...

    The trail angel (hippie commune?) from today (May 17th) is awesome. How unbelievably generous of those folk.
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    Nice! This TR makes me super jealous. @mbiraman...

    Nice! This TR makes me super jealous. @mbiraman we have it easy up here: water (arsenic-less at least), bears run, cats are ghosts and small critters are cute instead of venomous and poisonous....
  4. WA > Rimrock Lake 5/9-10 - Punished for laziness

    Rimrock Lake is a larger recreational lake located South East of Mt. Rainier and about 40 miles West of Yakima. The lake was on the way to our Conrad Meadows trailhead to enter East Goat Rocks...
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    Buy a new hammock. You will fight with it for the...

    Buy a new hammock. You will fight with it for the next two weeks and spend $20+ on Nature's Miracle and other cleaners, but in the end, you'll eventually replace it. Save money now and just replace...
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    I've thought about building a mosquito net...

    I've thought about building a mosquito net similar to that for the dogs. Mosquito bites on dogs are a big deal since that's a part of the heartworm lifecycle. They stay for a long time and will,...
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    Hm, I have not used germanium oil on the dogs...

    Hm, I have not used germanium oil on the dogs yet. I make a *clove + **lavender blend to spritz and soak a bandana they'll wear. Much better alternative than a Petco collar. I know rosemary is also a...
  8. Thread: Raccoons....

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    Oh, they'll certainly smell the food. Just from...

    Oh, they'll certainly smell the food. Just from your own hands and handling the canister you'll put human and food stink all over it. But you should consider using a OPSAK, especially for garbage, to...
  9. Thread: Raccoons....

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    Well in that case, here's an article from the...

    Well in that case, here's an article from the Billings Gazette that includes a PDF memo from the Yellowstone Bear Center on the subject. The PDF includes sources to larger research papers from...
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    I did see they'll have a canister (kudos to the...

    I did see they'll have a canister (kudos to the OP!), but the problem is most people think in the narrow terminology of edibles instead of scents: deodorant, chapstick/toothpaste/sun-screen, beer...
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    Out of curiosity I put food in an Outsak...

    Out of curiosity I put food in an Outsak and leashed it to my front-yard tree. Worked fine against habituated North Seattle racoons, so you might want to consider it an option. My bigger 7-day sack...
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    *shrug* The girl who got smacked was the one who...

    *shrug* The girl who got smacked was the one who upp'd it and called it funny. So there's that. And they're getting cross-linked, PewDiePie for one, for internets celeb status. At this rate, it's...
  13. The 3rd Beach to Oil City hike? I think some of...

    The 3rd Beach to Oil City hike? I think some of you keep forgetting they'll likely be alone. I've scoured every resource to figure out a way to do that hike with one car, including just CLing a...
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    I used to live a couple blocks from the...

    I used to live a couple blocks from the Mothership in downtown Seattle--that place got real nuts. Camping out for deals there has always been pretty popular. Sometimes you'll see people selling food...
  15. Anything's possible in the PacNW. But Section J...

    Anything's possible in the PacNW. But Section J mostly goes from 3000-5000-3000-5000 (ish) in a fairly predictable cycle. You'll only just graze 6000 ft twice at Piper Pass and Chikamin. Snow isn't...
  16. Good call. He could still use the bus to get to...

    Good call. He could still use the bus to get to Leavenworth and then just find a way to one of the earlier Icicle Creek trailheads. It's about 4 miles from Highway 2, so he could walk that pretty...
  17. Last year like 7 of us entered and didn't win....

    Last year like 7 of us entered and didn't win. This year 2 of us enter and win a Core Saturday entry pass in July--go figure. Pumped I get to hammocking (bivvy?) works out in this alpine area. :)
    ...
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    Big time. After one season my bear bag kit's...

    Big time. After one season my bear bag kit's dynaglide is pretty dirty. Not sure if it affects performance and it still glides over branches and throws better than Zing it. But as others said, price...
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    It shouldn't have been terribly expensive. So if...

    It shouldn't have been terribly expensive. So if you can't return it and if you know any climbers they'll pick it off you. Never hurts to replace some anchors.

    Hammocking and climbing needs are at...
  20. If you're going to be alone and don't plan on any...

    If you're going to be alone and don't plan on any technical terrain, I'd wander around the Central Cascades mentioned in my post (Section J+some) and rickman's. You can camp a lake or ridge every...
  21. Visit NWhikers.net's and WTA.org's trip reports....

    Visit NWhikers.net's and WTA.org's trip reports. There you can find some of the more common multi-day loops and get an idea of terrain (maybe weather, but it is the PacNW).

    And since you're from...
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    Nice! I'm glad someone else had the same idea,...

    Nice! I'm glad someone else had the same idea, but actually went through with it. Fernie's snow looks a tad low, did you just stay on piste? I'm taking it you did not use, or need, fat skis. Kootenay...
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    Hah! A break between Zulu darts, Austin Magic...

    Hah! A break between Zulu darts, Austin Magic pistols and jarts? How did 60s kids stay in one piece.
  24. Before long that won't be an issue! If everything...

    Before long that won't be an issue! If everything isn't on fire, we might have an extended alpine hiking season.
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    Spray it behind your truck and treat the...

    Spray it behind your truck and treat the neighborhood kids to a vintage fog day?

    (but as a fisherman, thanks for asking)
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    Awesome! A great skill to have and they are fun...

    Awesome! A great skill to have and they are fun to make (as is snow furniture). PM me if you'd like any info on snow-cave gear setup.

    I am envious of the East's (mountain) snow. The Cascades look...
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    Not maybe but absolutely in a snow-cave. Added...

    Not maybe but absolutely in a snow-cave. Added bonus: While it does eat some oxygen, a paraffin candle's flame will be small at 17-15% O2 and goes out around 15%. At 15%-10% O2 levels a person is...
  28. WA > Goldmyer Hot Springs via Snow Lake (2015-02-17/18)

    Well that was a long walk to take a bath.

    Goldmyer is a remote hot springs located in the middle of the Central Cascades requiring you to hike-in. This natural preserve only allows 20 people per...
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    I'll be working, but I'm interested to see some...

    I'll be working, but I'm interested to see some photos of that area. I pretty much always head North of 90 from Roslyn to Vantage; and with Vantage closed, I'm interested in some other canyon...
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    Typically sold as contractor bags. Ridiculously tough for most uses, but I like how it lays flatter, easier.
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    Agreed. I keep a black duffle packed with...

    Agreed. I keep a black duffle packed with sometimes-items. Just be sure to keep it out of view since THs are increasingly high-prowl areas (typically off American interstate highways). Or this can...
  32. Use your Tyvek foot pad (or backup 6-mil bag) as...

    Use your Tyvek foot pad (or backup 6-mil bag) as a ground-cloth.
    Some backpacks have a removable foam pad for UL-bivy usage.
    Don't set up where water will collect.
    Lower the tarp. Move the tarp?...
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    Essentially just your sleep system: that section...

    Essentially just your sleep system: that section of your Excel/Google Sheets you are constantly trying to decrease the weight of.
  34. I like this thread; there's a whole lot of...

    I like this thread; there's a whole lot of underrepresented PacNW love.



    I only did J last year and it rained all but 1 day, making it very miserable for non-PacNW folk, resulting in some...
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    Consider a water bottle for colder trips. If...

    Consider a water bottle for colder trips. If you're around snow just bury them upsidown.

    Summit Post has a good page on that: http://www.summitpost.org/winter-water-bottle/269198
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    That's a really nice list without being too...

    That's a really nice list without being too activity-specific.


    Metal is cold. You can wrap certain items, like ice axes, with old bicycle tubes. Most things can be wrapped in gaffers or duct...
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    I was leaning toward Spring for those guys and...

    I was leaning toward Spring for those guys and Winter for the ice worms--which are real cool if you ever find some! But with how warm and snow-less the West Coast has been this Winter, I wouldn't be...
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    JC, you can get a PLB if you're real worried. An...

    JC, you can get a PLB if you're real worried. An alert will route to a SAR org within about 15 minutes of someone pressing the magic button, then they'll have rails off the ground within an hour. Of...
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    I'm glad to see the Alpine Multi-Cam worked out!...

    I'm glad to see the Alpine Multi-Cam worked out! Too bad out the supplier.

    If you find another source, I'd be interested in trying to have one built again--and sounds like many others would too.
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    Winter and thawing Spring have plenty of...

    Winter and thawing Spring have plenty of interesting bugs.

    Many of you have apparently not had the wonderful experience of meeting the snow skeeter. Yes, it's a real thing, and there are multiple...
  41. Seattle Marine sells Amsteel Blue 7/64 at...

    Seattle Marine sells Amsteel Blue 7/64 at $0.15/ft year round. I live down the road, so I can't comment on shipping prices, but even in the marine community West Marine are known for being over...
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    How wonderful! That's a killer backyard. I've yet...

    How wonderful! That's a killer backyard. I've yet to make it up there. Once I'm better at kiteboarding, Nitinat is high on my priority list.
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    Mentioned previously: no bugs, carry raw meat,...

    Mentioned previously: no bugs, carry raw meat, access, skiing, sleds (the 2-stroke variety).

    Yes, it's dark longer, but on a clear night during a bright moon, you can forego a headlamp. (Mt....
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    My high is only a 6" boot, but it's still a...

    My high is only a 6" boot, but it's still a heavier leather Danner. I used Hike Goo with great success in completely water-logged conditions.

    Most of the thru-hikers I met had the dirty girl or OR...
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    Nice site. Some good info on there. I've mostly...

    Nice site. Some good info on there. I've mostly moved over to light trail shoes in Summer (assuming no crampons) but I haven't had the confidence in low-top shoes over large sections of scree/talus....
  46. A friend of mine just spent last weekend in Zion...

    A friend of mine just spent last weekend in Zion hiking Angels Landing and Observation Point where the weather looked fantastic. With this Winter, similar weather might hold.
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    I did Section J and saw no bears, but plenty of...

    I did Section J and saw no bears, but plenty of thru-hikers had. The thru-hikers all said they run off easily. What they did run into were vermin: rats at popular campsites (the ones you find listed...
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    I haven't experienced any issues on the Olympic...

    I haven't experienced any issues on the Olympic Peninsula where I camp along the beach and in, technically, a rain forest.

    I also spent 6 nights on the PCT last Labor Day where it rained heavily...
  49. In the Pacific NW, typically surfperch, pacific...

    In the Pacific NW, typically surfperch, pacific mackerel and rockfish. Less sporty than the Atlantic or Gulf, but I think most people eat what they are allowed to keep. And of course salmon in the...
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    2.2 grams! Nice. Might be a good Summer...

    2.2 grams! Nice. Might be a good Summer replacement for my CAMP nano biner--which is around 23g. But for winter/scrambles/sketch terrain I likely have climbing rated gear to scavenge. I often find...
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