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    I knew they were a pest in NZ and TAS, but didn't...

    I knew they were a pest in NZ and TAS, but didn't know the native ones were protected. But you have your own 50-million-strong problem. I've read great things about possum fur: super soft and light,...
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    Haha! I always forget about the love-hate...

    Haha! I always forget about the love-hate relationship with the kiwi bears down there. Did you eat the other part of your hat? I hear they aren't bad eating--assuming the glands didn't ruin the meat...
  3. Not sure why people expect wild animals to act...

    Not sure why people expect wild animals to act predictably or need a concrete reason for their actions. Hence, why we call them wild.

    So I see your silly American bears and raise you Torngat...
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    Thanks for the TR! People could have started the...

    Thanks for the TR! People could have started the PCT a full month early this year.

    I was hoping to ski Old Snowy this year, but was pretty sparse two months ago. A friend did two crummy chutes off...
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    I picked up a NANO rod from P&S...

    I picked up a NANO rod from P&S last year for a trip to Mexico. Pretty solid carry-on sized rod that's come in handy hiking around coasts. Fits in the soob too. 9'4" isn't super long, but hasn't been...
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    Great! Up for a 17 mile walk along a beach? Since...

    Great! Up for a 17 mile walk along a beach? Since you're a fisherman, I'd like to find others willing to stop for a toss or two into the Pacific for some red-tail surf perch (pinkfins to...
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    Cool. Another alpine hammocker. I'd be up for...

    Cool. Another alpine hammocker. I'd be up for hammocking trips that include class 3-4 summits and glacier travel.

    I've been looking for a mid-week partner for the Hoh>Oil City hike along the...
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    Yep. I did Peggy's Pond for Daniel last July...

    Yep. I did Peggy's Pond for Daniel last July 5-7th, then Deep Lake and Waptus for PCT-J last September.

    Peggy's Pond isn't hard to find, but it's a bit of a goat path around Cathedral Rock. The...
  9. I'm glad I'm not the only alpine hammocker who's...

    I'm glad I'm not the only alpine hammocker who's had to wander around to find suitable trees. You think you found a good spot--great views of the valley, next-morning's summit or lake, but it's a...
  10. You'll be fine, but I'd pack the longer ones....

    You'll be fine, but I'd pack the longer ones. Unless you're going through a pass, the PCT typically stays sub-alpine. So there's always trees, but the more alpine you go the fewer choices you'll have...
  11. Great TR! I considered a Fall permit and larch...

    Great TR! I considered a Fall permit and larch season might be just as high a demand as Summer! But late July seemed to accommodate schedules. And with a low-snow year, I don't expect any snow then....
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    Wallowa to Glacier makes for a long day, in a...

    Wallowa to Glacier makes for a long day, in a car. All along 90 from CDA to St. Regis has some quick and easy camping, along the river too. But if you want to get closer to the Flathead Valley, maybe...
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    The snow-level seems to be around 5500-6500 feet...

    The snow-level seems to be around 5500-6500 feet in most areas (excluding some North facing slopes). Colchuck is now unfrozen and I was told the snow-level on Aasgard is around 6000 ft! With this...
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    I'm not, but I go to the Alpine Lakes often....

    I'm not, but I go to the Alpine Lakes often. Below was from Monday at Al Lake (formerly Small) in the Necklace Valley. It was my first time going into that area and I'll be back for Hinman and Big...
  15. Thread: Never Wet!

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    NeverWet was completely a viral-marking and...

    NeverWet was completely a viral-marking and hype-building campaign. As mentioned above, it turns everything ash grey. And maybe that doesn't bother you on a set of trail shoes, we didn't care, but...
  16. FYI: Middle Fork road to Dingford Creek TH is now...

    FYI: Middle Fork road to Dingford Creek TH is now open on weekends only. Doesn't seem to be well known, so if you've been meaning to go, now's the time.
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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....
  20. 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...
  24. 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...
  25. 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...
  26. Thread: Raccoons....

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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...
  27. Thread: Raccoons....

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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...
  29. 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...
  31. 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...
  32. 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...
  33. 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...
  36. 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...
  37. 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.
  40. 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...
  44. 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...
  48. 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.
  50. 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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