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    Note: This giveaway ended 7/28/17. For summer, we're giving away a $100 Backcountry.com Gift Certificate plus your choice of a shirt or hat from the TrailGroove Store! Just make sure you're subscribed to TrailGroove and then like this blog post to let us know you'd like to be included in the drawing. Full details below. How to Enter 1) Like this blog entry in the lower right hand corner of this post. Simply login with your TrailGroove account and like this blog entry in the lower right hand corner of this post to let us know you'd like to be entered to win. New to TrailGroove? Click here to sign up for a new account - make sure to select the subscribe option on the sign up screen as well - it will help with step 2. The button you then need to click to like this post will look like the one below, albeit a bit smaller: 2) Subscribe to TrailGroove. Odds are you might already be subscribed, but you can subscribe below or verify by typing in your email if needed. (Hint: Receive an email from us about this giveaway? If so, you're subscribed!) Note that you won't be subscribed twice, so it doesn't hurt to check - make sure you're subscribed with the same email you used here for your TrailGroove account: Subscribe 3) Premium TrailGroove Member? You've been automatically entered into this giveaway - like this blog post for an additional entry and chance to win! Or sign up for a premium membership anytime before 7/28 to take advantage of this benefit. 4) Optional: This isn't required and doesn't even earn additional entries, but since you're here feel free to follow us below on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - we'd appreciate it! (And it helps us keep you up to date with any future giveaways and TrailGroove news from time to time) .ig-b- { display: inline-block; } .ig-b- img { visibility: hidden; } .ig-b-:hover { background-position: 0 -60px; } .ig-b-:active { background-position: 0 -120px; } .ig-b-v-24 { width: 137px; height: 24px; background: url(//badges.instagram.com/static/images/ig-badge-view-sprite-24.png) no-repeat 0 0; } @media only screen and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), only screen and (min--moz-device-pixel-ratio: 2), only screen and (-o-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2 / 1), only screen and (min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), only screen and (min-resolution: 192dpi), only screen and (min-resolution: 2dppx) { .ig-b-v-24 { background-image: url(//badges.instagram.com/static/images/ig-badge-view-sprite-24@2x.png); background-size: 160px 178px; } } 5) As always, if you're new to TrailGroove or perhaps just haven't dropped by in a while, feel free to stop by the forum to jump in the discussion or just to say hello! We'll randomly draw from all entries on Friday 7/28 at Noon Mountain Time and we'll contact the winner here via a private message - Good luck!
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    Cool beans. Would like the $100 Gift certificate to use for a gift to a statewide get your kids out in nature program. tee iI'll wear
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    Have since tested out the Helinox Chair Zero as well, 17.2 ounces. Didn't personally find it quite as comfortable for lounging as the Helinox Ground Chair, but it's lighter and definitely easier to get in and out of!
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    The Ozarks of northwest Arkansas and southern Missouri are full of magical places, and thanks to the rest of the world’s inattention to this glorious natural area, solitude can often be easily found. Eye-catching geology abounds as a consequence of erosion of the high plateau that created the peaks and hollows characteristic of the area. Clear rivers and streams lace through limestone bluffs and natural bridges and over waterfalls, making the Ozarks an outdoor paradise. There are so many spots with stunning scenery in the Ozarks that the best thing to do is base your adventure in one locale and explore for a few days. We recently visited the area near Jasper, a very small town on the Buffalo National River. There, we stayed at the Cliff House, a hotel and restaurant overlooking the “Arkansas Grand Canyon,” a wide canyon carved by the Buffalo, and took in three short, easy, and very scenic hikes. Alum Cove Natural bridges are surprisingly common in the Ozarks and one of the largest is at Alum Cove Natural Bridge Geological Area in the Ozark Natural Forest. The arch is 130 feet long and 20 feet wide, all that remains of what was once a quartz sandstone cave. Parking is near a sizable picnic area with tables and a restroom, a convenient stop before hiking down the switchbacks into the hollow. It’s only about 4 tenths of a mile to the arch but the entire 1.1-mile nature trail is worth the time to hike it. While it’s interesting walking atop the arch, the view from below is much more intriguing.The trail continues down the hill from the base of the arch and follows a bluffline with a shallow cave, then loops back up to the trailhead. Directions: From Jasper, take State Highway 7 south for 15 miles. Turn west on State Highway 16 and go 1 mile. Turn northwest on Newton County Road 28 and go 3 miles. Kings River Falls The highlight of this easy, level two-mile round trip is a waterfall flanked by broad stone slabs perfect for picnicking and sunbathing. Kings River Falls is a popular swimming hole in the summer, but visit in cooler weather and you may have it all to yourself. Most of the trail runs along the Kings River, a clear mountain stream on your right, and on your left a hay field defined by an old rock wall. A grist mill once stood at the big falls — look closely for marks carved into the stone. Directions: From the community of Boston on State Highway 16 (between Fallsville and St. Paul), go north on County Road 3175 for 2.1 miles; bear right as the road forks onto County Road 3415. Stay on this road for 2.3 miles until you come to a "T" intersection with County Road 3500. Turn left, and go across the creek and park at the natural area sign. Glory Hole Falls Trail I’d wanted to see this place in the Ozark National Forest for years and it was definitely the highlight of the trip. The 1.9-mile round trip trail follows an old roadbed that drops down the hill to a place where Dismal Creek falls through a large opening through the roof of a bluff. The trail comes to the top of the bluffline where you can see the opening from the top. On the right there is a way to continue to the bottom. It is steep and slick in places as you enter a moist glade area. Once there, you can walk beneath the overhang and immerse yourself in the beauty of the waterfall, especially dramatic after a rain. Use caution, a hiker was critically injured here in 2015 when he fell 25 to 30 feet off a ledge to the rocks below. Directions: From Edwards Junction (the intersection of State Highways 16 and 21) travel west on 16/21 for 2.3 miles, going 0.7 miles past the Cassville Baptist Church. There is a parking area with room for several vehicles on the south side of the road, opposite a house up on a hill. Park along the highway and hike along the 4WD road, turning right at the bulletin board. Additional Resources: Two books that detail hikes in this area of the Ozarks are Arkansas Hiking Trails and Arkansas Waterfalls, both by Tim Ernst.
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    Hey Max, oddly enough have a 12 week old red heeler myself, and almost named her Copper. Regarding hiking with dogs in general, I detailed a lot of my thoughts here in our first issue - might be of interest and welcome to the forum!
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    Hello everyone, My name is Max, originally from Massachusetts, did college in Chicago (Illinois Tech if there are any other nerds out there), Infantry Officer in the 82nd Airborne Division, and I've been out of the trek game long enough where I'm basically starting over. Looking to walk the world with my red heeler Copper. Short terms goals are to segment the MST in NC and thru-hike the New England Trail. Long term is to earn my US Triple Crown (AT, PCT, CDT). If you have any advice on hiking with dogs or trail recommendations I'd love to hear them. Max (and Copper)
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    A friend and I took a 9 day trip to the Sierra's, including a brief jaunt into Yosemite, and two three day backpacks (in John Muir wilderness and Ansel Adams wilderness). We chose to fly from Denver into Las Vegas rather than Reno, as flights and rental car were both substantially cheaper. We were able to secure all needed front country and backcountry reservations thru recreation.gov in March. Arrived in Las Vegas Saturday, July 29 and made the 5 hour drive to our front country camp at June Lake (50 miles north of Bishop, CA). Up early on Sunday, and took our quick trip into Yosemite to climb Mt Hoffman--this peak offers 360 degree views of the entire park. We had been to Yosemite a number of times in the past, but for some reason never got around to climbing this peak--it's well worth it, and a pretty easy hike/climb--normally it would be a 5.5 mile round trip from the May Lake trailhead and 2000 of vertical. However, we arrived at the May Lake turnoff from Tioga road to find that the two mile spur to the trailhead was closed--thus we got 4 "bonus" miles. Still a worthy hike, and great views of the park: Returned to our June Lake campground Sunday night, then up early on Monday to get our backcountry permit for Lake Sabrina trailhead in the John Muir wilderness (just west of Bishop). Had a 6 mile hike up to our planned campsite near Dingleberry lake (love that name!). Our plan was to climb Picture peak (13,140) the following day. We were up early, and found ourselves at the back side of the peak after a fun ascent of a ridge above Hungry Packer Lake. Unfortunately, we found the easiest (class 3) coulouir route to be filled with snow, and chose not to attempt it--turned around at 12,500 and returned to camp. We were blessed with many misquito companions at our campsite--a byproduct of all the snow that the Sierras got this past winter. I had forgotten my headnet (only piece of gear I neglected to bring), and regretted it! We were up early the next morning and hiked out. Got showers and did a small load of laundry in Bishop, then back to June Lake campground. The following morning found us again up early and off to Mammoth Mountain to obtain our backcountry permit for the Ansel Adams wilderness-devils postpile trailhead. An hour before our 5am wake up, a bear chose to visit the campground garbage bin, which as about 100 feet from our campsite. A few of our neighbors got up after hearing the ruckus he was causing, and jumped in their vehicles, scared him off with their headlights--exciting way to start your day! We took the mammoth mountain shuttle to devils postpile, and were off to our next planned campsite at Minaret Lake. Arrived there midafternoon and were relieved that the misquitoes weren't quite as vicious as in the Sabrina basin. Had a thunderstorm move thru at dinner time, which forced us to retreat from our campsite (which was on a ridge above the lake) for an hour or so. Things settled down after that, and we enjoyed unbelievable views of the minarets--took a short hike to a ridge above our campsite that evening for even better views. The following morning, we ascended volcanic ridge, which was just adjacent to our campsite--about 1700 of vertical and 1.5 miles found us atop the ridge and staring across the valley at the minarets--a view not to be missed. I should note that there was significant fire haze throughout our stay in the Sierras--we were told by a ranger at mammoth mountain that it was a result of numerous fires in British Columbia--evidently there had been 136 (!?) lightning initiated fires in one day a few days prior! We packed out from Minaret lake the following morning, got a shower in Mammoth Lakes, back to our June Lake campground, and then drove back to Las Vegas, and flew home on Sunday. All in all, a great (although too short) trip. I did pick up a mapset of the John Muir trail (for future reference--plan to do this at some point soon as I am now retired, and have the time). Here is a link to the complete pictures: pix.sfly.com/CCxR-Wi6
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    Some tips from my own exeperience. Upgrade your sleeping pad. In my opinion, the most comfortable are Big Agnes Insulated Q core and the Big Agnes Double Z. Get a decent pillow and convience, that your sleeping bag is warm. Get up early the day you camp, and hike most of the day. Avoid going to sleep much earlier than you do at home, and get same habit to do before sleep (reading, work out, music listening) .Don’t analyze the sounds in the night and find your comfort zone, stay relax and warm.
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    My personal preference would be for the Mutha Hubba. It is lightweight and uses only one pole so setup is quick and can be accomplished by one person. The VE 25 by contrast, uses 5 poles and setup, while not difficult, is more finicky. Floor space in the Mutha Hubba should be more than adequate too for two adults and one child. The VE25 is more durable, but it really is built for extreme conditions. The Mutha Hubba is also much less costly. If you have any more questions feel free to ask and when you do make a decision, let us know what you decided to purchase.
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    I like the idea that no one knows where I am, no one can find me, which is a rare thing in the 21st century. I'll take the risks, such as they are.
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    Hello, I enjoy getting out doors mostly in the Southwest. Been looking for a forum like this and I look forward to sharing and also reading other's experiences.
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    I'll post a quick review when it arrives. Bought it from eBay; $55 Canadian with free shipping from South Korea; hopefully it's a decent stove.
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    Also, note to TrailGroove management: this is second item I bought this year after reading about it here. Let your sponsors know.
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    I've tried the chairs with short legs and the Monarch-type chairs and found that the Monarch can be easier on the body, once seated, because you can easily rock back and extend your legs out much further. I wish it were as lite as the Chair Zero but really the couple extra ounces aren't much since my base weight is pretty low. I'm in the over-50 crowd so a chair at the end of the day is much much better than a log or rock. And it is much better than some pad on the ground or on top of a bear can. I have kindly emailed Alite to make a Monarch chair with lighter poles and fabric but obviously they have not responded in kind, yet anyway.
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    Thank you so much Aaron! I will definitely use this site...thank you! And our timing was definitely the issue...we didn't start until after noon and that's not happening again. Thank you again for this suggestion!
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    Hello! After having moved to beautiful NoCo about a year ago from Texas, I have been getting into hiking and backpacking a lot more. I love being out in nature and am loving discovering new trails that lead to magnificent fishing holes. I'm looking forward to learning and asking questions.
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    Never miss an issue . A great learning magazine !
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    I also got a Chair Zero in the spring with my REI dividend. I took it on a week-long backpacking trip. Was amazed at how easily it packed. I doubt I'll take it on many long backpacking trips, but I've carried bulkier, heavier things in a backpack plenty of times.
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    This is the best site and magazine !!! How could anyone pass this up??
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    Any of us that have been in the outdoors for more than about 30 minutes has made some kind of superb blunder that we learned a very basic (and often obvious) lesson from. I figured, why not share them on here and maybe save someone else the embarrassment and/or agony of learning that lesson the hard way, too? I will go first as mine is still very fresh in my mind after over 25 years. My recent trip back there (please see my trip report) took me past the scene of the crime so to speak: I was living near Glen Rose, Texas, at the time. I had just moved there for a new construction job and was enjoying the July 4th holiday weekend with my parents, who lived there also. I heard about a place that rented inner tubes that you could float down the river on for a reasonable fee and thought, why not? There was a landing place about 4 miles down the river and my mom agreed to pick me up there. I started out about 9 in the morning, didn't bother with sunscreen as it was early in the morning and the river was mostly shaded as far as I could see. Now I grew up in Texas and am very aware of the literally killing power of the sun there. I had a great farmer tan and I am sure you are seeing where this is going. I missed my 4 mile jump out point due to some fast current there. No problem, I told myself, I would just jump off at the next place. It was 11 miles further down before I could safely get out of the river. About 5 PM that day I got off the river, found a pay phone (pre cell phone days) and got a lift home. I was severely burned and got sun sickness from it. My feet swelled up to about triple their normal size, and I had blisters over most of my exposed body; lost my shirt during this trip also. My knees and shins took the worst of it and for a couple of weeks I could peel strips of skin from my knees all the way off my toes in solid strips. Remember that new job I mentioned? It was on a construction site and I had to stuff my tortured feet into steel toed work boots. When the doctor asks me about the 1-10 pain scale they love so much? This is my 10. Object lesson for me? You can never have too much sunscreen and protective clothing. Sunburn is nothing to laugh at if you get caught out too long.
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    I feel like such a rookie even retelling this story. My husband and I went up to Grand Teton and decided to snowshoe to Taggert Lake. We've hiked there before but never snowshoed. The snow looked packed well and the trail to the lake wasn't bad at all. I thought we were going to head back the way we came but my husband had other plans and decided to leave by a different, less used route. I don't know why, but I thought this was going to be easy peasy and my dumb butt wore jeans. Yes, jeans. How many of you just groaned out loud? It started snowing and like I said, the trail wasn't heavily used so the snow wasn't packed down very much and I fell waist-deep, many-a-time. Soaked and exhausted, I was glissading at the end down any steep parts because, hey, why not? Lesson learned...NEVER wear jeans in the outdoors. Just don't. And bring extenders for snowshoeing no matter what.
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    Best backpacking place on the internet.
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    Hi Game Warden - I didn't mention it, but I do eat out of a bowl (I have eaten out of bags, but don't love it). I boil water in the pot, cook in the bag, eat in a bowl. I use the Fozzil "pack flat" bowls: https://www.amazon.com/Fozzils-516117-Bowls-Pack-Blue/dp/B01C6HBOWC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1500502964&sr=8-2&keywords=fozzils VERY easy to clean, very light...
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    I love all the articles TrailGroove!
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    How can you not like this? Thanks, TrailGroove. (Oh, and I dig the recipes too.)
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    I need to get a nifty Trail groove sticker for my new ride.
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    ah summer....finally summer! Hopefully I'll have a couple great trip reports soon for my second permit up Whitney and a trip to Palisade Glacier. Maybe I'll get lucky and win this awesome drawing so I can buy the Exped Down Mat 9. Fingers crossed for the drawing...and for the snow to melt in the Sierra.
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    Love this mag, giving me lots of trip ideas for when I am over there. Next month we're bushwalking the Yosemite NP, Oregon Coastal Trail, Glacier and Zion NP's while on holiday with my wife. Back for the AT next year. All the best from Australia.
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    First semester of college. A friend and I decided to summit Utah's Mt. Timpanogos (in the dead of winter). Rented snow shoes and an ice axe (with no knowledge how to use either), ended up spending a long cold night just a few miles up the trail on a steep side slope in chest deep powder. No shelter. Blizzard. Avalanches rumbling down all around us (covered our tracks) through the night. Ya, I'm lucky to be alive. Hundreds of backcountry miles later, I now have a profound respect for nature!
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    Great mix of content. I recommend this to all my friends.
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    I'll keep thinking about my own personal mistakes in the backwoods but for now I'll recount the mistake of a friend of mine. Admittedly he was new to backpacking. As a matter of fact almost all his gear he was borrowing from me as I have 2 of just about everything. We got up early and made the 7 hour drive and arrived about 2pm and then hiked till about 7:30 or so. We each chose a spot to pitch our tents. As I was getting mine set up I kept glancing over at his progress to see how he was doing and I noticed that he kept looking in his bag and taking things out and putting them back in. when I got done with my tent I walked over to see what was going on. I figured he just wanted help setting up the tent. However, that is when the truth came out, he had forgot to pack the tent. Not the just the stakes or poles but the whole thing he had left at home. Ughhh!!
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    Those signs are very new...
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    The Red Desert of Wyoming holds a unique appeal no matter your approach – it’s a country just as suitable for backpacking as it is for exploring and camping beside your vehicle off a rough and long forgotten dirt road. Either way, you’re likely to be in the middle of the nowhere. Adding to its allure, to begin the year the desert can only be comfortably explored for a short time each spring after the roads have sufficiently dried from melting snow to make passage by vehicle (just to get there) possible, and before this treeless and shadeless expanse becomes too hot for comfortable hiking. And especially for family hiking as would be the case on this trip. And even hot weather aside, admittedly as summer arrives in full swing the high country opens up to distract a hiker up and into the mountains to enjoy those alpine meadows and valleys with pleasant summer mountain weather. Recently a quick backpacking trip was made into a particularly scenic corner of the Red Desert to explore one of the numerous Wilderness Study Areas that can be found in central Wyoming. One of my favorite things about backpacking is the pure adaptability of one’s existence, with your home on your back and as long as you have water and food, you don’t really need to be anywhere other than where you currently stand. Thus, as we left the highway and the dirt road progressively became rougher, and began to become only muddier as we turned onto a more obscure high clearance road passable only with the assistance of 4 wheel drive and patient driving, it gradually became apparent that plans would need to be changed. Not wanting to only get stuck farther in on the slick road, maps were consulted and an alternate entry into the Wilderness Study Area located. In this park anywhere, trail-less, camp wherever you can pitch your tent country, we pulled off the side of the road and shouldering packs laden with water picked our way through the sagebrush and hiked south. Although it wasn’t even officially summer at the time, the early afternoon sun was unrelenting and as a family trip, we’d need to make the most of our miles. Descending to the bottom of a rim we followed the contours and canyons that made up its base, with a multitude of unique formations serving as ample entertainment for all of us. Eventually, a suitable alcove was located to serve as a campsite, and the rest of the day was spent photographing, exploring from camp, and observing the numerous wildflowers and local residents of the area…from prairie dogs to prairie falcons. At sunset thunderstorms threatened and made for an amazing display, while gusty winds covered everything we had in fine sand. That night coyotes howled not much farther than a stone’s throw from our tent. The rain held off – meaning we’d actually be able to drive out the next day. With storms again threatening the next day however, a lazy hike out – stopping to take photos nearly every few feet – became the plan as temperatures climbed and clouds grew taller in the distance. Ascending the rim we passed a herd of cows, then elk, then a lone antelope and eventually reached our lone vehicle. It hadn’t yet rained though, and the road seemed just a bit drier than yesterday, so we drove on to explore the area around what had been originally planned to serve as a starting point only to find that the road had been closed by the BLM and we were lucky we’d stopped where we had the previous day. But the further exploration was beneficial as much for the additionally scenery as for the knowledge gained when further exploration of the area is due. Turning around and after an hour of bumpy driving, we reached pavement just as the first drops of rain coated the windshield and with the satisfaction of this quick trip into the desert…along with plenty of ideas for the next. Information: Exploring this area can be a bit difficult as the BLM web pages covering the Wilderness Study Areas in this region have recently gone offline, but information can be found with a little sleuthing and by using web archive services. Take plenty of water, gas, and provisions and check your spare. Watch the weather and forecast before the trip and the weather during, roads are often impassable when wet even with 4 wheel drive. Best Time to Go: Spring after the roads have dried enough for easy passage (timing varies), and early fall – check hunting seasons. Getting There: The Red Desert is located in south-central Wyoming. Numerous, somewhat maintained dirt country roads act as convenient ways to access more remote areas of interest from main highways. High clearance and 4 wheel drive are not required to get there, but are nice features to have, can help access more remote areas, and might help get you out! Maps: Printing USGS topo maps at home for hiking and combining with a detailed atlas like the Delorme Atlas and / or the Benchmark Map offerings to get you around while driving is a good strategy.
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    poison ivy....I was blessed with being immune to it. My dad wasn't. he um...forgot the necessary TP once and grabbed the wrong leaves. That was a hard lesson to learn, knowing and recognizing your local flora and fauna. (yes - 90-92)
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    Your story reminds me of the time I used a weed eater to clear poison ivy from a river bank. Backpacking blunders that stand out in my mind include: not bringing a topo map with enough detail to keep me on the trail and bushwacking until my feet were raw falling off a wet log while crossing a creek and breaking a rib. Those mistakes caused physical pain. (Jay - did you work at CPSES?)
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    I just joined and thought I should give ya'll a little info about myself. I am 33 years old, and up until about 6 months ago, I had never lived. However, I am finally starting to want to suck the marrow out of life, and really get out there. I have always had an interest in the outdoors, wildlife mainly, but I just now feel up to where I could really get out and conquer some of it. I went to Hot Springs last year, when I was sort of still out of it to get my access pass. I ended up hiking about 12 miles in the national park, so I figure my conditioning isn't too bad. My long term goal is to visit every national park/site in the country. Has anyone accomplished this before? If so I'd love some tips.
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    I know this is an old post, but I noticed that there were no factual data posted about the safety of aluminum cookware. As a critical thinker and an REI employee, I believe that people should make informed decisions based on facts from credible sources, not someone's own personal beliefs. (Disclaimer: This post in no way represents the opinions or recommendations of REI and I am not posting as an employee, but as a private individual.) According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), aluminum is safe to cook with. Aluminum is naturally present soil, water, and the air, but account for minimal exposure in humans. Primary exposure (about 7-9 mg/day) is via ingestion of aluminum containing food, including baked goods and goods containing anti-caking and coloring agents. Aspirin contains 10-20 mg. of aluminum and antacids have 300-600 mg of aluminum hydroxide, very little of which is absorbed. Most of the aluminum ingested passes through the digestive system and leaves the body in the feces. Smaller amounts that enter the bloodstream are voided via urine. Aluminum is applied topically via cosmetics and antiperspirants. Aluminum poses no health risks in these very minute exposure because healthy individuals do not store aluminum. However, some people who have kidney disease do store aluminum that enters the bloodstream as the kidneys fail to remove it. Some studies show aluminum in high levels are correlated with Alzheimer's; but other studies contradict that finding and there is no scientific consensus of a link between aluminum and Alzheimer's. The CDC recommends that concerns regarding typical aluminum exposure should be addressed by reducing or eliminating aluminum containing processed foods and avoiding cooking acidic foods in aluminum pots, although the levels of aluminum found in food cooked aluminum pots are safe. From here: https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/phs/phs.asp?id=1076&tid=34 With regard to anodized aluminum, according to Clemson University, anodized aluminum is hardened to prevent reaction to acidic foods cooked within, but storing acidic foods in the pot does cause pitting like non-anodized aluminum contact with acidic foods. From here: https://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/food/pdf/hgic3864.pdf Since it's uncommon for backpackers to cook or store acidic foods in their cookware, I would suggest that unless you have kidney disease you should be fine with aluminum pots, whether anodized or not, and would be better off basing your decision on factors other than safety such as weight, cost, and durability. Here comes my "gear nerd" answer: Titanium is chosen primarily for weight-saving and strength, but is generally much more expensive than aluminum/anodized aluminum. Aluminum is an excellent heat conductor making it a more efficient metal for cooking. However, the difference in heat transfer is negligible because even though titanium is more of an insulator than a conductor of heat, its greater strength allows for extremely thin walls which pose little barrier for heat to pass through. This is why I can't hold my titanium pot filled with boiling water with bare hands and why it's as efficient as an aluminum pot. Whether it's worth the added cost is really an individual choice. I am personally very happy with my 600 ml titanium cup that weighs 88 grams and can easily boil 2 cups of water. But I would also greatly consider anodized aluminum as an alternative since the weight cost is negligible and the cost is much less. The GSI Hallulite Minimalist is a 600 ml anodized aluminum pot with a cover, folding plastic spork (useless, IMO), a silicone pot gripper, and an insulating sleeve for 177 grams. If you ditch everything but the pot, you're down to 92 grams, only 4 grams heavier than titanium for (currently) $9 less. Hope that helps anyone considering new cookware or replacing old cookware.
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    Issue 21: Backpacking in the Bailey Range, Trail Maintenance, Everest Basecamp, Thru-hiking vs Section Hiking, Canon G7X Review, the Smokies, News, Tips & More. (157 Pages) Table of Contents: Jargon: Snow Water Equivalent Trail News Trail Tip: The 10 Essentials Farewell to Winter in the Smokes The New Hardest Thing - Everest Base Camp Thru-hike or Secton Hike? Pulaskis, Sweat, Hard Work & Fun - Trail Maintenance Canon G7X Review Across Olympic National Park - A Bailey Range Traverse Media: My First Summer in th Sierra Gear Mash Photo Tips from the Trail: Desert Photography Backcountry Cuisine: Curried Chicken Noodles In the Moment

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