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Wildlife Sightings Today

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Astro

A New Natioanl Park

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odd man out

Hiking & Biking

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Drybones

Yosemite's Firefall Hike

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2nd Chance Hiker

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Astro

Why most of America can't make great biscuits.

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IMScotty

Hiker Rescued After Being Stuck in Quicksand for Hours

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odd man out

What's your favorite power bar?

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CoachLou

Took a walk today

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CoachLou

Whiskey Thread

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odd man out

Nutella

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Wise Old Owl

Understanding Lard, high energy easy to digest.

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odd man out

Loosing skin on your feet?

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Wise Old Owl

And In Other News

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Pinned welcome to the cafe

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  • Astro -

    Replied to the thread Wildlife Sightings Today.

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    Quote from odd man out: “Quote from Drybones: “Didn't get a photo but we had 50-60 white pelicans swimming down the creek behind the house in a tight pack...never seen them there before. ” Many years ago we were driving up route A1A in FL (the road…
  • Astro -

    Liked odd man out’s post in the thread A New Natioanl Park.

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    I went to college at Valparaiso University which is just down the road from the Dunes. At the end of our Freshman Orientation Week, the school sponsored a trip to the beach for the whole freshman class. The buses dropped us off an we were told the beach…
  • CoachLou -

    Liked Drybones’s post in the thread Hiking & Biking.

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    facebook.com/events/791861287820302/ Waiting for details on this ride, hopefully it works out for me to ride it...I got some large saddle bags to hold essentials like bourbon and cigars.
  • odd man out -

    Replied to the thread Wildlife Sightings Today.

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    Quote from Drybones: “Didn't get a photo but we had 50-60 white pelicans swimming down the creek behind the house in a tight pack...never seen them there before. ” Many years ago we were driving up route A1A in FL (the road that runs right along the…
  • odd man out -

    Liked Drybones’s post in the thread Wildlife Sightings Today.

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    Didn't get a photo but we had 50-60 white pelicans swimming down the creek behind the house in a tight pack...never seen them there before.
  • odd man out -

    Replied to the thread A New Natioanl Park.

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    I went to college at Valparaiso University which is just down the road from the Dunes. At the end of our Freshman Orientation Week, the school sponsored a trip to the beach for the whole freshman class. The buses dropped us off an we were told the beach…
  • odd man out -

    Liked Dmax’s post in the thread A New Natioanl Park.

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    I've hiked up the dune many times. When I was younger I got passed by Walter Payton a few times. He could go up and down around five times before I could make it to the top. Of course I was only a kid then. If I had been an adult it would have been 3…
  • Astro -

    Liked Dmax’s post in the thread A New Natioanl Park.

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    I've hiked up the dune many times. When I was younger I got passed by Walter Payton a few times. He could go up and down around five times before I could make it to the top. Of course I was only a kid then. If I had been an adult it would have been 3…
  • Dmax -

    Replied to the thread A New Natioanl Park.

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    I've hiked up the dune many times. When I was younger I got passed by Walter Payton a few times. He could go up and down around five times before I could make it to the top. Of course I was only a kid then. If I had been an adult it would have been 3…
  • jimmyjam -

    Liked Drybones’s post in the thread Hiking & Biking.

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    facebook.com/events/791861287820302/ Waiting for details on this ride, hopefully it works out for me to ride it...I got some large saddle bags to hold essentials like bourbon and cigars.

News

  • New

    Yosemite's Firefall is back. In years when there is enough flow over Horsetail Falls over El Capitan, and the Sunday is at the right angle (10 minutes before sunset in late Feb), and if the skies are clear, the waterfall glows as if on fire. This year in order to manage the crowds, people must park at the Yosemite Falls parking lot and hike one mile through deep snow (with no guarantee conditions will be just right).

    This is not to be confused with the fake Firefall where they pushed a bonfire off Glacier Point for the entertainment of the crowds below. This was done every week for almost 100 years before being discontinued in 1968.

  • New

    i don't normally watch youtube thru hiking videos unless there is something unique or different about the attempt (and there have been very few of those).

    anyway, i learned about the this guy from my georgia hiking facebook page. this individual is going to thru hike the PCT as his goal is to lose 200 pounds (he's close to 400 pounds at the beginning of the series).

    i've only watched the first video so far and about all i can say is he has a great attitude. i know that he only covered 7.3 miles in first 4 days, and several times people have had to give him water. i hope this is a life changing experience for him.

  • New

    As of yesterday, the US has added a new National Park to the NP system, bringing the total up to 61. The spending bill signed yesterday included a provision to change Indiana Dunes from a National Lakeshore to a National Park. Not sure if there is funding for a better sign. I guess Indiana was feeling left out in the NP department so their legislators lobbied for this change. Frankly, the other three National Lakeshores are much better than ID. I wonder if MI and WI will also lobby for this "upgrade". MI already has IRNP, but that is only "sort of" in MI. WI has none so AINL could be next. At only 15,000 acres, IDNP it is one of the smallest NPs so there won't be many hiking opportunities. With a few new NPs coming on line in the last few years, I thought I should do another accounting of how many I've been to. For me I've been to Badlands, Bryce, Everglades*, Glacier, Glacier Bay, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Great Smokey Mountains, Haleakala, Indiana Dunes*, Isle Royale, Joshua Tree*,…
  • New

    Long distance hikers, Ötzi from 5000 years ago ate large amounts of sheep fat and other high energy foods to stay alive in cold environments. It is important to understand how to render lard, as once you do it. The fat or fat back will stay shelf stable for a week or two in you pack... but its tasteless. You have to combine it with a protein and other foods. I am working on a Sloppy Joe idea here.

News

  • Six Moon Designs Deschutes Plus
    Weight - 16 ounces
    Weight w/Pegs - 18.125 ounces
    Material - 30D Silnylon
    Features - A no-frills tarp with a no-see-um skirt perimeter. Uses a single trekking pole set anywhere between 40" (100cm) to hug the ground or 49" (125cm) to provide great ventilation.
    Pros - Weight, Ventilation
    Cons - The setup is slightly confusing. There are 6 points to attach with pegs. Two of those point must be pegged first and are very difficult specify in dark and/or windy…
  • Winter Linville Gorge

    On February 27th, 28th and 29th I did a two night out and back trip from Wolf Pit Road trail-head to Table Rock mountain and back. In typical cafe fashion I planned this trip while driving 80 mph east on I-40 heading back from the Smokies. I stopped at a McDonald's to borrow some free Wifi to get a picture of a the trails and away I went. Going up Wolf Pit road in my 2002 Honda Accord was risky with the amount of ice and snow on the road. The final hill going down to the…
  • Great Smoky Mountain National Park

    On February 25th and 26th I did a nice loop in the Smokies from Big Creek Ranger Station parking lot to Deep Gap along the AT south of Mt. Cammerer fire tower. There was about 6 to 8 inches of snow while going up. I stealth camped due to the amount of snow coming in and the next day went down the Big Creek trail. Overnight there was another 6 to 8 inches of snow and freezing fog.

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  • Chicken Jambalaya

    5 grams - Freeze Dried Chicken
    7 grams - Dehydrated Chopped Onion
    5 grams - Dehydrated Leeks
    2 grams - Freeze Dried Celery
    5 grams - Freeze Dried Bell Pepper
    56 grams - Rice (Real or Instant)
    2 grams - Dehydrated Green Onion
    7 grams - Creole Seasoning
    7 grams - Dehydrated Diced Tomato
    7 grams - Tomato Powder
    7 grams - Chicken Stock Powder
    1 gram - Black Pepper
    1 gram - Salt
    28 grams - Dried Chorizo Sausage
    14 grams - Olive Oil
    8 ounces - Water

    Calories - 680
    Dry Weight -…
  • Nestle Nido and Breakfast Essential Based Milkshakes

    Nestle Nido is a full fat powdered milk which when combined with water makes a high calorie milk. I add Nestle Carnation Breakfast Essentials to add flavor and additional calories.

    Chocolate Latte

    1/2 Cup - Nestle Nido
    2 Packets - Chocolate Nestle Carnation Breakfast Essentials
    2 Packets - Folgers Instant Coffee Singles
    16 Ounces - Water

    Calories 580
    Weight 4.5 ounces

    1) Combine dry ingredients in zip lock bag
    2) Mix with water and…