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And In Other News



What is your favorite Mac & Cheese for the trail?



Current Gear Sales


Traffic Jam

Hiking & Biking



High blood pressure



Baseball Thread



New Hamshire Section Hike



High Energy means eating fat and carbs.


odd man out

Hot Day? Why do Bedouin wear black in the Desert heat?


Wise Old Owl

Connecticut section hike





odd man out

The value of a Pocket Bellow


odd man out

What's your favorite power bar?


Wise Old Owl

Crotch Pot



Glamping... Never heard of this before.



Astro on the AT 2018



The Cumberland Trail



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  • Astro -

    Liked Traffic Jam’s post in the thread Current Gear Sales.

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    Quote from odd man out: “Quote from Traffic Jam: “Quote from Astro: “Quote from Rasty: “I bought a sea-to-summit pillow today ” I bought one 3 years ago. Had been using my clothes bag as a pillow. In my opinion it was well worth the 2 ounces. :) ” I…
  • Astro -

    Liked Traffic Jam’s post in the thread Hiking & Biking.

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    Not the pano but it hints at the countryside. There were wildflowers all along the road with yellow finches flitting around.
  • SandyofPA -

    Liked odd man out’s post in the thread Technology.

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    I appreciate technology when it allows me to do things I otherwise couldn't. For example having much of the world's information at your fingertips is life changing. Recently I got distracted during one of my biochemistry lectures and started rambling…
  • Drybones -

    Replied to the thread And In Other News.

    Quote from Astro: “Quote from odd man out: “So for you World Cup fans, the outcome was inevitable. I love the zookeeper's explanation. youtube.com/watch?v=aR4wqwnMluM ” OK, so she got 3 or 4 right, how many did she miss that were not part of the…
  • Drybones -

    Replied to the thread What is your favorite Mac & Cheese for the trail?.

    I don't do cheese dishes, can't clean the spoon.
  • Traffic Jam -

    Replied to the thread Current Gear Sales.

    Quote from odd man out: “Quote from Traffic Jam: “Quote from Astro: “Quote from Rasty: “I bought a sea-to-summit pillow today ” I bought one 3 years ago. Had been using my clothes bag as a pillow. In my opinion it was well worth the 2 ounces. :) ” I…
  • LIhikers -

    Replied to the thread Current Gear Sales.

    Quote from max.patch: “marmot precip is at rei outlet for $70. spend $100 and get another $20 off. ” Wait, I don't have much financial sense but even I know not to spend 30 dollars to get 20 off, unless that 30 is on something I need or want.
  • LIhikers -

    Replied to the thread Hiking & Biking.

    I got my new Surly back from the shop with a new rear wheel, to repair the damage that I did. I haven't ridden it yet, maybe in a couple days. I can't ride right now because I fell and landed on my tail bone, and it hurts.
  • jimmyjam -

    Replied to the thread What is your favorite Mac & Cheese for the trail?.

    Quote from odd man out: “that Bear Creek m&c had some terrible reviews. Not sure I ever tried M&C while hiking. I did make some cheese filled totellini. How do you get the pasta cooked without using too much fuel. ” Add a little water to the pasta…


  • New

    You can shop, buy stuff, get on line... but Mac & cheese is king on the trail for young and old and in some cases ancient alike. Becaue Mac & Cheese calls for milk in most preparations. I have seen my son add Half & Half or Mini Moo's (shelf stable real Milk) So what do you do to be a rock star for Mac and Cheese, to those younger ones?

    Here is my idea.
  • New

    Why do Bedouins wear black in the desert?
    The question so intrigued four scientists – all non-Bedouins – that they ran an experiment.
    "It seems likely," the scientists wrote, "that the present inhabitants of the Sinai, the Bedouins, would have optimised their solutions for desert survival during their long tenure in this desert. Yet one may have doubts on first encountering Bedouins wearing black robes and herding black goats. We have therefore investigated whether black robes help the Bedouins to minimise solar heat loads in a hot desert."
    The research team – C Richard Taylor and Virginia Finch of Harvard University and Amiram Shkolnik and Arieh Borut of Tel Aviv University – quickly discovered that, as you might suspect, a black robe does convey more heat inward than a white robe does. But they doubted that this was the whole story.
    Taylor, Finch, Shkolnik, and Borut measured the overall heat gain and loss suffered by a brave volunteer. They described the volunteer as "a man…
  • New

    Love it or hate it!

    This morning I wired money to a closing agent for the purchase of a new (to me) house. Guess they don't want checks any more. My bank immediately notified me thru my "smart" phone that a huge (to me) amount was withdrawn from my account. So now you can watch money fly out of your accounts, almost in real time! I appreciate the knowledge that some computer is watching out for me, but it was truly disconcerting to see my hard earned money just seemingly vanish in some black hole.

    I know, it's my own fault. Aside from the hiking/technology debate have any of you asked yourself whether all this convenience is worth it? I think I know the answer to that question.

    I need a drink.


  • 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.

  • 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…