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Trekking Poles #2


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whats the weather where you are?



Baseball Thread



Good gear manufacturers



A Two Nighter in the SNP


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Took a walk today



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  • odd man out -

    Replied to the thread Trekking Poles #2.

    Quote from max.patch: “Quote from LIhikers: “At one time I used to use a single, hardwood broom or mop handle. ” Me too! I went to a Outdoors show one year and saw a vendor who was selling bamboo hiking sticks. They were dried, ane he added a grip…
  • odd man out -

    Replied to the thread welcome to the cafe.

    Quote from max.patch: “lol, that's a great AirBnB listing. I'll repeat what I said earlier; what a great idea! ” Another nice thing is that topo maps of the whole country are available on-line, with detail down to individual buildings. Here is the map
  • odd man out -

    Replied to the thread And In Other News.

    I made Butternut squash soup last weekend - never used coconut milk. I cut the squash in half lengthwise and place face down in a little olive oil in a baking dish and roast until soft and skin is starting to char (a couple hours). I saute a chopped up…
  • IMScotty -

    Liked odd man out’s post in the thread welcome to the cafe.

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    Quote from max.patch: “I know this topic has been discussed before -- probably started by Odd Man Out -- but I can't find it so I'll post here. ” Yes, that would be me. Being Swedish-American I participate in a number of Swedish FB groups (if you…
  • IMScotty -

    Liked max.patch’s post in the thread whats the weather where you are?.

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    They must expect a lotta rain tomorrow becasue of the hurricane -- they just closed the City and County Schools tomorrow because of upcoming inclement weather.
  • IMScotty -

    Liked max.patch’s post in the thread Baseball Thread.

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    Justin Turner is a (censored cuss word) idiot.
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    Replied to the thread And In Other News.

    Max, This I did not know. Bought some Thai Coconut Milk this weekend because I made a nice Butternut Squash and Coconut Milk soup. After I made it, I desired some texture, so I added peppers, cauliflower and wild & brown rice.
  • IMScotty -

    Liked max.patch’s post in the thread And In Other News.

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    Costco to stop selling coconut milk becasue their supplier uses monkey slave labor to pick the coconuts. From USA Today: <snip> "Don't expect to find coconut milk on Costco shelves on your next shopping trip. The retailer is the latest pledging not…
  • IMScotty -

    Liked jimmyjam’s post in the thread Good gear manufacturers.

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    Quote from Astro: “Quote from IMScotty: “Quote from Astro: “On the downside I would put GoLite and MyTrail. Biggest problem is they keep going bankrupt. As for the actual products I use my GoLite Rush 20 nearly everyday lately. The MyTrail rain…
  • max.patch -

    Liked odd man out’s post in the thread Trekking Poles #2.

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    Quote from max.patch: “Back in the early days of the trekking pole debate, I used to reply to those who said that trekking poles were "necessary" to thru hike the AT that "more people have thru'd not using trekking poles that those who have." That's…


  • New

    I sold my big trailer and bought a large teardrop trailer which is about half the size and weight of the other. So much easier to maneuver. We took it to Loft Mountain Campground for a break-in. It's peak leaf peeper time in the SNP so even though we went on a Tuesday we barely got a spot. It was very warm for October, upper 70s in the day and only 50s at night. The colors were pretty good, mostly yellow, gold, orange and a little red. Made a fire each night and had s'mores. Really really liking the little camper.


  • 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…