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  1. Snacks for backpacking / camping trip

    Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    Let's talk about snacks for a multi-day camping or backpacking trip. One of the things I have asked myself over the decades are snacks for a backpacking or camping trip. For discussion let's leave day hikes out of the equation. When meal planning I go for three main meals, such as three...
  2. Medium ALICE without frame?

    Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    The medium ALICE pack can be used without a frame, but I would like to hear from people who have used it with and without the frame and which one they feel best about. I have a medium ALICE pack on a frame, and that is the only way I have ever used it. The frame seems to draw the top of the...
  3. Book bag - best day pack?

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    While packing for day hike I usually start off with something like the military surplus patrol pack, pack my gear, then decide if a smaller or larger pack will do. One of the drawbacks to this, the patrol pack has two canteens mounted on it. So whether I need two canteens full of water, they...
  4. Vienna sausage taste change?

    Food and water
    A few days ago I had the urge to eat some Vienna sausage. So I grabbed a can from the preps, opened the can, then began to feast. Right off the bat I noticed the taste was different than I remember. This was a fresh can bought only a few months ago. I keep my stockpile of Vienna sausage...
  5. Both Sawyer Mini Water Filters Stopped Working

    Food and water
    Both of my Sawyer Mini water filters, and my Sawyer PointONE water filter have stopped working. They have only been used a handful of times, mostly for videos and a couple of hiking trips. All three filters have been in storage fro around two years. Store room is a closet in my house. The...
  6. Hiking Shoes/Boots

    Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    So I'm thinking about replacing my hiking shoes, but I'm on the fence on what to try out this time around. I'm currently wearing Keen Voyageurs, which I've loved so far, and I've previously worn through several pairs of Merrells. Not opposed to mid-height, but I want to stay as far under $100...
  7. Ethics of Marking a Trail

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    I generally stay on trails and have never felt the need to mark my passage. However, I've been kicking around the idea of carrying a small spray paint can in my day-hiking bag to mark trees with a small spot or "X" of bright neon paint on the far side of the tree so I can see it when I'm...
  8. Blood Mountain Loop - over night hiking trip

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    What's up guys. I recently did an over night hiking trip in North Georgia. I took the Byron Reece Trail > Freeman Trail > Appalachian Trail to Blood Mountain Summit and hammock camped for the night. The next day took the Appalachian Trail > Byron Reece Trail. I ended up with so much video, I...
  9. Reality Check: Railroad Tracks at Night

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    So part of my contingencies has always been to travel on foot, if need be, at least some part of the way, to the BOL which is about 60 miles away. This is predicated by the assumption that the roads are dangerous to be on, and that it would be best to move at night and rest during the day. I...
  10. Solo 1,500 mile Traverse of Alaska

    Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    Hi Folks! This summer I started up at the Arctic Ocean in Alaska and hiked south over the Brooks Range. Then I paddled down a series of rivers including the Yukon, before doing a week-long portage to the Kuskokwim River. From there I paddled to Pacific tidewater. Needless to say I saw lots of...
  11. Video: Dogs and I find a Cottonmouth Snake

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    A timber company is cutting trees near the farm, so saturday afternoon the dogs and I made a trip over to where they are cutting. I wanted pictures of skitters, and other timber cutting equipment for an article I am writing for AllOutdoor. On the way home the dogs were getting hot, so I took...
  12. Walked up on this bad boy

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    Dogs and I were hiking around a pond that is off in the woods when I walked up on this snake. I was walking straight at it, but saw it before I stepped on it. Spoiler: Even though it looks mean, it is just a water snake. It blended in perfectly with the undergrowth. That is the reason why...
  13. Video - Cottonmouth Encounter While Hiking with my Dog

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    Buster and I were on a nature walk along a local creek when I walked up on a Cottonmouth. Luckily, Buster did not see the snake and it was able to get into a clump of leaves. If Buster had seen the snake, I had a walking stick to put between the two. I have heard people say the Cottonmouth...
  14. Video - Keeping Your Bearings While Hiking

    Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    Video I put together for AllOutdoor talking about keeping your bearings / not getting lost in the woods. Dogs were having a great time making this video. Be sure to subscribe to the AllOutdoor YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/AllOutdoorcom Full article -...
  15. When your hiking and come upon a field of stickers

    Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    We need homes and lumber, but I wish clear cut did not deface the land so much. What would have otherwise been a nice hiking trip is partially spoiled by areas of overgrown stickers. The areas of clear cut can be rough on the dogs also. They do not like going through the stickers anymore than...
  16. Gear List For a Dayhike

    Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    Spring is here and a lot of people will be heading out on hiking and camping trips. Let's take a few minutes and talk gear people like to bring. Food - Snacks. Sometimes I will carry a stove, fuel and mountain house freeze dried meal. However, 2018 I may be leaving the stove at home and...
  17. Video: Outfitting your packs with a 50 cent compass?

    Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    While scrolling through Ebay I found a 50 cent compass and decided to give it a try.
  18. How Easy Is A LifeStraw To Use?

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Surely everyone has heard of a LifeStraw? It is a simple tube that is a water filter. Place the inlet into the water, then suck the water through the tube. Seems simple enough right? Almost too good to be true? If something seems to god to be true it usually is, except for the LifeStraw. Back...
  19. Compact individual fist aid kit (IFAK) for hiking

    Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    I have three packs I want to outfit with an IFAK kit. The packs will be used for hiking, maybe an overnight warm weather camping trip. The packs are: Patrol pack Three day assault pack Medium MOLLE I have a condor tactical molle pouch that measures five inches wide, and it seems to fit...
  20. Deadly tick no cure

    Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Has anyone else seen this news article about ticks? http://www.ibtimes.com/what-bourbon-virus-missouri-woman-dies-after-contracting-tick-borne-disease-2565062 It is a virus spread by ticks called the Bourbon Virus and currently there is no cure. From the article: The researchers at the center...
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