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Statistical chances
Statistically speaking, the chances of being attacked by a bear are incredibly low - you are far more likely to be hit by lightning in the U.S. than attacked by a bear. That said, clearly hanging b...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bears in Oregon
April 15, 12:57am

Philosophy of Thru-Hiking
Generally speaking, thru hikes are generally distinguished as long-distance hikes that are not normally achieved in what many people would consider a "normal" amount of time. (1-3 weeks)....

In Philosophy & Technique » Philosophy of Thru-hiking
April 14, 9:53pm

Re: Idaho family sues USFS for $1M after tree hit son
Chances of winning - next to zero. I present to you a couple of recent lawsuits - one involving the collapse of ice caves that killed a young girl in Washington state and the other involving a h...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Idaho family sues USFS for $1M after tree hit son
April 12, 4:35pm

Sounds great to me
I doubt you will need an ice axe or microspikes this year - snowpack won't be much of an issue. You have a very nice list and just be sure to wear a fair amount of sunscreen and enjoy! It can g...

In Gear Lists » PCT 2013 Mid-Late May Start NOBO - 3.5-4 month desired timeframe
April 11, 6:11pm

Re: What I would change in retrospect
Ozzy and Jennifer - you are both welcome. Glad to be of help. I must confess the thru-hiking experience leaves me sounding something like the bride who can't quit talking about her wedding that...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Anyone ever regret a thru hike??
April 03, 1:39am

What I would change in retrospect
"...although there are things I would have done diffidently in hindsight." please tell us more. Michael - I would have done a number of things differently. First, I did study up ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Anyone ever regret a thru hike??
March 30, 12:56am

Re; Anyone ever regret a thru hike?
The only person I know to regret a thru-hike was a friend who basically became so fed up by the experience that he abandoned the trail after 900 miles. He regretted not forming strong bonds with ot...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Anyone ever regret a thru hike??
March 28, 1:36am

Re: Bearikades
As someone with first-hand experience with both Bearikades, Garcia and the BV500 I offer these thoughts.... First, the Garcia is the easiest to eliminate if weight and volume are requirements. ...

In GEAR » Bearikades
March 27, 7:06pm

Re: I don't get Half Dome Permits
I have to agree that the greatest threat of accident seems to be relatd to overcrowding. I went up last summer while hiking the JMT and there were entirely too many people trying to get up and down...

In Philosophy & Technique » The "I don't get it" thread
March 23, 1:45am

LoopAlien at Kickstarter
I was perusing Kickstarter this evening and found this rapid cord attachment - seems like the kind of idea that several of you may be interested in. Also seems like the kind of thing I'd mi...

In GEAR » LoopAlien at Kickstarter
March 18, 1:59am

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