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Re: Rare Wolf Population Rose for the 4th Year in a Row
Makes me wonder if they'll see effects like in Yellowstone: Wolves up, coyotes down, so rodents up, so raptors and owls up. And wolves up = deer down means less over-grazing, less erosio...

In On the Web » Rare Wolf Population Rose for the 4th Year in a Row
February 15, 7:40pm

Re: Predatory grizzlies
Ross, interesting (and scary) data points. I'm hiking in areas where black and brown bears are hunted, so announcing that a human is coming is usually helpful. Bob, I think making noise he...

In GEAR » Weight of Counter Assault Bear Spray and Holster
February 15, 11:40am

Noise or Spray
There's solid data on party size versus fatal attacks. Most attacks are on solo hikers. Less so on pairs. Even less common on 3-person groups. Vanishing so above that. So, how to interpret ...

In GEAR » Weight of Counter Assault Bear Spray and Holster
February 14, 10:14pm

Re: Re: Bear Spray
>"I will be visiting grizzly country this summer, so I think about these things." I'm not picking on Bob with this comment. Really I'm not. But I was more nervous in Africa ...

In GEAR » Weight of Counter Assault Bear Spray and Holster
February 13, 10:20pm

Weight versus skills versus flexibility.
Ralph, thanks for discussing how UL gives potential speed to avoid weather, exposed passes or to self-evacuate further. I was thinking that, too. Obviously there is a trade-off between gear and...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Gear weight vs safety and preparedness
February 12, 10:05pm

Alaskans judging Alaskans
I liked the Ilgunas excerpt. Thanks, Jack M. Yes, he can write. No, he doesn't capture all Alaskans in his piece. But I think he identifies something in the contemporary Alaskan psyche tha...

In On the Web » How Chris McCandless Died: An Update
February 12, 9:50pm

Re: Attitude versus Altitude
I had an admin asst who got terrible migranes for days after we'd get the carpets cleaned over the weekend. So we stopped telling her. Problem solved.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Attitude versus Altitude
February 12, 8:51am

Military surplus
DavidO: On the same page as the $7 coat liner was: that reminds me of an old joke which starts off with a commander, in a desperate situation, saying, "Bring me my red shirt". . .

In GEAR » Jackets for a survival course
February 11, 8:44am

Dirtbag clothing
>"I once saw a fellow cruising down the street in the rain wearing bright yellow dishwashing gloves." Between dip netting for salmon, kayaking and clamming, I've got no end of n...

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » Home Depot fingerless gloves
February 11, 8:40am

Re: Agenda
>"to christchurch, explore (suggestions are welcome)" Years ago, I liked the Antarctic Center in Chirstchurch. I assume it's open again since the earthquake. Last month, we ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » New Zealand! Need suggestions
February 10, 8:35pm

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