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A note of gratitude

Postby balzaccom » Thu Nov 01, 2012 9:15 am

Many of you are aware that I post on a lot of different boards about backpacking. But I want to express my deep gratitude to the members on these boards.

Sometimes I wonder about the time and energy some of the other sites spend on equipment over experiences. In fact, I think that some of the sites have ten times as many posts on equipment as they do on using it.

So thank you, HSTers, for focusing on what really matters: getting out into the mountains and enjoying them.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I want to check out some new high tech stoves... :lol:
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Re: A note of gratitude

Postby rlown » Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:13 am

balzaccom wrote:Sometimes I wonder about the time and energy some of the other sites spend on equipment over experiences. In fact, I think that some of the sites have ten times as many posts on equipment as they do on using it.


Well, here's a little of both. This was from 9/2006 outside Yose on the East side. Our repacking and acclimatization breakfast.

You'll notice that Coleman Peak1 stoves are finicky on their first start up for me anyway. You'll also notice that you should probably never light your stove right next to your bottle of 151. It's funny looking back at this table. All my equipment has been changed out since that trip, except for my beanie.


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Re: A note of gratitude

Postby Jimr » Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:32 pm

"All my equipment has been changed out since that trip, except for my beanie."

Some things work so well, there is no reason to ever change them. I have a red flannel shirt I got when I was about 13 years old. I'm now 51 and that shirt has been on every single backpacking trip and most fishing trips.
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Re: A note of gratitude

Postby balzaccom » Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:56 pm

OK, guys. Do NOT derail this thread into a discussion of equipment! \:D/
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Re: A note of gratitude

Postby Jimr » Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:09 pm

Back on track
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Re: A note of gratitude

Postby balzaccom » Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:03 pm

And I like that bandana--we have one just like it!
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Re: A note of gratitude

Postby gary c. » Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:08 pm

balzaccom wrote:And I like that bandana--we have one just like it!

Your not back on equipment are you? :D
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Re: A note of gratitude

Postby SandStorm » Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:33 pm

Hey! You guys seen that latest totally freaking awesome ultra-mega-hyperlight super-cala-fragilistic-expialidocious new __________ ??!!

Sorry. Couldn't resist. :D

Just want to second balzaccom's comments on the excellentness (is that a word?) of this site and community. :thumbsup:
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Re: A note of gratitude

Postby ERIC » Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:53 pm

Good stuff.

Hey, Russ, if you're 151 was in that Lexan Nalgene near the flame I'm in awe. It's half gone, and you guys haven't even hit the trail yet. :partyman:
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Re: A note of gratitude

Postby BrianF » Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:51 am

Yes, thanks to all for the generous sharing of experience, information and pictures. And thanks to Eric for making it all possible
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Re: A note of gratitude

Postby Jimr » Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:51 am

balzaccom wrote:And I like that bandana--we have one just like it!


If you're talking about my kid's bandana, yeah, that's a back-up of dad's bandana I've had on every hike since my early 20's. I used to dig holes for a living and used the bandana as a headband. I'd typically pull it down around my neck after the job was done. The habit just stuck, that's why it's tied the way it is. Had to pass it on to the younger unit.
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The string is tied to my hat in case it blows off

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The bandana and shirt are under the black wrapper
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Re: A note of gratitude

Postby rlown » Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:22 pm

ERIC wrote:Good stuff.

Hey, Russ, if you're 151 was in that Lexan Nalgene near the flame I'm in awe. It's half gone, and you guys haven't even hit the trail yet. :partyman:


We didn't drink it at that point. A large bottle of 151 only goes to 3/4 of a Nalgene. I think the rest plus the extra small bottle is in that crappy looking bottle to the right on the table. In a group we tend to spread the weight based on how we look at each other's ability and where we want to go.

We find beer is best on the first night. :drinkers:

And yes, not to get too off track with the thread, I think all the people here who actively participate make this a very great place to hang out and exchange ideas, techniques and reports which help others plan.

I still like my beanie at night, even if it's "equipment." :)
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