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Re: A vicious trend has returned:Fluorescent Clothing

Postby oldranger » Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:39 am

I like muted colors for my tent so my solo camps can be as inconspicuous as possible. When hiking solo I wear the most god awful combination of red checked shirt and faded orange shorts. Anyone who crosses my path will remember in case I turn up missing. When in more populated areas and with others I become a little more muted. The only other "off color" thing I bring (other than my sense of humor) is my blue poncho. But I also take a "spot locator." If I can't make that work I am probably beyond rescue anyway.

When day hiking in Central Oregon during hunting season I wear a florescent orange shirt. Have drawn some interesting comments until I point out it is hunting season. Every year in Oregon someone gets killed by a hunter, usually another hunter. When within a mile of trailheads I am pretty nervous but further away I figure that most hunters who go to that effort will be a little more skilled and conscientious about their shooting.

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Re: A vicious trend has returned:Fluorescent Clothing

Postby dave54 » Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:50 pm

There was a time....

I can remember an incident back in the mid 80's(?), at a convention of outdoor gear manufacturers a representative from the Forest Service gave a presentation on this same topic -- muting the color choices to help reduce the visual impact as backcountry use increases.

He basically got booed from the podium.


I carry a single item of bright day-glo as a just in case. Otherwise I go for earth tones and dark clothing.
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Re: A vicious trend has returned:Fluorescent Clothing

Postby rlown » Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:57 pm

oldranger wrote: Every year in Oregon someone gets killed by a hunter, usually another hunter. When within a mile of trailheads I am pretty nervous but further away I figure that most hunters who go to that effort will be a little more skilled and conscientious about their shooting.

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It's in every state.. If you're hiking, even in a wilderness area, put on the orange! Know the hunting season for the area you hike (usually opens mid sept'ish).

Mike, you should be nervous even 5 miles out.. As I hunt, and a day in's hike is actually a blessing, please wear something bright. No antlers please.. :p
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Re: A vicious trend has returned:Fluorescent Clothing

Postby oldranger » Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:16 pm

I do wear my bright stuff Russ!

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Re: A vicious trend has returned:Fluorescent Clothing

Postby rlown » Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:21 pm

oldranger wrote:I do wear my bright stuff Russ!

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It wasn't for you!! I've seen you in "bright" stuff.. It's painful. :\
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