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Re: Backcountry Cleanliness

Postby rlown » Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:12 am

The off-season is the only time some of us bathe.. :puke:



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Re: Backcountry Cleanliness

Postby oldranger » Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:17 am

Russ,

Remind me that I don't want to drive to the TH with you! :\

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Re: Backcountry Cleanliness

Postby rlown » Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:24 am

I'm a stickler for absolutely requiring everyone who goes with me to have a clean change of clothes stashed in the truck for the trip out.. and lots of fresh towels and water at the truck to freshen up before the drive. 6-8 hrs in a vehicle with 4 stink'n bodies doesn't work for me.
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Re: Backcountry Cleanliness

Postby Jimr » Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:19 pm

My income is fixed by teens. I dream of a new tent, backpack and sleeping bag, but I post about cold baths :crybaby:

Not only do I require a change of cloths to be left in the truck for the ride home, I require all trail clothes be bagged and put in the back of the truck. I have a red hiking tee shirt I like to use on trail. Red give that close feeling that adds distance to photos against blue skies. Last year, I couldn't go near the darn thing.
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Re: Backcountry Cleanliness

Postby oldranger » Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:27 pm

jimr,

They say life begins, again, when the kids are gone and the dog dies.
To quote from Blazing Saddles, "its twu, its twu!"

Another quote I like is "Growing old is mandatory, Growing up is optional!" My wife is totally amused (most of the time) that I can't quite seem to act my age.

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Re: Backcountry Cleanliness

Postby Jimr » Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:58 pm

Yup, heard both of those before. I wish my wife would be amused by my child-like behaviors. It seems I'm at the age where half of the world thinks I'm an old man and the other half call me yung'un. :-({|=

They all think I need a bath.

"The only difference between men and boys is the size and price of their toys."


BTW, I stole your quote last night and used it on my wife during one of my "child-like" episodes :unibrow:
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Re: Backcountry Cleanliness

Postby RoguePhotonic » Wed Apr 06, 2011 5:09 pm

when I am on a long trip I try to wash as often as the situation allows. I pack a good size kitchen sink to wash up and do laundry.

Proper methods of doing laundry is more difficult for me since it's not easy to get the smell out of the clothes. I bring 3 socks 3 shirts 3 underwear and 2 pants. Change socks, shirts and underwear every day and pants every 3 days. Using this method I have to do laundry every other day. I dip my clothes into the creek or lake 3 or 4 times for each item and ring them out to get dirt and salts out. Then I fill my kitchen sink and put a bunch of soap into it and once again take each item and dip them into the soapy water and ring it out so the soap gets soaked in well. then I leave everything soaking in the soap bath for an hour before hanging it all out to dry on a clothes line no rinsing necessary as the soap has a pleasant smell to it.

This method has given me the best results for staying half way fresh while in the back country for weeks at a time but it's still not as good as running clothes through a washing machine.
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Re: Backcountry Cleanliness

Postby LMBSGV » Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:27 pm

I pack a good size kitchen sink to wash up and do laundry.

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Re: Backcountry Cleanliness

Postby RoguePhotonic » Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:31 pm

Lol maybe I should clarify. I pack a kitchen sink bigger then I have seen almost anyone else use in the backcountry. I think 5 gallons or more. :)

It may be bulky and heavy but it's usefulness out weighs the cons I think.
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Re: Backcountry Cleanliness

Postby rlown » Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:38 pm

RoguePhotonic wrote:Lol maybe I should clarify. I pack a kitchen sink bigger then I have seen almost anyone else use in the backcountry. I think 5 gallons or more. :)

It may be bulky and heavy but it's usefulness out weighs the cons I think.


Umm. Again.. what do you really know about backpacking? Trail stuff would be good with mules carrying your stuff.

Ok, how bout this.. post a trail report with pics showing us what you've actually done.
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Re: Backcountry Cleanliness

Postby RoguePhotonic » Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:02 pm

Well I thought I should say that because of course it was a bit asinine coming into this thread that is already several pages long and say I use a kitchen sink lol. I didn't mean to be so repetitive.

I don't think my gear needs a mule either. generally even with things I bring that are admittedly excessive my base weight still comes in around 16 pounds or so and that is with everything. A weekend trip would be far less.

Just post a random trail report on any trip I have done to prove I have done something? That sounds a bit strange to me but if you like I wrote a trail report for my hike last year of 71 days and it has photos with it although not nearly as many as I would like because it took me 5 months to finish editing the photos. The thread started before I left though.

http://www.whitneyzone.com/wz/ubbthread ... e#Post5464

Sorry for spinning this thread off topic as it wasn't my intention.
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