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Re: Priorities: Booze or Food?

Postby markskor » Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:07 pm

Some of us have other goodies too.
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Re: Priorities: Booze or Food?

Postby paul » Thu Mar 17, 2011 9:50 pm

Wandering Daisy wrote: I usually hang the coffee because I figure bears would less likely get satisfaction from coffee.


I'm picturing one really, really energetic bear. :-)
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Re: Priorities: Booze or Food?

Postby Bad Man From Bodie » Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:34 am

Forget the food bag. Keep the goodie bag. No way Im going without my goodie bag even for a week! Ill eat roots, plus I can catch fish with my hands in most creeks!
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Re: Priorities: Booze or Food?

Postby oldranger » Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:03 pm

Maverick

You don't want to be around me when I get hypoglycemic!

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Re: Priorities: Booze or Food?

Postby rlown » Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:12 pm

Mike,

Either of your bags would have sufficed.

Russ


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Re: Priorities: Booze or Food?

Postby markskor » Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:47 pm

Being an old Sierra wanderer and philosophically pragmatic here –
Two Sierra days out from the trailhead implies that, if only just for the sake of this scenario, one would then already be at altitude, and also most likely now be heading downhill, probably heading back…typical east-side Sierra trip?

Most likely figure ~15 -20 miles remaining – maybe one pass to cross (= 2 average days) and, if only 2 days from civilization, it is also most likely those boots would have been out for a while, exploring, maybe fishing, and already had done some miles, as very few of my typical Sierra trips involve only four days. At this point, headed back, I am usually conflicted - content but somewhat dreading having to go home.

When the time then arises for the big choice as stated: “2 Breakfasts, day time snacks, and 2 dinners” vs. “All your booze, coffee, chocolate, and maybe other vices”…not even close.

With apologies to those hypoglycemic, if I am sitting at 10,000 feet, Sierra content, and heading back anyway, I would rather enjoy those last few days having my coffee, chocolate, and a drop of Grand Mariner, Single Malt, or whatever…(Heavy emphasis on the whatever), and coast home happy albeit somewhat hungry. Two days out is not that far in. Probably I can beg a meal somewhere, perhaps from another understanding Sierra nomad at the usual “one-night-out-from-the-trailhead” camp site as many there will be food rich.

Now if 40 miles out and given the choice of losing - a week’s food, or my “extra” treat bag…then the food would probably win out…maybe.
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