- Nov 7, 2017 at 5:38 pm #3500835
sort of funny
1 Always bring a headlamp.
2 The best place to keep extra batteries for your headlamp is in another headlamp. —An Alaskan guide
4 Don’t buy gear, buy plane tickets. —Yvon Chouinard
etc…Nov 7, 2017 at 6:06 pm #3500848
Lester MooreBPL Member
@satoriLocale: Olympic Peninsula, WA
27. Only do one stupid thing at a time.
30. If you’re going to go ultra-light, make sure you have ultra-experience.
Great advice, but sometimes you don’t know something’s stupid unless you’ve already experienced it :-)Nov 8, 2017 at 5:07 pm #3501043
Robert RBPL Member
@rob-rLocale: North Texas
Drink before you feel thirstyNov 8, 2017 at 5:39 pm #3501048
Drink when thirstyNov 8, 2017 at 5:41 pm #3501049
10. Don’t expect a great night of sleep while camping—expect a series of naps.
Reminds me of a friend who liked to say “I slept great many, many times last night.”
“Going one mile an hour with zero breaks is faster than going two miles an hour and stopping to catch your breath every five minutes.“Nov 9, 2017 at 3:52 am #3501186
#27 and #43Nov 9, 2017 at 9:57 pm #3501352
Russ WBPL Member
@gatome83Locale: Southeastern US
11. When you wake up wondering if you should get out of your sleeping bag/tent to pee or if you can get back to sleep without getting up to pee … just get up and go pee.
48. If you always eat your best food first, you’ll always be eating your best food.Nov 9, 2017 at 10:28 pm #3501362
27 is Only do one stupid thing at a time. —Shannon Walton
43 is It’s easier to stay out than get out. —Mark Twain
it took me a bit to figure out 48Nov 10, 2017 at 3:54 am #3501440
Robert RBPL Member
@rob-rLocale: North Texas
Drink when thirsty may be true if someone is inactive vs active. I’m pretty certain I’m putting away and releasing more than 8 glasses a day if I’m hiking. 1 liter every two hours as a general rule. If I’m home, there’s no way I’m drinking before I’m thirsty, unless it’s beer perhaps.Nov 10, 2017 at 11:58 am #3501470
Bob MoulderBPL Member
@bobmny10562Locale: Westchester County, NY
I’m also in drink-when-thirsty camp, no matter the weather.
If I try to “stay ahead of it” I end up pissing like the proverbial racehorse and wasting it. My thirst-meter works quite well and I take a sip when I need one.
People are different, and I know me better than anyone else. On some winter days I might drink a liter or less, but I am hyper-vigilant about not overheating…. I even made up a word for it, ‘hygro-thermostasis’
Which brings us to #53…. There is no excuse for overheating in the winter.
Hard to believe but I’ve seen it so many times it’s laughable.Nov 14, 2017 at 5:29 am #3502038
Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
I really like the advice, “Pick your goal first, then your partner.” That way you are less likely to get a mis-match with the partner/goal relationship.
Last week I backpacked the Grand Canyon, North Rim to South Rim, with a good partner who picked me after reading months of my backpacking comments on forums at his “Long Range Hunting” website.
And it worked. We balanced each other out, two experienced backpacking geezers, Len 71 and me 74. He was a bit slower on the down hill sections due to knee problems and a bit faster on the uphills due to better conditioning. But we both made accommodations to each other. So yes, a partner’s physical attributes are important but so are his/her personality traits.Nov 16, 2017 at 4:49 am #3502357
#1 – except in Alaska in the summer! I don’t start carrying a headlamp until mid August.
#10 – seriously? Unless I’m in a noisy public campground I sleep soooo much better when camping. After a hard day’s hike, and a bowl of hot soup, curled up in a warm bag with a gentle breeze blowing or the patter of light rain hitting the tent, that’s the best sleep ever!Nov 16, 2017 at 4:08 pm #3502400
Tipi WalterBPL Member
I would change—
“The best place to keep extra batteries for your headlamp is in another headlamp.” — to
The best place to keep extra batteries is in your ditty bag.
And—“Ounces equal pounds, and pounds equal pain.”
I would change to: ” . . . and pounds equal pain . . . Unless you want to stay out without interruption for 3 weeks and know that the 40 lbs of food will give you the freedom to do so.”
The more you know, the less you need. —Yvon Chouinard
I would change to: The more you know, the more stuff you may want to take.Nov 16, 2017 at 5:02 pm #3502406
you could put your spare headlamp with spare batteries in your ditty bag.
lots of combinations of batteries and headlamps you can do in case there are multiple failuresNov 16, 2017 at 5:51 pm #3502416
MJ HBPL Member
I carry a spare ditty bag because you can’t be too careful.Feb 8, 2018 at 3:11 am #3517213
Ryan “Rudy” OuryBPL Member
@ohdogg79Locale: Central FL - Ocala NF
A variation on “only do one stupid thing at a time” that my brother always told me…
“If you’re gonna be stupid, be smart stupid.”Feb 8, 2018 at 4:20 am #3517230
got to the wrong forum somehowMar 1, 2018 at 12:24 pm #3521482
Howard ClapsaddleBPL Member
@haclilLocale: Jerusalem & Judean Desert
Re nighttime pees, probably all of us know what Russ W refers to, especially us golden-agers. In a flash of insight I lit on a solution that allows you to stand right by or even over your sleeping bag to pee. Supermarkets sell packets of polyethylene ice cube bags. They have a built-in sort-of funnel that prevents missing the target. One holds a bit over a cup of pee. Being thick they don’t tear. And the pièce de résistance: there’s a built-in tie that firmly closes it when your done. My sleeping bag has an inside pocket at about chest level and that’s where I keep the things.
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