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Old 1 June 2017, 14:01
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Pictures???

Glad you hiked in and out safe.
Thanks, Stretch.

I actually didn't take any photos worth sharing, with the possible exception of a bright red bug I had never seen before. This was a relatively easy segment and typical SoCal landscape - i.e. shades of green and brown - which I see every day. If I had done the originally planned, additional 8 miles to Combs Peak, I am sure I would have been compelled to take some pics. Next time...
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FWIW, you can buy a brand new >MIL sleep system on www.unclesamsretailoutlet.com for about $100.

http://www.unclesamsretailoutlet.com...15249-5107.htm
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Old 2 June 2017, 10:18
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FWIW, you can buy a brand new >MIL sleep system on www.unclesamsretailoutlet.com for about $100.

http://www.unclesamsretailoutlet.com...15249-5107.htm
I got one, pretty sure from here, right at $100, and I'm convinced it was never issued or used, and DRMO'd because it was woodlands, black, and green....
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Old 2 June 2017, 13:32
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FWIW, you can buy a brand new >MIL sleep system on www.unclesamsretailoutlet.com for about $100.

http://www.unclesamsretailoutlet.com...15249-5107.htm
Very cool, CSM. Thanks for the info. I'll probably get this for that price.
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Old 2 June 2017, 13:35
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So here are the pics of the little red critter I came across...
My google-fu found something similar called a "red velvet ant" - but it doesn't look exactly like this fella and it isn't fuzzy. Anyone know what this is?
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Old 3 June 2017, 09:16
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looks like a red velvet variant to me. I think without looking it up, they're a wingless wasp in actuality. but I've seen variations of the coloring and patterns in different states.
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Old 3 June 2017, 11:17
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looks like a red velvet variant to me. I think without looking it up, they're a wingless wasp in actuality. but I've seen variations of the coloring and patterns in different states.
You are correct!
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Old 3 June 2017, 11:20
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FWIW, I replaced the stuff sack the sleeping bag came in with one from REI- much better made- and used the original one for clothing...
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Old 26 November 2017, 15:47
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Eagle Rock

Got out for a an overnight hike-camp this weekend. It was great to get out, but what the hell is up with the weather... 88 degrees by 11AM on Nov 25? Even in SoCal that's ridiculous... I made it out to the very aptly named Eagle Rock, and then headed back north to camp site that actually had trees. Pack was just under 40 lbs. Looking forward to the next time, where I head farther north.
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What's the rope for? I'm so jealous, I'm living in a damn city right now.
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Nice. Colin Fletcher approves.
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Old 26 November 2017, 16:46
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What's the rope for? I'm so jealous, I'm living in a damn city right now.
Always bring a rope in the outdoors. A behavior drilled into my psyche by my Platoon Sergeant many years ago. It's better to have it and not need it - than to need it and not have it. And on more than one patrol in the PI jungle - we needed it.
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Old 26 November 2017, 16:48
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Once a Marine, always a Marine! It's easy to be hard but it's hard to be smart! I have been on a lot of backpacking trips and so far have never had a use for rope. 550 cord I always bring though.
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Old 26 November 2017, 18:18
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Yep. And the one time I don't bring it is exactly the time I will need it!
And the 550 cord is in one of the bags ...
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Old 26 November 2017, 19:40
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Nice. Colin Fletcher approves.
Thank you, LP. I'm a fan of his for sure.
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Ok - not the PCT - but I have had the opportunity to spend some time in Utah (on my way back and forth to CO) and have done several day hikes in both Utah and CO. Amazing country. So far the most impressive was a hike at Dead Horse Point that overlooks Canyonlands National Park. It was a short hike of about 3 miles around the rim, but the views were beyond description. These photos don't do it justice, but I wanted to post something.
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So I got out for 3 days this past Thanksgiving weekend on a segment of the PCT. It was awesome. The solitude was therapeutic. I felt completely recharged when I got back Monday afternoon. First time I have done a "thru hike". The mental aspect of starting off, and just keep on going, is freeing while also being somewhat intimidating.

I am trying to arrange my schedule and life activities to allow for doing a longer hike this spring - in April. Something between 5 days and a full week.
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So I got out for 3 days this past Thanksgiving weekend on a segment of the PCT. It was awesome. The solitude was therapeutic. I felt completely recharged when I got back Monday afternoon. First time I have done a "thru hike". The mental aspect of starting off, and just keep on going, is freeing while also being somewhat intimidating.

I am trying to arrange my schedule and life activities to allow for doing a longer hike this spring - in April. Something between 5 days and a full week.
Nice!
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So far the most impressive was a hike at Dead Horse Point that overlooks Canyonlands National Park. It was a short hike of about 3 miles around the rim, but the views were beyond description. These photos don't do it justice, but I wanted to post something.
Those images blew my mind. Wow!
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Old 2 December 2018, 14:09
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Some pics from the outing...

Also - BadKarma, if you happen to be lurking on this thread - the Disrupter was put to very good use on this hike. I love that knife.

One lesson learned: either walk extremely carefully on large rocks near streams, or avoid completely. I took quite a spill on a rock next to a stream that was as slick as ice in the early morning. Good thing I know how to fall properly. But I did have a sore hip and wrist for several days. Could have been ugly.
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