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Back on the trail. This area has lots of snakes and bears so gotta keep a clean camp plus an eye on my hands and feet. Tons of biting nasty little gnats, mosquitoes and horse flies.

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My warm weather trail backpack. The Smart water bottle has been a winner as it fits in the side pocket of most packs, is UL and comes free with the water.

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Bear defense. I had several encounters in this area over the years.

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Vented back.

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I keep my poncho in a place which can be accessed without the need to go though the pack. It is looped around a strap just in case. This will all come into play the next day.

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Well worn little natural raised rock platform which the trail goes along.

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Staghorn Sumac. I am going to make the legendary Stag horn Sumac Sawyer squeeze cold tea. As always don't consume (or drink in this case) any wild edible unless you know the score.

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There was a mixture of Black Hucks and Blue berries about. Great little nibble.

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There was a recent burn in the area which goes on for a few miles, maybe more near as I could tell.

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Looks like fire damaged leaves. This looked like a fast flash over or something as many of the larger trees survived and even some green leaves. In lots of places the trail alone acted as a fire break.

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Looks like this reindeer moss got hit as well though only the outside was burned away.

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Water near camp. Going to use this for the Stag horn Sumac.

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Camp all setup.

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Time for the Sawyer Squeeze Staghorn Sumac tea/lemonade.

First squeeze in some cold water

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Let steep for 10 or so minutes. Actaully I never timed it. The important bit is to use cold water. Not hot.

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Came out great!

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Core 4 stove in UL configuration.

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Up next the space meal. It was kinda like dog food but then again what did I expect for 2.50 from Sierra Trading Post.

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Up the next day! Brunch!

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Mora LMF knife is ok given the weight and cost.

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Nitecore Battery Magazine 40 will be reviewed as been packed for the summer. Got one for my hiking kit and another for preps.

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Nitecore F1. One of my favorite power solution as it's totally solar reliable and works well for a power bank and charger on the fly. Using it to charge my phone.

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Armytek Wizard standard CW. A great value for the money. Relatively simple UI and works well.

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Good gear options for both the trail and preps IMHO.

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Locally a bear broke into a barn and ate a donkey if the rumor is true so like to pack bear spray these days. It is getting a little sporty out there. LOL.

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All packed up

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I like to leave camp with more than enough water till the next source and beyond whenever possible. I can go without food for a long time but water no so much.

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Sawyer Squeeze is greater than Sawyer Mini.

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This is rattlesnake country so not sure who the owner of this skin was.

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More burn and fire stressed leaf pics.

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The fire often got stopped by the width of the trail.

Side with fire.

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Side without.

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Overlook.

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Fire goes on for some miles.

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Big storm brewing. It hit like a ton of bricks. I really wanted to get off the ridges for lower country.

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Put on my poncho and hike back the the truck. It looked very dark for 4 pm.

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Thanks a ton WW!

What poncho are you using these days? I"m thinking down the road when I replace my GI ones I'd like to still get something decent.

I really miss Sumac tea.

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This area has lots of snakes and bears so gotta keep a clean camp plus an eye on my hands and feet. Tons of biting nasty little gnats, mosquitoes and horse flies.

With all that to offer , for some reason it doesn't look crowded

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woodsghost wrote:
Thanks a ton WW!

What poncho are you using these days? I"m thinking down the road when I replace my GI ones I'd like to still get something decent.

I really miss Sumac tea.


Equinox Sil poncho with extension. USA made!

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flybynight wrote:
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This area has lots of snakes and bears so gotta keep a clean camp plus an eye on my hands and feet. Tons of biting nasty little gnats, mosquitoes and horse flies.

With all that to offer , for some reason it doesn't look crowded


So much fun it is to die for. :lol: Truth be told I worry more about the bugs.

Here is something. I took a photo of this tree during the outing because it looked like the same tree I had a fun encouter maybe 5 years ago. Will see if I can find the same picture from 5 years ago.

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Dang. Not much has changed from 5 years ago.

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