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Mason wrote:
Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:57 am
You need to listen to me about the hiking poles for the AT old man!
ok, mr smartypants young punk, i'll look into hiking poles. :evilmad:
got any recommendations? remember, i'm ch... er, frugal!

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Leki makes GREAT hiking poles. Collapsible, light, repairable, multi-use. With a rubber tip it's an everywhere pole. Pull off the tip and there's an ice tip. You get a snow flange as well. And, all the joints are replaceable. Some even can function as a camera mono-pod! And they look like hiking sticks, not canes.It also has a built-in shock absorber.
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When I was young up to my early 20's I LOVED camping out, in my little 2 person canvas tent (still have it). I camped out in my parents back yard in my pre-teens and teens. Later in my early twenties, I still did it, no problem sleeping on the floor of the tent with no cushioning, just ground with the rocks and roots removed. I slept outside like that and got the very best sleep I've ever had --and when it rained, and rained HARD, I slept even better.

But when my eldest son was young we slept out in the back yard, and I had a thin air mattress. I was in my 40's and I was totally miserable. Age had caught up with me in that one way, even with a pad. Haven't tried it since...
Ah, well. I STILL remember those wonderful nights in upstate NY, when even in the summer, the night air was chilly and the sleeping bag was warm and I slept SO well!
I still sleep out in the yard at least a few times a year. Just because.

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YankeeTarheel wrote:
Sat Mar 07, 2020 3:56 pm
Leki makes GREAT hiking poles. Collapsible, light, repairable, multi-use. With a rubber tip it's an everywhere pole. Pull off the tip and there's an ice tip. You get a snow flange as well. And, all the joints are replaceable. Some even can function as a camera mono-pod! And they look like hiking sticks, not canes.It also has a built-in shock absorber.
Hmmm... or a rifle monopod?

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K9s wrote:
YankeeTarheel wrote:
Sat Mar 07, 2020 3:56 pm
Leki makes GREAT hiking poles. Collapsible, light, repairable, multi-use. With a rubber tip it's an everywhere pole. Pull off the tip and there's an ice tip. You get a snow flange as well. And, all the joints are replaceable. Some even can function as a camera mono-pod! And they look like hiking sticks, not canes.It also has a built-in shock absorber.
Hmmm... or a rifle monopod?

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I forgot who but somebody makes a hiking stick with a V-rest on top to allow it to double as a shooting stick/monopod.

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There's something to be said for a roll of fishing line and a couple of empty beer cans couple a rocks in there. How you generate the beer cans is your own business, but having an early warning system helps me sleep better. Being armed and dangerous as well is a plus.

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Time I lived on the central coast for a while, there was this old lady downstairs and two doors to the right, door opened on to the common area. Thought she owned it. Came out a spittin' and a hissin' like to peel the skin right off your ears--she'd give you a piece of her mind and then some you cross her ideas of how a left footed goal should be shot. Turned out she'd played for the Venezuelan National Team before she was deported. Wasn't politics. That woman had the sharpest tongue I'd ever had the displeasure to experience. I'd've deported her too, If I could. Could kick a soccer ball, though, sure. We moved out out of there to the bar district for some peace. Had some times, I tell you what. Tongue like that is a weapon in the right mouth, eh.

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K9s wrote:
Sat Mar 07, 2020 7:34 pm
YankeeTarheel wrote:
Sat Mar 07, 2020 3:56 pm
Leki makes GREAT hiking poles. Collapsible, light, repairable, multi-use. With a rubber tip it's an everywhere pole. Pull off the tip and there's an ice tip. You get a snow flange as well. And, all the joints are replaceable. Some even can function as a camera mono-pod! And they look like hiking sticks, not canes.It also has a built-in shock absorber.
Hmmm... or a rifle monopod?

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Just a standard camera mount like a tripod. I suppose you could rig something up. Tried to answer last night but, um, you know, the forum was having its own "24 hour stomach flu" yesterday. :sick:
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lurker wrote:
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wish I still could.
exactly. i've done the math, at best i can expect 7,000 more days, less and less capability toward the end. seems like a lot, but very, very finite. i'm viewing this as something of a "use it or lose it" scenario. my back hurts more the more i sit, but most everything else still works. might as well enjoy what i can while i can.
Did most of my backpacking/camping 60's thru early 90's. Can't count the times I met older people on the road or in camp areas that wish they had done what I was doing when they were younger and able. To this day I encourage youngers to do it while they can and to quit procrastinating - just do it!! to steal Nike's words. From deserts to woods to snow and ice. Spent weeks to months at a time on the road between jobs. Then got lucky and found work that paid me to be in strange outback places plus world travel. No 'regerts'! :thumbup:
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Lurker, I have Leki poles I bought about 25 years ago. I think there are cheaper options at Target. I see Amazon has them as low as $20ish. Mine don't any sort of shock absorbsion. Most important is the ability collapse and change length easily and often, so checking out the locking devices well or spending some time doing web review research will be worth it. As well as being super helpful for hiking, they're great for other stuff like holding up a tarp, skewering unfriendly trail dogs or splinting a broken limb..
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https://www.bigbend100.com/

Texas Parks & Wildlife mag had an article in this months issue (April 2020). I would give my left testicle to be able to do this - alas it cannot be. I've spent months in the Big Bend area over the years. Did day packing trips, otherwise 4-wheeling - not much of the Big Bend I've not seen up close and personal. I was there the weekend the UT student died in a 17" snow storm (late 80's) - he made a miscalculation to return to his camp site rather than head down mountain to safety - got lost in the snow storm and died from exposure. Small search planes were landing on road between Panther Junction and Chiso Mtn. access and gassing up at the then Gulf station. This is not an area you want to fuck up in. I didn't have to buy ice for a month (Feb) - just leave ice chest open at night to refreeze. My two Boxers at the time and I had our own close call after a day of exhausting hiking - we were unable to climb the loose sand hill - probably a half mile from our camp site. Finally made it, all totally exhausted - we hung around camp for next few days (Grapevine Hills - end of access road) Park Rangers allowed us to over stay (back then, maybe now, two weeks a year was limit) - said if they got crowded would ask us to leave our back country primitive camp area. I was between jobs and we stayed over a month.

This looks like a great trip. The Big Bend Ranch back then was not a part of the National Park.
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saw this at the evil empire (actuallly, no, i saw the 34" compact stick). would something like this work? apparently it works as a camera monopod as well.
https://byallen.com/product/deluxe-shooters-staff/
too big/small/flimsy/heavy? should i buy it and write a review so you guys can live vicariously in lockdown? ok, that last bit was mean, sorry.

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