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scotland is only an hour away so yes, definitely.
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christ that's fantastic. I'm going to get sick in switzerland more often. It's really just a better, calmer version of the states sometimes ๐Ÿ˜„
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I'm planning a snowboarding trip to the states right now, so 20k basically gets me an ambulance there
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I think norway doesn't actually charge for helicopter or ambulance rescues
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yeah, the US is the worst place to get injured.
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italy has a law that if a tourist comes into an ER with a truly emergent situation, it's free. i always joked that if i got something that wasn't immediately life threatening but was emergent, i would book a flight to italy as it'd be cheaper at the last minute.
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you joke, but I flew from bulgaria to amsterdam one time because the quality of care in the hospital was so low that I couldn't recoup
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italy may have been easier on retrospect ๐Ÿ˜…
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urfcifyr did you go to the governmental ER? You should notโ€ฆI wonder why was I not alerted to tell you that.
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Yeah I went to private but they sent me to government because they said they couldn't treat me, remember?
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Dang, I remember nowโ€ฆ
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yeah that was not a fun week
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that did not turn out as planned... oh well, the link should still work
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My mom keeps getting climbing crag names epicly incorrect but they almost sound real
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Aka "so when are you going to grande Blanche again?"
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Me what's grande Blanche?
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ugh I almost neeeeeeeever have ear problems diving (except, pretty consistently, at about minute 90-100 on a cave dive in the cenotes and that just takes like 5min to sort out)
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but my right ear has been fucky all day now
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since my first dive ~10am (it's now past 4pm)
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and it is bonkers annoying
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gahh any chance u have a cold or allergies?
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I don't feel any other allergy symptoms
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nor a cold, for that matter
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it's always my right ear that gets a little janky
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but this is the worst I've ever had, I think
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it keeps squeaking and crackling ๐Ÿ˜ฑ
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for some reason it just sprung into my mind that I want one of those bulbs to de-snot an infant and to use it to de-water-the-fuck my ear
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I feel like it won't actually work though
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i feel like that's a great way to damage your ear
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i honestly just invert my head for like 5 min every time i surf to let water just run out my ears and nose haha
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yeah I tried that and it hasn't fixed it yet ๐Ÿ˜ž
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i'd suggest a quick doc visit!
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if it's really bothersome
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I'll see if it's still annoying tomorrow
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hopefully I can dive tomorrow
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if not, I'll rummage up the location of the dive dr
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hydrogen peroxide is going to be what i try once i get somewhere i'm around for a couple days. i think i have a lot of wax bulidup in my ears
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I wonder if that would solve my ear problem
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is it water in your ear, or just pressure equalization issues?
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if it's water, have you tried tilting your head over and jumping up and down? preferably with other people around to laugh at you.
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๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›
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I'm not sure which it is tbh
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but I have crackling and squeaking from time to time
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that sounds like pressure equalization
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gonna take some time
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squeaksqueaksqueak
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ugh
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Obviously the solution is just to go to higher altitude to negate the effects of being at negative altitude ๐Ÿ™ƒ
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shouldn't go to altitude after a dive!
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might get DCS
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all those nitrogen bubbles need more time to squeeze out of you
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however my work productivity so far today has been like none because I keep squeaking my ear
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What happens if you dive deep at a mountain lake?
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I actually don't know but there is a specialty course about diving at altitude
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that I assume addresses this sort of thing
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longer surface time to work out nitrogen
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among other things I believe you need to surface a lot more slowly
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I've done altitude diving. no real difference in sensation, just different dive tables
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Interesting stuff
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omg someone just shoot me in the right ear pls
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I like the hanging/dancing upside down in public idea, seems legit
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annoyingly it seems to get a bit better and then goes back to deaf-in-one-ear again
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I wonder if I can just find a mountain of sudafed and see if that helps
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happy to share my stash
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ooo you have? yespls
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wait isn't sudafed drowsy?
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we just talked about this
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how it's weird that pseudoephedrine is not wakey like ephedrine
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yes, but I really don't feel it tbh
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take it before bed tonight jic
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kk if we do dinner I would like a couple pls
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although I may just get a giant bowl of pasta here at the coworking
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because I am lazy
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haha this is why i travel with industrial sized cases of mucinex
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you never know when u need to clear everything out
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yah no worries, happy to bring it with me to dinner and I can hand it over. you don't have to see me for more than 10 seconds
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qonjejswseivnh I neeeever have ear problems!
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and def never have long term ear problems
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long term == longer than 10 minutes
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mmm true true
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the struggle si real
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is*
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Needs some more work on your spanish there... ๐Ÿ˜‰
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oui oui
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i think last time i was in cdmx i responded in korean to a simple question posed to be in spanish
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then was like "well i give up now"
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wow i mistyped this anecdote too
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i officially give up
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๐Ÿคฃ
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Moar coffeesss
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qnuetfjcamse I always have it when I dive for a few weeks. I usually use vinegar but it doesn't help much. One time the diveshop gave me some medical ear drop that solved it in 5 minutes. It cleared the ear canal of all the wax. I don't remember what it was called but either see a doctor or ask your dive shop they might know it as it's common issue
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Seems like a good little bottle to have in the diving gear stash
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okay but like I never have ear problems so this is not a thing I usualyl have to keep something around for ๐Ÿ˜›
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Yah I agree with vvexataefqst It's common issue but doesn't repeat much
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Since that magic drop I didn't have it again. That was like 6 months ago
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fair, I was just thinking for the scenarios where you can't get it, and it's interfering with day to day
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ugh I need that magic bottle teanxy
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I heave ear problems pretty regularly
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oexjloyx Let me ask my instructor if he remember what it was called
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yay! thanks so much smwcsi ๐Ÿ™
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share with the class pls
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Dive pros says not to dive with ear problem or when you're sick which it true. But in reality we do ignore this advice for minor cold and sinuses. One time I got trapped on safety stop and it took me 15 minutes to go up the last 5 meters ๐Ÿ˜‚
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Damn sinuses
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Sent. I'll let you guys know when I hear back
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ooof that's brutal. I'm usually ok, but I've had similar sinus problems in the past, so I avoid multi-dive days without something to help, and I'm super aggressive about equalizing at all times. It's gone from being something where I really cant handle diving, to something I love again
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One of the instructors had same issue but didn't surface slowly. Her sinuses blown-up and there was blood in her mask when she surfaced. She scared the shit out of her OW students ๐Ÿ˜‚
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> be careful and make sure u get the one for ears and nothing stronger
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oh literally just hydrogen peroxide got it haha
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oh that's much easier than I was expecting
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awesome thanks for asking ujvcbm
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ditto
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merci
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3% for ear canals, noted
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No worries. I remember he had it in a small spray can, should be easy to pack
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I sprayed and let it sit for ~5 minutes while I kept my head tilted.
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ooo oo ooooo I've stopped having ear squeaks!
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still pressure though
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yeah, hydrogen peroxide can work wonders. i can't wait to do it. will try to get some tomorrow I think.
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Careful with that, you can do way more damage nomadlist.slack.com/archives/C3KL844GY/p1570028149093200
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My mom just mentioned some alternative like a week or so ago, but just can't remember what it was
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i let doctors do it
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they irrigate it with warm water
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safer, less painful, less risk of perforation.
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teteoekape do you mind asking you mom at some point? keen to hear all options
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Fuck me my ear seemed cleared up for like 5 minutes and then I had to blow my nose and now it's stuffed up again
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ledlsyxnjttcwr what's the mistype? the korean ?
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posed to me*
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i did respond in korean haha b/c i lived in korea for a year and got fluent in it
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ah nice
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pyiflsoa Mom suggested to use "camphor oil", you shouldn't drop it inside your ears because it will also be too strong, but just put some of it on cotton wool and put that inside your ear, you could also dry to dab it around the ear. She also said that if you have soreness (knees, etc) or just got a cold, cheap vodka works well too (putting on top of bad place, not drinking it, I guess drinking could help too temporarily), but it dries skin quickly so better use some cream/oil after.
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oooh camphor oil. I don't think I've heard it used for this before, I'm going to look into that, thanks htgdipbchg
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If I'm buying a cold bottle of vodka and I'm in pain I'm definitely drinking some of it. But I like how mom's remedies specific cold vodka, not peas or meat or something. that wouldn't work. It must be cold, cheap vodka. We need more of this type of thinking
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smzcecuy Wrong word choice, it was more like "if you got a cold in your own body", for the best effect (not drinking at least) you will probably gonna want to go with room temp vodka.
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ahhh ok, I misread that, sorry. That makes more sense. Though I'm definitely still going to drink some ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Just probably invest then in better quality vodka ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just make sure you don't go too often with _my finger hurts, pour me a glass of vodka_ ๐Ÿ˜„
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Follow up on Spot insurance. Just chatted with them, and they're going to cover South Dakota residents later this year hand_with_index_and_middle_fingers_crossed
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They also confirmed near worldwide coverage (besides certain countries like North Korea)
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why not garmin?
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Something different lifebyspot.com
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Not to be confused with the SPOT Tracker insurance, which is pretty much just for the rescue operation
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Ah I'm sick of tetrising all my stuff to fit in one bag haha
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I was literally at the point of individually pulling out quickdraws until I felt like the bag was at an okay weight
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I'm unsure how I could ever fit a rope in here too
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dojpwkxougnn im getting closer to your ridiculous luggage level
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Much to my chagrin
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get more bags!
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come to the dark side
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we have cookies
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Noooooo
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but cookies will need their own bag
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only if you're bringing them for rifjps
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I always have cookies. But I accept additional amazing cookies.
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rdsdylmcnyneve I'm making my way around S America with two rolling bags, a laptop backpack, a small daypack, and a stringed instrument :)
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in other news, I'd made plans for a trip to Volcan Lanin and other locations today, and as of 3 am the wind was blowing like it does in northeast MA. Gonna nope out. Currently trying to get a credit for another trip; I really don't want to schlep around in the mountains with high winds.
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I'll just have to catch up on Better Caul Saul, and there's a Che Guevara museum not 50 feet from where I'm staying :)
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okay which stringed instrument zjcjzalunwjzyqorc
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it's a charango, which I picked up in Chile. Not sure if I will continue with it, but I was fortunate enough to take lessons from a master in Santiago.
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i now feel totes okay about my luggage hahaha
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Did DPV certification today!
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Basically underwater scooters
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There's a lot of wheeeeeeeee-ing
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That sounds amazing
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Congratulations lrporvjjotmh How was the skills? Is it hard?
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Not difficult at all
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Super easy and super funnnn
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Awesome, looking forward to do it one day ๐Ÿ™Œ
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Safari has been pretty amazing, still 2 nights to go but already feel 6 nights is way too little time. I could easily spend weeks in these lodges and game drives.
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even the 5am (!!!!) wake up calls don't bother me anymore somehow and I'm usually NOT a morning person
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5am wakeup was totally worth it for safari
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yeah, I woulnd't have thought as I'm REALLY cranky in the morning but it is, and these Singita lodges are amazing, literally the best hotel/accom I have ever stayed at and god knows I've seen a 5* hotel or two
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yeah I was surprised as well at how good accommodations in the parks are. Most of sub-saharan africa has excellent places to stay. I suppose that's their profit center, and they know it
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I also imagine that a job at a place like that takes most of a lifetime to get. The staff are therefore superb
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I think a lot of countries run hospitality schools too. I know the guides and drivers are all well-trained. It takes several years to become certified in those areas
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Yeah, the staff villages are supposed to be very nice as well, everyone has their private rooms and they have entertainment centers, bars and such. They work 6 weeks and then get 2 off. Not a bad way to live. I'm not sure about Singita Boulders where we are right now but Singita Lebombo had 180 staff for the 15 suite property. Essentially there's 3 staff dedicated just for you, the guide, tracker and a butler that servers you everything at any time.
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if only it wasn't so stupid expensive I'd make this a yearly thing
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well, labour is quite cheap in africa. It was pretty typical to have staff/guest ratios like that. why hire 1 person, when you can hire 3! it's actually a common mentality in Africa, which I do question at times
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the 5* places in the parks are not cheap. But I've stayed in a lot of places adjacent to parks for less than โ‚ฌ50/night for an en-suite. It's definitely doable, and such an incredible experience
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the animals don't know where the park boundaries are, they come visit anywhere ๐Ÿ˜‰
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I'm sure it's possible to do it at a reasonable costs but I'm now sure if I can tho after this.
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the animals make it worthwhile
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yeah, they are pretty incredible
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and an elephant came to visit just now, I'm off the to deck, laters
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enjoy!
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are you self driving? i was exhausted after day 3 of self driving.
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Nah, this is very much hands-off experience. We need to walk from the lodge to the landrovers, escorted. Also we have to get out for sundowner G&Ts.
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Singita is amazing like that but +3kโ‚ฌ at a night they better be
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This is my type of party โค๏ธ
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Visibility not bad in Muscat these days, Lot's of Nudibranchs and dolphins. no whaleshark yet ๐Ÿ˜ž
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omg on-call struggles while wanting to hike
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i legit will only refuse to cover someone if i'm out of cell range b/c honestly it's rare we get paged
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but my colleagues sometimesโ€ฆsigh
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"Wish I had traveled a bit more" says current remote worker and digital nomad ๐Ÿ˜‚
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jgxuhjhbcqz there were some tries targeted to kite surfers some years ago. Not sure of the names, tried to google but nothing rings a bellโ€ฆ
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wetsjajjimtcal you can totally do one in mexico
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I def remember something for kite surfers too
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I should work on my kitesurfing
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By which I mean improve from "completely abysmal"
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Except I totally can't afford to have another hobby that has 20+ kilos of gear...
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U04BRT3UCโ€ฆ. you still can.
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ydklvnuwd Thanks! I also asked on the Facebook group of Kitesurf nomads, I guess they will tell me. I'm not a fan of doing just 1 sport though ๐Ÿ˜…
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maxpynlhntqqtw yeah, go for it! Maybe not for every month of the year, just a 1 month adventure somewhere. Someone here was organizing 1 month of ski in the Alps (non-profit), but I'm not a great fan of snow sports and it would be too expensive for me (acommodation and forfait there is not cheap and I also need classes, gear...).
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I actually created a Facebook group a while ago for nomad adventures, but never took the time to promote it and create a real community there
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Itโ€™s tricky to balance how much is too little and too much travel. I feel like I have travelled a bit too much over the last 3 years and Iโ€™m not super worried about my wife talking to a current client about accepting a traditional job.
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Welp I just went insane buying outdoor gear
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Started with a reasonable list
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But alas
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REI is basically an adult candy store
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What did you get? Anything fun?
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i could easily live in an REI
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I'd be happy living on a deserted island, as long as there was a fully stocked deserted REI too
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Lol not rei! Decathlon
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Honestly just layering stuff, a cold weather sleeping bag, and proper sunglasses lol
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Whatโ€™d you buy? photos!
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haha i will!
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basically water bladders, a nice midweight pant over base layers (that could work on itโ€™s own without rain pants if i need it to), some more thermal base layers, a -5 c down sleeping bag, sleeping mat, plane cover for my backpack, trekking sunglasses , hiking poles
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yes smkkrahykmchgo and dpfhletpkoimawug i have given in and gotten hiking poles
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if they save my legs on the downhill, then amen
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oh and super cheapo rain pants
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if they fall apart in a year, then i guess iโ€™ll get slightly better ones
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oh and outer mittens for over my liner softshell gloves
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may have to revaluate my layers later but i think iโ€™m good for now ๐Ÿ‘
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so i _think_ adding a sleeping bag liner to it later would also take it down a few more degrees
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Compared to my first 10 years of hiking I eventually got into a habit of fully controlling my legs when walking downhill, itโ€™s annoying as heck initially but it seems to have built up the key areas around the joints and my legs feel much more solid as well
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fravhnjtrpgwv After that comment by insrxgyuvznldy got a hiking pole when was in Thailand, it was so helpful for climbing up/down, avoiding sliding of the mountain, checking for snakes, etc
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kyjnlwvmn I do the same. It makes me slow down a bit but I step more with a controlled purpose. Saves the knees over the course of a long hike.
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I have a fair bit of experience hiking, with backpacks loaded for a few days. I also got some hiking poles as well and looking forward to trying them out. Part of the objective is to learn to walk a bit different and take up some load on your arms, which are otherwise underutilized
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Also I know it seems super basic but make sure you understand the correct height you should use for your poles. Too tall or too short takes a toll over time. Also using the straps. You should not really have to grip them, the straps will allow the pole handle to rest in your hand. nvaxogqkcpuxs
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I actually let me mother use one for a hip injury that she was nursing. I adjusted it for her and went over the points I just described letting her know how to comfortably take the load off of her hip and make small trips to the kitchen, bathroom etc. easier
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On the subject of rain gear, I'm into shells. A outer water proof layer is nice since I can just toss that over any other gear I use for warmth or whatever. Just makes it much more versatile and helps keep the bag light
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Also must have feature with a water proof outer jacket shell is zippers that vent for the armpits. If it keeps water out, it keeps water in and if you sweat, it can pretty uncomfortable. An opening that can be closed up is nice.
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I also keep an emergency rain poncho. I don't really ever use leggings, but instead insulate and have quick dry pants
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I was at the store the other day looking at shells, and the one that fit me best did't have these. Back on the rack it was

For a $150 rain shell not to have pit zips is sacrilege
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To me it's about keeping my head and torso dry. Yes, I also have an actual jacket too ๐Ÿ˜„
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That's a good go to solution. I got some pants that are kind of nice since warmth sometimes comes into play and being in the cold rain can be mentally and physically tough.
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The poncho is just for the super heavy, or all day in rain. Which, isn't so common but just for $1 and an oz, takes the edge off the misery
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I've also found those plastic ponchos are super useful for other things. For example, if you're relatively confident or optimistic the rain will break by morning or have some tape, at camp you can guy it out as extra vestibule area. If everything's soaked and you've used your poncho, then it stops raining you can wrap all your wet stuff in it. Can cover your motorcycle or bike seat if it starts raining at camp
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That reminds me... Time to also renew my emergency blankets
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I (most of the time) carry a shemagh for that same reason. handy tool that can be used a million different ways. I know we're not talking about survival but a good mental state and will is the number one thing in any survival situation. I take that idea with me on big hikes. Taking simple pleasures from something like warmth when needed or even a piece of candy can make you not beat yourself up for making poor choices when you are in the middle of a not so fun situation like cold rain. ๐Ÿ˜ซ
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I don't have a smegah, but one of those military style neck gaiters. The actual one my cousin used while on combat tour, so it's a bit sentimental, but functions similarly, and a bit more compact
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I was going to buy one of the motorcycle style ones that are made out of silk or merino though... They're about the same size, not as warm on the head (I'm bald, always have a beanie anyways), but more versatile than the gaiter at the same pack size
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Guess they're called a "buff" in the moto/bike world ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ
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Usually use a bandanna while on tour though
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Yep, those work as well. I got one but don't seem to use it as much.
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seriously. Mine was a North Face that I've beat the shit out of. I know I did not spend that much. Most likely less than $100 but maybe I got it on sale. I don't remember but that feature does make them more expensive but I tell people that you have to pony up since I feel it's must have
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Yeah, there's a Black Diamond one in the shop I'm likely to get, just because I'm massively particular about jackets and don't want to mail order one.

Just need to go back with my down jacket and bike helmet to make sure it all fits under correctly. Lots of money though for just some pack size savings ๐Ÿ˜ž
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(I already have a quality 3 layer one, with two pit vents. it's just a size larger to fit over my moto gear, and doesn't pack too small because it's thicker material)
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i've done multiple hiking trips with and without walking sticks (or two), the light weight ones that telescope and have straps etc..
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i'm still not convinced
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How were you holding the poles?
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ftnqzokfnbedbq perfectly ๐Ÿ™‚
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proper height and everything
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i guess one is okay for the extreme situations where balance matters, slippery spots and such, but overall it's an extra weight for the whole trip
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yep
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like that
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For me it's an experiment, especially for downhill. I have the leg strength for uphill handily, but downhill wouldn't mind the extra support
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i think i'm more liable to take walking sticks if i know the trail is wet/slippery
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but if it is dry conditions i probably wouldn't bother
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zfihgmozqeedr found some cheap ones in CDMX, so I'm going to give it a shot on our next trek. We'll have a fair bit more weight too than the previous trek
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yeah honestly i can definitely hike sans sticks
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but if my legs recover a lot faster why not
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If I don't like them... Whatever. They may just get (hacked up and) integrated into my bike storage box as supports ๐Ÿ˜†
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(i'm building a custom bike travel box)
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gipnorueorlouu I have merino buff, works well for one bag travel, I usually use it during cold weather as a hat (or as a sleep mask), the problem I have with it is it's very wide so not good for neck as it keeps falling off. I do have a couple of simple/cheap buffs which are not that wide so keeps on the neck nice (when walking or riding bike).
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yeah i need a warmer balaclava
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but i basically made a series of google docs on stuff iโ€™ll need to slowly get depending on adventure
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so i can space our these purchases
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Also be prepared that some just end up being dead space and go back into storage or donated ๐Ÿ˜„
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I feel, besides things like a first aide kit, if you don't use it after a trip or two, it's not needed
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hahahaha
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lol
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my poor first aid kid has never been used
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b/c it takes up too much space
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NOT using the first aide kit is a goal ๐Ÿ˜†
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i mean i always have tegaderm and anti-diarrheals just in case
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b/c i donโ€™t fuck around with that shit
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and ibuprofen ofc
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I've sadly dug into mine, but mercifully never the trauma stuff ๐Ÿคž
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i have this permanent fear of food poisoning
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(though it rarely happens *fingers crossed*)
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i actually forgot to wash my vegetables yesterday but i seem to have dodged a bullet there
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If you're cooking them, you're usually OK. Actually, might be healthier to eat some dirt if they're fresh
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I'm not so germaphobe. Only loose greens (they get sprayed with grey water) and berries get soaked. The rest get a light rinse if needed. Have been OK
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they were sauteed so i assumed mostly okay
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i was just so hungry i forgot to wash them and literaly flung them in a pan
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interesting - iโ€™m tempted to visit this shop this wkd
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i wanted a new rain shell that could fit a down jacket underneath or just be fine as is
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mine gets a bit tight right now - but iโ€™ll see
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When you come down, I can help you check the fit. The shop here is *dangerous*, be ware all those that enter with a credit card ๐Ÿ˜†
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hahaha
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as u know i already have an outdoor gear buying problem
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lol
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maybe iโ€™ll first visit it with 0 cards
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They do have some nice gear though, so I try to give them my money when I really need a piece of gear
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The owner's a stand up guy too
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aww yay
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also - did it have waterproofer spray btw?
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sadly i couldnโ€™t find any at decathlon and it would take too long to ship from amazon
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Just the wash in kind. I should call them on monday and see if they have some of the spray on kind out back
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lemme know what u find
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maybe walmart has poor mans spray-on variety too
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haha i also didnโ€™t mention - i legit went to another outdoor outfitter in cdmx and checked out some north face inferno cold weather bags
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but decided to hold off for now
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on the plus side if any nomad needs to buy outdoor gear in cdmx, i can advise them of all shops
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and product lines
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Good call. Last years goods are just as good this year, at that deep discount
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yeah in particular if i see the western mountaineering bag for -32 or the north face inferno on sale
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iโ€™m gonna just jump on that
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You'll have THREE sleeping bags, you nutter! haha
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hahaha
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i made a spreadsheet of temperature!
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problem is for aconcagua you need -40
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but for PNW or other places, people recommend -32!
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this isnโ€™t any worse than surfers who have like 6 boards iโ€™ll have u know
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It's an obsession, this stuff ๐Ÿ’ธ
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lol and honestly iโ€™m miserably and sleep hot haha
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so basically am a princess about my sleeping bags
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apwwivpcnfitt I'm sure yenkmypbfwnb can give you tips how to travel with 3 bags ๐Ÿ˜‚
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lol hey hey there
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i can def keep all of the gear within 2 iโ€™ll have u know
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and unlike some people iโ€™m not literally carrying around furniture
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*cough cough* angelicism
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umtrnfuxkwoml I feel if we check your bags after you leave current airbnb we might find a bunch of cat furniture >https://nomadlist.slack.com/archives/C3KL844GY/p1572805922150200>
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i did once take dog treats to india
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but not furniture!
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Out of the last three bicycle shops I've visited, only one has a cell phone holder, and they only had one, in a plastic bag in a cupboard ๐Ÿ˜›
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sounds like my 2 cold weather sleeping bag options at pretty much every store iโ€™ve visited in cdmx thus far haha
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I just don't get it... Phone holders are an easy upsell for someone that buys a bike
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maybe they were due for a refresh of stock?
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and u caught them at a bad time?
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All three?
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Two Specialized stores and one Giant store. One is the Specialized "flagship" store here in Puebla
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Tested out baking soda to get the plastic smell out of water bladders. Seems to work, might run my Camelback through it as well. They developed a plastic taste after a bit of disuse, but when I was using them frequently (filling with filtered water) they didn't have any sort of odor
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Is that from not being used over time or were you putting anything else in there?
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Not being used over time. I also was stupid at rinsed and dried it immediately with tap water. Never again
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I see. Do you store it open and allow it to 'air out'? I do and it helps but I also get that after taste which is not strong, but it's there. I don't use my Camelback much. I prefer a water bottle and a sling to hold it but it really depends on what I'm doing.
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Usually store it closed, and compressed of most air, so crap doesn't get into the bladders. I just need to get out and use them more, obviously ๐Ÿ˜„
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sgquwqqqehobau How are your injuries by the way?
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yeah I see that stuff could get in but I typically will store it open and hang it upside down so the opening is towards the bottom. Not perfect but it's not too bad
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Good. Face is healed up nicely. Hand is mostly OK, but still a bit stiff. The big knee wound, I'm having trouble keeping it clean, so it's healing up slower

Thanks for asking
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Current problem is finding good burning alcohol here for my UL cat can camp cook stove, otherwise I'll have to drop a hundo on a canister stove
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In the USA, getting yellow HEET was never a problem
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Going to pop into some farmacias today
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Glad you are getting better
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Found some 96% alcohol at a small pharmacy. Was telling him it's for camp cooking and I like the kind with little chemicals

He's like "you can drink it". Noooo thanks
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1L of it was $60mxn. Looking forward to seeing how well it burns
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Wow, this alcohol burns great, with a super clean flame

I bet it's just distilled sugar cane (alcohol de cana)
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I'm having trouble tracking down isopropyl alcohol for glasses and phone cleaning... I'll try a couple more farmacias while I'm still in the city
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Hm, that's weird. Usually if a farmacia has band aides and hydrogen peroxide, they have iso alch
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This is ethanol, which burns hotter and doesn't leave a sooty mess
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I once had to cook for a few days on iso alcohol, made a custom stove out of a beer can and some carefully arranged rocks. I swear, even years later there's still soot on the outside of the pot that won't scrub out ๐Ÿ˜›
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I need dis
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Yes you do... it would be fun to photograph all the Airbnb cats in it ๐Ÿฑ
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woxniaonqdjzs I seen those small tents in Decatlon shops thinking it's like to show how the full tent would look like, never came to my mind that it's actually tents for cats ๐Ÿ˜‚
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Looks neat though
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Quick thoughts on alcohol stoves, for the curious:

Pros Super cheap, like dollars and cents, rather than $100. Significantly lighter, in the order of a few grams. Fuel is nearly everywhere, and usually dirt cheap. No canisters. Burns hot enough. Works at normal altitude for adventures. Can make your stove anywhere for pennies. Doesn't explode (I've seen this)

Cons No temperature control. Not as fuel efficient. Melts snow/ice slower than a specialized solution. In the day can't see the flame. If you tip it and it's burning, you're in a bad place. Not as easy to stop the burn. (edit Some denatured alcohol contains bad stuff)
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Also, another protip Doesn't matter what stove you have, but if you don't have a BIC Mini lighter in your kit with the stove, you should. Those things can sit for decades and still just work
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dunuvqvxfumjcrtqi oh thatโ€™s a good idea
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Someone else was trying to organize a group rental in the French alps too
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Recently
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Yes, we were in contact with him. He had a great idea but I think he decided to quit for now.
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slbpztcienojne `If you tip it and it's burning, you're in a bad place.` _Freddy Krueger The outdoor edition_ ๐Ÿ˜„
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Seems you got some use out of those. I've never bent one yet but I'm kind of surprised I haven't. I have broken off tips a few times though. Sometimes they get caught in cracks and snap off with a little leverage.
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Think those are the cheapest one from Decatlon (had one myself), the more expensive ones would probably be stronger ๐Ÿ˜„
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I bent it wiping out, and wiped out pretty good. The only time I fell, about 30min away from the bottom of the trail ๐Ÿ˜†
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Wasn't sure if the pole bent first, or the ground gave way first. Either way, not the most toughest of poles, but totally worth the $400MXN experiment
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I might get carbon fiber ones, because those I could repair now ๐Ÿ™ƒ
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xomuthzcbncgjr As a bipedal mammal you are not doing such a great job lately ๐Ÿ˜‚
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Wiping out is apparently part of my duty at life, even though that's Rule #2.... "No wiping out"
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I blame my lack of adventuring the last year... the edge has dulled, need to sharpen it up
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Funny small story... We were passed by a trail runner on the way down, he just had shorts, tshirt and water bottle. Was a steep slippery spot with ball bearing pebbles. He wiped out about 20m down from us straight on his butt, but with an excellent view, and just sat there for a minute on his ass to take in the vista, and was joking with him about it
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Nobody saw me wipe out, which is a shame. It would have looked hilarious ๐Ÿ˜†
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Definitely had times where you end up on the ground and thought "This is so comfortable" ๐Ÿ˜„
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I wiped out on a bike pretty hard once going down a hill. I really wish I could have seen it. I flew pretty far and was pretty lucky I did not get seriously hurt. I mean, I can't take it back so I might as well celebrate the wreck
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Get one of those selfie drones which follow you around so next time we can see how you wipe out ๐Ÿ˜„
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the wipe out drone
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haha, I wish. I do have some helmet cam footage of crashes off road on the moto
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Can agree to that, would definitely be interested to see how I looked on my dirt bike crashes
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glad the poles helped though!
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Just re-watched the video of me dropping the bike, makes me laugh because such a stupid situation (especially when I was about 99% sure it will happen) ๐Ÿ˜‚
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They were amazing. The last time I used poles it was on a more mild hike and didn't see the point. This is some technical hiking, and I had (for me) what would be 3 days of water and 2 days of food. With the weight and terrain, they were a boon
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I have an Osprey backpack that I hike with that has two loops that can hold poles. They look like you are carrying a sword but it keeps it pretty streamlined and out of the way when not in use. A nice little feature.
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.....and I've used them on my carry on. I was kind of surprised they let me on with them.
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The new bag I bought has loops for poles, but I'm worried if I somehow am not going in the direction of gravity (because, that never happens to *me*, right?) that they'll fall out. Need to get some velcro loops for those loops
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I found that crossing them, then using the web on the back keeps them a bit more secure. But, still don't trust it fully
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I also want it to be quicker and not fiddly
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the loops on my bag have one around the hip that they slide into ut the ones on the chest strap are really like a drawstring so I can secure them pretty well
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Yeah, later I might YouTube some bodgery on securing hiking poles
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I could totally hack up that system in an afternoon, nice for a quick scramble
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Thanks for sharing
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yeah simple to make I'm sure
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Also, next poles I get are going to have a cam release system, so I can quickly stow and lengthen. These cheap ones had a spring lock system that was fiddly and annoying
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I feel like the ones I've used that you twist to tighten and loosen tend to fail under stress a bit more than ones that lock in by "clamping" They feel way more secure to me at least.
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I like the type with a cam, not twist and definitely dislike pin lock
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yeah, exactly. I prefer that type for tripods too
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agree. Wanted to make sure that was what you were referring to
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Agree on the hiking pole conversion
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Def was not as stable with a heavy pack and they were a godsend
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For my next trekking poles though... Instead of CF, maybe I'll just up the price a bit and get ones that have cam locks, since I'm likely to abuse the crap out of them
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I do need to get a new sleep pad stat though... For doing a very cold volcano again, and also as a loaner for my friends who want to go to the less cold one to camp and they just have cheep-o Coleman ones without any sort of insulation factor
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>https://www.amazon.com/WELLAX-Ultralight-Inflating-Sleeping-Camping/dp/B07K25M1QD/>>br />
This looks like a perfect loaner/user pad, R3.1, but would be +$20 to ship to Mexico
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>https://www.amazon.com/REDCAMP-Sleeping-Camping-Lightweight-Backpacking/dp/B07MNR63QC/>>br />
Or maybe this guy... Hack it up so it's two parts, then put it in the backpack so it's also the internal support. Then, for super cold adventures, also bring my UL R0.6 pad which is massively comfortable and stack on top
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Come to Puebla. There be adventures awaiting ๐Ÿ˜„
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looks pretty good
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it ain't a mountain unless it's got a bit of snow ๐Ÿ˜‰
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That's just a few as a teaser.
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tfkkxxezfheray one time in august I was doing a 7 day hike in Assiniboine region, in the Rockey Mountains.. gorgeous alpines.. shorts and shirt weather for sure, but hiked up a pass (that we'd done a bunch of times before) and one time it turned out to have 2 feet of snow.. so we slapped on our gators and put on our coats.. and hiked to the camping spot, stayed a night, and then hiked back out.. didn't have pants or any proper winter gear heh
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might've been slightly late in the season, or slightly early, i can't remember.. summer is pretty short up there
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Yeah, mountains are picky and make their own climates
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I'm completely cool camping in the snow if I'm prepared, or if there's lots of available firewood for a long night feeding a fire
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4 season tents ftw
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i like the idea of the ultra light backpacking trend though
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haven't tried that
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Mine's a 3.5 season. It handles snow well, because it can be lashed in tight. I'm not a fan of double walled outside full alpine excursions
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I do need to either repair or get a new tent. Haven't decided yet.... They're expensive for UL ones
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The poles I have from Decathlon, theyโ€™re the Quechua Forclaz Light 500 and they have hold up super well with a year of semi-regular use (but albeit rather non technical routes). I just looked and theyโ€™re 15 euros each, I could have sworn I paid less than that. The only thing I donโ€™t like (and am looking for an improvement with in my next purchase) is the wrist strap adjustment, it gets jammed up often and you canโ€™t adjust the length easily, not a dealbreaker tho
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My partner wants some now, too, so I was thinking of buying โ€œbetterโ€ ones and giving him these as a hand me down. So, keep posted us about hiking pole gear finds:P
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I am happy, we just did our usual steep uphill route (donโ€™t have actual stats for Km/Meters) but itโ€™s relatively short but an entirely uphill climb. We did it for the first time since getting back to Spain after 10 months and I cut 10 minutes off our best summit time. Itโ€™s nice to know that even though Iโ€™ve been doing only flat routes I have kept myself in shape.
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Likely my oopsie was a freak incident. I'm sure they would have held up over regular abuse. Maybe change the strap?
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Findings from using a cat can alcohol stove at 5000m... The biggest problem I had was getting the alcohol to heat up to vapor temp on wet sandy ground that soaked up heat. I'm definitely going to add a steel primer tray to my kit.

Once the ground got warmer around the can stove, things were cooking fine, albeit a bit slower than normal (could also be that the water was nearly freezing too)
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I think if you have time at camp or don't want to invest in kit they're still a good option. If you're time limited hiking/camping, then a canister stove is superior

Next trip Going to try a cheap Amazon stove and canister to compare
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Is that volcanic rock in the foreground?
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hmmm unsure
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this is the izta hike UDZH0EJHJ!
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Probably so, then
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Anyone have practical experience with micro spikes? I'm looking for some that will go over nearly any shoe (not just heavy hiking boots, pack small and light, as well as be really quick on and off
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Also soliciting suggestions what I should be looking for ๐Ÿ˜
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From reading... There's also a train of thought that microspikes and crampons can damage regular trails ๐Ÿค”
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Interesting discussion here, for my situations:

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My two primary use cases 1. For that loose pebble on packed dirt ball bearing slippery hiking. 2 Light/easy ice work

I'm also thinking that if they do add a ton of traction, for some longer MTB trips where there's a lot of hike a bike, they may be useful in slippery/wet/muddy conditions as I'm pushing a fully loaded bike up a hill
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Iโ€™ve been close to buying micro-spikes a few times but never did. I think theyโ€™re super handy for shoulder season, when it starts getting icy, but not cold enough to keep me off the trails. Perhaps in Mexico you can use them further into winter if it never really snows heavily at altitude, not sure the climate near Puebla. Iโ€™d note that youโ€™re going to want to use them on hiking boots rather than trail runners or similar soft soles. I think this is one of those cases where you need to use personal judgement when to use them, and be cognitive of trail erosion while youโ€™re wearing them, but I think the impact on the trail would only be a problem on soft, dry dirt or similar.
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I have MTB shoes that have a solid toebox and sole, and really soft rubber. They're not bad, but in the conditions we were in everyone was slipping so was slow going
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There was this one couple that was just powering down, they didn't even seem to have much skill walking just infinite traction with microspikes and was so envious
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There's this tradeoff, I think... Between the energy spent on the extra foot weight vs the energy spent trying to keep yourself stable
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Nice for #_pets joyjoyjoy
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_Remember that alligator we flushed down the toilet years ago? It's back_ ๐Ÿ˜‚
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My guide showed me a video of an Argentinian guy who has a pet capybara and was feeding it at the dinner table. Could be a joke, maybe not
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Oh that reminds me
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Capybaras are the best
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Wow, capybaras are true zen monks
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I was reminded last night that they're giant guinea pigs
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I'd really love to sit on a capybaras tbh
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This prompted me to read the wikipedia page on capybaras
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why do you want to SIT on a poor capybara?!
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If your presence disturbs them, they'll move, but they'll also make a noise that sounds an awful lot like a harrumph
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omg that is my new favorite factlet
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my grandpa used to do the same
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I feel like doing anything with a capybara is a plus. They are just so chill
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Iโ€™ll buy 4
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Must. Get. Capybara.
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qphjmoymucoalh shirts for capybaras.. thatโ€™s the key ๐Ÿ”‘
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rnucx I just saw a trail runner with kinesthology tape in a sort of diamond pattern around his knees
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Yes, itโ€™s common
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Is it effective
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Yes
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Very
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Better than a brace unless you need restricted movement
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Nice
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Kt tape ftw
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Used to use it a lot when I did tae kwon do
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Was pretty effective
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I wonder if that would help on my bad knees on long hikes
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I need to go camping. Can't get it out of my mind....
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Buy a tent, never return ๐Ÿ˜
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Already did that once in my life. Was absolutely lovely
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Nature is lovely, even though occasionally it might try to kill you :)
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cbarwxubfmlnfg Why don't you go camping then?
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Going to, once I button up a project and get a bicycle bag in. My first test run of the bikepacking setup
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Ahh, it's one of those _Come on time, move faster_ ๐Ÿ˜„
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Yeah, but going to hopefully turn it into a regular occurrence... Found a few places to access camping around here, that I could pedal to from my front door in a day
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That sounds good, try not to get eaten by some wild pet
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I don't technically need the new bag, could just bring my small backpack, but going to try and get it in coincidentally when I submit the new build to the test team
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I also want to practice setting up the tarp/bike as a shelter in the park before going out, validate a few ideas. Maybe get a smaller one later before I get too comfy with a big one
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The more I shake down this gear, the more I'll be confident going on a longer trip
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>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sxBTOkaloQ>>br />
I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog.I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog.I will not get a dog.I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog.I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog. I will not get a dog.

Damnnit, I want a puppy.
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OMG PUPPER
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I should get a cat so we can sunbathe together ๐Ÿ˜‚
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dโ€™awwwww
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