1. geekgirl
    geekgirl January 21, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Let me be the first to congratulate you on your new “easy access to The Sierra” home!

  2. Don
    Don January 21, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Hope you’ll enjoy your new home Ray.
    On a negative note I must say I’m surprised at your suggestion to burn your “bags” after use. As a strong advocate of leave no trace principles as well as wilderness regulations I would suggest you and others don’t. Please follow the rules and pack out everything. Simply put and usually found on your permit is the note “pack it in, pack it out.” And that includes your used toilet paper.
    Also I would suggest taping notes or even leaving notes for others behind is not a good practice. I often run across notes that are obviously outdated and had not been removed by those they were intended for. If you need to communicate with group members plan ahead and use a two way radio communication system. I much prefer skipping on down a trail without being subjected to dangling fluorescent flags, rock arrows in the middle of the trail and paper notes saying “Dude………”

  3. Loren
    Loren January 22, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Nice collection of suggestions. On the reuse of your first night cooking bag. Great idea for reducing mass/trash. Caution should be used however, to clean the bag thoroughly on each use. You should work to consume all the meal, including licking the bag clean, clean, clean, then rinse with water and gut sump the contents. When using after the first time, pour in boiling water first to sanitize the already really clean container. The objective is to maintain the bag in as sterile a condition as possible so that you don’t develop an exposure to a noxious microbial beastie thats feeding on your leftovers.

  4. Mitch
    Mitch January 23, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Great tips! One adjustment I’ve made is to keep the duct tape wrapped around my pencil or pen, not my trekking poles. It stays cleaner this way.

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