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  1. Most every UL pack setup these days is based on Jardine's Ray-Way pack. I haven't checked here for awhile because I was off hiking the Pacific Crest Trail this year. My base pack weight was around 10 pounds. I used two different Ray-Way packs that I sewed myself. One was ~39 liters and the other was ~44 liters so a bear can would fit in it when I went through the Sierra, both weigh only 10oz each. One really doesn't need much gear, especially when you're out there to hike, not sit around in camp. To keep this scouting related, here's my vlog for the day I summitted Mt. Baden Powell.
  2. I've never heard of the OA performing a ceremony at an Eagle COH. I have heard of, and seen, an OA member performing an Eagle Dance at an Eagle COH.
  3. I've been using these Umara Z-Trail sandals. they're great. I run in them and hike in really rocky terrain with them. A bit pricey, but very nice.
  4. These responses crack me up. The red jac-shirt was replaced with the green jac-shirt a few years ago. I guess if they still published a catalog people might know...
  5. A lot of "National BSA Policy" really is just your local camp policy, or just somebody repeating what they were told from somebody else who was repeating what they were told from somebody else who was repeating what they were told from somebody else, ad infinitum. There are a lot of policies that really are nothing more than myth.
  6. Personally, I do not think an adult leader being a facebook friend of a scout is against the G2SS. Basically, every "friend" of said scout will see anything the scout posts or anything the leader posts on the scout's wall. I would not, however private message that scout and if the scout private messages me, I would either not respond, or bring another in on the conversation.
  7. To me, this is why. The OA enlarges a scout's scouting world and provides opportunities for the scout to grow that world, not only as a participant, but as a leader.
  8. What's the ripoff? Usually the price is commensurate with the cost to provide the activity.
  9. The OP seems to belong to an expensive lodge. My lodge: Dues: $10 Banquet: $15 Spring Fellowship: $15 Ordeals: $25 for members, less for elangomats and ceremonialists. $55 for ordeal candidates (includes sash, handbook, flap, etc.) Brotherhood: $25 (I think, might be $20 but the cost of the sashes was recently increased) Also, the lodge offers an "Ididerall" for $100 that includes two plates to the banquet, Spring Fellowship, four ordeals, and a special patch. It's a good deal
  10. One thing that hasn't been brought up but I think is worth mentioning, is that pictures of people outdoors, such as the scouts, tend to be much nicer when they are wearing bright clothing.
  11. That is wrong. 80L = 4881.89953 cubic inches.
  12. I'm just gonna say, please don't buy your sons huge backpacks! The Alps Redtail 4900 is 80 liters. I have no idea why anyone would need or want an 80L pack unless maybe they were doing winter mountaineering and had to carry ropes, crampons, ice axe, etc. That Osprey was 75 liters. Again, that's huge! Those packs weigh a heck of a lot too. Would you really want to weigh your 12 year old son down with a 5+ pound pack? There really isn't much of a reason to ever need more than 60L. Needing large, heavy packs is pure myth and should be avoided. REI really is doing a disservice selling these pa
  13. My 23 year old daughter just bought a pair of crocs. I have a friend that hikes in those Keens all the time. We've done many trips in the Grand Canyon and the rocky desert. He loves them. I quit using hiking boots and am using trail runners now (Altra Lone Peak). I've backpacked probably close to 600 miles with them in the past year and hiked probably 800 more. Love em. Boots suck comparatively speaking. I hike on very rocky terrain and have found that boots are a hindrance. I have a couple friends that hike in Chacos. They hiked the PCT in sandals and the CDT and the Arizona Trail
  14. Take that up with the camp ranger. The camp ranger should be supplying meaningful projects for the ordeal candidates to perform.
  15. For the tarptent, the netting and floor may be separated from the fly if desired and also may be set up by itself if desired. It's probably more of a hassle than it is worth though. I believe there are some videos on the tarptent site that show set up and such.
  16. I have a tarptent, Moment DW. It works pretty good. Lately I've been using a tarp I sewed myself from a Ray-Way tarp kit. I also have the Batwing, a tarp door. Those two items, 12 titanium stakes, a polycro groundcloth and a stuff bag I made from scrap silnylon all weigh 21 ounces. If you're worried about bugs, or are in an area known for ticks, then you can also get the Net-Tent kit. I got the stakes and polycro from Gossamer Gear.
  17. blw2, why not pounding out a section of the Florida National Scenic Trail. It's 1300 miles long.
  18. What I used to use, was an MSR Mini Works filter/pump. It worked well and was easy to clean. It was dependable and seemed good for filtering from water with lots of stuff in it like the Colorado river in Grand Canyon where I was spending a lot of time. It's big problem is it's heavy, about a pound. This past year I've been backpacking the Arizona Trail, 800 miles from Mexico to Utah. A lot of the water sources are sketchy at best, made up of dirt cattle tanks and other stock tanks. What I'm using now, is the Sawyer Mini Filter. It's small, inexpensive, and light. Very simple to use with no
  19. From the NOAC Facebook page, Aug. 7: ​
  20. SWScouter

    NOAC 2015

    The lodge contingent is flying out Sunday. I still need to sew on the contingent patch and pack. My backpack will just fit as a carry on bag and I can remove the hip belt for easier travel. Wednesday afternoon I'll be helping staff some silk screening booth. Should be a great week; I'm looking forward to it.
  21. I'm not sure yet. I staffed in 2010 and 2013 and may again. I may also just go on a long backpack. JMT or TRT are calling...
  22. How to pick just one? I'll start with the 1972 (73?) Highline District, Chief Seattle Council camporee at the Yakima Firing Range. We were all loaded into military troop transport vehicles. Somewhere near Snoqualmie pass, the caravan pulled over so we could all get off the hard benches and stretch our legs. Some soldier yelled, "Hit the bushes." Imagine hundreds of scouts lining I-90 peeing all at the same time. That wasn't the best part though. All the scouts were sitting on the side of a hill when the military gave a live demonstration of its might. Big guns fired over our heads from 20
  23. SWScouter

    NOAC 2015

    It seems so, but we'll find out. There was a lot of great training choices available when I signed up.
  24. They are. Though they go be several different terms. I'm not sure if any are derogatory or not though: Spammish Spamonites Spamions Spammons Spamicons I'm sure there may be more.
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