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Everything posted by 69RoadRunner

  1. Many troops canoe in BWCAW with private outfitters rather than Northern Tier. We did NT last summer with BSA and had a great time, but you have options there. @MattR did you use a guide company in the Wind River Range or plan it all on your own? I'd love to do that.
  2. We're doing the out island adventure this summer with 2 crews. For that adventure, do the sister crews camp together and sort of operate as 1 large crew? We have just 4 adults for the 2 crews and I'm not sure we could have a last minute replacement if someone got ill. Would the 3 adults be able to cover for the 2 crews in that case? I think our 4 adults will be fully vaccinated by then, but of course other things could happen as well.
  3. So glad we could do our mulch fundraiser this year, although my back might have a different opinion. (Not me in the forklift).
  4. Well, electrical tape, but... I found a file with the frankenstrat pattern and used image editing software to expand it to the proper dimensions. I sent it to them and they printed it on Dyneema.
  5. When I reference another adult to scouts, I try to use Mr./Mrs./Miss. I'm not perfect at this, but most of the time this is what I do. When speaking to adults, we're peers and I use first names and expect others to use my first name. If someone insists on me, a 50 year old adult, using their title, I see it as them putting themselves above me and I will not comply. The exception is a professional setting when seeing a medical doctor.
  6. This explains the 1971 D quarter. https://www.axetremecreations.com/product/evh-frankenstrat-1971-quarter-replica-van-halen-replica-guitar/ It should be around 30 ounces. My personal gear is light and compact. My baseweight (without bear canister) is around 11 pounds. It's a framed pack, so it should handle anything I throw at it. Philgear and Philfood bulk was a greater issue than weight when we went in 2018.
  7. They have to be humanely executed? Cohorts means a group of people that are always together and do not intermingle with other groups. It reduces spread of Covid to just the cohorts if someone is positive. I really don't see much change here. You need to follow your state/local restrictions for the most part.
  8. I custom ordered this 46L Curve from LiteAF back in October, shortly after EVH passed. Yesterday they finished it and posted pics on Instagram. The really cool kids will get why they put a 1971 quarter on it. I'm going to hopefully use it in September to do the Yosemite High Route and God willing, with my troop in 2022 at Philmont. I had to find the EVH Frankenstrat pattern online and then enlarge it to the right size for the custom printing.
  9. Thanks! I'll likely be the only one in our crews using a hammock, although it's possible someone will bring one for lounging. At Northern Tier, it was my first real camping with a hammock. I was going to use last Spring to use it, but of course everything shut down. So, for NT, I took an inflatable sleeping pad in case I had to join the other adult in his tent. Fortunately, it all worked out. So, I'll go prepared with a sleeping pad in case hammocking won't work.
  10. We're doing Sea Base this year. In 2017, we did one of the large sailboats. This year we're doing the Out Island Adventure. In 2017, it rained every single night. Sleeping on deck wasn't possible and sleeping down below was hot and stinky. I plan on taking my hammock and tarp to Munson. It's a Warbonnet Eldorado with a bug net. I also have a Warbonnet Thunderfly tarp. I used this setup (with underquilt) at Northern Tier last summer Obviously the underquilt and top quilt aren't needed at Sea Base. The tarp is. If anyone has taken a hammock to Munson, what stakes did you use for t
  11. Cool stuff, but it's not really several weeks to go 80 miles at Philmont. Yikes on the 50 pound pack. Good for him! That's quite a year.
  12. I wasn't saying otherwise. I just would like the politicians to see the mess that is their responsibility. And it's bipartisan.
  13. 95,000 claims? If BSA's insurance challenged all of them, neither side could afford the process, I assume. If there's a settlement, I assume it would be distributed to all the claimants without much examination of the validity of each claim. If that's the case, no pun intended, how can anyone not think we need to massively change our tort system.
  14. It wasn't because it seemed political. They yielded to the progressive rage mobs. They have other posts still up supporting the women who served on the SC before ACB. If they didn't want to appear political, they'd delete those, too. Apparently they only support women with the "proper" views today.
  15. I'm thinking a scout can cook a meal but not have other scouts eat it. We were talking about this for some requirements tonight.
  16. What are some activity ideas your troops like to do while camping and make sense during Covid? We'll be car camping soon at a place where we can drop some stuff off, but have to park a mile away. We won't be bringing our trailer, so we need to keep things relatively compact. Manhunt and capture the flag are 2 they like. We'll do some hiking, but I want to give some new ideas to the PLC for them to consider. Thanks!
  17. This is an extremely rare encounter. Cougars avoid humans. You could frequently hike that area and not see one in 10 years. The presence of the kittens is the only reason he saw the cougar. People safely hike alone in bear/cougar territory all the time. Look at the people who thru-hike the AT, PCT and CDT. Most go solo. Might want to wait for the hands to stop shaking before wiping or you'll just create a bigger mess.😲
  18. Don't approach the murder kitten like this guy did. Note that her kittens were nearby which puts her in defensive mode. Get big, get loud, don't run away. You can't out run it and running away puts the cougar in predator mode. DO NOT BEND DOWN! Note when this guy bends down the cougar charges. It makes you look small. Find a branch or something you can grab and throw without bending down. He eventually threw rocks and the cougar ran off. If you have trekking poles, water bottles, etc. throw them. Put the damn phone away so you have both hands free.
  19. We did the big sailboat with Sea Base a few years ago with 20 people. I was seasick for 2 days. Several others were, too. to varying degrees and the sea wasn't that choppy. If you have motion sickness issues, don't go. Next summer we're doing the out island adventure with Sea Base in large part because of that. Our captain was a bit of an obnoxious drill sergeant type. The snorkeling was a lot of fun. The day in Key West was nice. It rained every night, so we couldn't sleep on deck. 20 people crammed down below was hot and stinky. One night the captain ran the generator an
  20. I'm so old, I can remember when this was about adult family members being one to one with child family members.
  21. I agree. Ambiguous rules or not, BSA cannot tell immediate family members that they can't be one to one.
  22. I hope the article was educational and people will at least consider their options in the wilderness. The points Skurka makes are valid in my limited experience. Options vary based on location and most people are bad at hanging bear bags. We rented a cabin in Lost River State Park (family, not scouting). They had trash cans for the cabin that were supposed to be bearproof. They were heavy duty plastic and the lid screwed on. One evening, we heard a noise. We looked out the back door and watched a black bear unscrew the lid to get himself a meal (and make a mess for us). They now
  23. True, but he explains the circumstances are specific for when he sleeps with his food.
  24. This isn't directed at Eagledad or DuctTape, but just a general comment. As Skurka points out, just because your bear bags were safe in the morning does not mean your hang was a good one. Unless a bear actually attempts to get the bags, you don't know.
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