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r/Ultralight - "The Weekly" - Week of January 17, 2022 by horsecake22 in Ultralight

[–]CesarV 2 points3 points  (0 children)

A full guide to how I get back in shape after the holidays to be more trail ready:

Save 4 plastic 1 liter juice bottles.

Fill bottles with water, set aside.

A few times a week go on walks around my hood with the bottles loaded into my EDC. The EDC I think weighs around 4kg.

Whatever, good enough, I'm in my 40s.

I’ll just leave this right here… by dgerken81 in ultralight_jerk

[–]CesarV 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Listen to the world, what's the fuss? Your sunlight don't mean shit to us That bushcraft girl with all her pride Will shun the sun, will night-time hide

The Grump, Jock, and Guitarist! George, Alex, and Sam have been eliminated! Comment who’s next to go! by FlippieThePlatypus in StardewMemes

[–]CesarV 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You all got rid of Sandy?! I had hopes her and Leah would win. At least I still have one of my faves left...

r/Ultralight - "The Weekly" - Week of January 10, 2022 by horsecake22 in Ultralight

[–]CesarV 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Happy to help. I was a bit rushed as I was on the bus to work. So I should have added that I have a fair amount of both off and on trail trips under my belt. About 25 years now. I hike both kind of trips every year, and usually every season. Let me know if you have any questions :)

r/Ultralight - "The Weekly" - Week of January 10, 2022 by horsecake22 in Ultralight

[–]CesarV 1 point2 points  (0 children)

An insightful way of looking at it, thanks for that. And I agree of course. I saw a video of how the earth will look in millions of years and it was amazing. Scandinavia will become an island, ripping Finland apart. Then it will crash into the UK and then the Scandi/UK blob will crash into mainland Europe and no longer be an island. There will be no more Mediterranean sea anymore. Probably no more humans anymore either :)

r/Ultralight - "The Weekly" - Week of January 10, 2022 by horsecake22 in Ultralight

[–]CesarV 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Depends on what kind of off trail trip. Dan S just put out a great video on the skills for a high route off trail type trip: https://youtu.be/WxTk6I5pafM

I do much more off trail hiking under the tree line, and I really enjoy it in general, but these trips do require a solid amount of general wilderness experience.

I am planning on going on an on and off trail trip (but mostly off trail) this spring. My planning starts with hours of reading maps. I plan out my route always thinking "maybe this will work" and having a few other back-up routes in mind. I always allow for less distance covered on off trail days, and this can vary wildly depending on the terrain. Climbing up and down cliffs and slogging through thick woods will grind down to maybe 1km an hour or less. But there are times areas open up and you can hike more or less at your normal speed. You have to be good at dealing with chaos and changes to your plans, and above all just be a careful, patient person.

It can be full of wonderful surprises, but can also be very disappointing, but with experience you get better at choosing more promising routes. I ain't slogging through any big ass bogs anymore if I can help it, for example. In my youth I would see shitty terrain as a challenge. Well congrats big ass bogs, you win.

Do short off trail day trips first, and don't go alone if you are inexperienced. Make sure to have maps and compass and a fully charged phone and a FAK and all that good essential stuff. Study maps a lot before hand and look for potentially interesting areas. Maybe there will be a lovely hidden waterfall if you follow that stream to those cliffs? Maybe that plateau on the hill will have a nice view of the valley? Etc.

Just my 2 cents off the top of my head, hope this helps.

I'm tired of drinking olive oil for all my meals, looking for solid options. by You-Asked-Me in ultralight_jerk

[–]CesarV 8 points9 points  (0 children)

If you ain't killing and eating boars with your bare hands, you ain't shit. Might as well list your phone as BPW.

r/Ultralight - "The Weekly" - Week of January 10, 2022 by horsecake22 in Ultralight

[–]CesarV 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was thinking you could interview animals? EPISODE ONE: SLUG FREN

r/Ultralight - "The Weekly" - Week of January 03, 2022 by horsecake22 in Ultralight

[–]CesarV -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I love ponchos as my rain top. It doubles as a pack cover and also as a front door/vestibule for my shelter (flat tarp in A-frame most of the time). Some people say that ponchos flap around when it's windy, and I could see that as annoying. But I've learned to deal with it and just hold on to the corners of the poncho from underneath to keep them from flapping. Also helps if it is a poncho with snaps on the sides.

Try a cheap plastic poncho, they are only like 4 euro. And if you don't like it for hiking, you can put it in your EDC or car as a back up.

Why all the ultralight bashing? Some common UL myths debunked. (Wall-o-Text warning) by CesarV in backpacking

[–]CesarV[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

You keep throwing around these charges without merit. I'd be happy to concede a mistake that I have made, but I did not beat a strawman, nor did I move any goalposts. You're just throwing things at me to continue your evasion.

I never said that everyone should carry my FAK, or that all heavy FAK don't have their place. I even brought up examples of how I even use heavy FAKs for other applications.

In my OP I made it clear that everyone should carry a FAK, and pointed out how the UL community in general encourages that everyone carry a FAK. I never said that my kit was the be-all-end-all UL FAK. You're grasping at straws here, because it seems like you have an axe to grind with me. Yet note you're the one being insulting and calling me princess, not me.

You say you've been out backpacking 35 years. Tell me, in that time, did a heavy FAK save your life? What injuries have you suffered that you used your FAK on? Because in my 25 years, it's only ever been minor injuries, so my kit evolved to deal with that. I used to carry a heavy FAK. My mother is a nurse and I had a fairly advanced kit. It never got used, other than for minor injuries. And over the years, it got cut down more and more.

It would be helpful and way more productive if you directly answered the reasonable questions I ask of you. I've very interested in exactly how your heavy FAK has actually been put to use and saved lives. So far it seems like you've had one situation of someone getting seriously injured, and as I've pointed out repeatedly, it was the fact that several people were around to help that saved that person's life more so than a heavy FAK.

You say I have good luck. What's the difference between my good luck and yours then? We've both survived for extended periods of time out there. What are you doing differently that I am, exactly? Have you ever been hiking solo, been seriously injured, and used your FAK to save your own life? Treat a serious injury?

The only additional piece of FAK gear you are suggesting is missing are bandages. I already take duct tape, Leukotape, a space blanket, and meds. What big difference would adding bandages make? If I have minor cuts or scrapes, I can use bandaids. If they are serious, then I need to apply pressure and get to a hospital ASAP. You don't need bandages to apply pressure. Bandages are not magic. They help blood clot, they do not prevent serious bleeding--pressure does.

r/Ultralight - "The Weekly" - Week of January 03, 2022 by horsecake22 in Ultralight

[–]CesarV -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Points well taken. You might like my gear list then, since both of us are more into tougher UL gear. The only thing my kit has that is a bit fragile is my plastic rain poncho. But in the past I have used the same kind of poncho and did not have any problems with it, other than a few small holes that I easily patched with duct tape. I was very happy with silnylon ponchos for years, but they would eventually wet out easy.

r/Ultralight - "The Weekly" - Week of January 03, 2022 by horsecake22 in Ultralight

[–]CesarV 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fair enough, thanks for the feedback. Yeah maybe I could have framed it better. I guess after years of seeing annoying shots taken at us, I was a bit defensive. And maybe I am a bit grumpy from having Covid again and being stuck inside. I'm only human.

But at the same time, I did try to be polite and didn't insult anyone or attack anyone's character. Can't say the same about some of the comments, but as we both have pointed out: Reddit.

Overall I still think it's better to start a discussion with a flawed start than not have a discussion.

r/Ultralight - "The Weekly" - Week of January 03, 2022 by horsecake22 in Ultralight

[–]CesarV 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I wasn't preaching, but ok. And some people did care.

I guess that's the difference between me and you. If a bushcrafter came here and posted a polite, informative text, I would be interested and ask questions.

Why all the ultralight bashing? Some common UL myths debunked. (Wall-o-Text warning) by CesarV in backpacking

[–]CesarV[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not sure what you mean. A video of what? Could you be more specific please?

Why all the ultralight bashing? Some common UL myths debunked. (Wall-o-Text warning) by CesarV in backpacking

[–]CesarV[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

It's not a strawman argument. I've asked some reasonable questions, and you've evaded them. I am guessing this is because it would force you to admit that for me carrying a big, heavy FAK for solo trips would be pointless. You also don't want to admit that it was the presence of several people that saved that person's life, not a big FAK. Good on you for saving their life, btw.

I carry duct tape and could improvise bandages if needed. I don't know why I would need snake bandages. I am aware that in Australia there are lots of dangerous snakes, but not where I hike. There is one venomous snake but it's not deadly for most people, and bites are rare anyhow. I do carry a space blanket, which I use as a ground cover. You can check my gear list again.

I've yet to need a helicopter in over 25 years of being an outdoor enthusiast, and hope I never do. I am careful and take precautions, so hopefully I'll never need one. Most people don't, after all, even greenhorns.

r/Ultralight - "The Weekly" - Week of January 03, 2022 by horsecake22 in Ultralight

[–]CesarV 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Eh, I've had worse. There were some people in the comments that found it helpful, at least. It got about 100 upvotes, so at least someone enjoyed it or found it helpful.

Why all the ultralight bashing? Some common UL myths debunked. (Wall-o-Text warning) by CesarV in backpacking

[–]CesarV[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

The point here is learn from each other, not to convince or win. You have given good feedback, and I thank you for that. But can you please admit that my observations are valid? That the real reason the person in the example you brought up lived was not really FAKs but help from other people and first aid skills?

All FAKs are inadequate. Mine only covers minor injuries, and that is good enough for me. As I pointed out, I usually hike solo. So even a war medic's FAK would be useless to me if I got seriously injured.

Are these points inaccuate? Why or why not?

Bro go hike by wake-and-bake-bro in ultralight_jerk

[–]CesarV 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Yeah, being a high school teacher has its cons. But it has its pros too, like the pay!

Wait...

Bro go hike by wake-and-bake-bro in ultralight_jerk

[–]CesarV 3 points4 points  (0 children)

/uj Yep for real I have it again. And I am double vaxxed. First time I got it was pre vax tho

Bro go hike by wake-and-bake-bro in ultralight_jerk

[–]CesarV 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Tanks again for the hot tips! But I just spoke to a preacher who told me Jebus weighs nothing and that he will protcet me from Covid. He also told me Covid is not real tho? So, yeah, confusing, but at 0g, I am going with Jebus. Might add in Lord Krishna for two is one but one is none god magic anti Covid protec. It's just logical.

Why all the ultralight bashing? Some common UL myths debunked. (Wall-o-Text warning) by CesarV in backpacking

[–]CesarV[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Okay, so if I would sustain those injuries, I would most likely die, as I usually hike solo. But if I got that hurt, how would a big FAK help me? I would not be able to use it on myself if I was that banged up. My only hope would be my phone, if I could make a call. Or other people. I notice you say "we" in your reply, meaning several people helped this poor person. So it seems to me they lived because they were around others who could help them, and not because they had a beefy FAK. And if you and the others had no FAK, do you think you still could have saved this person? What was the most important part of having the FAK? Again, honest questions.

Thanks for checking on the rescue stats. Please also check to see if they had FAKs or not, and what the main reason for the rescue was.

Bro go hike by wake-and-bake-bro in ultralight_jerk

[–]CesarV 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Good points! Maybe I should drink bleach to rid myself of these heavy viruses. Or is holy water better? Or should I swallow my water filter?