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Amigi
2008-03-09, 20:09
Hi all, first time posting here. I caught this website over on WB, where I've been lurking for awhile now. I just have some basic hiking questions, and I'm too lazy to use the search button, so here goes...

Should I use the shelters on the AT, or be more "hardcore" like all the cool ppl and just sleep in the rain? I mean, if you hammock, that's cool, but it's far too complex a set up for me, I figured I could save weight and just not carry a shelter. What do you think?

Many ppl say they dont filter their water, as drinking water from streams downhill from paper plants, wood processors, and pharmaceutical labs is of course very safe. And they say its part of the "hiking experience", drinking water right from ( modified ) Mother-Nature, the care-giver to us all. Is it an affront to filter, or does she not care? I wouldnt want to offend her, of course. She may make it rain or something.

Some ppl buy those poles that poke holes in the ground to aid in ascent and descent. Should I use them? Are they necessary, or can you just walk? I dont get it.

What kind of cooking appartus should I use? Lots of ppl apparently buy alcohol from the liqour store and use it in pepsi cans. I dont get that, and dont really wanna look into that. Cant I just buy a single burner table top and plug it in at the shelters? Seems dangerous to carry achohol or propane on your back.

Are $150 hiking boots really needed or can I just buy a nice set of sneakers at Wal-Mart?

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Poor Fish Pillock

(That's my trailname, but I dont know how I got it. )

Frolicking Dino
2008-03-09, 20:24
::: Dino seen making popcorn and waiting for LW to get here ::::

oops56
2008-03-09, 20:36
Did someone say popcorn.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUQbqYBAsIM

Frolicking Dino
2008-03-09, 22:05
I think you should hike nekked, barefoot and without any shelter. You can just crawl into a den with a bear at night for warmth. No stove necessary. Just roast whatever meat you can kill on the trail over a large bonfire. Those poles might come in handy for the roasting!

dixicritter
2008-03-09, 22:42
Phhffftt... why bother with gear at all. Just get out there on the trail and hike. Everyone else will provide for you. Duhh. What are you some kind of amateur?:ahhhhh:

vonfrick
2008-03-09, 22:45
at least be careful if you try to plug in that hot plate when it's raining!

Frolicking Dino
2008-03-09, 23:06
at least be careful if you try to plug in that hot plate when it's raining!Now, now, dork-breath, we have already established that he doesn't need a stove. Please refrain from confusing this thread with factual material. I am a hiking goddess and I know it all







:wink::dancing2::wink:

vonfrick
2008-03-10, 01:12
http://www.qwantz.com/archive/000011.html

:biggrin:

dropkick
2008-03-10, 02:24
The Dork Aptitude Test (http://www.metroactive.com/papers/metro/03.27.97/cover/dork3-9713.html)

vonfrick
2008-03-10, 07:27
i guess on second thought, i would have to agree with the Dino's suggestion.

i seem to recall that sometimes, when it rains, the power goes out at the shelters

Amigi
2008-03-10, 07:32
i seem to recall that sometimes, when it rains, the power goes out at the shelters

LOL^^^ :adore:

Frolicking Dino
2008-03-10, 08:09
http://www.qwantz.com/archive/000011.html

:biggrin:http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b47/lowcarbscoop/Frequently%20used/Dinolaughing.jpg

warraghiyagey
2008-03-10, 11:21
at least be careful if you try to plug in that hot plate when it's raining!


Now, now, dork-breath, we have already established that he doesn't need a stove. Please refrain from confusing this thread with factual material. I am a hiking goddess and I know it all
:wink::dancing2::wink:

Hmm. Dino is my Queen.:adore:

But wait. . . if VF is a dork-breath then she must be my queen. :adore:

This is all just soooo confusing.:albertein

Frolicking Dino
2008-03-10, 12:17
Hmm. Dino is my Queen.:adore:

But wait. . . if VF is a dork-breath then she must be my queen. :adore:

This is all just soooo confusing.:alberteinThank you, Warraghy. I was just parodying the attitudes I've seen elsewhere about ideas on hiking gear, equipment and practices and knew Von Frick has the humor to take it. That cartoon she dug up was priceless.

enviro
2008-03-10, 12:27
Amigi, you should also take a very large misbehaving dog with you. That will help you to acquire food from frightned hikers and will run down bears and other wildlife that you can then kill and eat.

Also, FDs advice is good on a number of counts. If you hike naked (need to make a distinction naked means you have no clothes on, nekkid means you have no clothes on and are up to something), then you will also have no need for raingear, since we all know that skin is waterproof. Just be sure to take sunscreen cause there are certain places that you really don't want to get sunburned during hikes in some of the more open areas.:burnout:

Frolicking Dino
2008-03-10, 13:10
You will need to carry a loin cloth for town use. Townfolk are a bit more squeamish than hikers about fashion.

enviro
2008-03-10, 13:22
A thong bikini bathing suit would probably suffice.

Gotta tell ya, I just got a visual of sitting in a diner anywhere here in TN and some bearded guy comes walking in with nothing but a thong bikini bathing suit on. The reaction would be priceless. Hopefully video would be available:laugh: .

Frolicking Dino
2008-03-10, 13:34
A thong bikini bathing suit would probably suffice.

Gotta tell ya, I just got a visual of sitting in a diner anywhere here in TN and some bearded guy comes walking in with nothing but a thong bikini bathing suit on. The reaction would be priceless. Hopefully video would be available:laugh: .Sample video footage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85krLPrWWTY)

vonfrick
2008-03-10, 13:40
http://www.qwantz.com/archive/000013.html

have a great day! (to the max, that is) :hello:

vonfrick
2008-03-10, 13:41
Sample video footage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85krLPrWWTY)

wow that must be bad, it's blocked at my school!!

enviro
2008-03-10, 14:41
Sample video footage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85krLPrWWTY)

Most excellent. Did I watch it? :bootyshak Yeah I did!

Frolicking Dino
2008-03-10, 14:44
http://www.qwantz.com/archive/000013.html

have a great day! (to the max, that is) :hello:
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b47/lowcarbscoop/Soultrain.jpghttp://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b47/lowcarbscoop/Frequently%20used/DinoDancingSinging.gif

vonfrick
2008-03-11, 10:42
The Dork Aptitude Test (http://www.metroactive.com/papers/metro/03.27.97/cover/dork3-9713.html)

"0 to 5 points: You aren't a dork. In fact, you really shouldn't be such a stuffed shirt. Cut in line at the supermarket. Pass wind in a crowded elevator. Park in the handicapped zone. Wear really large belt buckles."

i am a failure at everything :frown:

dixicritter
2008-03-11, 16:02
Message from SGT Rock... don't expect to get cable service at Cable Gap Shelter. That's why they call it Cable Gap, cause there's a gap in the service. He couldn't even get the TV at the shelter to work.

Frolicking Dino
2008-03-11, 16:10
No cable :mad: How primitive. What were they thinking? Next thing you know they'll be thinking we can live without electricity and hot water.

enviro
2008-03-12, 14:07
But, the microwave and Washer & Dryer still work don't they.

Frolicking Dino
2008-03-12, 14:13
From what I've heard, the microwaves and dishwashers rarely work correctly and the bidets never work right.

Wise Old Owl
2008-03-12, 18:14
Now, now, dork-breath, we have already established that he doesn't need a stove. Please refrain from confusing this thread with factual material. I am a hiking goddess and I know it all







:wink::dancing2::wink:

HIKING GODDESS'esss NEED THE LATEST IN FACTUAL FOOTWEAR. HERE IS THE LATEST IN WOMAN'S SIZE 7 TEVA.

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg275/MarkSwarbrick/rubyslippers1.jpg

Wise Old Owl
2008-03-12, 18:18
A thong bikini bathing suit would probably suffice.

Gotta tell ya, I just got a visual of sitting in a diner anywhere here in TN and some bearded guy comes walking in with nothing but a thong bikini bathing suit on. The reaction would be priceless. Hopefully video would be available:laugh: .

I am still waiting for LW to get here.... UltraLight Hiker gone WILD!
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg275/MarkSwarbrick/LW.jpg

Frolicking Dino
2008-03-12, 18:28
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b47/lowcarbscoop/Owl-endangered.jpg

warraghiyagey
2008-03-12, 18:32
Mushrooms + photoshop + too much spare time = funny (yet bizarre) posts.
:ahhhhh:

Wise Old Owl
2008-03-12, 21:34
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg275/MarkSwarbrick/tootsie-pop-350.jpg

Hard on the outside - soft chocolatly center - Suck's, I mean # of licks to get to the center

Wonder
2008-03-12, 21:43
I am still waiting for LW to get here.... UltraLight Hiker gone WILD!
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg275/MarkSwarbrick/LW.jpg

Oh wow! Has he seen this???:D

Frolicking Dino
2008-03-12, 22:03
Oh wow! Has he seen this???:DDon't know. Did you hear any explosion over toward his house? :D

Wise Old Owl
2008-03-12, 22:25
SO WRONG ON SO MANY LEVELS.... What prompted this work (about an hour) was a previous thread in the subscribed thread about selling hot dogs at the beginning of the NOBO, then somebody suggested a photoshop and a thong to sell more hot dogs.. if you look for it I beleive its still there in WB, although I have been known to remove images. I have nothing against LW I have been told he is an awesome fixture at WB and I have grown to like his posts, although this was a bad poke at him. I suspect he is thick skinned and I did it because he is so likeable, Yea its over the top.

Wise Old Owl
2008-03-12, 22:51
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b47/lowcarbscoop/Owl-endangered.jpg

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg275/MarkSwarbrick/mib.jpg

vonfrick
2008-03-13, 08:47
I am still waiting for LW to get here.... UltraLight Hiker gone WILD!
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg275/MarkSwarbrick/LW.jpg

MY EYES, MY EYES!!! AAAHHHH!! I'M BLIND!!! :ahhhhh:

warraghiyagey
2008-03-14, 02:11
So aaanywho . . . what were we talking about??

warraghiyagey
2008-03-14, 02:19
the bidets never work right.

I'm right there with ya. That really sucks when you're thirsty in the middle of the night.







:biggrin:

JAK
2008-03-14, 02:26
Gross. I hope you used mouthwash before using it.


:D

JAK
2008-03-14, 02:35
Resident in Senior Citizen's home:
"Who keeps take away me flower pot?"

Nurse in Senior Citizen's home:
"So you're the one!"

warraghiyagey
2008-03-14, 02:51
You can only choose two U.S. coins.
They must equal thirty cents.
One can't be a nickel.

How do you do it??

JAK
2008-03-14, 03:52
I'll bet the other is a nickel.

warraghiyagey
2008-03-14, 05:08
I'll bet the other is a nickel.

That is correct. But I notice it did take you 61 minutes to figure out.


Ha hahahahahahahaha.
:biggrin:

JAK
2008-03-14, 06:27
Yes, but there were some other possibilities...

Almost found one...
http://www.historylink.org/essays/output.cfm?file_id=3530

Found the other...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty-cent_piece_(United_States_coin)