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#153265 - 07/31/11 11:33 AM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: thirsten1]
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#153266 - 07/31/11 12:31 PM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: intrek38]
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Since this is in the lite philosophies forum my profound advice would be to someone who is new to shedding pounds and ounces to get down to lightweight, or furthermore ultra lightweight. Don't shed too many things so then you are uncomfortable in camp! Then you can't get a good nights sleep and your next day hiking is going to be miserable and a lot tougher.
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#153277 - 07/31/11 03:49 PM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: GDeadphans]
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Pack as light as you possibly can, taking in mind seasonal weather conditions. Most important GET OUT AND GO! Just Go.

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#154005 - 08/25/11 08:46 AM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: wandering_daisy]
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Originally Posted By wandering_daisy
Standard saying from the old days at NOLS
"If you are hungry, cold, hot, tired, or otherwise miserable, you are doing something wrong.


Another one, for those of us that guide (from my school's Outdoor Education instructor manual): "If you are cold, your students are freezing; if you are tired, your students are exhausted; if you are hungry, your students are starving; if you are uncomfortable, your students are miserable."

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#154013 - 08/25/11 03:17 PM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: d0nk3yk0n9]
Glenn Offline
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I like that last one a lot - I'm going to forward it to the local outfitter, who runs a few "beginner backpacking" one and two night trips every year.

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#154102 - 08/29/11 07:36 AM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: Glenn]
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I'd give the same advice about backpacking as I give to new mothers (when asked): Find what works for YOU and do it.

Anything can work for someone some of the time, but nothing works for everyone ALL of the time. Advice is often free, plentiful, and worth what is paid for it.

CM

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#154105 - 08/29/11 09:00 AM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: CamperMom]
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You buried the best advice at the end: "Free advice is worth every penny you paid for it."

I usually tell new moms (and dads):

1. You'll spend the first two years of their lives teaching them to walk and talk, and the next eighteen telling them to sit down and shut up.

2. You won't make the same mistakes your parents made with you. You'll make entirely different ones.

3. Never ask, "What were you thinking?!" They will have no idea.

4. At some point, you will understand why some animals eat their young.

5. Remember that your parents are not your allies. They now operate under the theory that grandchildren are the best revenge.

5. In spite of your best efforts, odds are that the kids will turn out all right.

6. Someday, they will have kids - and it will serve them right!

As you can see, I was never in the running for father of the year.


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#154107 - 08/29/11 09:12 AM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: CamperMom]
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Keeping an open mind is great advice. (Isn't the clinical definition of insanity, "doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results"?)

If conditions change, you have to adapt - and that means doing the best with what you've got. Keep your plans, and your ideas about gear and method, open to new ideas. Some of the best trips I've been on have not developed quite the way they were planned.

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#154131 - 08/29/11 03:44 PM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: Glenn]
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Good one, Glenn!
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#154521 - 09/10/11 06:13 PM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: Glenn]
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#155263 - 09/30/11 02:25 PM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: Samoset]
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Loc: Denver, CO
Look up fall down, look down move forward. In many more words; if you are walking whilst gazing around you are more likely to trip on an object that you didn't notice. These are the words of my father.

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#155272 - 09/30/11 04:25 PM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: lite_wt]
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Originally Posted By lite_wt
Look up fall down, look down move forward. In many more words; if you are walking whilst gazing around you are more likely to trip on an object that you didn't notice. These are the words of my father.


Sound advice that I can agree with ,welcome to the forums
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#155281 - 09/30/11 08:09 PM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: Glenn]
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"Getting outside your comfort zone is...uncomfortable."

"Yo, hold my beer and watch this," will get you on TV.

"That storm's going the other way," means you'll eventually get drenched.
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#155664 - 10/11/11 01:06 PM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: Glenn]
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Loc: Minden, Nevada

It is real simple for this group, don't worry about what others think of your decisions if they are based on experience.

It is the people with little experience that are concerned about being looked down upon. Backpacking is a personal experience with lots of room for different interpretations of what is right.

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#157815 - 11/25/11 02:29 PM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: ppine]
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"Always stop and make tea at your favourite and most familiar places like, for example, when you discover you are lost."

"When your child stops to play, you have arrived."

"When you come to the fork in the road, take it" - Yogi Berra


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#159954 - 01/09/12 11:24 AM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: Jimshaw]
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Originally Posted By Jimshaw
time your breathing with your steps going uphill for aerobic aid. Probably one inhale per 2 steps and one exhale per 2 steps.
Jim smile


I like this Jim and I functions similarly. Sometimes if I'm winded I'll take 3 steps of long inhale and then 2 steps worth of fast strong exhales... I figure I need the extra step for oxygen. *dizzy head... *CRASH*

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#160132 - 01/11/12 05:15 PM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: Glenn]
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Loc: Minnesota, USA
The most profound piece of hiking advice I have ever been
given was: "Your head (i.e. think) is your most valuable piece
of equipment".

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#160142 - 01/11/12 06:56 PM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: PCM]
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I've also been given advice (hiking and otherwise) that involved my head, but I don't remember it being called "valuable." smile

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#160565 - 01/17/12 10:00 PM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: Glenn]
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Fall down seven times;Get up eight times.

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#160591 - 01/18/12 10:14 AM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: Krumholtz]
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Or, as John Wayne put it in The Train Robbers, "It means you're a man now; you'll spend the rest of your life getting up one more time than you're knocked down." (He was using "man" in the context of "adult," the conversation was about people maturing, not about any inherent differences between men and women.)

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#160610 - 01/18/12 03:22 PM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: Glenn]
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From my Dad, one of the greatest people I have ever met: "When you wake up in the morning you can decide to be happy or sad. Pick happy, it makes for a much nicer life".

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#160641 - 01/19/12 05:16 PM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: oldranger]
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The slower you walk the more you will see!
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#160956 - 01/23/12 02:07 PM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: under10kg]
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good advice - not generally taken these days as everyone is in a hurry. I'd like to ad to that - some of the best places are 500 feet from the road and everybody charges past. Don't overlook the easy camping spots - you can carry more gear or food.

Colorado...
profound. Yep everyday we decide are we gonna have a good one or a bad one.
Jim smile
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#161085 - 01/25/12 05:47 AM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: Glenn]
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Originally Posted By Glenn
Or, as John Wayne put it in The Train Robbers, "It means you're a man now; you'll spend the rest of your life getting up one more time than you're knocked down." (He was using "man" in the context of "adult," the conversation was about people maturing, not about any inherent differences between men and women.)


Maybe we could use the word "tough" instead of man.
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#161110 - 01/25/12 01:41 PM Re: Your most profound advice? [Re: Gershon]
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You really want to open that can of worms again? smile

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