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  1. I hit command-P, then mail as PDF. I use the email app on my iPod Touch with gmail and just check the mail before I leave wifi. Sometimes it's buggy, but it generally works well.
  2. I'm watching a couple caches for the found/activity email pings. I want to visit these caches on a trip next week, but I'm likely to forget if I don't have something smacking me upside the virtual head to remind me.
  3. I think cheap poles can help you realize the need for a quality pole and that's a perfectly acceptable thing to do while you save up money for higher quality. That's what I'm doing. That said, I'd consider that Lexi pole sort of mid-range and might consider buying it. The $150 poles just aren't part of my world. I'd consider paying that much for two, if I really liked the pole and had a birthday coming up. I have some inexpensive coleman trekking poles. And the twist locks rarely hold for an entire hike/walk unless I really crank them up (and I'm afraid I'll crack the plastic bits if I do that). I do double check them every so often because I use them when hiking with a toddler on my back. I've yet to fall or injure either one of us. I use the rubber feet mostly, but the carbide tips and snow baskets have been indispensable with our recent snowfalls and icy streets. If I were buying today, I'd be looking at a pole with good reviews and I'd want to hold it in my hand first, so I'd probably visit the local outdoor sports stores and hold a variety of brands. Grips can be pretty personal and they're not one-size fits all (maybe it's because I have smaller hands). I use mine in town or on rocky terrain often, so I do like to have the angled rubber walking tips. Sometimes they're included, sometimes sold separately.
  4. My husband loves it. He loves the thrill of the hunt, he likes virtuals and earthcaches, he enjoys getting out and about. We hike and go on long walks on a regular basis, anyway, so it's nice to add something else, especially if it puts us on a path we might've not otherwise taken. And he likes that we finally have a use for all the knickknacks and trinkets I've hoarded over the years. But the real reason he loves geocaching has to do with library/information science. He's fascinated with how folks are using GIS to interact with each other and their local environment. If I have to move so that he can pursue a PhD, at least I still have my GPS and can go out wherever we end up, eh?
  5. I take my moka pot, but I car camp. As for coffee, I buy a local brand (Trager Bros) with a rich, velvety espresso roast. Now, I'm not so hardcore into my coffee that I carry a ceramic grinder, so I grind the beans before I leave, but I'm thinking that a nice, hand-held ceramic grinder might be in order on longer trips. I'm out of my preferred bean at home right now and haven't felt up to braving the snow to go out and replenish my supply, so I've been coarsely grinding a different roast (kept on hand for company, nice in a french press) and using it in a filter and funnel. Not perfect, but drinkable with cream. If I were backpacking, I'd probably pack tea, instead. And cocoa nibs & espresso beans for munching. No point going through withdrawal for a weekend in the woods.
  6. Not yet, though I've been tested quite a few times. I did have a dog who tested positive for exposure. He died of kidney failure, likely Lyme nephritis. And we end up finding tons of ticks every time we go to south Jersey. My folks-in-law live in a house which backs up to a wetland. Gorgeous views, but the dog picks up tons of ticks. They're usually dead by the time we find them (frontline). I'm hoping the cold snap we just had here in VA was long enough to affect the tick and mosquito populations. I'm not holding my breath, though.
  7. My 2.5yo toddler loves it. Treasure hunting makes hikes more fun, he says. And while they're still young and easily entertained by shapes, try hunting benchmarks. He's trying to climb into the Deuter now (big ol' framepack), but I told him it's an Ergo kind of day (above freezing).
  8. I highly recommend Sling Rings. I ordered a sampler pack of aluminum rings from them. Lightweight, gorgeous, and they'll hold (http://slingrings.com/testing.php). I used a ring sling until I couldn't handle a one-shoulder carry anymore. It's not ideal for long walks, but it's great for popping in and out while shopping or moving about the house. TheBabyWearer is a great forum for babywearing of all types. And I think they have a sale/trade board. I bought my woven wrap locally, used. And there are lots of videos for different carries on youtube. I'm still getting used to the wrap. And hey, anything that keeps the kid happy and close to you while you're enjoying the world is great. My son can walk fairly far for a wee guy, but I like to go even farther. I often have the ergo or a wrap with us in case he gets tired after the first or second mile. We try to go out every day, though I'm a bit skittish when it's below freezing *and* windy. Oh, and you may have already figured this out, but I find that a decent trail shoe is ideal for urban babywearing. Regular walking shoes let my ankles roll under the extra weight and that's not a good thing (a bad sprain makes babywearing difficult). The trade off is that a lot of trail shoes have less cushioning beneath the insole (I have custom orthoses), which can make asphalt rather uncomfortable.
  9. We tent camped in Custer State Park in Sept 2005. We were in the Grace Coolidge campground, the tent only loop, and didn't have reservations (though Sept and August differ in popularity, I'm sure). It appears to be about $16/night. That loop had toilets, but you had to walk across the road and down into the other loop for showers, which was fine. We enjoyed the spot. There was a nearby creek and some raptors enjoyed perching on the nearby trees and rocks. It was fairly central to the things we wanted to do. Don't miss the Needles highway, but drive it when it's not foggy. Wind Cave is also not too far. We were traveling with our dog, so we skipped that. And if you'll be out there for awhile, the Badlands aren't that far, either. There may be backcountry camping available in the area, but since we were car camping with a dog and I was pregnant, we didn't explore those options.
  10. A simple piece of cloth can be quite versatile. And I like wraps. What did you sew? Mei Tai? A wrap with a seam? Pouch? You may have discovered a new addiction. I mentioned the more structured carriers because you indicated interest in hiking/camping. If you're not carrying gear, though, simpler is often better!
  11. After finding a couple benchmarks, my toddler has added one more level to his toddler-environment-obsession. It's not enough to inspect every crack in the sidewalk, possible bug, or leaf. We now have to observe and identify any shapes he spies. As he gets older, I'm sure we'll integrate a lot of science, history, and geometry into our hunts. And who knows what else--that's the nice thing about this type of immersion/integrative learning--it can really branch out a long way. Right now, it's all about the simple things. We name trees and flowers and animals and tracks. And stars, when we're out at night. We talk about how things work, how things grow. We talk about picking up litter and why we don't toss our own down. He's only two--he has a lifetime to pick his interests. For now, we just keep up a running dialogue.
  12. Your other option is to return the Chicco and find something he finds comfier. For the time being, a good soft structured carrier (Ergo and Beco are just two of the more popular brands) or even a mei tai might work better. You could make a babywearing coat or poncho for back carries. For cool, but not cold weather: http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/poncho.html For colder: http://drmomma.blogspot.com/2009/11/babywe...alteration.html I've not seen the chicco in person, but does he *sit* in it or dangle? If he dangles, he just won't be comfortable. And if he does sit, he might need stirrups to keep his feet comfy.
  13. Can you get both hands in the log? How about some of the grippy mat stuff (you know, looks like little bubbles of go) or a rubber pad and some elbow grease? If the ice isn't thick (just frozen condensation), it should start budging once you have a better grip. Otherwise, an MRE heater sounds like a great idea. I doubt hand warmers would get warm enough. And did you try begging? Asking nicely? I find that talking to inanimate objects makes them much more amenable to cooperating with my devious motives.
  14. Lypsyl's hard to find where I am. I order it in bulk. I can tell you how I lose it--I wear my toddler on my back and the tube of lypsyl sometimes works its way out of my pocket when I'm shifting the waistbelt around or crouching to take a photo. As for how it got back there, perhaps a curious bird stashed it?
  15. For quick trips where I don't need to haul anything extra, I just use the Ergo. My son is 2.5y and right around 25lbs. We sometimes use a woven wrap, as well. The Ergo is our daily use carrier, though, and is always within arm's reach. It's easy to use with our frequent bus rides, too. I can leave him in and stand, or take him out and sit. There are a variety of soft structured carriers (SSCs) like the Ergo. If I need to haul anything or if I need to wear more winter clothing than a fleece (and if he needs snowpants and a heavy coat), we use a framepack. We have the Deuter KidComfort III, which has an integrated sunhood, some gear pockets, and a pocket for a hydration bladder. I can get it on by myself and it has a "kick" stand. I do use trekking poles with this, especially on wet or uneven terrain. I sometimes use trekking poles with the Ergo--mountains, uneven terrain, or snowy/icy conditions. If you can find local vendors of the different brands, try them on. And fiddle around with the straps, make sure the pack actually fits you. I thought the Deuter fit me just fine and ordered it. And then I struggled with finding the right spot for a year. Finally, I was out two weeks ago and suddenly realized a different set of strap adjusters. I rethreaded two straps and it suddenly fits perfectly. I've been working on a babywearing coat for over a year now. I figure I'll finish it about the time he's too heavy to wear. It would allow us to use the Ergo underneath and conserve body heat.
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