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Sioneva

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  1. Bus, bus, plane, car... Back to Maryland today, and start hiking south on Friday. Half done!
  2. I'm up in the White Mountains in New Hampshire now... Taking a zero day today though.
  3. I'll hit Vermont tomorrow! Almost home! My feet are very swollen though, I may take a few days off to visit family and let them rest.
  4. For some reason, my phone chokes when I try to add pictures to the blog. When I have access to a desktop computer again, I'll try again!
  5. I didn't see this message until today, and have already crossed into New York. But make a trail Angel run for the hikers behind me anyway!
  6. *laughing* Sioneva is dawdling through New Jersey. If I can get my feet in gear, I will climb the "stairway to heaven" at Vernon, NJ. Need to get my feet in gear.
  7. I'm in New Jersey now; I wrangled a rattlesnake yesterday. Headed for High Point.
  8. Two and a half weeks in... At the Doyle in Duncannon tonight. http://atsioneva.com
  9. Starting a thru-hike in one week... Hoping I FINISH the thru-hike. I'm starting at Harper's Ferry, heading north to Maine, flying BACK to WV, then hiking south. Wish me luck!!
  10. It's that time of year... to buy appropriate coins for the annual December party! I'm looking for coins (not pathtags, please), if anyone's selling! Just drop me an email at gc_sioneva@yahoo.com, I don't often check the forums amymore. Price range is generally $10-$12 per coin, but if it's a really spectacular one, I have no problem going higher. Thanks & Cheers!
  11. Are all the coins $7 each? Thanks!
  12. Let me see what I have. How many are you looking for? 5 or so... money's a bit tighter this year. (Okay, a lot tighter.)
  13. I'm planning my annual holiday pizza party event, and find myself short of geocoins for door prizes - looking for all size unactivated trackables that tie into the December holidays. If anyone has any that they'd be willing to part with, please let me know via PM or email. Money's tight this year, I'm looking at a price range of up to $8 per coin. Thanks!
  14. The OP is not playing with a full deck. This has been a public malignment message. And I didn't even get paid for it! I will, howver, pay over $5 for anyone who will log a Psycho Urban Cache for me...
  15. Not a gal of course, but.. First would be to check out what is legal to carry and how/where. The other major thing would be to consider what you might have to use it on. Out here in the BC Wilds, the norm is a fair sized container of BEAR Spray. I have a can of Counter Assault brand, mostly because that was what was available, but any good brand should do. Long range and fairly broad stream pattern is desireable. While it's a last resort type product, you want to start at a reasonable distance with some chance of success. You might ask at various places if you can try out the 'training' devices. If not a store, then there are training agencies. I've been thinking of getting one for our SAR training. Basically it's a refillable and rechargeable unit that loads with harmless charges that mimic the 'live' loads well. I keep thinking about the fact that MY first time will likely be on a charging bear! Of course it works well on various creatures as well. One really does need some training on them, at very least self taught by studying the manuals.. You don't want to shoot it upwind, believe me! Learn to keep track of expiry dates (best before date really). All aerosols leak pressure slowly and eventually you don't have as much 'squirt' as you might think you do. Both range and amount suffer, perhaps the aerosol spray does as well (mixing with air that is, the 'pepper' is fairly stable over time). One item that is becoming popular for pre-emptive work is the air horn. Some are precharged devices (often marine units) that make a loud sound when activated. Can be a bit expensive for regular use, but good for emergencies. The other form is a slightly larger (water bottle size) unit that can be pumped up in the field and used repeatedly (as long as it is charged up), even comes with a pump often, or just use any small bike style pump. Those can be used to warn critters away at a distance (most leave anyway) or to signal for help (three blasts, separated). In SAR, loud noisemakers can be used to let people know we are in the area looking for them as well, so having a loud noise source with you is important as well, minimum would be a pealess whistle like a Fox 40. One can blow a whistle long after you can't speak any more. Some people like bear banger/pencil flare devices, but they are way to easy to misuse. I know one example where someone used one to get a MOOSE to move off of the trail (it was blocking the only way off the mountain in that area). THAT moose turned and went charging the other way, just fine. Of course if someone had been skiing up the trail (as the person who did it had been a few minutes earlier) they might have been trampled or worse. I'm also not convinced that 'ticking off' wildlife for later comers is wise either, another last resort device, but again handy for getting attention from lost people, searchers, oh yeah COPS if used really badly. Doug 7rxc Good info... thanks. I'm also thinking about the peoplely kind of wildlife though. Is there a people-spray that would also work on bears?
  16. I have no problem hiking and camping by myself - a memorable trip to Yosemite a few years ago was done solo. However, I'm seriously planning to walk part of the AT in 2013 or 2014, and have started gathering gear / getting myself in shape, etc. I don't have pepper spray - yet. Researching that, there's all sorts of different ways of carrying it, from the simple aerosol can to something that looks a lot like a gun and sprays long distance. Guess I'm looking for recommended products/dispensers - anyone? Thanks!
  17. If they kept the maps and started charging more, you'd reconsider your support as well. Either way, they can't win... seems like they decided to stick to their pledge that a free membership would always be available, instead. They promised us that... they never promised us a rose garden eternally free maps. you obviously can't read all i said ... bolded for you maybe that makes it more clear and you don't assume what i will or not do My apology; I did miss that part. I don't think it would be as low as $5, but I concede you would be willing to pay more. I wouldn't be.
  18. If they kept the maps and started charging more, you'd reconsider your support as well. Either way, they can't win... seems like they decided to stick to their pledge that a free membership would always be available, instead. They promised us that... they never promised us a rose garden eternally free maps.
  19. Its always been a fact here that the premium members are carrying the free members. If it weren't for the paying members, not only would there not be maps, there wouldn't be anything. So don't for a second assume that the premium members didn't pay for the site, its development, and so on. Psst... pssst... look around the edges of the GS page next time you load it. See all those pretty little advertisements? Yes, we PMs pay money. Advertising brings in more money.
  20. I thought - and please correct me if I'm wrong! - that up to this point, access to Google Maps was free, and certainly the opensource maps are free. So where does payment come in, previous to Google's decision to charge?
  21. Because we pay you for the service not google. duh. You do? I didn't know that the google maps were a premium member only perk. They were available to all users whether you paid or not. GS's decision to give away a service that I pay for shouldn't later be held against me. How can I say this any more clearly? You are not paying for the maps. You have never paid for the maps. Nobody pays for the maps. Nobody has ever paid for the maps. Groundspeak is not out to get you. Rinse. Repeat. If GS had stayed with Google, THEN you would be paying for the maps. Through the nose. And no doubt everyone would then start complaining about THAT - I know I would!
  22. Because we pay you for the service not google. duh. You do? I didn't know that the google maps were a premium member only perk. They were available to all users whether you paid or not. An overwhelming number of the people participating in this thread, or complaining if you will, are premium members. The rest are pretty happy with their ROI. Yes.. but my point is that the maps are not one of the things premium members are paying for. They are/were a free perk.
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