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Yes, we know it's still 2019, but that hasn't stopped us from getting ready for next year. 
 
We've already got our CDF campfire permit, available on-line after you watch a video and take a short quiz.  You need one of these permits anytime you are going to have a fire outside your house--including a camp stove on a backpacking trip. 
 
And a fishing license is now on its way as well, direct from the California Wildlife website. (Be a little careful here, as there is an ad for CA fishing licenses at the top of most Google searches.  That's a private company that charges a few dollars more...)
 
And yes, we're also working on campground and backpacking reservations for a couple of our trips this summer. 
 
So not only are we prepared--we're really getting excited about our hiking plans for 2020!

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Got my lifetime hunting license a couple months ago, and will get lifetime fishing next month.  We multitask...   :)

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On ‎12‎/‎29‎/‎2019 at 4:06 PM, cerberus1 said:

Got my lifetime hunting license a couple months ago, and will get lifetime fishing next month.  We multitask...   :)

 

Got my lifetime fishing license today.    :)

Unlike my parents who were grandfathered in,  found that after 2015, folks 65 and older now have to purchase a trout addition each year.

Still, prices go up I'm set...

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Thought I'd wait until it's cold again, but the last coupla days of warm weather we've had mud (can't do anything outside anyway...).

Started checking dates on first aid supplies (covered in another thread), sewed some pockets, added some pockets (yeah, a guy can sew...  ;-) and touched up odds n ends.

Found that two knives weren't as sharp as I'd like.  Those darn kydex sheaths, maybe I'll look into some nice leather this year.

One of my hydration bladders looks like a science project inside, it's placement shows it was "borrowed" by the other 2/3rds at some point.

 - I had a fun moonlight walk without light because of "borrowed " batteries once too.  Snow helped a bit retracing steps...   

 

I'll just ETA rather than create new posts.  Named items will be product tested in the future.

1/13 - CVS had a bogo on batteries (reminded from the last post ).    :)

Left the sharpening stuff out and touched up my custom-length SMC capra.  Now if we ever do get some snow n ice...

Found the snowscopic needs a new lock.

Gave the crampons a touch, and used bluing stick after 3m padding a tiny rust spot.

No ice for crampons last year, this one I haven't even taken the fishing Korkers out yet.

2/6 - Got my stormtech backpack from marlboro today. Now I have a pack only for one of the etriers, some rope, and a couple carabiners for tree hides.  The old leather marlboro pack can hang on a wall.

3/6 - Outta the hospital again (yeah...Happy Birthday...), and found a new  spyderco shaman waiting for me at the P.O. (I guess) for my birthday.

Needed a replacement for an old edc knife (an Al Mar), when I'm not carrying a fixed blade.

3/20 - Docs review, and this time only short walks allowed for a while.

Guess I'm putting all the Winter gear away for summer stuff.  Walking only around 2 miles a day.

Found all my spring/summer clothes are too big.  Usually that's a good thing.  I can't sew that well.     ;)

Figure I'll wear it anyway and see if anyone notices...   :D

4/16 - Looks like the only other clothing I'm needing is socks. Every pair of smartwool  is beat.

Ordered a couple pairs of Darn Tough coolmax,  with that full cushion.  See if they really own up to their lifetime warranty...

4/28 - Added an altoids tin to every pack n bag.  An altoids tin holds three pairs of nitrile gloves (two if 6mil or thicker).

Still carrying an EDC altoids tin, filled with basics JIC I'm separated from my pack...

A cotton, formed mask in each pack/bag (in a freezer bag) too JIC, but my bandanas will help most with those folks "just passin' by".

5/26 - Heard a rumor that hikpro  is having issues keeping their 7oz 20L backpack in stock (that virus thing), so found a site to grab a couple more.  Reinforced sil-nylon things are perfect when you really want to go light. 

 - One didn't hold up well to a field of wild rose while bushwhacking once though...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On 12/29/2019 at 11:27 AM, balzaccom said:
Yes, we know it's still 2019, but that hasn't stopped us from getting ready for next year. 
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So not only are we prepared--we're really getting excited about our hiking plans for 2020!

 

So did 2020 work out differently...or is hiking not very affected by current conditions?

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