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Old 01-31-2014   #11
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Originally Posted by elkhaven View Post
because the keystroke sequence for smiley with sunnies is "8") (minus the quotes, or we'd just have two smilies...)

as for seriousness, it's winter, we're bored. Serious is a matter of opinion (see, did the 8 ) there again...)
Learned something today.

Just having that not infrequent feeling that I'm once again the only guy in the room who isn't getting the joke....

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Old 01-31-2014   #12
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I understand completely!

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Old 01-31-2014   #13
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All this for socks?

Remove 5.10s Place Chacos on feet. Done.
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Old 01-31-2014   #14
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Originally Posted by ditch View Post
Does anyone have any other cool pointers like this?
I think the point really is what other cool river tricks do people have? Not necessarily sock related...

Something that always seems to be a revelation to newbies on my trips is we don't buy block ice, we fill half gallon containers mostly full and freeze them. That minimizes melt water and we can salvage drinking water late in the trip, or even break one open and make fresh cocktail ice if needed)...

I know this is nothing new to most, but I'm thinking this is the kind of thing the OP is looking for and it's definitely why I'm following it...This old dog can always learn something new .
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Old 01-31-2014   #15
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Really? I feel dirty and trolled responding but here goes.

Warm rocks. Drop them in the socks, booties, shoes and put under the firepan.
No burn. No fuss. No mess. No char marks.

Now for the hard part. Do not use rocks from near the river. You want the driest rocks you can find or they will EXPLODE. Maybe. If the rock is too hot to hold in your hand it is too hot to put in your stuff. I usually place them in or on the corners of the firepan and turn them a few times until they are quite warm, but not hot.

If you need to dry a sleeping bag out (and clothes you have on) use a much larger rock ( bread loaf sized) get it to the same temp. Warm but not hot. It will dry yo stuff.
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Old 01-31-2014   #16
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Originally Posted by daveb1 View Post
Next question?
Are those them glacier gloves?
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Yes, dirtbag, those are glacier gloves. Glad to have them on a cold and rainy Middle Fork trip last June
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The warm rock trick is good. another thing I've done (when I flipped my raft in December and got my passenger's "drybag" and all her warm clothes completely soaked) is to put up a drying line near the fire with an emergency blanket (one of those shiny reflective blankets) behind the gear. It reflects all the fire heat and dries stuff out twice as fast.
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On a particularly cold and wet weeklong trip, my tent completely shit the bed by the third night. I first lost the rainfly zipper and then the door zipper. I brought my umbrella up from the raft and set it inside a 20mm box full of rocks to block the rain from coming in the door. I then heated rocks in the fire pan and put them inside my dutch ovens which I brought into the tent. I set the lids ajar and draped my sleeping bag over them. I stayed warm and dry and slept well even with the rain pounding on the tent.

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