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What did Santa bring you?

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Offline Hang10er

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What did Santa bring you?
« on: December 26, 2016, 01:57:07 PM »
I got a Therma Rest Pro Lite Plus sleeping pad and a Kelty Cosmicdown 20 sleeping bag.  I'm still not ready for backpacking overnighters but these new pieces of gear opened up winter car camping at backcountry spots!  My camping season just became year around!

Did anyone get anything new and exciting from Santa?

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Offline House Made of Dawn

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Re: What did Santa bring you?
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2016, 02:34:28 PM »
My 11-year-old son gave me and my backpacking brother touch-sensitive gloves, embedded with conductive fibers, so that we could still use our iPhones while winter camping.  And, son-of-a-gun, they work! Here we are, each with one finger in an electric outlet and the other in one of my son's ears, and the current passed straight through.
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

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Offline dprather

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Re: What did Santa bring you?
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2016, 02:58:30 PM »
Black Diamond IOTA Headlamp
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: What did Santa bring you?
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2016, 03:46:43 PM »
« Last Edit: December 26, 2016, 03:57:44 PM by Flash »

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Offline mule ears

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Re: What did Santa bring you?
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2016, 04:18:27 PM »
Does a new office chair count?  It will make sitting at the computer reading HMoD's posts or planning my next trip so much more comfortable!

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Offline House Made of Dawn

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Re: What did Santa bring you?
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2016, 04:20:58 PM »
 :great:
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

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Offline Jalco

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Re: What did Santa bring you?
« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2016, 05:48:02 PM »
Socks (smart wool) and a Gerber River Shorty (kayaking knife).  And, although I rarely take them camping, my wife blessed me with a new pair of Merrell Mocs.  The pair I bought nearly a decade ago have lost any tread and the soles were coming unglued.  Better than a pair of house slippers. :great:

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Offline bracketboy89

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Re: What did Santa bring you?
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2016, 07:53:45 PM »
I have the cosmic down sleeping bag it is awesome and will be great when you start backpacking.

I got a National Parks pass and a footprint to sleep on under my tarp so those are some pretty sweet gifts. Also a book called the Hour of Land that is about national parks. Pretty good stuff.

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Offline Casa Grande

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Re: What did Santa bring you?
« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2016, 09:29:37 PM »



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Offline badknees

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Re: What did Santa bring you?
« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2016, 09:45:45 PM »
Smart wool socks, two base layer shirts, a pair of waterproof rain pants, and a pair of noise cancelling hearing protectors.
Not all those who wander are lost.
J.R.R. Tolkien

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Offline Jalco

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Re: What did Santa bring you?
« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2016, 10:40:04 PM »
How could I forget - a national park pass from my son and daughter-in-law!!

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Offline dprather

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Re: What did Santa bring you?
« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2016, 10:50:32 PM »
Oh, oh, oh!

I'm about to get my first grandchild any second now.  It's gona be a boy, a backpacking buddy.

His mom is a national-class triathlete; his dad played college basketball; with God's sense of humor, the poor boy might be stumpy and athletically disinclined like his grandfather!
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline Stronger

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Re: What did Santa bring you?
« Reply #12 on: December 26, 2016, 11:00:49 PM »
Happy Holidays!

I introduced myself about three years ago. My husband had died not too long before and Big Bend would be my first Trip without Jim - in more than 30 years.

Now, very soon, I will be on my way back to Big Bend for the fourth time: I'm meeting friends and we'll be hiking for several days.

On my first Journey, I made my way across Texas alone and was miserable. I thought I was just 'done'.

Under the night sky in Chisos Basin I began to truly love Big Bend.

I've returned to Big Bend, with my friends, for soon to be the third time and even once on my own.

In between Trips to Big Bend, I've Hiked at several National Parks, sometimes alone and sometimes with others.

I really was not 'done', at all. I just thought I was...

Big Bend wasn't just the start of my new unexpected life but it is now my most treasured place to Journey.

For Christmas, I bought myself a new Camping Stove.

Happy Holidays! 


Deborah Dansante White

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Perhaps I am stronger than I think.
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Offline dprather

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Re: What did Santa bring you?
« Reply #13 on: December 26, 2016, 11:19:27 PM »
Go get 'em Stronger.  You story makes me stronger. 

I am especially pleased that the restorative powers of the Bend helped you.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: What did Santa bring you?
« Reply #14 on: December 27, 2016, 06:37:42 AM »
Go get 'em Stronger.  You story makes me stronger. 

I am especially pleased that the restorative powers of the Bend helped you.

That is a lovely story and happy for you!  Have a great upcoming trip!

p.s. Stronger, I didn't put all the dots together until now but on your first trip to the Bend in Feb. 2014 your group stopped on the Old Ore Road, near Ernst Tinaja and picked up one of our group and took him to our car so we could head out for a day while the weather was so ugly.  Not sure if you were one of the folks in the two vehicles that stopped or not but a much belated thank you!
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