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I myself do most of my training in the late winter through spring...these are rucks starting at five miles working up to eighteens...my pack weight between 35 in spring-up to 45 or 50 lbs (using steel plates) by early summer.
When i am actually on whatever trip i'm training for, my pack weight is much less, thirty or so pounds with a base weight of twenty lbs...i don't do redundant...i only take what i absolutely need to get me through...lately i have been experimenting with modern lightweight gear...not so that i can include more items, but simply to travel lighter in more comfort!
I scratch my head sometimes when i watch some of these loadout videos...some of these packs would make a mule groan...with some folks it seems to be more about purchasing and  showing off their kit and less about the actual use of that kit....don't get me wrong...iv'e got lots of kit, way too much in fact...but then, most of it sits in a drawer and will never make it into any my loadouts.
I think PW said it best...ad libbing here...something like...take the essentials and then include whatever comfort items you can reasonably carry :P...woods   
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Axes, Saws and Tomahawks / Re: Husqvarna Forest Axe for only $40!!!
« Last post by OutdoorEnvy on Yesterday at 08:00:54 PM »
Yeah it's good steel and good wood.  That's all that matters for a starting point.  The rest can be remedied yourself into a supreme axe.  Some don't even need anything really.  Husqy and Council are my top two users I recommend for folks buying new.  They are well made.
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Axes, Saws and Tomahawks / Re: Husqvarna Forest Axe for only $40!!!
« Last post by Quenchcrack on Yesterday at 07:19:19 PM »
I bought a Husky camp hatchet last year for about $30 at Baileys Online but it took a fair bit to work to clean the black gunk off and get a decent edge on it.  But after the rehab work, it turned out to be a damned fine tool.

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Food and Cooking / Re: pickling crocks
« Last post by Old Philosopher on Yesterday at 06:40:56 PM »
Just my opinion, of  course, but save yourself a lot of hassle and use 5 gal food-grade plastic buckets from Home Depot,  Lowe's, etc.
Don't crack, don't chip, and if you are brinning just keep using the same bucket for the same solutions.
All my wine is fermented in 5 gal plastic.  My beef is corned in plastic, and the kim-chi is done in 1 gal glass jugs.
FWIW, all the major pickle briners have switched from oak to plastic barrels, also.
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Food and Cooking / Re: Kallakukko
« Last post by wolfy on Yesterday at 04:00:44 PM »
No....I'm afraid the only one I have now is the clip I use to keep a little slack in my shoulder belt when I ride in Heather's car. :rolleyes:
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Food and Cooking / Re: Kallakukko
« Last post by wsdstan on Yesterday at 03:38:11 PM »
Oh no.  Next you will tell me you have a clip.   :doh:
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Sorry .. But reality is..!
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Food and Cooking / Re: Kallakukko
« Last post by wolfy on Yesterday at 02:44:18 PM »
Check this one out.  Smoked roach.

http://www.kitkanherkku.fi/en/products/64-canned-fish-from-finnish-lakes
I hate to admit it, but I've smoked a roach or two in my day. :-\
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