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scatman

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Your main pitfall will be trying to answer coherently when people ask you where you're going. You're in even more trouble when they ask you why. Does that middle part that says Fort Douglas include an espresso cafe? Be careful when crossing those thick red lines.

What those red lines looked like on the ground. Treacherous!

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Titans

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@Titans since most water crossings in the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains involve slippery, moss covered rocks, I use my trekking poles to maintain my balance. Doesn’t matter how shallow the water is …
I haven’t used trekking poles the last few years, but that’s a great idea for those water crossings. That river had some real slippery stuff everywhere, so next time I will dig out the trekking poles (they’re somewhere in the Jeep)!

@Rockskipper - ha!
 

TractorDoc

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Barely ankle deep water, no spiderwebs @Jackson and I still had some balance issues! Maybe @scatman or @TractorDoc can recommend some river balance exercises?

My secret is to carry a heavy camera in one hand and stick my other arm out as far as possible. :)

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When no convenient logs are available to cross I find its best to balance out the heavy camera with an equally heavy pair of boots.

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Taking pictures along the way enhances my calm and allows my feet to become one with the creek bed. :lol:

I haven’t used trekking poles the last few years, but that’s a great idea for those water crossings.

I do have a set of poles, but because I have to fly to reach the beautiful hiking terrain of the West they get left behind as they will not fit in my checked bag. More often than not if I need something to steady me I can scour the wilderness and find a suitable stick nearby.

@Titans, how many times did you cross your creek for your picture? At least three -- you had to get the camera set up first, right? I see in your first two likenesses your right leg has a tendency to disappear. . . that might affect your balance a bit. Love the blue Crocs/shoes!
 

Titans

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My secret is to carry a heavy camera in one hand and stick my other arm out as far as possible. :)

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When no convenient logs are available to cross I find its best to balance out the heavy camera with an equally heavy pair of boots.

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Taking pictures along the way enhances my calm and allows my feet to become one with the creek bed. :lol:



I do have a set of poles, but because I have to fly to reach the beautiful hiking terrain of the West they get left behind as they will not fit in my checked bag. More often than not if I need something to steady me I can scour the wilderness and find a suitable stick nearby.

@Titans, how many times did you cross your creek for your picture? At least three -- you had to get the camera set up first, right? I see in your first two likenesses your right leg has a tendency to disappear. . . that might affect your balance a bit. Love the blue Crocs/shoes!

Remember that log crossing photo, that’s very impressive! I would never make it across that log without trekking poles (think @scatman used poles on the log, right?). Clearly you have excellent balancing skills @TractorDoc ! After the many suggestions this week, I need to start practicing.

Im sure not crossing a slippery river extra times for photos, ha! But obviously we had to cross it at different spots several times hiking in and out. Rick took a bunch of photos and he used his stitching program to make the army clone photo. Since then more clone army photos have been produced…. :rolleyes: My right foot (turf toe injury) didn’t appreciate the blue crocs walking, so that wasn’t so smart. Next time I need to sacrifice a pair of hiking shoes. But it’s pretty chilly at night now, so it takes a long time to dry out. It’s dark now at exactly 5:40pm, so the shoes have till 8-9am to dry out, but that not happening at these cool night temperatures.

Here’s another clone army photo for @b.stark
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scatman

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Remember that log crossing photo, that’s very impressive! I would never make it across that log without trekking poles (think @scatman used poles on the log, right?). Clearly you have excellent balancing skills @TractorDoc ! After the many suggestions this week, I need to start practicing.[/USER]

Yes, I have to use poles when crossing a creek on a log now. My balance just isn't good enough anymore to go without them, unless of course I just want to get wet, or be photo fodder for my hiking mates. :D And sometimes poles don't even help. :(

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Don't let @TractorDoc fool you, he is like a cat when it comes to balancing. I suspect there might be a tail somewhere in his hiking pants. :)
 

TractorDoc

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Since then more clone army photos have been produced…. :rolleyes:

Love the clone photos! Now you need to make one while tossing a Circus Peanut up in the air then catching it in your mouth. Think of all the peanuts we could see in the air at once!

Clearly you have excellent balancing skills @TractorDoc !

I probably should not be too boastful. As @scatman and @wsp_scott can attest to I did have one Yellowstone mishap. When crossing Alum Creek for the final time I took the lead in crocks while holding my boots and video camera. I successfully navigated the treacherous shin high waters but when attempting to step out of the creek my foot dropped into a hole and I spent the next several moments flailing about on the bank while trying to gain my footing. When I looked back I saw Hugh and Scott just watching me. . . I was sort of disappointed they did not catch a picture of me in my time of despair. I was even more disappointed when I tried looking at the video back home and I realized I left the lens cap on the entire time! :(

I like that last photo of yours. I can tell you were moving at a steady pace by the equidistant spacing of your clones.

I was wondering why REI started selling hiking poles in sets of four. That Dooley's sure a trend setter.
If Dooley uses a hiking pole for each leg would that make them stilts? :thinking:
 
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