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Campfire / So. driving to the Arctic Circle?
« on: February 21, 2020, 12:15:37 PM »
i think it would be the epic-est roadtrip of a lifetime.

my 2006 Toyota Tacoma is still solid and reliable.   i would need a few modifications, but i kinda want to keep it relatively stock.

up thru the Yukon Territory and then on the infamous Dempster Highway.

if i had a friend with a second truck lock it in with me, i would be gone this summer/fall.

my wife said okay.  my boss?  not so much..i think i would need 6-weeks

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Campfire / Re: So Long Ol Arky
« on: February 21, 2020, 12:12:49 PM »
RIP, 

he was a fighter..always so upbeat even when he wasnt feeling that great.

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Hunting Gear / Re: Tents?
« on: February 21, 2020, 12:11:46 PM »
Has anyone tried a CVT or Roof top tent?


I personally don't like the roof top tents. They're extremely expensive for what they are.

If you have a truck you can likely find a slide in camper for the same price or a similar price and it will do a much better job. If you have an SUV build a platform for the trunk and sleep inside, it'll be warmer and cheaper in the long run.

i didnt like them either.  but if you see how fast they set up, it makes a GREAT argument.  i HATE putting up a tent in the rain.   plus they are all lined on the floor with a mattress.  i wouldnt ever want one on top of my truck, but if i had one of those Adventure Compact trailers, it would be awesome.

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General Elk Hunting / Re: 2019 Elk season MEAT POLE!
« on: September 23, 2019, 04:17:53 PM »
what a GREAT thread!!  congrats to the successful ones.

you all are making my late season hunt, feel just that much further away!!

(now back to work)

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Campfire / the hell? SEPTEMBER?!!
« on: September 04, 2019, 08:57:29 AM »
you know that saying? "busy like a one-legged man in a butt kicking contest"?

well:  i think that guy is lucky to have one leg.  hahhaha.

sorry i have been MIA from the forum.  been super busy at work.  we have one Resident Engineer in my office.  he runs a construction project for the State of California.  i am a bridge engineer, and i only run the structures within that project.  our Resident Eng, has mental problem -> he's lazy.  he is working on 3 projects.  and doing a crap job at it.  running out of money, and behind schedule.

i got volunteered (voluntold?) to be an RE to help him out.  i hit the projects head on with borderline OCD.  funny thing..i counted on my list.  i have EIGHT PROJECTS!!  keep in mind, i am also the bridge guy in the projects.  so i can honestly say, i am running 16 positions.  SIXTEEN!  the more i get done, the more they give me.  i finally told them no, last week to my 9th project.  fudge that.  elk season is coming!!

i am blessed i drew a dec hunt.  i think the State of CA wouldnt let me go this month.  crap is literally hitting the fan : in the form of the rain season is coming, and i cant get a bunch of designers to make a call.  i am punting and moving ahead..i put them behind the 8-ball.

i have a blank check with OT.  i am trying to keep in "elk-shape" and my bow shooting in "elk shape".  to that end, i am happy elk are huge.  :)

i'll try to sneak off to shoot at some sandhill crane, and lucky my brother is a scouting.

i cant wait for my project to complete.

gotta go!  my phone is ringing...

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Hunting Gear / Re: Your favorite water filtration system
« on: July 10, 2019, 03:31:27 PM »
way too hard to choose one.

sawyer if there is water to be had.  you're dying a slow death of dehydration if you only water source is to pump water out of a seep in between rocks.

my Steripen goes with me on all my 3rd world vacations.  and local hiking trips.

my Katadyn is the multi tasker.  small seeps, no problem.   not so fun when things freeze.

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mid year!


Yesterday I did a hike with friends. I brought my weighted hunt pack. The trail is called Sea to Sky.


We did a portion. 10 ugly miles. Climbed 1870 feet. Man I feel it.


Today, jumped on my bike just to loosen up sore joints. My ride was sloooow. But great.


On a side note. My Garmin Instinct watch is awesome. Tracks my progress and stats. And I can glance at my wrist when I get a text message. No more stopping to check my phone. Its a great feature when I have one due out for work emergency texts.


Back on topic. Hiking with a weighted pack is a great prep. Works muscles younforget you have.

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General Elk Hunting / Re: Got lucky
« on: June 21, 2019, 08:24:38 AM »
You drew a California Tule hunt?!

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Physical Conditioning / Re: emailed my doc about my max heartrate.
« on: June 15, 2019, 09:46:34 PM »
ive been climbing hills on my bike.
i finally got a watch all the cool kids are wearing.  the Garmin Instinct.  it tracks my rides and my HR.  i was shocked at the data.  first my ride is way longer than i thought all these years.
and my HR, it hits 181 at the more heinous of climbs.   conventional wisdom is 220 minus my age..puts me at 168bpm.  i can still whisper at 181..
i know cars..red line is okay..over red-line.  no bueno.
my doc is stoked.  she said to stay at it.  i hope my max drops as i progress.  i think it will as my body gets more efficient.  my resting HR is 61..not bad for a geezer. hehe.


Interesting..... you know Cliff, my heart rate reaches the same height when I am talking to engineers...  :tease: :dance2: :haha:


Oh. We have jokes?  Haha.

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Hunting Gear / Re: Tents?
« on: June 04, 2019, 08:35:45 PM »
I use a 6-man tent I bought from REI. I think its their brand. It was on sale. Solo, it is a palace. I can put a cot in it, I can stand up. It bags up to a package the size of my torso. Shall by comparison. And light by comparison. My tiny truck is stuffed full enough without one of the big jobbers.   Its huge for one person. I can put a night stand in there.


I did a solo week in AZ with it and was never uncomfortable.

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Physical Conditioning / emailed my doc about my max heartrate.
« on: June 04, 2019, 09:08:23 AM »
ive been climbing hills on my bike.
i finally got a watch all the cool kids are wearing.  the Garmin Instinct.  it tracks my rides and my HR.  i was shocked at the data.  first my ride is way longer than i thought all these years.
and my HR, it hits 181 at the more heinous of climbs.   conventional wisdom is 220 minus my age..puts me at 168bpm.  i can still whisper at 181..
i know cars..red line is okay..over red-line.  no bueno.
my doc is stoked.  she said to stay at it.  i hope my max drops as i progress.  i think it will as my body gets more efficient.  my resting HR is 61..not bad for a geezer. hehe.

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General Elk Hunting / Re: My NM tags showed up!
« on: June 04, 2019, 09:03:36 AM »
i am going with E-tags.  i should seriously read up on them..feels weird not having paper in my pocket.

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General Elk Hunting / Re: Weird question
« on: June 04, 2019, 09:02:56 AM »
i was told you need to hit something the size of a grapefruit.  but the shot has to be close, because when an elk "wheels to the side" that is it's quickest move.  and the elk has to be 100% clueless.

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Congrats Cliff, that's awesome! So, a December archery elk hunt...that's interesting. What's your strategy going to be? Blinds/stands? Or spot and stalk? Should make for a challenging hunt!
i think (i talked to Dan) will be to sit and glass.  then stalk!!
we have antler restrictions.  minimum 6pt on a side.  so we have to sit down, and bare minimum - suss out the antlers.   or shoot the first cow that steps out.  hahahha.

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Hunting Gear / Re: Base camp question
« on: May 31, 2019, 10:39:25 PM »
It will work?  We use a pop up and its way better than a tent. You learn to mange the water.


I think your choice would be a step warmer than ours.

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