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Kaya1 had a great post...and I chuckled seeing I was not alone in my spending the time to align the poles and seams on my fly.

What are some of your other nit picks?

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Not cooking upwind of tents. I don't need to add even more interestings scents to where I sleep for bears.
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I am relatively nit picky about keeping my stuff dry and organized. I have recently switched out all my waterproof stuff sacks over to Drysacks (color coordinated so I know what's what instantly). I spray pretty much anything that can be sprayed, with DWR. In winter, I use a pack cover over my DWRed pack, have a waterproof pack that carries the clothing/sleeping gear which all sit inside of waterproof drysacks. I spray my rain shell, boots, pack, and Gaitors with DWR until the DWR itself beads off.

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I wonder how much DWR you have to apply before it becomes toxic?
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I wonder how much DWR you have to apply before it becomes toxic?

The main ingredient is silicone in Campdry. The binder is what you have to worry about. It takes 3-4 days to cure.

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I don't like tents, but I like tents with a floor covered with dirt and leaves even less. So I try to not put shoes inside unless they're in a stuff sack turned inside out. It helps.

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Before I turn in for the evening I'm rather picky about policing camp and having everything in place where it will be dry and available in the morning.  I sometimes spend a good half hour just checking out my small camping space making sure everything is where it will be dry, tightening guy lines, covering my pack just perfectly, etc..  A little O/C, perhaps, but it works for me. No surprises in the morning, usually.

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Somebody's dog thrashing around the trails and camping areas while their owners have a big donkey grin telling everyone how "cool" their dog is. :angry:

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I put my ten essentials and water just inside my rainfly, but outside the tent.

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Wind breaks in winter - I will stack snow blocks up  to make a wall five feet tall, shave them cleanly and make sure that no wind can sneak into my shelter from any side. I will spend three to four hours on the wind break even when there doesn't look like any wind will occur.

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Somebody's dog thrashing around the trails and camping areas while their owners have a big donkey grin telling everyone how "cool" their dog is. :angry:

Ha!  Or dog prints all over your fly when you get back from brushing your teeth in the morning... or in areas where they are banned.

Ordinarily, I am cool with dogs in the backcountry, but my wife and I had 2 separate bad experiences with them on one trip last summer.


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Loose (not leashed) dogs in the backcountry.......and same line barking dogs in the backcountry.
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I tend to bring a 1/2 litre bottle of tap water from home.  That always stays inside my tent and I sip on it over the weekend.

We stay at a lean to the majority of the time.  It drives me nuts when my hiking partner(s), spread their stuff out laterally along the opening...effectively blocking access in and out....but i compensate for that by bringing Jim Beam.


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If I am with another, I expect to share space.  Like the picnic table we found at a camp site.  Instead, he spreads his stuff out willy nilly, and when I asked about it his reply was "First come".  I proceeded to set all of his belongings on one half of the table.  Same thing happened again later in the trip, with my same reaction.  Tough to figure out sharing,I suppose.  

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Rookies and head lamps -
Just because you have one - (all bright, shiny, and new), does not mean you leave it on high while looking around a crowded night-time campsite.
Maybe wear around the neck instead?
BTW, there is always that old "off" button too.


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Is it too late to ask what a nitpick is?

Dictionary, nitpicking: minute and usually unjustified criticism

Maybe you mean "pet peeve." My pet peeves would reveal me to be a curmudgeonly hermit so I won't mention them.
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My  pet peeve is backpackers that cut thru a campsite, instead of walking around. I hike alone a lot, it gets creepy when people don't respect my privacy when they barge thru. I try to camp off the beaten path for privacy, and still it happens.
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pet peeve?  campers without volume control... along that same line, another BC annoyance is having to camp in designated campsites

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Dictionary, nitpicking: minute and usually unjustified criticism

Well if you read the thread on tent seams lining up w/the poles....that is a bit of a nit pick.


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another BC annoyance is having to camp in designated campsites

You realise this is to protect the area from physical disturbances, right? If everyone started camping where ever they wanted this would end up being highly destructive and would deafeat the purpose of protected land. Additionally it creates risks assoicated with fires and wastes. I understand your frustration and many times would much prefer to eke out my own sites but it's a small price to pay.
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Mountain biking organizations bent on putting a trail in every corner of Allegany State Park, even though existing MB trails are under used and some in nearby state forest have even been abandoned.
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...in over-used areas, sure. in other situations dispersed camping can be the better way to mitigate impacts.

anyway, mine was just a gripe about "that guy" who can't carry on a converstation with someone across the campfire without everyone in the valley hearing.


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anyway, mine was just a gripe about "that guy" who can't carry on a converstation with someone across the campfire without everyone in the valley hearing.

Yeah, I understand this. :) "That guy" also tends to like to stay up late and drink a lot of whiskey too.
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I have "that gal" in my hiking group. We spent a weekend at a hot springs resort, and were playing games in a nice quiet lodge room - she kept laughing - imagine sort of braying like a jackass while running a chainsaw - at the top of her lungs, nearly got us thrown out of the resort.

In retrospect, it might have been better to take her wine glass from her earlier in the evening, and hide the chocolate vodka.


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Is it too late to ask what a nitpick is?

I interpreted it as "personal quirks and OCD tendencies" but it seems to have evolved into pet peeves... a.k.a. b!tching about other people.  :D

I'm going back to quirks.

I don't carry a watch but I have to have a little travel clock next to my bed. I always wake up once just before dawn and want to know what time it is.  I used to carry a digital watch but it required pressing a teeny-tiny button to light it up... I ended up hiking the rest of the trip, unknowingly, in a completely different time zone.


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Not  a nit pick or a pet peave, sort of an odd OCD thing I do

I have to have my bag packed properly before I leave a site.
Water pump goes here, Pots and pans there, stove in its bag over there.
Tent on the outside, rain gear in shove pocket,
sleeping pad over on that side, food bag next to the pots/pans little odds and ends in the top.

Usually takes me a while to get it all settled and my hiking partners leave me at the camp still getting my stuff together.

No biggie though, they hike slower and take WAY more breaks than me  :)
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