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    LTR: Eezi-Awn Manta

    I'll never forget the trip to SMR'16 with you and Cordes. We stopped at that shell of a Shell station in the middle of nowhere. You had the Manta deployed and were halfway through your sammich before I'd got the kid out of the carseat and reached the cooler under the sleeping gear in the back of...
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    Edc belt...

    Lol at this thread. :P I came in thinking I'd see people discussing BIFL leather belts, maybe recommend the simple, Carhartt I got on Amazon. The Bat Belt was a complete surprise. All that kit reminds me of what came in those $19.99 Rambo knives advertised in the backs of magazines back in...
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    2016 SoCal Mountain Rendezvous: Official Thread

    If only all my writing was so good. Yeah, I'm pretty bummed about it too. Without Chazz or my family with me, I was looking forward to going wherever the stories lead this time; enjoying the opportunity to deep dive and really get to know people. Truly disappointing.
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    2016 SoCal Mountain Rendezvous: Official Thread

    Got a call from Murphy. Tires are shot, wouldn't be safe, not in a position to pop for new rubber. I'm out. :( Tire rotation yesterday revealed 800 miles, hell-bent for leather across the desert, either side of prickly, mountain trail running would be a serious roll of the dice. The spare...
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    2016 SoCal Mountain Rendezvous: Official Thread

    I don't know if it helps, but I am coming solo this time (instead of +2 like last year and as RSVP'd). Also have a pretty reliable source suggesting @Chazz Layne won't be able to join is this year. This is not official until he says so, but if you were planning to get something from Chazz...
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    Free Ebooks

    Industry term for that is "lead magnet." Looks Look they're doing it right. What I would hope follows are emails delivering consistent value. Trying to reach people on Facebook and whatnot is getting harder. Why pay a middleman, right? I'll definitely be grabbing a bunch of those.
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    Now THIS is an adventure!

    Hard core. And now I want a fine leather chair, a snifter of brandy, and a smoking jacket prior to my next adventure...
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    Cuddeback - Ridgecrest - Trona Pinnacles

    "The drive up the 395 was miserable and rather sketchy." Preach it. I volunteer at the High Desert Trails rally (based out of Ridgecrest) every year in late April. One year, I actually ran into a freak snow storm on 395. Saw the storm coming in from the west and caught it as it crossed the...
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    What are the essential skills?

    I love how this turned into a discussion around adventuring "soft skills." Listening, staying calm, resilience, inclusive. Good stuff. Thank you.
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    Overlanding 1st Aid and Gear Class for MRV

    Class Roster 1. Brian (me) 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.
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    What are the essential skills?

    If resiliency isn't a skill, what is it? Do you think it can be improved? Full disclosure: Clark Griswold is my hero. :p Look, kids! Louvre! Eiffel Tower!
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    What are the essential skills?

    The list goes on, doesn't it? Where's the "taking notes" emoji? I would agree. And yet, I wonder how many of us have sufficient training/experience to be of use when it counts? Aside from being a very legitimate skill, there's something quietly satisfying about being able to use a map and...
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    What are the essential skills?

    Good stuff, guys! Thanks! Did you guys seek out specific training in these areas or go the self -taught route?
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    What are the essential skills?

    Let's try something a little different, shall we? I was thinking about this while stuck in traffic yesterday. What are the essential, must-have skills that give the best chance of successful adventures—irrespective of mode of travel? We see so many skills out there, ya know? Building...
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    Overlanding a vintage vehicle

    Indeed it is, sir. 100hp of carbureted fury.
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