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DOH! That was sposed to go backchannel.

On Thu, 31 Jan 2002, Jeremy Malczyk wrote:

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> did you bring any white gas to Camp Gomes-a-lot?
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> On Thu, 31 Jan 2002, matthew h. kulas wrote:
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> > THE HAUL
> >
> >
> > I talked to Jumpin' Jimmy twice briefly before heading out.  If I could
> > make a 6 o'clock rendevous, then he and his nightowl pals could give me a
> > lift part way in in their special winterized off-road expedition vehicle.
> > He made it clear however that they had a schedule to keep and they would
> > not wait an extra minute.  His last words were, "Be careful Matt, it is
> > dangerous out there."
> >
> > Little did I know how much truth there was in those words.
> >
> > While I hoped to make the rendevous, it would easily cut in half the long,
> > arduous, dark trip ahead of me, I doubted that I would be able to make it.
> > Despite my bosses grumblings, I was able to leave work a little early.  I
> > busted home and started filling my pack with as many items on the list
> > that I had at home: fuel, garbage bags, oatmeal, tea, tarps, line, etc.  I
> > intentionally packed little survival gear and extra clothing -- I would
> > need all the room for the gear that had to be brought to the camp.  This
> > was classic compromise and risk, but then again, I was young and foolish.
> >
> > I was late leaving home, and I still needed to negotiate rush-hour and
> > stop at a grocery store to get the remaining items on the list.  An hour
> > later I was finally, truly on my way, list complete.  As I had returned to
> > my car I noticed that the wind had picked up and it was noticably colder.
> > Also, my new car started with some difficulty.
> >
> > Another half-hour and I had reached the turn-off onto the steep, dark,
> > twisting road, if it can be called that, to the rendevous point.  No way.
> > I was over an hour late and as expected the nightime journeymen had long
> > ago pushed ahead on their own valiant mission.  After a couple of minutes
> > fiddling with my skins and adjusting my pack, I headed up, following the
> > track of Jumpin' Jimmy's winter assualt machine.  It was a reasonably
> > clear and bright evening, probably why it was so darn cold.  I was
> > beginning to question my decision not too bring extra clothing.  I only
> > had the vest and the shell on my back, I didn't even have goggles.
> >
> > I reached up and turned on my trusty Petzl Tikka.  Uh-oh.  The dim light
> > it cast barely lit up the laces on my tele boots.  tihs.
> >
> > To be continued...
> >
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