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      Cafes/bars often use UHT (long life) milk - which has an unpleasant taste and smell to me - instead of fresh milk. So I tended to carry teabags with me and made my own tea with fresh milk - using the albergue microwave to heat the water. I...
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      Joynz replied to the thread Trekking Poles.
      When I use my poles, my elbow and triceps are the joint/muscles most often used not my shoulders - sort of like doing a ‘tricep kick back’ with a dumbell at the gym - the shoulder stays stable and it’s the elbow and forearm that move. I use...
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      Joynz replied to the thread Trekking Poles.
      I only use rubber tips when I want to stop the clacking noise when I am in towns or on footpaths. Experienced hikers discover that using the metal tips provides much better grip on earth, rocks, or rocky paths. The most important thing is to...
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      I wore Altra Olympus 5s, with good arch support inserts (to help avoid plantar fasciitis). I was very very happy with them. I didn’t need to change shoes at night because they were just so comfortable. I took the advice on the Altra website...
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      It has somehow always been there in my consciousness - my mother (now 93, Methodist, Celtic origins) had never been, but the book Pilgrims Progress & pilgrimage as a journey to a special destination in all of its senses had been something in...
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      I had never even heard of it when a friend suggested it. I dismissed the idea initially but several months later I revisited the prospect. I enjoy new experiences, cultures, ideas, etc. Once I booked the international flights, it was a done deal...
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      Joynz replied to the thread Backpack is 2 kg too heavy TwT.
      Iyou don’t have to wash your clothes every day either. My hiking gear is designed to be worn for several days without washing - wool t-shirts and nylon long-sleeved hiking shirt and long nylon hiking pants. These fabrics resist oil and don’t...
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      Misuse of general guidance for *children* whose spines are still developing. About 20 years ago, when their backpacks started to be laden with heavy textbooks *every day* from a Calvinist notion that more homework was better for the lazy little...
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      Joynz replied to the thread Backpack is 2 kg too heavy TwT.
      There is no science behind the 10% guide that is applicable to hiking adults. It’s from a recommendation years ago for the weight of kids school bags. And it tends to be mentioned by people who have never done multi-day back country hiking...
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      Joynz reacted to CaminoPhotos's post in the thread Backpack is 2 kg too heavy TwT with Like Like.
      That's a myth. It depends on your level of fitness, and if you're already overweight etc.
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