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  1. Shawn Gossman

    Nothing But Hiking - Referral Contest

    Howdy folks, As an attempt to help get more activity on this community, I'm launching a referral contest. Start Date: August 25, 2021 at 12:00 AM CST End Date: September 25, 2021 at 11:59 PM CST Contest Rules and Information: You must provide a working email address to get prizes (e-Gift...
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    Do you have any plans to thru-hike?

    Have you ever done a thru-hike before? Do you have any plans to thru-hike? What trail(s) do you want to thru-hike?
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    How important is first aid gear to you?

    What first aid knowledge do you bring with you as a hiker? What extra gear do you carry for first aid? Do you customize your first aid kit? Do you think this is an important topic that other hikers should be considering?
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    Tarp tent camping

    Some people swear by using a tarp as a shelter rather than a full tent. With a tarp, you usually just have a roof and no floor. What do you think about something like this? Could this be for you or is it a no go?
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    How long do you boots last?

    How long can you make a pair of hiking boots last?
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    Hiking motivation

    What motivates you to keep on hiking?
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    Hiking in shorts and shoes

    In the summer, I wear shorts hiking even off trail. We make it a habit to rub our legs and feet down with rubbing alcohol before we drive back. Sometimes I use hiking-based shoes unless it will be wet, then I go with waterproof boots. I couldn't imagine wearing pants in the heat to be honest lol
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    Spider webs

    Just got back from a 5.5-mile hike today. Spider webs everywhere! I feel like I am covered in them. They used to bug me but not so much anymore. How about you all? Wil spider webs across the trail keep you from hiking?
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    Punishment for littering

    Do you think the current punishments for littering are too soft? Should we have more severe punishments? Do you think more severe punishments would deter more people from doing it?
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    Hiking magazines

    Do you have a favorite hiking magazine at all?
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    Will you hike off trail in the summer months?

    Summer means ticks, bugs, spider webs and overgrowth making off trail hiking very difficult. My question is will you hike off trail during the summer months?
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    Post your last Hiking photo!

    Cross Country Trail, Trail of Tears State Forest, Illinois
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    Favorite rock formations

    Wow that is cool!
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    5-word Story

    and he wasn't wearing a
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    Post your last Hiking photo!

    Heron Pond
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    Just got back from hiking Ozark National Scenic Riverways country! Awesome place folks!!

    Just got back from hiking Ozark National Scenic Riverways country! Awesome place folks!!
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    5-word Story

    Once upon a time in the middle of the road
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    5-word Story

    This is an on-going post game. It is just for fun. Basically, I will start the game with "five words to start the story" then you reply with 5 new words after you have copied and pasted the previous story. I'm going to post the next 2 posts to give an idea what it should look like. Be as random...
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    Favorite wild mushrooms...

    What's your favorite wild mushrooms for eating?
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    Do you collect cans on public lands?

    One way to clean up trash on public lands is to encourage collecting cans. Even if that is all one picks up, that is a less trash than before. Do any of you do this at all?