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Re: Tooth Brush Pays Off
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #673148 by Trailhead Tessie
Feb 1, 2012 5:18am
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Is that the Land Trust Trails, by Bluebird, Tessie? i just tried a search and there's no boxes called Timberland Trails. . .
we're thinking 'bout coming down your way for a weekend at the end of February. . .

~tigs (plotting and planning as usual)
Re: Posting without signing in.
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Reply to: #673189 by The Wolf Family
Feb 1, 2012 5:26am
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It's a sub account. She was logged onto the main account and chose a sub-account as the author.
What do you carry and what do you bring LBing?
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Feb 1, 2012 6:17am
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I am only a year into LBing and already my "pack" is not adequate to hold all that I want to bring on the trails - let alone all I should probably bring but don't know to bring yet...
I am sure many people have a "light" pack and a "heavy" pack depending on the kind of trail they are trekking
So I ask you fellow LBers - what do you carry with you and in what kind of bag/pack both for "light" treks and "heavy" treks?
Do you have any odd items (like the tooth brush Trailhead Tessie wrote about Msg: 673129)?

I have only done light treks (2-3 hours) in Florida and I use a medium size purse with: 6 ink pads, SS (sig stamp), log book, extra zips, wet wipes, extra log book (in case one needs replaced), compass, a bottled water and sometimes bugspray (dang misquotes). I also usually bring 2 or 3 other LB clues that are nearby just in case.

What do you bring?
Re: What do you carry and what do you bring LBing?
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Reply to: #673203 by Order_and_Chaos
Feb 1, 2012 6:22am
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Definitely bring supplies to maintain the boxes you find, especially if you plan on finding some older series. High quality baggies are number one, preferably a pint sized freezer bag. If the baggie in a box has holes or isn't closing properly, replace it. Paper towels for wiping out boxes. If you can, a spare logbook.
Re: What do you carry and what do you bring LBing?
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Reply to: #673203 by Order_and_Chaos
Feb 1, 2012 6:46am
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TP, extra lnl, hand sanitizer( good for wiping down legs after stroll thru PI) , markers, hh's are a few things we carry you didn't mention.
One bag only- a backpack
Re: What do you carry and what do you bring LBing?
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Reply to: #673203 by Order_and_Chaos
Feb 1, 2012 6:47am
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I bring a small backpack which contains: my logbook and sig stamps, a ziplock of mini ink pads in various colors, paper towels and a small spray bottle of water for cleaning stamps, a mini clipboard (to use as a nice, flat stamping surface), a compass, a small sheet of plastic to sit on if the ground is wet, a glove for reaching into dark places, trail snacks, and a bottle or two of gatorade.
Re: What do you carry and what do you bring LBing?
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Reply to: #673203 by Order_and_Chaos
Feb 1, 2012 8:22am
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academy has a great mail letter carrier bag that was 20 dollars by magellen. it has enough pockets and space to hole all that you need and can be thrown accross your shoulder and chest to facilitate heavier cago if needed like water and lunch. it went on sail to 13 dollars about three weeks ago. you can also get it on line. very durable and had a leather bottom so it can be set on the ground. I carry a plastice folder with all of the boxes clues that might be useful for the day. (in case of rain)
Re: What do you carry and what do you bring LBing?
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Reply to: #673216 by Sea Maid
Feb 1, 2012 8:56am
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I carry a plastice folder with all of the boxes clues that might be useful for the day. (in case of rain)

greenmountainhiker taught me this trick: gallon size ziploc bags are exactly the right size for printed out 8 1/2x11 clue sheets - and then you have that size bag if you need it for a box/logbook/etc. keeps the rain off AND you have repair gear. what could be cooler than that?!?

~tigs (the over prepared)
Re: Tooth Brush Pays Off
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Reply to: #673148 by Trailhead Tessie
Feb 1, 2012 8:57am
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I was kidding anyway :)
Re: Tooth Brush Pays Off
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Reply to: #673193 by tiggermama
Feb 1, 2012 9:46am
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Not sure if these boxes are viable anymore, but they are on the Timberland trails and they are awesome. And they are well worth a "searching for old cool boxes-not sure if they're there anymore" hunt. I found them way back in 2002, when I had a different trail name and letterboxed with my mom and sister as Prince, Pan and Baby Bunting.
Re: Do you ever change your signature stamp?
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Reply to: #672600 by softball29
Feb 1, 2012 10:16am
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Like others, I started out with a store bought stamp. But it took me all summer to figure out what image I wanted as my "permanent" signature stamp. Then we decided to go to Disney this fall and I knew that I wouldn't have enough time to ink up my signature stamp for all the boxes there, so the night before we left I carved a smaller stamp with an alternate image. This one is now used for HH's, small logbooks, and stealthy finds.

So I have 2 that I use on a regular basis...I hope this doesn't violate any codes pertaining to melted cheese products. I like cheese. I wouldn't want to harm it. ;-)
Re: What do you carry and what do you bring LBing?
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Reply to: #673216 by Sea Maid
Feb 1, 2012 10:55am
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This one?

How about this one?

I bought the purple/grey "ladies" tool bag from Woot a few weeks ago. The price was right but it does not have a shoulder strap and it just a little bit too feminine for my taste. It just might wind up a raffle item at the next event I go to.
Re: Do you ever change your signature stamp?
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Reply to: #672600 by softball29
Feb 1, 2012 11:52am
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I hit my 100th find today and had a new signature stamp ready to commemorate the milestone. My original stamp was my very first carve. My carving has improved some since then so I wanted to update my signature stamp. I decided this milestone was an appropriate opportunity to make the change.
Re: Tooth Brush Pays Off
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Reply to: #673238 by Claudia and Alex
Feb 1, 2012 12:11pm
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cool!! thank you muchly!!!

~tigs (who, as usual, should be writing case notes and is not. . .)
Re: What do you carry and what do you bring LBing?
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Reply to: #673248 by PI Joe
Feb 1, 2012 1:05pm
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it just a little bit too feminine for my taste.

Take a magic marker to it, make it black. ?
Re: Do you ever change your signature stamp?
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Reply to: #673260 by A Southern Gentleman
Feb 1, 2012 1:19pm
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I'd say "go for it". Then, when you attend an event, you can ask if anybody needs your "new" Sig Stp. You'll meet some new people and re-connect w/others.

I was lucky enough to know Coffee Mug who carved me an awesome new Sig Stp

I hope that encourages you. SS
Re: Do you ever change your signature stamp?
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Reply to: #673260 by A Southern Gentleman
Feb 1, 2012 1:21pm
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I hit my 100th find today

Congratulations!
Re: Do you ever change your signature stamp?
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Reply to: #673260 by A Southern Gentleman
Feb 1, 2012 1:59pm
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Congrat's on the 100th find! Wow, you are progessing FAST! You just started in December and that original simple negative image has now progressed to including letters with different fonts. Nice.
Re: Tooth Brush Pays Off
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Reply to: #673193 by tiggermama
Feb 1, 2012 2:01pm
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Is that the Land Trust Trails, by Bluebird, Tessie?

It's only listed on LbNA under the name "Timberland Trails". Planted in 2001. Love getting those really old series, and I especially loved the first stamp. 3 boxes, but the last one had been vandalized and was just an empty box. Had the name of the series written on it, so I know that one is missing. Allow some extra time to find these boxes, they were a challenge.
Re: Tooth Brush Pays Off
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Reply to: #673278 by Trailhead Tessie
Feb 1, 2012 2:21pm
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Allow some extra time to find these boxes, they were a challenge.

okey dokey, good to know. we are going to go boxing with some newbie friends in 3 weeks - i probably won't take them, i'll pick something easier.

~tigs (who likes to encourage the newcomers and not scare them off!)
Re: What do you carry and what do you bring LBing?
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Reply to: #673203 by Order_and_Chaos
Feb 1, 2012 7:23pm
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I bring Eidolon..... my logbook and stamp...what else do ya need?

Oh...water and some food. :) T
Re: What do you carry and what do you bring LBing?
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Reply to: #673347 by T REX
Feb 1, 2012 7:43pm
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Bail money?
Re: What do you carry and what do you bring LBing?
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Reply to: #673347 by T REX
Feb 1, 2012 7:46pm
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um, if you're going with Eidolon, a large bladder, a larger first aid kit, and a great deal of courage. . .

or so i've heard.
Re: What do you carry and what do you bring LBing?
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Reply to: #673203 by Order_and_Chaos
Feb 1, 2012 8:14pm
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I use a diaper bag backpack for my letterboxing bag. It came with a handy-dandy stamping in pad to sit on! The one I got years ago (from Land's End) is no longer being sold, but if I was getting one now, I like the looks of this one. I keep maintenance stuff, water, snacks, markers, color ink pads, first aid supplies, tongs for reaching in dark holes, etc. in it.

I keep the stuff I need for every letterbox (sig stamp, sig ink, black ink pad, index cards, clip board, pen) in a toiletry bag. You know, the kind you would travel with and hang in you hotel bathroom to have your toiletries conveniently located. When I'm on the trail, it's quick and easy to pull out of my backpack, open up and do what needs to be done. If it's a drive-by or an easy box that I am sure will be in good condition, I can just carry that.
Re: What do you carry and what do you bring LBing?
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Reply to: #673354 by tiggermama
Feb 1, 2012 8:17pm
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...and the legend grows...Please! His head is big enough....;) T
Re: What do you carry and what do you bring LBing?
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Reply to: #673347 by T REX
Feb 1, 2012 8:49pm
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I bring Eidolon..... my logbook and stamp...what else do ya need?

Slackboxing at it's finest :)

Oh...water and some food.

Yeah--isn't it funny, people will let you slackBOX but they won't let you slackEAT? And heaven help you if you ask for their beer... :D
Re: What do you carry and what do you bring LBing?
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Reply to: #673368 by Sheba
Feb 1, 2012 9:09pm
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*its
Re: What do you carry and what do you bring LBing?
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Reply to: #673363 by Mello Bunny
Feb 2, 2012 5:01am
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O M G

i'm in love.

i WANT one of those bags. i NEED one of those bags, Mello. it even comes in orange, which everyone KNOWS is the color tiggers do best. And look at all that lovely room on the outside for patches. . . And pockets on the inside for everything including the kitchen sink (which this tigger must have with her)

Mr. Umbrella must be told.

~tigs (off to write down the info for presents. why does my birthday have to be over???)
Wonderful husband found my long lost box today.
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Feb 2, 2012 10:34am
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Back in September '08 I planted a box that was special to me in a spot related to the subject. It was a simple little carve, but one of my favorites. The last finders logged in in June '09 and it was still in place and very nicely rehidden in July. I didn't get back to check on it until November and it was gone. We were pretty sure it had been muggled because all the cover had been replaced just as it had been. So I archived it. We searched the whole area pretty thoroughly then and several more times over the next couple of years with no luck.
Then on this lovely groundhog day morning we went out to the area just to hike, maybe pick up a few cans and possibly spot a great hiding place for a new box. But when we got to the place where the old one had been, Ishi decided to search around a bit more....and WOW.
He found the pouch about 30 feet from its old spot out in plain sight on top of a pile of leaves.
We had been there before, poking in logs, looking under brush and scratching through leaves, and had uncovered nothing.
Surely, it can't have been lying there all this time through wind and rain and snow. All I know is that I was really glad to see it again. The pouch was chewed some, but the stamp is in great shape, the logbook is only slightly damp with a little mold on the cover. The names and stamps of the finders are perfectly legible.
Now I'm thinking about drying it out, making a new logbook cover for it and replating it somewhere in the same general area.
Re: Wonderful husband found my long lost box today.
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Reply to: #673472 by LadyEilonwy
Feb 2, 2012 11:12am
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I still check for my Oh, Deere! from time to time, hoping the same thing will happen. I'm so happy for you that your wonderful hubby found your box! Congrats!