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Re: Survey…Things you need while Letterboxing
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Reply to: #980633 by Weeping Willow 52
Oct 28, 2019 6:35pm
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In the last month I've seen a bear and a bobcat on the trail. I've also encountered a skunk sleeping on top of a letterbox.

Anything "funny" you might take along for those unexpected creatures? Critter repellant? Bear spray?
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Reply to: #980634 by A Okay
Oct 28, 2019 6:36pm
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Thanks A Okay

Stepladder is definitely on my list! Good answer!
WW52
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Reply to: #980633 by Weeping Willow 52
Oct 28, 2019 6:40pm
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besides a trowel and baby wipes, the best thing we've ever brought along were extra hiking boots in the trunk of the car! (after going face-first into a marsh... I needed them!)
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Reply to: #980635 by Dawnkey
Oct 28, 2019 6:40pm
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Great ideas Dawnkey
trowel
thermos of hot water (to unfreeze boxes)
mirror
flashlight
t.p.

Loving these ideas! some already on my list!
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Reply to: #980637 by Angel Winks
Oct 28, 2019 6:42pm
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Angel Winks
In the last month I've seen a bear and a bobcat on the trail. I've also encountered a skunk sleeping on top of a letterbox.

Anything "funny" you might take along for those unexpected creatures? Critter repellant? Bear spray?

Love it and added to the list!
WW52
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Reply to: #980639 by estella_naparella
Oct 28, 2019 6:48pm
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the best thing we've ever brought along were extra hiking boots in the trunk of the car! (after going face-first into a marsh... I needed them!)

Oh yes, great thought. I had a similar experience in Ontario recently. I was stuck in my soggy boots as we went to the event dinner, but at least 4EyesMcGee loaned me a dry pair of socks.
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Reply to: #980639 by estella_naparella
Oct 28, 2019 6:50pm
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Estella_Naparella Thanks!
besides a trowel and baby wipes, the best thing we've ever brought along were extra hiking boots in the trunk of the car! (after going face-first into a marsh... I needed them!)

haha Good idea!
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Reply to: #980633 by Weeping Willow 52
Oct 28, 2019 7:21pm
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Yes to the crowbar (I ended up using a gutter spike and rebar because that was what I had in the car.)

We do keep a pair of rubber gloves in our bag for reaching into questionable holes and logs.

There was one winter when we wished we had cramp-ones.
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Reply to: #980633 by Weeping Willow 52
Oct 28, 2019 8:48pm
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What are some things that would have been on your list?

Rubber snake. *nodding*

-- Ryan
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Reply to: #980645 by di and her guy
Oct 28, 2019 8:50pm
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A magnet & a long skinny stick (like a wooden dowel). Had a box in Illinois & almost wasn't able to retrieve due to an extremely strong magnet & tight hiding spot. No long stick so I used 2 skinny markers attached to each other (not ideal but I was in a pinch). They kept coming unattached. In the end we persevered !
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Reply to: #980633 by Weeping Willow 52
Oct 28, 2019 8:50pm
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One time I forgot my hiking sick and had a golf club available to check for rattlesnakes.
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Reply to: #980650 by shutterbug2012
Oct 28, 2019 9:12pm
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One time I forgot my hiking sick and had a golf club available to check for rattlesnakes.

So, you were hiking well? Is that why you were seeking rattlesnakes? That is certainly a way to go hiking sick, or worse.
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Reply to: #980633 by Weeping Willow 52
Oct 29, 2019 2:32am
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For Example~ a crowbar on a freezing cold, icy day

We found a crowbar while boxing.
It came in handy.
A box was stashed in a place that collected water, someone had crammed a hitchhiker in the box, the lid wasn't properly replaced and the whole thing was wedged, frozen in a tree notch.
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Reply to: #980648 by Green Tortuga
Oct 29, 2019 2:59am
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Rubber snake. *nodding*

OK Green Tortuga, I'm sure there's a story behind this one!
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Reply to: #980637 by Angel Winks
Oct 29, 2019 5:01am
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{In the last month I've seen a bear and a bobcat on the trail. I've also encountered a skunk sleeping on top of a letterbox.

Anything "funny" you might take along for those unexpected creatures? Critter repellant? Bear spray?}

A police shield?
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Reply to: #980633 by Weeping Willow 52
Oct 29, 2019 5:02am
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I actually do carry a folding step stool in my car for letterboxing. I have short arms!

Along with that, a "grabber" to reach those boxes that have fallen into the hollow tree trunk. Hot water, hand warmers and a chisel for those frozen as already mentioned

If you want just silly: Maybe nuts to lure protective squirrels out of their lairs, a mongoose for snake control

TMD and I sometimes joke we should have brought her Marine son along for some of those more challenging retrievals, so..a Marine!
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Reply to: #980655 by Mama Stork
Oct 29, 2019 5:30am
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Mama stork
some really great ideas!
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Reply to: #980633 by Weeping Willow 52
Oct 29, 2019 6:26am
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Rain boots
very useful this year on the trail in Michigan.
And once on the trail in Wisconsin where the path to a box was
6" deep with water!
...rain boots may not seem funny but the big pink flowers on them are :)
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Reply to: #980633 by Weeping Willow 52
Oct 29, 2019 6:42am
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I bring a large plastic trash bag to sit on when stamping in. Helps keep my backside dry when I end up sitting on a wet mossy log , or soggy ground. Plus, if I find any litter on the trail, I can stash it in the bag to dispose of later.
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Reply to: #980654 by Fantastic Mrs. Fox
Oct 29, 2019 6:54am
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In the last month I've seen a bear and a bobcat on the trail. I've also encountered a skunk sleeping on top of a letterbox.

{{Anything "funny" you might take along for those unexpected creatures? Critter repellant? Bear spray?

A slower letterboxer?
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Reply to: #980633 by Weeping Willow 52
Oct 29, 2019 8:28am
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After finding a letterbox, a lovely copperhead slid and coiled up right where the box goes. I guess the box had made that spot warm. ;)

So a snake remover would have come in handy then. Either one of those long polls like a grabber, or a hunky snake remover by occupation. :D
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Reply to: #980633 by Weeping Willow 52
Oct 29, 2019 8:31am
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Also a band saw, to saw away the part of the tree that has eaten the box.

Fireant poison would be a plus as well. Those pesky red bodied demons can ruin a trip really fast...
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Reply to: #980663 by Wry Me
Oct 29, 2019 8:32am
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In the last month I've seen a bear and a bobcat on the trail. I've also encountered a skunk sleeping on top of a letterbox.

{{Anything "funny" you might take along for those unexpected creatures? Critter repellant? Bear spray?

A slower letterboxer?

Or a small child--I've seen signs when hiking that say if you see a bear your should pick up small children. I figure that is so you have something to toss to the bear
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Reply to: #980633 by Weeping Willow 52
Oct 29, 2019 9:37am
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For all the times creeks and rivers are not listed on maps, and for the one time it was, but we had to ford it to get out of the park in time before we got locked in (dead of winter, two feet of snow on the ground), this pig would like a portable bridge.
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Reply to: #980673 by PiggyJaunt
Oct 29, 2019 9:55am
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Rubber Ducks

And my nano towel
https://smile.amazon.com/PackTowl-Nano-Towel-Teal-Pixel/dp/B017W4LUSC?ref_=ast_sto_dp

Very small towel, clips onto my pack and is good for cleaning stamps, hands, feet, dogs...
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Reply to: #980663 by Wry Me
Oct 29, 2019 10:23am
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Anything "funny" you might take along for those unexpected creatures? Critter repellant? Bear spray?

{{A slower letterboxer?

Lol
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Reply to: #980674 by PuggleMom
Oct 29, 2019 10:26am
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Piglet Mom
Did you say rubber ducks???
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Reply to: #980679 by Weeping Willow 52
Oct 29, 2019 11:32am
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You can't get your ducks in a row if you don't have any.
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Reply to: #980679 by Weeping Willow 52
Oct 29, 2019 12:17pm
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Did you say rubber ducks???

maybe this duc.
https://www.atlasquest.com/people/profile.php?memberId=353
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Reply to: #980633 by Weeping Willow 52
Oct 29, 2019 1:37pm
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A telescoping metal backscratcher works well to fish stuff out of holes or retrieve from a high branch, doubles as a weapon to fend off critters on four legs or two. Excluding the metal fork end, it’s about the size of a pen.

Warrior Woman
yup