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Re: Tarp Camping On Whitney
SierraNevada #41018 11/17/14 07:07 PM
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Hi! I think it is oil of lemon eucalyptus. I don't think there is any lemon in it ... just a type of eucalyptus? Yes, many things are derived from nature but I agree that doesn't mean they are safe. Still, I am happy to have a DEET alternative to try.... I did read about the smell, and also read that it does not last as long as DEET.

Mosquitoes really do hit different people differently. When I was a kid, I attracted them like crazy. Now, they rarely touch me. I do cover up at night. But I brought DEET repellent on a recent 12-day hike on the JMT in August, and never put it on. Didn't get any bites, either. Some folks did. I recently read that there is some science to back that up.

Re: Tarp Camping On Whitney
SierraNevada #41019 11/17/14 07:09 PM
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Originally Posted By: SierraNevada


It came across as "New normal my a$$"


I second that. Thanks for eliciting the clarification.

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Akichow #41024 11/18/14 07:51 AM
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Which part of ;-) didn't you understand?

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wbtravis #41026 11/18/14 10:01 AM
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I could have asked you the same question, actually.

But I don't sign on here to get into pointless debates regarding tone. Moving on.

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Steve C #41028 11/18/14 06:41 PM
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Originally Posted By: Steve C


DEET is really strong stuff. It dissolves paint and labels from cameras, and makes hiking pole handles sticky. So wash the hands after using it!



Day-am -- this really caught my attention!

Reflecting on the terms "natural" or "naturally occurring" is always funny to me, because some of the most deadly neurotoxins occur "naturally" in nature!

Sorry. Drifting off-topic. My only comment about being in the Sierra at the end of July is that you are almost guaranteed some kind of crazy weather: Hail, downpour, snow, lightning -- all of the above. I bet that the best replenishment of the watershed takes place at this time.


The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.
Re: Tarp Camping On Whitney
Bee #41044 11/21/14 08:36 AM
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I have a bunch of semi-dissolved nylon stuff sacks from DEET. I know most of the problems...but it is the only thing that is effective.

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