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Discussion: Issued a sword?

in: mintore; mintore > 2015-11-14

Nov 15, 2015 11:39 PM # 
In one of the photos you were holding a sword? Did they issue that before the meet to cut brush with or was that some sort of prize.
Nov 16, 2015 12:49 AM # 
That was a prize, Ken. The orange hedge placed (top three), but so far no information on the net about which spot they claimed. Clearly, they did well (snagging 30 out of 32 controls) and their GPS track is awe-inspiring; but we're still waiting for Rob's writeup. . . .
Nov 16, 2015 1:36 AM # 
The hills of Scioto Trails really could use a machete to traverse. (Note to Dave, we looked carefully at our switchback nemesis N of C45. The side of that spur has without a doubt some of the worst vegetation in the park; vines filling the tree canopies and walls of briers woven into the shrubs.)

My version of the race is up. I suspect Aragorn will provide his own take.
Nov 16, 2015 5:01 AM # 
I've done two night rogaines there, and now when I go, I actually carry a pair of bypass pruners (like scissors on steriods). I kept getting caught by single strands of greenbriar. I have about ten pairs of handheld bypass pruners, mostly very cheap ones. I kinda went overboard in-search-of the lightest, bestest pair. It turned out to be a small-ish pair with steel blades and cast aluminum handles. They very slighly resemble Felcos (which I own), but they're much much smaller, crappier, cheaper, and lighter. If I could find cheap EMT shears (I used to get them for 1-2 dollars), they'd probably be cheaper and lighter, and only slightly less capable.

I also carry *something* at East Fork for course setting. Typically these:

I apologize for my obsessive tendencies leaking onto your log.
Nov 19, 2015 1:20 AM # 
I don't believe you, CC.

I am sure that this is self-parody.
Nov 19, 2015 2:00 PM # 
Yeah, I'm with Tom. I'm pretty sure that Matthew stole that idea from an old Monty Python skit.
Nov 19, 2015 8:11 PM # 
Indeed. The bypass pruners are a bit of a luxury. Previously I used a rolled-up wet newspaper, and I was glad I had that.
Nov 20, 2015 3:06 PM # 
And that can double as protection against feral dogs.
Nov 21, 2015 4:44 AM # 
If you have some really heavy shears, they don't really need to be functional, I could add them to Aragorn's pack ;) I should be careful, he may read this and threaten to crush me with a 16 ton weight, which I suspect can not be defended against by a raspberry (citation = 3 posts back).

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