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HoosierPuffer

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PostSubject: Backpacking with pipes   Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:25 pm

I'm wondering about backpacking with a pipe.

Does tobacco attract bear / raccoon / deer? I imagine it does. When we've packed cigars in the past, we ziplock them up really well and keep them in our bear bags.

What do you guys do for pipes?
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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:29 pm

Actually tobacco is probably more inclined to reply wildlife, though I think from personal experience its debatable.


(Sorry Kilted, was trying to quote you and ended up editing, I fixed it though, PB )
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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:23 pm

Burning said tobacco will run off critters.... except Moose.. Moose like pipes..but mostly straight Va's or Va/Pers... smoke something with some Latakia in it and they'll leave you alone.
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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:38 pm

WOW! I have an editor now, I must be impotent Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:10 pm

They make Viagra for that...
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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:27 pm

I keep pipes, tobacco & supplies in a small pelican case - thought it was such a neat idea I made a YT video about it.

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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Thu Jun 11, 2009 12:37 am

Now that's an interesting question. I haven't noticed anything attracted to my pipes at all when I've been out, I generally try to avoid wildlife though. Maybe I'll go chuck an old corn cob at a bear tomorrow and see what he thinks.

I normally just throw my pipe and tobacco in a leather pipe bag from Saddleback Leather. I like that Pelican case idea though, might have to get one of those for when I'm out on the boat.
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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Thu Jun 11, 2009 9:29 am

puros_bran wrote:
Burning said tobacco will run off critters.... except Moose.. Moose like pipes..but mostly straight Va's or Va/Pers... smoke something with some Latakia in it and they'll leave you alone.

I'd like to know how you learned that.

Sitting there, smoking away, then *BAM*!!! Moose.
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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Thu Jun 11, 2009 9:36 am

I'm betting Walnut will keep all critters away tongue , what say ye JP?
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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Thu Jun 11, 2009 9:42 am

I have backpacked and hiked with a pipe or two a few times. I always separate the stem and the bowl in case I trip and bust my tail. I have always taken them in soft cases. Haven't had any problems. I hike and camp in bear country along the Blue Ridge Parkway and all sorts of critters are out there but none have ever been drawn to me with or without my pipe. We always keep a good fire going, though. Of course these bears aren't grizzlies. They are normally very timid around humans anyway.

I do wish my tobacco would attract deer. It would make the kill much easier. And my freezer would be full of venison.
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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Thu Jun 11, 2009 9:48 am

You and I have much in common, TallSmoke. Smile

That is the general area we're going.

This time around we'll be hiking in a day's hike, setting up shop for a few days, doing fishing and day hikes, then hiking back out.
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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:28 am

I was in Western Ma "Bear Country" in May with a traveling cellar of Latakia blends. The first morning I woke up to a full grown black bear looking at me through the cabin window. I think he wanted a sample of Westminster.

Last year an owl spent the whole week at our camp site, clearly a lat-man too.
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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:54 am

Rocky after a bit to much Nicotine.



I told him to smoke Black Irish X in a small pipe,but he still insisted on smoking this.....


... NOOOOOOO Don't listen to Pb, its much better to just ruin everyone's camping trip.... Thanks Rocky









Dont worry, he had recovered and was back at work on Monday
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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:10 am

HoosierPuffer wrote:
You and I have much in common, TallSmoke. Smile

That is the general area we're going.

This time around we'll be hiking in a day's hike, setting up shop for a few days, doing fishing and day hikes, then hiking back out.

I'll be hiking a couple of pieces of the Blue Ridge Saturday with my three boys. We have a little getaway home near West Jefferson in Ashe County and it is only 5-minutes from the parkway. We're not overnighting on the trail this time, but i do plan to stop and rest somewhere with a view and smoke a bowl.
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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:17 am

the macdonald wrote:
I was in Western Ma "Bear Country" in May with a traveling cellar of Latakia blends. The first morning I woke up to a full grown black bear looking at me through the cabin window. I think he wanted a sample of Westminster.

Last year an owl spent the whole week at our camp site, clearly a lat-man too.


A couple of years ago when we first moved up in the mountains, and before we learned that the outside 'trashcan container' was for decorative purposes, we were visited one night by a full grown momma and two cubs (black bears). My wife was pretty freaked out, I said that they would eat until nothing was left, and leave and went back to bed.

It was neat seeing them that close though, thru the window to the deck, they were on the porch at the side of our house! Fascinating creatures!

Up here in North Georgia, about 45 minutes south of the Tennessee line, if you want to see bears, smear peanut butter on the trees and fry some bacon cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:57 am

EJinVA wrote:
I'm betting Walnut will keep all critters away tongue , what say ye JP?

Is that why I didn't have any problems with the Black Bears this past week when I was up in the Great Dismal Swamp? Very Happy

You might be on to something EJ! We camp in some pretty remote areas sometime where there are a lot of critters and I never have any problems with smoking a pipe. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:27 pm

Justpipes wrote:
EJinVA wrote:
I'm betting Walnut will keep all critters away tongue , what say ye JP?

Is that why I didn't have any problems with the Black Bears this past week when I was up in the Great Dismal Swamp? Very Happy

Bet it kept the skeeters away too! cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:40 pm

Walnut will even kill the foilage.....

The Black Ops Sections figured the best way to store it for use would be to distribute it to smoke shops (back in the Cold War days when there were actually smoke shops) so every town would have enough in case of Russian Attack.
JPs the only one thats not figured out its herbicide and pesticide sprayed cardboard.
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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Thu Jun 11, 2009 5:17 pm

I leave for the mountains first thing in the morning and I plan to take what I believe all the critteres human or non should love. My trusty HPCS Adirondack Trout Stream blend.
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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Thu Jun 11, 2009 6:30 pm

Those are some great pix BTW PB cheers lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Mon Jun 15, 2009 5:30 am

Don't want to start a war or anything, but I wonder how long it will be before all national parks have signs that prohibit smoking just like they prohibit firearms? scratch
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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Mon Jun 15, 2009 5:49 am

Centurian 803 wrote:
Don't want to start a war or anything, but I wonder how long it will be before all national parks have signs that prohibit smoking just like they prohibit firearms? scratch
National parks will soon allow firearms--the Senate passed a provision by a veto-proof majority (67 votes) as a rider to the credit card reform bill.
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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:12 am

Centurian 803 wrote:
Don't want to start a war or anything, but I wonder how long it will be before all national parks have signs that prohibit smoking just like they prohibit firearms? scratch

Yeah, they opened it up some under the Bush administration. In Indiana, all state parks allow carry now. But the national parks are still up to the states I *think*.
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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:29 am

I went on a short hike with the family this weekend on Mt. Jefferson. We did about 2 miles. My 3-year old did well and I only had to carry him up on my shoulders one stretch for about 5-minutes.

We stopped at the top and sat on an overlook and I packed a short bowl and enjoyed a good smoke of Trout Stream in a Mike Brissett. The cool clean air made it nice. I had simply packed the pipe in a hiking day pack inside a 2-pipe bag. Nothing fancy. I'm looking forward to the fall when I have an overnight backpack/hike coming up.
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PostSubject: Re: Backpacking with pipes   Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:29 pm

HP, I've been packing my pipes on backpacking and canoe/pack trips for years. If you're day hiking, weight isn't nearly the concern, but when you're going in for a week or more with no resupply, every fraction of an ounce becomes important. For either, I always take my older, less valuable pipes, as accidents and losses can happen. I once had my best Danish Freehand gnawed to sawdust by a porcupine when I left it out over night. I also carry and use one of those spring-loaded screens that fits over the bowl to prevent and embers from blowing out.

If day hiking, I'll fill up the bowl, put the screen on, and stuff in a small ziplock and she's ready to go. If going into the woods for an extended trip, I usually carry one, light pipe and my Kirsten with two or three bowls. They can be loaded in the morning and kept in the little Tupperware containers until needed. The whole thing breaks down pretty small (that's a 5" cigar in front for reference), are easy to clean, and rugged as hell. That particular Lancer body has been used as my woods/canoe pipe for over 20 years and other than being a bit warn on the bottom, is good as new. The trick is, have Mike Brissitt carve you a custom bowl that fits perfectly in the Tupperware container.


The second pix has the Kirsten body, two bowls in containers (already filled), a mini-Bic, three pipe cleaners, and four snack-size Ziplocks each with two bowls worth of different tobaccos. So for well under 6 ounces I have ten bowls of tobacco to smoke in a package about 1 1/2" in diameter and 5" long.


But if you're not into Kirstens, any of your older, lighter pipes with the screen top will do. It does become a bit more difficult to dry them out between smokes, however, especially if you're moving every day and you hit a weeks straight rain. For a week or two, snack sized Ziplocs seem to work well for me.

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