The future of stock travel?

8:36 p.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
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... the future of stock travel in the backcountry? 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bwa8m8VwhWU

9:19 p.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
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If I heard that buzzing noise coming up the trail towards me I would wait behind a tree and drop kick it off of a cliff. 

Then again it would be my luck that it would move out of the way when I tried. 

Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

Thanks, now that sound is stuck in my head.

9:29 p.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
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Haha, yeah, sorry.  I guess they'd need to fine tune the approach before going into "production" :).

9:50 p.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
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I thought it was some type of weed eater for a minute. 

11:03 p.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
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That thing, impressive as it is, gives me the creeps. Glad I won't be alive in 60 years. I don't think I'd like the world too much the way it's going. How many pack animals could they have raised with the money they've spent on development so far? Plus it's a defense company, so a good chance it's tax dollars. #%&!

11:05 p.m. on April 24, 2012 (EDT)
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If I heard that buzzing noise I would run.  It sounds like a large irritated swarm of bees.

12:59 p.m. on April 25, 2012 (EDT)
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if it's a defense contractor, chances are that sucker will be toting a 7.62 mm machine gun someday.  kind of tilts the balance if you are in a dispute over the most appealing tent site. 

add a rocket-propelled grenade to your gear list so you can dispatch the annoying mechanical insect. 

 

:)

1:02 p.m. on April 25, 2012 (EDT)
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If its for defense its not very quiet lol. I wonder if it is powered by Stihl, or Husqvarna.

Hmmmm...

1:20 p.m. on April 25, 2012 (EDT)
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no doggy bags needed

6:04 p.m. on April 25, 2012 (EDT)
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That... is... just... creepy.

6:33 p.m. on April 25, 2012 (EDT)
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There is now a newer model.  I think this version is going to be much better on the trail:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXJZVZFRFJc&feature=fvsr

 

12:23 a.m. on April 26, 2012 (EDT)
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LOL, but they didn't solve noise issue :)

12:27 a.m. on April 26, 2012 (EDT)
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Cool stuff.

I like the idea of loading my 400 lb. pack on it.  Fear I would shoot it due to the relentless BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ tho!

As for the newer model.....LOL! ....What a couple of idiots!

10:08 a.m. on April 26, 2012 (EDT)
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Real creepy.  I was in the AF for 22 years and saw some creepy stuff but I had to sign one of the non-disclosure statements which is in effect for 75 years.  The buzzing will eliminated when they start using this thing for military use.  I'm betting on a small nuclear driven core to power it.  Like that movie, "The Red Planet".  It did look funny walking on the ice though.  I look like that sometimes if you imagine trekking poles as legs!  Weaponize it, put some artificial intelligence in that and they will have a hunter/seeker they could use in urban warfare when there aren't enough soldiers to go around.

6:47 p.m. on April 26, 2012 (EDT)
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I am not sure that the newer model could carry 400lbs.  

6:47 p.m. on April 26, 2012 (EDT)
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Seemed to have some loose attachments (limbs ?)

2:21 a.m. on April 27, 2012 (EDT)
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A Defense Department R&D project?  Probably potty trained to use that $600 Air Force toilet seat.  Military Intelligence; it all makes sense now...  They need to move the Pentagon out of Washington, the location seems to affect one's thinking.

Ed

1:39 a.m. on April 28, 2012 (EDT)
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Speaking of stock travel ... a hotly debated issue in the Sierra ...

http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/04/27/2816302/law-would-revive-horse-packing.html

9:46 a.m. on May 12, 2012 (EDT)
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Has anyone ever heard of Metal Gear?!

7:14 p.m. on May 12, 2012 (EDT)
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You would have no bear problems with the noise that this thing makes

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