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Traffic is the life blood of internet groups. Since many new members are also new campers, they need a reason to join and to join in. Old farts like me and Bill are not really gonna pull in traffic until people understand that maybe we can help them. Greenhorn actually stimulated some traffic and there are things that concern new campers that seem pretty silly to us old guys. My wife reminds me that I have been doing this for so long in such an extreme manner that I don't even know what the issues are to a new generation of camper. They've had radicals like Ray selling them on 5 pound packs and others chanting about hiking in Tevas or even barefoot, what do they know? I always found that so many ideas that made perfect sense sitting in my living room were hopelessly worthless the instant I stepped on the trail. Like folding wine cups that collapse and spill your wine... I'll admit that I threw one off a very high cliff when it did that and then drank from the bottle. SO many people are frightened of bears, coyotes, mice, etc and they have the traditional ideas of Bowie knifes for protection from animals and rapists, (not to mention Injuns) and chopping wood. Its pretty hard to shake those beliefs and convince them that they're much safer camping than commuting for instance.
I also think we need links to You Tube videos to support and train people in the ten essentials. We've seen that simpley having a compass doesn't help without the knowledge and calmness to use it to their advantage. Perhaps some constructive simple ideas about GPSRs would eliminate some of the fear of technology? Its actually no more complex to use a GPSR than a compass, and you don't even need to know the local magnetic variations.