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comment What's a realistic distance to expect boys aged 11-17 to sea kayak in a single day?
I second what @mattnz said. Also on the many trips I've done with similar age groups with little to no experience, I tend to go by an average of 1 mile per hour pace. This has served me well. It allows time for the weaker paddlers if you must make a destination by a certain time, but if you have a quick group then you have some extra time at stops / points of interest / camp. Yes it's slow, but it can be fun to make yourself slow down.
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comment Bag technique for washing clothes while backpacking?
Yes, this is how I wash my stuff on long trips. I actually posted an answer about it in the 2nd link you put up there. I just use a Zip-loc bag, specifically the kind with double seals.
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comment What knot is this one? What are its purposes?
Hard to tell from these photos, but it most closely resembles a buntline hitch. And they don't all appear to be tied the same way either.
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comment Where in the US can I find green mountains to hike like in Scotland, such as Dalveen Pass?
I do love the balds, since I frequent several in my region, but they aren't quite the same. Though still very much worth visiting if you never have.
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comment Where in the US can I find green mountains to hike like in Scotland, such as Dalveen Pass?
This photo seems a bit enhanced, but is it really that vividly green?
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comment Does “dive your deepest dive first” still apply when using a computer?
In short, it's much safer practice to do this. Theoretically, you could dive deeper after a shallower dive if absolutely necessary, since your computer will calculate the estimated nitrogen saturation and appropriate bottom time for you. I personally would not make a habit of doing this because you're pushing your margins of safety.
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comment Does “dive your deepest dive first” still apply when using a computer?
I'm not qualified enough to completely answer this, but it doesn't matter if you use a computer or tables, you dive deep first. It has do with the nitrogen building up in your tissues as you dive, and of course deeper dives cause it to happen much more rapidly. Putting shallower dives after deep ones act effectively somewhat like safety stops, so that you don't get nitrogen narcosis or worse, some type of decompression illness (or in extreme cases, death). Just curious, did they not cover the reason for this in your course?
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comment How much does it cost to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail?
Great answer! I had roughly figured in my head that it would likely cost total around $5000, but that wasn't based on anything solid really, just conjecture. And I'm a little bit jealous.