For me, the best reason to pack while in the woods is to go shooting, but I have heard nobody on this thread talk about that. This thread is not about the sport of shooting while hiking. The discussion is about protection. No, this discussion is about holsters. I can understand the argument for carrying to protect oneself from animals. I can respect the fear reflected in the argument for carrying in order to protect oneself from bad people. It's not about fear, its' about being prepared. Kind of like the boy scouts, "be prepared". Look back at the post from Kerry S. He was prepared and nothing bad happened. However, given the overwhelmingly safe nature of our WA wilderness, I believe it's reasonable also to weigh the probability of you ever actually being able to use your gun for protection against the risk and discomfort that your carrying causes others. Since when has anyone's lack of knowledge ever caused that person to be "discomforted" by what they were not aware of? It's called concealed carry for a reason.[/quote] Its kind of like where you list as your residence, "who's asking". Nobody's damn business is my answer, and I don't even carry a handgun.