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I hate mosquitos
Thanks again friends. We are spoiled in southern IN. I might slap 6 mosquitos a year on my patio so I will definetly be in the contrail. Kate has a semilight REI tent that she just bought and is pr...

In Post-Trip Reports » WA State 50-100 mile loop
June 23, 3:54pm

Thanks and thoughts on shelter
Thanks Matthew and Mary! The the Eastern Paya it is. I'll call a district office today for beta and probably start off our hike by stopping off at the forest service office early on july 1st fo...

In Post-Trip Reports » WA State 50-100 mile loop
June 23, 3:50am

WA State 50-100 mile loop
On July 1st my daughter and I would like to do a loop. I am moving her from Richland WA back to Indiana. We got reservations for the Wonderland trail a month ago but now we understand its under sno...

In Post-Trip Reports » WA State 50-100 mile loop
June 19, 12:24pm

pee bag
I just thought I would share. I have been using the heavy duty gallon freezer bags with the zipper slide inside of my sleeping bag as pee bottle/bags. Plenty of volume, easy to close in the dark an...

In Make Your Own Gear » pee bag
April 04, 4:29pm

space blanket ground cloth
For next to no weight i carry a space blacket sleeping bag cut open except for the last 2 feet. this gives me something like a bivy if it starts to rain and water is slashing in the bottom of my ta...

In Multiple Use Gear » poncho/ground cover
March 31, 8:31pm

How to Fill a Platypus?
Platypus seems to be the default water carrying system but I have been using a 1/2 gallon Sunny delight bottle. With my Sunny D bottle I can dip it into a pool or pour water though a prfilter into ...

In GEAR » How to Fill a Platypus?
September 16, 7:05pm

Souther Indiana Ticks
I know ticks can't fly but I believe they travel on wind currents. I have been on the roofs of homes away from trees and suddenly found a tick moving on my arm. Ticks a constant and a given in ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ticks
June 16, 7:01pm

I'm amazed by the wonderful spirt of this forum community. I can't wait to print out your suggestions and head for my favorite outfitters (they're great people but not much ultralight to shop from)...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cutting Tounges From Shoes
May 16, 7:13pm

Knobstone Thru hike
Thanks for your thoughts. I just finished a 19 hour, 46 mile hike on Indiana's Knobstone Trail with 3 others. It was agreed by all that it was the hardest physical thing any of us has ever done...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cutting Tounges From Shoes
May 14, 11:44am

Cutting Tounges From Shoes
Has anyone in the last 5 years cut the tounges from their trail runners ala Jardine? For the "Ray Way" it seems a requirement but do any of the rest of feel the need?

In Make Your Own Gear » Cutting Tounges From Shoes
May 10, 8:12pm

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