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Re: Heat Exchanger pot weights and other thoughts.
"And where does one find snow country where you can go for 18 days without finding any free water?" Many climbing expeditions face just this scenario. In particular, Alaska, Asia (Hima...

In GEAR » Heat Exchanger pot for melting snow
September 08, 9:32pm

Re: Re
Sounds like the ideal thing for you to do is hike in a mile or two, set up a 'base camp' and then do some wandering. Have fun and get out there Steve!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » I picked the wrong hobby.
September 08, 10:16am

Re: Some clarification
A few hints/tips. Renting a car is easy and in most cities can be done with little or no notice, especially if you are near an airport. If you haven't already sign up for a customer loyalty ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » I picked the wrong hobby.
September 08, 9:50am

Re: Re: Re: Risk of Hypothermia
Roger: "Can you provide any published statistics to support this rather strange claim?" Rather well known and accepted fact here in the wet PNW. Much anecdotal evidence around these pa...

In GEAR » how to handle base layers in freezing rain
September 07, 10:26am

Re: Risk of Hypothermia
"While you are exerting yourself you have nearly zero chance of becoming hypothermic." I rarely call out misinformation that I see posted on forums in general but this is so completely...

In GEAR » how to handle base layers in freezing rain
September 06, 10:19pm

Re: oregon outback october
"In Portland, at least, it invariably starts pouring the first weekend in October. If my memory of the past 8 years is accurate." Actually we have had some great weather in October. Ye...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Weather for September in "Oregon Outback"
September 04, 8:27pm

Re: 2 base layers vs 1 thicker layer.
The point of the base layer is not to add insulation, it is to remove moisture/sweat away from your body. Thinner layers do a better job of this and also dry faster. Your midlayer is your insulatio...

In GEAR » 2 base layers vs 1 thicker layer.
September 01, 10:41am

Re: compass
Yes. There are a few areas where the trail is not always distinct or is snow covered (Panhandle Gap was in the news recently) A compass and an altimeter can be very useful, a little fog (not uncomm...

In Gear Lists » 2-3 day run/fastpack- help trim the fat! :)
August 30, 12:37pm

or both!
"If you expect to be backpacking with a girlfriend/wife (or both!), a tent is the most practical." Hiking with both a girlfriend and wife REQUIRES more than one tent, or at least a biv...

In GEAR » What is the best lightweight shelter?
August 29, 12:10am

Re: scissors
+1 Paul! I now carry a pair of Swisscard scissors and leave the heavy SAK classic at home. :) Still carry a knife climbing, but if I am hiking I just bring scissors. The only thing I have ev...

In GEAR » is a knife a non-essential item?
August 27, 11:42pm

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