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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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In GEAR » REI web site hides bad products
August 24, 5:27pm

REI
REI has not had Campinggaz canisters for quite some time. Everything is the 'standard' threaded cartridges.

In GEAR » Bluet Gaz Canisters
August 24, 12:09pm

Re: What is the name?
My apologies Erica it is the { Park DS-2 } you are looking for. Many local bike shops either carry them or can get them quickly. You can also get them from Amazon. Jim

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Looking for a scale to weigh my things.
August 22, 8:51pm

Re: Looking for a scale to weigh my things.
For about twice the cost of that unit you can buy the park TS-2 Measures in ounces or grams Measures up to 3000gms (a little over pounds) Very accurate Tare feature Incredible battery life ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Looking for a scale to weigh my things.
August 22, 7:55am

Re: V stakes
YMMV applies here. Everyone is different so I always hesitate to make blanket statements. These look a lot like the Vargo ti stakes that I now have bent two of. MSR stakes have never let me down, n...

In GEAR » Don't shoot me - quick question on tarp stakes
August 20, 12:08am

Re: Let's talk boot gaiters
Crampons will rapidly slice any gaiter! The trick to not slicing your pants/gaiters is to not contact them with your crampons, one way to do that is to make sure the pants or gaiter fit tight again...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Let's talk boot gaiters
August 18, 3:21pm

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