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flat tarp
I often use a 8.5 x 10 cuben flat tarp from Zpacks. I had some extra tie outs added to the perimeter and a couple mid-panel on each side. Lots of coverage and lots of flexibility in terms of pitc...

In GEAR » flat tarp
November 21, 9:38am

Trailstar Center Pole
I own carbon fiber center poles from both Seek Outside and Ruta Locura. Both weigh about 5 oz as I recall. Both work very well. The Ruta Locura pole uses a twist lock mechanism to set or adjus...

In GEAR » need suggestions for a trailstar center pole.
October 31, 9:07am

$1500 fee for "commercial" use in USFS wilderness lands
Many municipalities require and charge for film permits within their jurisdictions. Most have some form of a "reasonableness" test. An amateur or even professional photographer out shoo...

In On the Web » $1500 fee for "commercial" use in USFS wilderness lands
September 26, 10:03am

Largish Rattlesnake Encounter in Sierras
Looks like a Northern Pacific Rattlesnake. I was curious so I did a little reading about them on the CA Herpetology website... I had always assumed (maybe just based on my own experiences) th...

In Photo Gallery » Largish Rattlesnake Encounter in Sierras
September 24, 2:17pm

RapidPure Filters Review
Interesting review of new filter options. I've previously used this technology in an old first need purifier. As noted in the article, the first need was heavy, but otherwise worked very well...

In Editor's Roundtable » RapidPure Filters Review
September 24, 1:43pm

Carbon fiber replacement pole Shangri la 3 and tyvek ground sheet
I have a couple of CF poles for mids. One is from Ruta Locura. It's narrow in diameter, maybe only a little thicker than the upper section of a trekking pole, but the thickness of the wall ...

In GEAR » Carbon fiber replacement pole Shangri la 3 and tyvek ground sheet
September 23, 3:31pm

Jerkey Meadow and Forks of the Kern
Hey Adan, I sent you a PM. I'm pretty familiar with this area but don't like to publicly share too many details. The western Golden Trout is a neat area. As long as you don't mind ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Jerkey Meadow and Forks of the Kern
September 23, 11:23am

Pet-friendly overnights in So Cal?
This time of year, I'd say your best bet is the southern Sierra (until it gets too cold or we get our first real snow). Golden Trout Wilderness, as others have mentioned has some nice areas (a...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Pet-friendly overnights in So Cal?
September 23, 10:36am

Best macro for Sony E-mount (in your opinion)
Most likely not the best macro option, but it's an out of the box option to consider... I have limited experience with it (I don't shoot macro very much) but I use a Raynox DCR Macro ada...

In Photography » Best macro for Sony E-mount (in your opinion)
September 17, 11:16am

How to hike with a dog and trekking poles?
With a smaller dog, you might be able to get away with rigging the leash to your hipbelt. With my 100 lb lab, it just becomes a mess to try to manage him on a leash and deal with trekking poles....

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How to hike with a dog and trekking poles?
August 18, 10:50am

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