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A new first on a new thru-hiking "trail"
Congrats to Britney on her accomplishment! ~400+ miles in Los Padres is no walk in the park (... or the JMT). Impressive work.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » A new first on a new thru-hiking "trail"
June 19, 9:43am

Any Ultra-lighters hiking in the Ventana Wilderness?
The occasional trip sees us up in the Ventana and/or Silver Peak Wilderness areas, although we mainly stick to the southern half of Los Padres closer to home for us. Lots of beautiful areas up t...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Any Ultra-lighters hiking in the Ventana Wilderness?
June 10, 12:52pm

Mids in Wind, Storms
I own both a Trailstar and a Duomid at the moment, so my experiences are based on these shelters. Properly staked, these shelters can handle heavy gusts quite well and stay standing. Once or tw...

In GEAR » 'Mids in Wind, Storms
May 28, 4:25pm

Most breathable sandals
No firsthand knowledge of these, but a buddy recently wore a pair of Luna trail sandals on a ~35 mile overnight hike. Other than a few shorter day hikes, this was his first extended hike with them...

In GEAR » Most breathable sandals
May 19, 9:54am

Sub 24: Los Padres NF. 5/9-5/10
Perfect window for a short overnighter. I was just a few canyons away the same night. You chose well... our destination had company. Love that camp; much better than the ones just upstream close...

In Post-Trip Reports » Sub 24: Los Padres NF. 5/9-5/10.
May 13, 5:54pm

cord for a dog leash
While hiking, we just use our normal dog leashes (~8 mm rope with a carabiner at one end and a loop with a tubular webbing sheath at the other end for a handle. I can clip the leash to my pack'...

In GEAR » cord for a dog leash
April 29, 4:06pm

Trail Work Thread
@ Lori: Interesting that you'll be working in the Golden Trout and Dick Smith Wilderness areas soon... Those are two of the areas I frequently visit. The Golden Trout area always surprises ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trail Work Thread
April 27, 12:04pm

Recommendations for Duomid pole
I have a custom .600 carbon fiber pole from Ruta Locura. It breaks down into three sections, each of which is about 18-20" in length. One of the pole sections has another 4-5" of adjust...

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » Recommendations for Duomid pole
April 27, 11:49am

J-tree graphitti
We've been having a growing problem with graffiti in certain parts of Los Padres National Forest for the last decade or so. There's a few canyons with popular swimming holes that have beco...

In On the Web » J-tree graphitti
April 27, 11:34am

packing stakes
Stakes are typically kept in a long, skinny cuben stuff sack which is then stored in the front mesh pocket of my pack with other things that are either dirty, wet, or will be needed throughout the ...

In GEAR » packing stakes
April 24, 11:41am

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