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Sports drinks
On the note of athletes drinking sugary drinks, I once was watching the X-games when they switched to a shot of Tony Hawk a few seconds too early and accidentally broadcasted his assistant filling ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Watch those teeth!
October 16, 6:28am

Alum
Good point on the alum. There are actually only two times that we are expecting to get water out of the river, and one of those is optional - there's a perennial creek, but the river tastes be...

In Gear Lists » 13-day Grand Canyon Traverse
October 15, 11:43am

13-day Grand Canyon Traverse
So a friend and I are doing a 13-day trip across the Grand Canyon in December. We're estimating 110 miles, mostly off-trail. We've been planning it for about a year. Here's the route...

In Gear Lists » 13-day Grand Canyon Traverse
October 15, 10:50am

Locus Gear CP3 - No more rattling noise?
So I just got a set of Locus Gear CP3s. I haven't taken them on a hike yet, but I've been messing around with them around the house and backyard. They are notorious for being noisy (at ...

In GEAR » Locus Gear CP3 - No more rattling noise?
September 29, 3:34pm

Tubular Nylon
Just thinking out loud here, tubular nylon would be another option for a strong webbing to use for the stay sleeves. It's also much easier to find than polyester. It's pretty durable stuf...

In Make Your Own Gear » X-Pac Backpack Pack v2.0 - Z-Packs Arc Blast frame conversion
September 22, 5:24pm

Nice job!
The pack looks great. I've pondered making a suspension system like this and this design looks a lot easier to put together than osprey's system. I'm curious about the center strut - ...

In Make Your Own Gear » X-Pac Backpack Pack v2.0 - Z-Packs Arc Blast frame conversion
September 17, 6:02pm

Stake techniques
So I have a couple of "tricks" for using stakes that I've always assumed aren't tricks at all; too obvious. But I've noticed a lot of folks not using them lately, so I guess ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Stake techniques
September 02, 4:21pm

Almond Butter
I'd ditto the almond butter idea. Us backpackers get hung up on powdered foods, but we don't need powdered food, we need water-free foods. Not the same thing. Or to quote Alton Brown, &q...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Powered Almond Milk
September 02, 8:21am

Clif bars
Clif bars, but only when hiking - I try to save them for actually using on cliffs, because they're so good for that! Really, they are the best bar to eat while belaying on a multipitch climb. ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » The trail food you just can't stand.
September 02, 8:04am

Fat
Are you carrying any fats? Olive oil (or any fat) is more than 200 calories/oz and it's a great way to carry extra calories, if you don't end up needing it the weight penalty isn't muc...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Meal Plan For Yosemite
August 30, 10:35pm

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