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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

A fun MYOG idea
Ooh, here's another idea that's even more ridiculous than a skirt - modify running shorts so you can attach/detach the middle part of the shorts to make them temporarily a skirt. I can'...

In Gear Lists » base layer and running shorts
August 30, 1:02pm

Old Man's Beard
I did a trip recently in Glacier and one campsite had a tree covered in old man's beard that was right on the trail to the latrine. Couldn't have been more convenient. Not super common in...

In Gear Lists » Insulation for GNP in Aug
August 30, 12:59pm

Fashion is a losing battle anyway
As long as you're losing fashion contests you could consider a skirt instead of shorts. Then you don't have to take it off to switch the base layer.

In Gear Lists » base layer and running shorts
August 30, 12:52pm

Thinlight
As for the torso-length CCF, I use one but I supplement with an 1/8" thinlight pad and sometimes my pack as well for the legs. Adds more weight of course, but it's still lighter than the ...

In Gear Lists » 2-3 day run/fastpack- help trim the fat! :)
August 30, 12:50pm

Dropped framebag pricing
Dropped pricing on custom framebags to $90 through Labor Day.

In Gear Deals » Labor Day Custom Bikepacking Gear Sale
August 28, 9:34pm

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