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Great idea!
I really like the idea. I will most likely be in the Grand Canyon, but if not I'll probably be in Flag. I'll let you know. :)

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Humphreys Peak, AZ Sunrise Hike New Years day
October 29, 7:31pm

Super-cooler
On another cooler-related note, bringing an extra sleeping bag to cover your cooler with during the hike will significantly increase the ice holding time, as well as a piece of closed cell foam un...

In Philosophy & Technique » Super-Awesome TIP OF THE DAY!!! (warning, thread may be too awesome for some viewers)
October 29, 12:04am

Spud Bomb
I'm partial to spud bombs (a la Mike Clelland). I add a couple more things than he does, though. Here's a post I made on bikepacking.net about them: Nick's guide to making a proper...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Cant stand oatmet for breakfast anymore...ideas?
October 28, 6:38pm

Hipbelt attachment
So I just attach my hipbelts in two spots on the bottom of the pack. I really like the freedom of movement it gives me. I used buckles for my first pack and switched to velcro, which has been wor...

In Make Your Own Gear » Grabbier fabric with DP/Xpac
October 28, 11:24am

Tomato powder
Bouillon + trulemon + tomato powder hit the spot. Now I need to find some of that coconut cream powder, it sounds amazing! We don't have a really good asian market here but i might be able to...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Spice up my Chana Masala
October 28, 10:15am

Full wrap hipbelt
Sounds like you're using a winged hipbelt? One option would be to switch to a full-wrap belt, which I find more comfortable, personally. You could always get some slip-not fabric (quest and...

In Make Your Own Gear » Grabbier fabric with DP/Xpac
October 28, 10:11am

Thanks!
Thanks for all the ideas, folks. Added oil is a given in every meal that I eat in the backcountry, but a lot of the other ideas I hadn't thought of. This weekend I'll try it with a bouill...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Spice up my Chana Masala
October 23, 10:56am

Re: Lemon
Great ideas! I'm a big fan of trulemon packets (I like them in instant mashed potatoes), so I'll throw one in there. Bouillon I need to add to the grocery list.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Spice up my Chana Masala
October 22, 7:36pm

Spice up my Chana Masala
So, a while back I bought a #10 can of backpacker's pantry Chana Masala. I've been slowly working my way through it, because it's bland. Really bland. So I've been trying differe...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Spice up my Chana Masala
October 22, 6:16pm

Eastbound
I would definitely hike West to East, for the reasons David mentioned - the West end is where all the potential road difficulty lies, so better to get that out of the way. I've failed to get...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Tonto Trail Thru
October 22, 6:12pm

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