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Alex H (abhitt) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale southern appalachians or desert SW
About Me I've been camping since before I could walk and backpacking since 1970. I have lived in many parts of the country except the West coast but hiked there some too.
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CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://40yearsofwalking.wordpress.com/

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Re: Re: Re: Help! thoughts about a hike in late Dec-Jan
Thanks for clarifying that Bob, I knew when I typed it, it would read wrong. What I meant was along and in the Death Valley (along the valley floor) itself. Yes there are some springs up in some ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Help! thoughts about a hike in late Dec-Jan
October 23, 6:12am

Re: Help! thoughts about a hike in late Dec-Jan
So I am a farmer in NC and can only really get out in the winter so I always do at least one trip in the SW usually in the Nov.-Feb. window. My long time favorite is Big Bend and they have modifie...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Help! thoughts about a hike in late Dec-Jan
October 22, 7:38am

Re: Zpacks vs hmg
Marjolein you may have seen my piece on trying to find a light medium load hauler, similar kind of thinking process as Nielsen Brown's. http://40yearsofwalking.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/the-s...

In GEAR » zpacks versus hyperlite mountain gear backpacks
October 22, 5:43am

Re: Re: Dromedary
"I would not trust a Platy as a primary container in a place like Grand Canyon. The 2.5 liter Platys are nice as a secondary/supplemental source, but a Drom with a hose is far more reliable.&q...

In Gear Lists » 13-day Grand Canyon Traverse
October 20, 6:23pm

Re: Dromedary
The 2 liter platys are actually 80 oz. (2.5 qts) or 1400 ml. so hold really 2.4 liters. There isn't any other container that holds as much for so little weight. Yes it would be good if they h...

In Gear Lists » 13-day Grand Canyon Traverse
October 20, 6:02pm

Re: N. AZ near Zion
You could drive through AZ to Buckskin and those places but they are are all mostly in Utah or at least the trailheads are. If you do Bull valley Gorge/Willis Creek it would be faster to come in f...

In Pre-Trip Planning » N. AZ near Zion
October 17, 4:04pm

Re: Re: Re: how much r value for snow?
Like Billy Ray we used a single full length CCF on snow when we were younger and tougher. As others have said r-5 is the general rule of thumb. When I have done any kind of searches for reviews/o...

In GEAR » how much r value for snow?
October 13, 6:06am

Re: Grand Canyon end of January
I find this site one of the best for GC trail info. He also has a trip report there of the western Tonto but in April. http://www.bobspixels.com/kaibab.org/bc/gc_tr_tt.htm#t6

In Pre-Trip Planning » Grand Canyon end of January
October 07, 11:41am

Re: Re: Katabatic backbacks
I think they look pretty good except I wish they were not in cuben or white. I think the weight for a pack that can carry 40 pounds is right on. It looks as if they are tapered a bit from the bot...

In GEAR » Katabatic backbacks
October 04, 1:20pm

Re: Thanks
We have done multiple loops there, our favorite is one we call the Religious Range loop, which runs around the headwaters of the Piney River. You park down on the Piney River, walk up the dirt roa...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Recommendations for 3-night Loop in VA/WVa/NC
September 26, 4:09pm

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