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If you live in a relatively dry area, down is definitely the way to go. You mentioned you would carry a rain jacket if the report called for rain so I suspect you live in a drier area. If you are ...

In GEAR » Suggestion on new insulation jacket
October 08, 4:08pm

Any defenders of a down quilt for 7 days in GSMNP in Oct/Nov?
Ben, I was really just curious as to what you would do for that length of time in the Smokies. Its a fairly small park and not a lot of variation in the terrain. But I see you are researching Smo...

In Winter Hiking » Any defenders of a down quilt for 7 days in GSMNP in Oct/Nov?
October 06, 8:49am

Down in the Smokies
I would not hesitate to take down for that trip and have done so many times. I agree that the Smokies can have problems with moisture. Some nights you might get a little wet no matter what you do. ...

In Winter Hiking » Any defenders of a down quilt for 7 days in GSMNP in Oct/Nov?
October 04, 9:14am

Another Quilt Question...
The 30 degree quilt is plenty for 3 season use for you. If you do any winter backpacking, the 20 degree quilt would be nice. Or you could add a 50 degree synth quilt, as mentioned above, and add ...

In GEAR » Another Quilt Question...
September 30, 4:57pm

I have done the Slickrock trail you mention. Its really a pretty hike. And it's a difficult hike. There were many large trees covering the trail when we went through and you had to walk on t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ahh the joys of having a stomach bug 10ish days after backpacking
September 28, 10:10am

Shrimp and grits
You have a classic shrimp and grits going there. Just substitute the potatoes for grits. Rehydrate shrimp, bacon,cheese, and a little of that seasoning. If you could find a little wild onion around...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » What would you make with this pantry?
September 26, 9:07am

Red Rock is a day trip; you pay a fee as you go in but no reservations needed. Zion requires permits for overnights. But its also great for day trips. We really liked the Subway trip there. I w...

In Pre-Trip Planning » LAS VEGAS???
September 24, 8:46am

Trail runners + ankle rolling
Cameron, I have had some pretty bad ankle injuries in the past (dislocations on each ankle), so when I roll them, it's not good. That's why I take rolling am able seriously. I know it doesn...

In GEAR » Trail runners + ankle rolling
September 23, 11:46am

Trail runners + ankle rolling
For me, a rolled ankle is the end of my day, if not the end of my trip. My ankles have been more stable since I went to trail runners than they were in boots. I prefer a shoe with very little or ...

In GEAR » Trail runners + ankle rolling
September 22, 2:01pm

Lightweight shelter recommendations - with bathtub floor
You'll get a lot of different answers here. My advice is to not get advice from a desert dweller on rain and humidity. And I'm probably not the best person to get advice on bug issues (th...

In GEAR » Lightweight shelter recommendations - with bathtub floor
September 14, 2:30pm

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