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canister on top?
Thanks for the reply, James. I'm not quite following everything you're saying, though. A Garcia is only 12" tall, and the pack is more like 24"+ tall, so if a rolled-up sleepin...

In GEAR » floppy top on G4 pack
July 19, 2:10pm

floppy top on G4 pack
I've been using a Gossamer Gear G4 for several years now, and have been fairly happy with it. But there's a problem that keeps coming up now and then, which is that the extension collar flo...

In GEAR » floppy top on G4 pack
July 19, 12:53pm

GPS
If you're also carrying a GPS, then it seems like a no-brainer to use a GPS that also includes an altimeter. An altimeter that is not combined with GPS is a hassle to use. Over the course of...

In GEAR » Altimeter Qs
May 23, 7:48pm

placebo
The steripen used to have a poor reputation for reliability on the AT and PCT, but they switched from electrodes to optical sensors, and that's supposed to be a lot better now. It may depend...

In GEAR » I returned my Steripen
May 18, 6:13pm

gaiters
I hike in running shoes and find that a pair of lightweight gaiters are wonderful for avoiding the constant hassles with pebbles getting inside my shoes. I use them for trail running, too. The ones...

In GEAR » Is it a bad idea to hike in my Saucony running shoes?
May 18, 2:04pm

what works for me
Personally, I always take some doritos and put them in the blender. I've used this religiously before going to any significant altitude, and it's always worked for me. Eat 'em with a s...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » homeopathic "meds" for altitude
March 04, 9:56pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Drinking Water for Hiking: Myths and Facts
"Ben, you have so much focus on potty hygiene that maybe you need to look in the mirror. Most of the rest of us don't have a problem with it." Bob, let's focus on the science and...

In Philosophy & Technique » Drinking Water for Hiking: Myths and Facts
February 25, 7:56pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Drinking Water for Hiking: Myths and Facts
"So what was the purpose of that article except to make the person who wrote it appear smart?" What's wrong with appearing smart? You got something against smart?? But seriously, ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Drinking Water for Hiking: Myths and Facts
February 25, 7:36pm

Re: Re: Drinking Water for Hiking: Myths and Facts
Rick wrote: "These discussions often get hung up on Giardia, which frankly becomes a distraction from the larger issue of water quality. When, say, drawing water from a lazy stream running th...

In Philosophy & Technique » Drinking Water for Hiking: Myths and Facts
February 25, 7:23pm

Re: Backpackers, waterborne Giardia
Hi, Buck, '"Nineteen of these [Giardia] outbreaks were attributed to consumption of contaminated drinking water; only two outbreaks were reported among individuals identified as camper...

In Philosophy & Technique » Drinking Water for Hiking: Myths and Facts
February 25, 9:01am

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