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Also, if your RA gets you library access, the UW library has multiple copies of the full collection of Green Trails maps (medium-scale topos with all the trails nicely marked, covering the Cascades...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Carless in Seattle
June 28, 4:03pm

Carless in Seattle
Hey, carless UW grad student here. You definitely need to do better than the Issaquah Alps while you're out here! Unfortunately I'm crunching on a paper deadline, then skipping town for a ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Carless in Seattle
June 28, 3:29pm

Does anyone have first-hand experience with analog altimeters? I am also looking for an altimeter, but despite being a computer science phd student by day, I prefer low-tech non-electronic tools, ...

In GEAR » Altimeter Qs
May 24, 5:15pm

Go East
The eastern end of the Pasayten Wilderness could be somewhat melted out in a month, but hey, snow is not evil. Trying to cross a jagged ridge with 45-degree corniced slopes still covered in feet o...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Washington backpack early June
May 11, 1:22pm

Any interest?
Anybody potentially interested for late April/early May? Should be an awesome, remote trip.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Pasayten Ski Traverse, April 2012 - Seeking Partner(s)
April 17, 12:15pm

Pasayten Ski Traverse, April/May 2012 - Seeking Partner(s)
I am seeking a partner or two for a multi-day low-angle ski tour in mid-to-late April following one of a number of possible loops or through routes in the Pasayten Wilderness. My current favorite ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Pasayten Ski Traverse, April 2012 - Seeking Partner(s)
March 22, 1:07am

Kudos on making the most of the odd weather and thanks for the enjoyable report. Weather windows that allow unconventional "out-of-season" trips like this are fascinating. I'd heard ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Tahoe Rim Trail Jan 9-13
January 22, 10:41pm

Somewhat Soggy Solstice Shuffle on the Connecticut AT
Ridges and clouds march in from the west, Bear Mountain Visiting my parents in Connecticut for the holidays, I took a couple days to hike the full Connecticut section of the AT from the NY/CT ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Somewhat Soggy Solstice Shuffle on the Connecticut AT
December 30, 9:12am

Re: UL shell and winter backpacking
What is this $70 REI eVent pant of which you speak? I would be quite interested in looking at those, but I can't find such an item on their website, just various weights of their Elements coati...

In Winter Hiking » UL Shell and Winter Backpacking
December 05, 10:24am

Non-breathable sleeping bag/quilt hood/collar?
Just curious, since I was just reading up on VBLs: Has any sleeping bag or quilt manufacturer ever used a non-breathable fabric for the top baffle or so over the chest as well as the hood openin...

In GEAR » Non-breathable sleeping bag/quilt hood/collar?
November 29, 1:41am

All Reader Reviews by Ben W

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Salomon SpeedCross 2
Plain black SpeedCross 2, purchased on clearance at REI in summer 2011. Executive summary: I LOVE these things, but they're a bit narrow for my forefoot ( would be -1, but should work for some ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 27, 8:32pm

Mont Bell Ultra-Light Spiral Down Hugger #3 Long
Purchased in spring 2010. This has been an awesome sleeping bag. I typically use it as a quilt and then get in mummy style only when it gets colder. I have taken it down to (estimated) 25-28F i...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
November 24, 8:11pm

Purchased in early 2011. The Ohm is now my default pack for just about everything, from three-season multi-day trips to simple day hikes. I usually carry it frameless and use 6 sections of Z-res...

In Backpacks - Frameless
November 24, 7:54pm

Granite Gear Nimbus Ozone
A bit heavy by my current standards, but plenty comfortable. I still pull it out when called on to haul a heavier load, or possibly for winter trips this season. Purchased on sale in mid 2009. In a ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
November 24, 7:30pm

Marmot Precip Pants
I purchased these in early 2011 to replace old cheapo membrane pants that had lost their touch. These weigh 12 or 13 oz. Sizing is small. The medium measurements agree exactly with my normal pant...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 24, 7:02pm

Marmot Essence
Purchased a 2009 version of the Marmot Essence in October 2009 on some deep sale at REI (roughly half-price if I recall). It has a white (with gray pattern) inner lining (unfortunately, I cannot reca...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 24, 6:46pm