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Cleaning in water sources
"To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater."

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How do you rinse out clothes? Wash off body?
May 27, 12:37pm

MICROspikes copycats
I was in a similar position (couldn't find MICROspikes in my size) and then found these copycats on Amazon: Glacier Chains GSC-XL Shoe Chains

In GEAR » Microspikes Alternative?
May 27, 9:52am

Re. Just got laid off and it stinks
If there's a BIG trip that's been rattling around in the back of your head for a while, this could be an opportunity. Losing a job is a pretty consistent theme on longer trails. No matte...

In Chaff » Just got laid off and it stinks.
May 22, 4:03pm

re. Colors options of Cuben
White cuben might get stuff on it but it doesn't get dirty -- dirt into the fibers like mustard into a cotton shirt. Any color cuben can get stuff on it, the same way any color groundcloth can...

In GEAR » Colors options of Cuben
May 21, 7:11am

RE.: The ‘Wild’ effect Hikers are flooding the Pacific Crest Trail
If we're giving out permits, I wonder if a permit to be a trail angel would be helpful. While that goes against the spirit of trail angeling, I've seen four or five 12-packs of sodas left ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » The ‘Wild’ effect Hikers are flooding the Pacific Crest Trail
May 19, 10:19am

MSR WindBurner (not WindBoiler)
REI has a MSR WindBurner for pre-order. There doesn't seem to be any additional information about it online. It's nearly identical to the WindBoiler: 0.25 oz more according to the specs....

In GEAR » MSR WindBurner (not WindBoiler)
May 18, 2:18pm

REI Anniversary Sale + Coupon Code
In the past, I've used the same code on more than one online order. I don't know if REI has since "fixed" that.

In Gear Deals » REI Anniversary Sale + Coupon Code
May 16, 12:11pm

Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance, Stephen Herrero
As mentioned above, you might check out "Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance" by Stephen Herrero. Prior to going into grizzly areas I've reread parts of this book to *calm* ...

In GEAR » Another bear attack. Should I get some spray?
May 13, 12:45pm

Re. Colorado Trail List - a bit nervous, I'd love some feedback
When you do your "weekend-long test/training hikes," you may want to bring the food you have planned for your longest section -- particularly, your longest section on the second half of t...

In Gear Lists » Colorado Trail List - a bit nervous, I'd love some feedback
May 05, 7:42am

Not to pile on Kevin, but websites cost money to run -- the domain, hosting, web design, etc. I think that's the motivation behind 'PIF's to members'. If people open PIFs to every...

In Gear Swap » Free to a Good Home: Ultralight Backpackn' Tips, Mike Clelland
April 28, 12:35pm

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