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1:24000 series maps on GPS and paper
I would agree wholeheartedly with the contention that GPS units should not be a primary navigational tool. To my mind, first in importance is observation of the terrain. Second in importance is map...

In Editor's Roundtable » Garmin eTrex Vista HCx GPS REVIEW
December 12, 4:27pm

More on silicone
Never mind critters. I made the mistake of using Johnson's baby powder (once). The smell is a bit strong for comfort, made me think I was sleeping in a nursery, and it lingers. Generally, I...

In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear: Sealing Silnylon Seams
September 05, 7:56am

Thank you, Roger, for an exemplary article. Knowing your penchant for heading off into the brush, I found your Taslan comments interesting. We've briefly discussed bushwhacking gear before on B...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Gear for Long Distance Hiking: Four Months in Europe
April 18, 11:14am

Backcountry water
Thanks for you excellent article. I hike largely in the Catskills of NY State, where I live (along with the Dacks, and occasionally the Whites of NH). I drink a great deal of untreated water, but I...

In Editor's Roundtable » Sipping the Waters: Techniques for Selecting Untreated Backcountry Water for Drinking
September 20, 7:43am

CF Trekking poles--breakage characteristics
Of the CF poles in your review, I have only used the MSR Overland Carbon. The field results I had with these were not entirely satisfying, even a little disturbing. At least one of these points may...

In Editor's Roundtable » Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles Review Summary and Gear Guide Overview
September 13, 7:12am

Boiling times/modding Xtreme
The CDC recommends one minute of boiling, not ten, so far as I can determine. I will use two minutes if I feel the source has a high likelihood of contaminants. However, I'm careful about where I g...

In GEAR » MELTING SNOW: Fuel Efficiency and Boil Time Comparisons of Four Gas Backpacking Stoves in Winter Conditions
November 23, 4:30pm

VB layers
I agree with Richard that this is far and away the most flexible and utilitarian sleep/day system, preferable IMO to VB sleeping bags and liners. Since feet tend to get cold, VB socks are also a go...

In GEAR » 3 season sleeping bag system: how best to deal with interior moisture?
January 17, 7:46pm

Re: I guess he really was an idiot!
Andrew, I've read the detailed article on Mr. Skalak's misadventures at:;_duB His major error in the second emergen...

In Editor's Roundtable » Personal Locator Beacons & Other Wireless Technologies for Backcountry Travel?
March 03, 4:34pm

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