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car rescue
Some SAR ops are short and easy, some are long and arduous, and most fall somewhere in between....If you are a SAR volunteer, you take them as they come, and deal with the situation. Part of the a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Criticism after 'car park rescue' of Cairngorm walker
December 17, 10:54am

Light Bikepacking
You mention only two panniers, presumably for the rear rack. I have been very happy with two for the front, as well. They simplify organization and my bike (Surly LHT) is even more stable with th...

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » How light is (or isn't) your bikepacking kit?
December 13, 3:04pm

Re: Mountainsmith Pinnacle
With respect to trekking poles, I can go much cheaper. My first was a replacement shovel handle - all of two bucks. Even cheaper was the mop handle I found on the beach - at a time when I desperat...

In GEAR » Cheap things that work as good or better than expensive things
December 05, 9:45am

Tough Clothes for Desert Hiking
Nothing will prevent the penetration of spines, especially prickly pear. I have personally experienced mesquite spines going through truck tires. If heat is not a big issue, traditional denim wor...

In GEAR » Tough, but light clothes for desert hiking
November 27, 12:10pm

Gear Upgrades
It varies. If it had not been stolen, my 1960 Kelty packframe would still be in service when appropriate (albeit with new bag and hip belt). I still use my 1951 mil surp Mountain cook set for lar...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Gear Upgrade Frequency
November 11, 9:10am

Temps
Pay close attention to the weather forecast. Arizona can get bloody cold at this time of year, including the Superstitions and Aravaipa. I recall one storm years ago in which Tucson received 6 in...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Destination above 20 F in late November?
November 05, 6:28pm

Backcountry Eating
When all else fails....fingers!

In GEAR » What do you use to eat with in the backcountry?
November 02, 9:56am

First Purchase
Many years ago, when I first started spending serious money on outdoor gear, my first purchase was a good down bag (from Gerry). We all used tarps. It was a good decade before I got a backpacking...

In GEAR » First Light purchase—sleeping bag/quilt or shelter?
October 26, 10:35pm

Dumbest Thing
Cast iron skillet to a high base camp on a climbing trip. We were starving students and it was all we had. Might have been multi-use as a piton or chock though.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dumbest thing you ever carried
October 07, 6:06am

exotac weight
The fact that it is an exotac product is about all I need to know. Their stuff is really good, even if expensive. If you are going into an environment where you need these capabilities, the weigh...

In GEAR » fireSLEEVE by exotac - weight?
October 07, 5:57am

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