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Ease of Access Makes a Difference
I used to live in Portland, OR and work a job with lots of time off. That meant plenty of hiking in the Columbia Gorge as well as trips to the Cascades. I now live on the coast and started a career...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How often do you hike or backpack?
January 25, 10:20am

Looks good
I second that the bivy looks great. Roomy but not wasteful. If I ever get around to making another, that's how I'll do it. I haven't made a tarp yet just because I have the GoLite p...

In Make Your Own Gear » Bivy Plans - Checking on materials
January 20, 2:24pm

Sorry for the delay
The foot end of my bivy is indeed 10 inches tall, 5" of sil and 5" of breathable nylon. The head end is 6" tall, 3" of sil and 3" of breathable. When you figure in the drap...

In Make Your Own Gear » Bivy Plans - Checking on materials
January 16, 1:02pm

Having made one
Having made a Lytw8 bivy, here's my 2 cents: I'm taller than Jamie and use a Long bag, so I added (I think) 6" to the pattern length. Good call there; I'm very happy with the le...

In Make Your Own Gear » Bivy Plans - Checking on materials
January 02, 1:29pm

Modify it
Why not find a pack you like except for the hip belt, then just cut that off? Some might be removable anyway. -Jeff

In GEAR » Daypack for carrying snowshoes
January 02, 12:43pm

Taughtline
I have a similar setup for my truly UL setup, a GoLite PonchoTarp and a MYOG bivy. I use a taughtline hitch for all the guylines. It sounds like with that knot that came undone that you just need t...

In GEAR » zpacks Pertex Quantum Bivy
January 01, 12:48pm

Cat Can Stove is better
I've played with soda can stoves, and still do a little bit. I've gotten one really good stove from all the effort, and it does boil water noticeably faster than a cat can stove. It is a ba...

In GEAR » Alcohol stoves: pop can vs cat can stoves
December 08, 1:16pm

adds 25F? Nope.
I picked up the 25F liner a couple years ago in an effort to stretch the life of an old bag. It did NOT at 25F; it did add warmth, which any extra layer will do. If I'm generous, it added 10F. ...

In GEAR » How do the Sea to Summit sleeping bag liners increase warmth?
December 04, 1:23pm

Quilt?
I have a hard time telling from your description, but have you used that synthetic bag recently? If it's 18 years old, it's entirely possible that it won't be a 20 degree bag anymore. I...

In Gear Lists » Grand Canyon in January
November 27, 12:41pm

Recurring theme
This thread is a recurring theme on BPL, for good reason. I am one of those people who started with a heavy pack, 40+ lbs, for a weekend trip as a middle schooler, but now my baseweight is at 8.5is...

In Gear Lists » Exaggerated pack weights????
November 25, 2:34pm

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