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Re: Re: Rain Jacket Help: Precip or Helium
My OR Helium II has done well and survived many long rains. Its hood is pretty bad though, and blows back in the wind. If I was looking for a similar jacket, I would look at the Marmot Essence. ...

In GEAR » Rain Jacket Help: Precip or Helium
May 20, 7:41pm

Re: Re: your skill level?
Great information - thanks for sharing. I am going to have to revise my route. I am reasonably confident in my off-trail abilities in the mountains and high-deserts of Arizona, but I do not have mu...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Headed to the Minarets - Thoughts/Recommendations on Route
May 18, 5:42pm

Re: Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
It sounds like you are leaning towards the Unaweep, but if it helps you (or anyone else), I did get a Bear Vault BV500 today. It fits horizontally at the bottom of the Exped Lightning 60, although ...

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
May 18, 4:59pm

Re: Re: Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
Given the Exped Lightning 60's lower weight and cost, I would recommend ordering one and trying it out. If it fits you well, fits your gear well, and is comfortable, then great. If not, return ...

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
May 15, 8:29pm

Re: Re: My crazy ultralight insulated jacket idea
I made a vest using the Thru-Hiker Minima Vest kit. Size small, Argon 67 inner, 3 oz Primaloft: total weight is under 4 oz. You could buy the kit, and just leave off the insulation on the back. It ...

In Make Your Own Gear » My crazy ultralight insulated jacket idea
May 14, 9:57pm

Re: Re: First trip out west
I don't think the Tetons would disappoint. I moved from Oregon back to Arizona last year, and took the long way. I camped near the Tetons one night: The Highline Trail in the Uintas of...

In Pre-Trip Planning » First trip out west
May 14, 11:25am

Re: Re: re: Headed to the Minarets - Thoughts/Recommendations on Route
Thanks for the help. I think I will probably make a revised loop going counter-clockwise that doesn't depend on me traveling from Cecile to Minaret Lake. Maybe I will camp at Ediza or Nydiver L...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Headed to the Minarets - Thoughts/Recommendations on Route
May 13, 9:43pm

Re: Re: Headed to the Minarets - Thoughts/Recommendations on Route
"You may find it to be slow going from Minaret to Cecile to Iceberg to Ediza to Thousand Island in a day." Why is that? Is there are a lot of talus to negotiate? I think distance would...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Headed to the Minarets - Thoughts/Recommendations on Route
May 12, 4:36pm

Headed to the Minarets - Thoughts/Recommendations on Route
I convinced the boss to let me take some additional time off work this year, so I went and reserved a permit for the Minaret Lakes Trail in late June. The dog and I will be out there for 4 days. I&...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Headed to the Minarets - Thoughts/Recommendations on Route
May 12, 3:38pm

Re: Re: Introducing New AirLight Backpacking Seat. Looking for Feedback.
Looks like a pretty good idea. I would be concerned about stability (some air pillows make your head roll off - not sure how this seat works) and it blowing away. Have you thought about a half-...

In Gear Deals » Introducing New AirLight Backpacking Seat. Looking for Feedback.
May 12, 10:40am

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