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I had 2 go on me on the JMT within 8-10 days. (They were the newest version and were brand new out of the box.) Back to Smartwater bottles for me.

In GEAR » Sawyer Squeeze bag longevity?
August 28, 9:21pm

When I was there
Important: This was current as of late July, but I have not seen any updates to their site/FB page. When I went, they were indeed running morning ferries, leaving the resort at 8,9, and 10. (I.e...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » VVR ferry
August 21, 4:58pm

Pad?
Just out of curiosity, what kind of pad are you using? At the temps you cited, it's unlikely that you're getting cold from the ground (unless you're using something ludicrously unsuited...

In GEAR » Another Quilt Discussion
August 19, 7:54pm

Smartwater bottle
I have taken to just keeping an empty Smartwater bottle in my other water bottle pocket, filling it up, and then pouring into the sawyer bottle. If I need to carry more than a liter, then the Smart...

In GEAR » Sawyer Mini Tips
August 15, 9:36pm

My 11PM shower with my clothes on
Thanks for the shower suggestion- it's a pretty obvious way of testing in hindsight, but clearly it didn't occur to me. (The last time I tested out rain gear, I brought it with me when ...

In GEAR » Have OR Helium II- Worth Upgrading to eVent Jacket for Heavier Rains?
August 06, 9:16pm

Re: Re: Have OR Helium II- Worth Upgrading to eVent Jacket for Heavier Rains?
(Edited to add a few things I forgot) My definite perception was that the water was seeping through the fabric in general- I wound up pretty uniformly wet all around. (I could easily be wrong he...

In GEAR » Have OR Helium II- Worth Upgrading to eVent Jacket for Heavier Rains?
August 06, 7:59pm

Have OR Helium II- Worth Upgrading to eVent Jacket for Heavier Rains?
(I'm well aware that "best rainshell?" and related threads are more than common here and did do a bit of searching before posting, but this is pretty situationally specific, so I hope...

In GEAR » Have OR Helium II- Worth Upgrading to eVent Jacket for Heavier Rains?
August 06, 7:24pm

Re: Re: gear list JMT Aug 16-Sept1
The point about lower insulation/wind protection is an excellent call. (I'm at work, so only did a quick skim of the list and didn't catch that.) If nothing else, if you wind up on Whitney ...

In Gear Lists » gear list JMT Aug 16-Sept1
August 06, 4:32pm

Recent JMT Thru
I can probably add some insight, as I finished up a JMT thru 2 weeks ago (7/11-7/24), and got dumped on pretty heartily by the weather, so I feel like I can probably provide some insight. I got hit...

In Gear Lists » gear list JMT Aug 16-Sept1
August 06, 3:58pm

Re: Re: Guitar lake alternatives
I came in here to pass along the same information re: the tarn. I think part of the problem is that most of the popular guidebooks make a big point of saying that Guitar Lake is the last water befo...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Guitar lake alternatives
August 03, 9:30pm

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