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Shane- Your latest blog post gave me a badly-needed laugh over the weekend when I saw the link you posted on the PCT Facebook Group page. After scrolling through some of the...other things that wer...

In On the Web » New O'Mails Blog Post!
January 27, 10:56pm

Thru-Hiking: When to plan and when to let it go?
Three months from today, if everything goes to plan, I'm going to be getting on a plane to southern California and making my way down to the border to start the PCT. I've been doing my best...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Thru-Hiking: When to plan and when to let it go?
January 22, 7:41pm

Re: Wonderland Trail Preliminary Planning
I actually did the trails in opposite order (Wonderland 2013 and JMT 2014), and I did the JMT at a pretty comparable pace. The one thing I'd note with the Wonderland is that, as noted above,...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wonderland Trail Preliminary Planning
January 16, 12:12pm

Re: Why do you go backpacking
I was on a trip in Shenandoah in August 2013. It was morning in one of the less scenic stretches of park, and I had just finished getting a few hours of crappy sleep on an incline in a lousy campsi...

In GEAR » Why do you go backpacking
January 13, 11:50am

Nothing but a spark
I grew up in an environment where my parents definitely encouraged the general concept of outdoors, adventure, etc., but we didn't really do anything on that front. I maybe camped twice on cub ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How much did childhood experiences influence your interest in backpacking.
January 12, 11:07am

Thanks to all!
Thanks for the thoughts and encouragement, all. I wasn't really sure what to expect when posting this thread, just mostly articulating the big concern that's on my mind. The replies have...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Leaving a pet behind for a thru hike?
January 07, 9:13am

Leaving a pet behind for a thru hike?
I am in the advanced stages of planning a PCT thru for this spring and am basically 100% Campo-bound once I double-check the finances and get the all-clear from my doctor re: a few knee/foot issues...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Leaving a pet behind for a thru hike?
January 05, 8:25pm

Re: Klymit X Pillow Questions
I have a Pillow X, and as far as the height question goes, I find it a little short- the "X" depression is great for keeping the pillow under your head (I used a different inflatable- Coc...

In GEAR » Klymit X Pillow Questions
January 04, 3:31pm

Usage
FWIW, Vargo seems to be promoting these a bit more for winter running (snowy, icy roads, etc), rather than as a direct competitor to micro spikes, yak trax, etc. Kind of a shame, as I'm prob...

In GEAR » Vargo's new 2015 4oz 10point crampons
January 04, 10:25am

Freestanding might be easier
While I'm also in the tarp/bivy camp with a Gatewood Cape and a Borah bivy as the shelter of choice, it doesn't sound like you're really in love with the idea of tarping it. By and l...

In GEAR » Shelter for JMT/Sierras
December 15, 10:20am

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