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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

Re: JMT 2015: Preparing Way Too Early
I don't see anything too critical missing, but I'd note the following: - Stove: Fire restrictions appear to be more and more the norm given the recent droughts, and regardless of what th...

In Gear Lists » JMT 2015: Preparing Way Too Early
November 21, 10:07am

Re: Re: Black Forest trail, PA
Agreed with all of the above. It's probably the best place in PA to get in any kind of serious elevation gain in, and the vistas are about as good as you'll get in the state. If you h...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Black Forest trail, PA
November 20, 1:06pm

My JMT Experience
I did the JMT in a pair of reasonably fresh 9's and didn't have any durability issues. I haven't really worn them since (I have a second pair for hiking/day-to-day walking), but they we...

In GEAR » Life expectancy of Cascadia 9's?
November 19, 10:08am

Couple of responses
Thanks for the ongoing feedback: - Pad- I would kill to be able to sleep on CCF, but every time I've tried, it really doesn't work for me. I'm a bony-hipped side sleeper, and I usual...

In Gear Lists » Even More PCT
November 18, 10:19pm

Re: Buff and Bugs
It's one of those super-thin, stretchy deals. ("Buff original headwear" on Amazon...). It's theoretically for warmth but I'd forgotten that it's on the list. I've c...

In Gear Lists » Even More PCT
November 14, 4:11pm

Re: Re: Even More PCT
Thanks for the feedback...I am not 100% sure on the when (or the if, to be perfectly honest, but I'm trying to keep the planning moving). I would likely be targeting the usual late April (proba...

In Gear Lists » Even More PCT
November 14, 3:21pm

Even More PCT
'Tis the season, so I'm throwing my hat into the ring for having my PCT gear list scrutinized. I took about 80-90% of this stuff out on the JMT this summer, and was generally pretty pleased...

In Gear Lists » Even More PCT
November 14, 2:13pm

Re: Re: First Lightweight Pack
Going to agree with Nick here. The pack is really going to be something that's a product of the rest of the gear you're going to be carrying (and the corresponding weight and volume). Re...

In GEAR » First Lightweight Pack
October 28, 9:20am

Re: Re: Hawk Vittles Meals
I'll chime in from the pro-Hawk Vittles camp as well, having used them for about 90% of my backcountry meals for the last two years. While some of them are a bit on the blander side of thing...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Hawk Vittles
October 25, 4:00pm

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