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Strength exercises for hikers
4 strength exercises for hikers. Squats Deadlifts Planks - core strength should not be neglected Calf raises - doesn't feature in most bodybuilding routines, but I think this is a really ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Strength training to lighten the load
February 28, 6:23am

Brushed can painted black
Yeah, definitely need to include the additional model can. That will make a full six pack!

In Make Your Own Gear » Beer Can Performance
February 05, 5:17am

Some other issues to consider
A couple of other issues here. Body fat is not directly usable as energy - it needs to be processed in the liver into ATP, but this is a slow process, and can be a potential chokepoint. On a sustai...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Daily calorie requirements for long term thru hikes?
January 18, 8:05am

re: Battery life in the cold
James, It sounds like you need a down case for your nook.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Books on the trail
October 17, 4:49am

Lacing techiques
Adopting different lacing techiques can sometime relieve pressure in tight spots, while allowing you to tighen it in others to ensure a secure fit.

In GEAR » weird shoe-fitting problem--lose of circulation
October 11, 5:26am

re: still useful
Roger, I kinda agree, but I imagine it would still be useful when resupplying in trail towns, or travelling home afterwards with non-hikers.

In Make Your Own Gear » Deodorant in a chapstick tube
October 10, 7:26pm

Strengthening the ankle
Just on the issue of strengthening the ankles, regular trail running will improve the ENDURANCE of the relevant muscles, and may make them less fatigued at the end of a long day's hiking. Bu...

In GEAR » Has anyone gone back to wearing boots after trying shoes?
September 08, 12:50am

Protection, not support
If I wear boots now, it is for ankle protection (from rocks, logs, etc), rather than ankle support.

In GEAR » Has anyone gone back to wearing boots after trying shoes?
September 07, 8:41am

International shipping
Jason, Try an international shipping service such as Basically, have it sent to a US address, they then resend it at the cheapest rates possible to Australia. If you are buying s...

In GEAR » All I want are some socks...but the shipping cost...OMG!
September 06, 10:50pm

Too complex
I've always thought the Spot connect was a good idea in theory, but the thought of networking two devices in the wilderness always seemed to me to be one more thing that could go wrong. When...

In GEAR » My Spot Connect really let me down!
September 04, 10:08am

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