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Two weeks in September outside Calif.
My partner and I have to plan our time off a year in advance, and living in California, we usually just take two weeks in September, which is our ideal time in the Sierra. This year we have 9/6 to ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Two weeks in September outside Calif.
April 12, 12:48pm

+1 on Stratos
My girlfriend has been using a Stratos 36 as her backpacking pack (I carry both sleeping bags and disproportionately more volume in addition to higher weight), and she loves it. For her the men'...

In GEAR » Day pack with a frame?
September 29, 3:14pm

Drive my car from Red's Meadow to Yosemite
I've got a partner joining me for this leg of a Sierra High Route hike, and the easiest way for us to work transportation would be to leave our car in Red's Meadow the weekend of 9/15 and h...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Drive my car from Red's Meadow to Yosemite
September 04, 11:54pm

Rum runner flasks delaminate as fuel bottles
Not sure what you want a little nipper for, but a word of warning about using rum runner flasks as fuel bottles. I've been using a 16oz rum runner flask for this purpose. Apparently they're...

In GEAR » Next Best Thing to a Platypus Lil Nipper?
August 18, 10:30am

Seeking ride to SHR start
I'm planning to do an abbreviated version of the Sierra High Route in September, starting from the Courtwright Reservoir east of Fresno. I'm totally inflexible on my start date--I need to ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Seeking ride to SHR start
August 17, 1:44pm

Maroon Bells - Four Pass Loop
Just finished this loop. It's been described before, but here are some quick thoughts: Transportation: I used the Aspen/West Maroon Lake trailhead. I had no trouble driving straight to the ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Maroon Bells - Four Pass Loop
August 12, 7:41pm

Four Pass Loop tomorrow
I'm planning to head out there tomorrow, driving from Denver, to do the loop in two nights. I had initially planned on adding a summit of Snowmass Mount, but now plan to skip that. Happy to bri...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Maroon Bells, Four Pass Loop
August 09, 2:40pm

SHR: Tuolumne to Mono Village
Not much, but I did Tuolumne Meadows to Mono Village the weekend of 7/14. I'm planning to do much of the rest in September; this was a "sanity check" trip to confirm my pace, routefin...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Anyone done Roper's Sierra High Route this year?
July 30, 7:05pm

Jackson State Forest - Beware growers
I grew up near there. I haven't heard anything specific in the past few years, but it's the one piece of land I know on the Mendocino coast where some (many?) locals are actually afraid to ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Jackson State Forest?
June 30, 7:58pm

1-2 night trip out of Denver
I'm going to have a 3 day weekend in Denver in August, and I'm looking to sneak in a one or two night trip. I've never been to Colorado before, so I'm not sure where to start lookin...

In Pre-Trip Planning » 1-2 night trip out of Denver
June 27, 1:25pm

All Reader Reviews by nathan matthews

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MSR Overland Carbon
Low rating because I've had horrible luck with the locking mechanism. Bad: I haven't used these poles as much as I'd hoped, but after the first year, I couldn't get one lock on one ...

In Trekking Poles
September 16, 10:27pm

Patagonia MicroPuff Vest
others have done a great job describing this vest. my 2 cents are on using the size medium for tall and skinny folks. i'm 6'6" and skinny enough i decided to get the medium--figured the vest would ...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
May 03, 10:24pm

Golite Jam
still testing the limits of my jam, but have found it to be just the right size, durable to set on rocks w/o too much caution, and comfy enough. i was going to wait on my review until i'd done a longe...

In Backpacks - Frameless
August 02, 10:59pm