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Re: Re to all
If in doubt go shorter is my mantra. They will turn easier and grip better if shorter. You might lose a little glide but that's better than having not enough grip on the up. As to 3-pin cabl...

In Winter Hiking » Backcountry touring ski upgrade
September 07, 4:48pm

Re: cuben and compound curves
If I were trying to proto a cuben tent I'd do it in heavy paper. It is not going to stretch and will be mercilessly unforgiving in terms of uneven stresses. If you can make a paper prototype th...

In Make Your Own Gear » myog mountaineering cuben tunnel tent?
September 07, 12:15pm

Re: Backcountry touring ski upgrade
Ski length - 180 should be about right, I'm about the same height and weight and that works great for me. Epoch or Eon should be good either one, the Eon is a little lighter and narrower, the e...

In Winter Hiking » Backcountry touring ski upgrade
September 01, 5:10pm

different strokes indeed
To me it's like this: supported is a really long trail race, while unsupported is a really fast backpacking trip. Now of course I understand there are complexities, and overlap, but to me that...

In Philosophy & Technique » John Muir Trail speed records - a question of style
August 29, 9:44pm

scissors
I could do without a knife but I often use the scissors on my SAK classic - mostly to cut tape or moleskin. I have used the knife blade occasionally to cut pieces of cord, but I could do that with ...

In GEAR » is a knife a non-essential item?
August 27, 9:15pm

Re: Campinggaz Canisters
Have you tried REI? I used to see those there.

In GEAR » Bluet Gaz Canisters
August 24, 11:57am

thanks!
this is great! love to see a blast from the past. I especially like the shot from Forester pass with the backpacker going by - Trapper Nelson frame, hatchet handle poking out the back. State of the...

In Post-Trip Reports » 1953 North fork-Kings River via Middle fork-Tehipite, JMT, Mt. Whitney, Kern River, Camp Nelson.
August 23, 12:10pm

Re: mitchell's chinese stove
Mitchell - that stove is not very light at 214g, and also we've seen some cheap chinese stoves (Bulin in particular) with fuel lines that decomposed and clogged. I'd skip that and get a Kov...

In GEAR » Winter Stove Discussion - 2014
August 22, 10:46pm

Re: Winter Stove Discussion - 2014
I still use my MSR Simmerlite. Doesn't simmer but is lite. My own testing found that the greater efficiency of the canister stove is offset for me by the lighter container (assuming you carry t...

In GEAR » Winter Stove Discussion - 2014
August 22, 10:39pm

Re: Karhu XCD Traverse boots, 3-pin
I have not tried them, but have handled them, and reports I have read say not as stiff torsionally (and thus less control) than either of those boots.

In Winter Hiking » Karhu XCD Traverse boots, 3-pin
August 17, 9:20pm

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