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Thanks for the advice. I asked Clark hammocks and they agreed it likely was an area not normally needing winterizing, but I had thought maybe so based on possible cold temps at the higher elevation...

In Hammocks » Hammock in sierras
May 11, 7:56am

Hammock in sierras
Hi All, I am going on a 60 mile hike in eastern Yosemite in July, likely around the Matterhorn Canyon area out of Mono Village. The area is new to me as is hammock camping. Is this the type o...

In Hammocks » Hammock in sierras
May 05, 9:23am

Big packs in scouts
Hi Phillip, I would argue not only does it encourage too much gear, but if the pack is not full it may not load well onto the hips and result in too much shoulder bias. Some scouts and leader...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Lightweight Scouting Dissertation
September 17, 2:57pm

Bug tent
Hi Phillip, I recently finished a scout 55 mile hike in the desolation wilderness where the bugs, ESP mosquitos, were aggressive. I decided to carry a Henry Shires tarp tent at about 1 1/2 lb. I...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Lightweight Scouting Dissertation
September 11, 3:46pm

is all the water treated?
One advantage of the chemical methods is that you can leak a bit of the treated water into the threads of the container before tightening so the water there is also treated. I noted on the Ultralig...

In Editor's Roundtable » A Survey of Water Hazards and Water Treatment Methods - Part 6: Ultra-Violet Light Methods
August 29, 11:01am

From what I see here, rain, if it happens, is likely to be unusual and of short duration. If the weather reports look promising, maybe a BPL Bivy, Nunutak quilt and BPL tarp would be good. Even the...

In GEAR » Shelter for the sierras in August
May 21, 7:57pm

Hi and thanks for th advice. There will be about ten going, including four adults. The scouts share tents, but it seems the adults have historically used solo shelters. We'll be in the Desol...

In GEAR » Shelter for the sierras in August
May 21, 7:29am

Shelter for the sierras in August
Hi Everyone, I will be going on a 50 mile, 4-5 day hike in the Sierras in August in the mountains near Lake Tahoe. We will be sleeping at 8000 ft elevation. My question is about shelters.This...

In GEAR » Shelter for the sierras in August
May 20, 10:58pm

Big Sur snakes
Hi Luke, I just got back from the Pine Valley area of Ventana three weeks ago. We were on a Boy Scout hike. I agree with you about the snakes there. I came across five on the overnight route,...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Snakes
May 20, 10:24pm

Nallo 2
I recently bought a Nallo 2 and pitched it for the first time in a hailstorm last month under windy conditions. It was my first experience with a tunnel tent, but it went very well. I pitched it al...

In Editor's Roundtable » Tunnel Tents Tutorial and State of the Market Report - Part 1: Definition and Pitching
April 11, 1:13pm

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ThermoJet MicroLite
After the review here, I ordered the stove from Thermajet. It took awhile, but I did get the stove along with a letter apologising for the long turnaround. I'll be taking the stove to Yosemite next we...

In Stoves - Alcohol
September 16, 10:24am