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About Me I was backpacking ultralight before Ray ever published!

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Gear for freezing rain
"Plastic bags though... has anyone here actually used plastic bags over their socks?" Been there. Done that. It wasn't exactly for freezing rain conditions. I was trekking in Ne...

In GEAR » Gear for freezing rain
August 25, 3:55pm

Re: John Abela!!! Calling Abela!
Could you use a bead roller tool to put a new rolled edge at the custom height? --B.G.--

In Make Your Own Gear » John Abela!!! Calling Abela!
August 23, 10:01pm

Re: Rae Lakes Loop - Clockwise - 9/6/14
There are a few good places, but they don't always line up with camping at the end of a day. Upper Paradise Valley is where the bears are. Woods Crossing is on the JMT. Dollar Lake and Arrow...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Rae Lakes Loop - Clockwise - 9/6/14
August 23, 4:30pm

Re: Re: Re: "Thunder: How close is too close?"
Yes, tree explosions can happen from a direct lightning strike. It is all very inconsistent, because different tree types have different amounts of water underneath the bark. When thousands of kilo...

In Philosophy & Technique » Thunder: How close is too close?
August 23, 4:21pm

Re: Collapsible water bottles - why?
I use collapsible water containers when backpacking. They are lighter in weight than a regular hard bottle. They take up less space since they collapse. I use them all the time when around camp....

In GEAR » Collapsible water bottles - why?
August 23, 1:49pm

Re: Snow in the Sierra?
There is almost no snow left anywhere in the Sierra Nevada. You might find a few micro-patches, but only above 12,000 feet. There are glaciers, but they are ice, not snow. The Palisade Glacier woul...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Snow in the Sierra?
August 23, 12:03am

Re: Re: Re: Upper Kern Basin-Milestone Basin via Shepherd Pass 7/27-8/1
"It's a long way from the Bay Area if you go in over Shepherd, New Army, Kearsarge/Forester, but you can also get there from Roads End via Forester or Lake Reflection/Harrison, as BG did a...

In Post-Trip Reports » Upper Kern Basin-Milestone Basin via Shepherd Pass 7/27-8/1
August 22, 6:05pm

Re: Traveling light
During some seasons, it will rain like hell in Hawaii, so be prepared for a wet trip. On the other hand, in some volcanic areas there are empty lava tubes. I always found them to be excellent sh...

In Philosophy & Technique » Travling light
August 22, 4:09pm

Re: Current light weight synthetic sleeping bags?
"Lightweight" and "synthetic" are not commonly used together in the same sentence when we are talking about sleeping bags of a temperature range at Zero. As you go colder in...

In GEAR » Current light weight synthetic sleeping bags?
August 21, 11:18pm

Re: Back-at-the-car checklist?
I fixed that problem for myself many years ago. When I return to my car, I don't allow myself to put anything down on the parking lot. I can put things down on top of the hood or on the roof or...

In Philosophy & Technique » Back-at-the-car checklist?
August 21, 10:16pm

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