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Re: Rocky Gore-Tex socks on multi-day trips
I can wear a medium-thickness wool sock and liner sock with a Gore-Tex sock sized up 1.5 sizes. It seems like there is a little bunching, but I don't notice it once I start hiking. Over the ...

In Gear Deals » Rocky Goretex Socks - 40% off
December 09, 6:25pm

Re: Which SteriPen Model?
I have the Opti which I use sometimes. It works great. I take the batteries out between trips, and I haven't had any battery issues using name brand lithium batteries. The one I have is a fr...

In GEAR » Which SteriPen Model?
December 08, 6:50pm

smelly down
I always assume that anything with down is going to have a slight dead bird smell to it. It goes away with washing and use, but it returns some when it gets damp. I carefully bear bag and hang m...

In GEAR » awesome quilt, smelly down.
December 08, 9:40am

Re: Re: Water treatment options
Right, iodine (which Polar Pure is) doesn't kill crypto. But, neither does Aqua Mira the way most backpackers use it. :) Here's a good summary of treatment methods: http://www.hikel...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Almost SUL -- Help me make the cut.
December 08, 9:31am

Re: When backpacking, it pays to be small
Also, bigger people have to carry bigger, heavier gear and more food.

In Philosophy & Technique » When backpacking, it pays to be small
December 07, 10:09pm

Water treatment options
Even faster and probably a little lighter are the chlorine dioxide tablets. They save the hassle and wait of mixing. The treatment time on Aqua Mira (and any chlorine dioxide method) depends on ...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Almost SUL -- Help me make the cut.
December 07, 9:58pm

Re: Recommendations for leather gloves for Southwest bushwacking
There are usually gloves at home improvement stores with leather palms and nylon backs which are fairly light and not very bulky. I use a pair for DIY vehicle maintenance.

In GEAR » Recommendations for leather gloves for Southwest bushwacking
December 07, 3:23pm

Re: Hiking in the Snow for Beginners
Eating snow while hiking is part of my standard winter routine. So is wearing a cotton anorak as a softshell in dry cold conditions. Cotton kills, except when it doesn't. :) Not wearing s...

In Winter Hiking » Hiking in the Snow for Beginners.
December 05, 2:43pm

Re: Required items for UL backpacking
Not a matter of survival... I always bring a little extra food just because I might be extra hungry. :) Essentials lists can misdirect our focus. Don't focus on the gear, focus on the surviv...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Required items for UL backpacking
December 05, 1:14pm

Re: UL winter cook kit
"as I understand, for winter I need to melt snow too" That's a generalization which isn't always true. It depends on the conditions, such as: 1. Deep snow covering water mak...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » UL winter cook kit
December 05, 12:56pm

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