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Re: why do you need heavy, stiff double plastic boots and insulated overboots for winter mountaineering?!!
I'm with Doug on the GTX and the Trango S. Work great for the intended conditions. For very cold or high altitude technical mountaineering/ice climbing I picked up a pair of Scarpa Omega pl...

In Philosophy & Technique » why do you need heavy, stiff double plastic boots and insulated overboots for winter mountaineering?!!
April 23, 9:41am

Hunted
Has anybody noticed a correlation between less agressive/fewer bear encounters and areas where black bears are actively hunted?

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Black Bear outside the tent strategy question
September 12, 9:26am

Fast
>one can be awful determined when heading downhill in deteriorating conditions! I've seen people running DOWNHILL at 5,000 metres... I guess that is the FAST part of "Fast and Light&...

In Editor's Roundtable » Doing Denali Light: Post-Trip Report and Gearlist
September 03, 9:40pm

Extreme cold
High altitude adds complication to the equation of keeping warm when it is cold. If you are not generating internal heat it is impossible to stay warm regardless of all the clothing you may have. A...

In Editor's Roundtable » Doing Denali Light: Post-Trip Report and Gearlist
August 30, 9:14am

Crampns
Matt I am curious about your choice in crampons. Why not some of the light aluminum type? Durability? Points dull quickly? BTW great job on getting the weight of the gear down. Looks like you...

In Editor's Roundtable » Doing Denali Light: Post-Trip Report and Gearlist
August 29, 1:09pm

Average trad pack
I too see nothing but heavy packs and excessive gear. Over the years I personally have discovered two things - I don't need most of the gear and I am too old to carry 70 lbs. I have naturally g...

In GEAR » average trad.pack:5.6lb/71liters
May 30, 11:27am

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Wow some great pictures and places. Looking at them is making my list of places to go larger. Mine is from a climbing trip in Nepal - a picture of Everest from the summit of Kala Pattar (about 18,0...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Your Avatar
April 11, 10:35am

Another Alpine climber
Nice to see some climbers on here. I have been experimenting with light weight gear for some time. Nothing worse than lugging a bunch of heavy gear to high altitude. Here's my non-technical...

In Gear Lists » "Winter" Northern Presidential Traverse Gear List
March 28, 2:54pm

Re: carrying crampons?
I use a piece of 1/4" closed cell blue foam about 16" x 16". Face the crampons point to point and wrap them in the foam and secure with a couple of short straps. The foam makes a nice pad to sit on...

In GEAR » carrying crampons?
May 28, 10:23pm

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