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Tyvek footprint for Cuben Fiber Tent
Hi. I have lucked upon a Skyscape X CF tent. I do a lot of camping in rocky areas (e.g. on Mount Hood) and I am concerned about a rock poking a hole in the floor. I cut a Tyvek footprint that...

In GEAR » Tyvek footprint for Cuben Fiber Tent
August 22, 11:51am

Anish's comments
Hi, Sorry I haven't read all the posts and apologize if this has been mentioned. Anish gave here feedback on the ULA CDT here (grade C) http://runhikelivelove.blogspot.com/2013/08/gear-...

In GEAR » Anyone else slightly underwhelmed by ULA packs? [crickets chirping]
August 22, 8:56am

Zpacks
You might consider something like the Zpacks Arc Blast. It is similar in design to the Osprey packs. The cost may be an issue, however, since they are cuben fiber. I have both a Zpacks Arc Bl...

In GEAR » Transitioning to "SomewhatLight"; Backpack recommendations for wife and me?
August 14, 7:58pm

Gone - Zpacks Hexamid Solo Tarp and Poncho Groundsheet
Edit: Both items are gone. Thanks! For sale is my Zpacks Hexamid solo tarp with extended beak. This was just shipped to me in early July and I’ve used it only 1 night. It’s in essentia...

In Gear Swap » FS Zpacks Hexamid Solo Tarp and Poncho Groundsheet
August 12, 10:28am

Try them
Here's an idea. I see that Zpacks has a couple of used/returned bags listed in the bargain bin for immediate shipment. You may be able to get one of those and try it out for size. Zpacks...

In GEAR » Zpacks sleeping bag sizing, reg or wide? EE vs...
August 10, 11:38am

Sold: Zpacks Hexamid Solo CF tent
And Sold. Thanks BPL community! For Sale is my Zpacks Hexamid Solo Cuben Fiber tent (that is, the version with netting) with extended beak, plus the Zpacks Cuben groundsheet. The tent is the...

In Gear Swap » FS: Zpacks Hexamid Solo CF tent
August 09, 4:04pm

Sat phone?
Loaning a Spot might be tricky since there is a big liability issue (if you happen to hit the emergency button). How about renting a Satellite phone? These are generally available (but not cheap).

In Gear Swap » Want to Borrow/Rent Spot 2
August 02, 4:51pm

A thought
As you are reading these comments and forming your own opinion consider the 'survivorship bias' (c.f. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivorship_bias). Those that had very negative experie...

In GEAR » Leaving the rain jacket at home... thoughts
July 25, 11:30am

Zpacks Poncho/Groundsheet
In the summer I use the Zpacks poncho/groundsheet with my hexamid. It's only 2.4 ounces more than the standard Zpacks groundsheet; and it is good rain gear if needed. If rain is more likely...

In GEAR » Leaving the rain jacket at home... thoughts
July 25, 9:52am

Backup
I have a Coughlan 4 in 1 safety whistle. This also has a compass, thermometer and magnifying glass (stuff you can remove from your emergency kit now). It's 0.8oz and pretty inexpensive. ...

In GEAR » Missing "essential" items: backup light, whistle, and fire starter
June 22, 10:00am

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