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Re: Covered top vent for Betamid
I have pondered the same question. Here's what I intended to do on my Twin Peaks but never did: use an aluminum or carbon pole, maybe around 24" long or so. Sew a sleeve to the ridgeline (...

In Make Your Own Gear » Covered top vent for Betamid
November 08, 10:33am

notch fly only
The Notch outer does not come right down to the ground, so for snow use in the fly only mode you would need to build up a small wall - just a curb, really - of snow to seal that off. I've looke...

In GEAR » Hexamid in heavy deep snow?
November 02, 9:46pm

groundhseets on snow
I've never found that total waterproofness is important on snow. I've used old polyethylene groundsheets many times that had lots of pinholes in them, with no issues. I suspect this is beca...

In GEAR » Recommended tarp floor material for snow
October 22, 9:41pm

snowshoe footwear
What kind of temperatures do you normally encounter? The answer to that has a big affect on what one might suggest. But a few things are basic. Number one, never put too much sock in the boot. If...

In Winter Hiking » My snowshoe footwear system
October 19, 10:45pm

Re: Perceived Warmth Experiment
Daryl - I have a suggestion for you if you have the time and interest to try it: repeat your test but use three t-shirts - one all cotton, one cotton/poly blend, one all-poly. And also, in each cas...

In GEAR » Perceived Warmth Experiment
October 12, 11:53am

Re: coil or toothed zippers
There are #3 toothed zippers - though I don't know offhand of a MYOG supplier for them. I have them on my REI zipoff pants for instance, and have had them on light jackets in the past. I've...

In Make Your Own Gear » coil or toothed zippers
October 12, 11:32am

Thu-hiker Pertex
Has anyone made anything from the Pertex Shield or Pertex Endurance that Thru-hiker sells? Curious about how either has performed for you.

In Make Your Own Gear » Thu-hiker Pertex
October 11, 12:02pm

Re: Re: Limits of mountain bike travel?
Having seen a few of Danny's other videos I can tell you this may be hairier than what he usually does, but it's a lot less mind-blowing. Usually he is doing things on a bike that truly bog...

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » Limits of mountain bike travel?
October 09, 10:50pm

Re: WTB: Black Diamond Firstlight style tent
When you Firstlight "style" does that mean only the firstlight model, or would you be interested in a Lighthouse?

In Gear Swap » WTB: Black Diamond Firstlight style tent
October 09, 10:32pm

Re: MY winter clothes system, hints to improve.
Unless you want to be in your sleeping bag at all times when in camp, some light puffy pants just for camp are great.

In GEAR » MY winter clothes system, hints to improve.
October 08, 12:06pm

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