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Re: Tent for car camping?
My vote goes for Eureka for car camping tents. You can either get a 4-man backpacking tent, with will have plenty of floor space for two and all kinds of gear, or you can go to the car camping (or ...

In GEAR » Tent for car camping?
July 06, 11:39pm

Re: Gear and hot car
One thing that can definitely be damaged by the kind of temperatures you find a in car or trunk - synthetic insulation. Usually around 130 degrees is the death zone for that stuff. Down will not be...

In GEAR » Gear and hot car
July 05, 11:02pm

specs and synthetic insulation
Unlike with down, synthetic insulation is not utilized by weight. Since it comes on a roll by the yard, each bag uses a given area of insulation rather than a given weight of it. And the batting va...

In GEAR » Lightest 20F Synthetic Bag?
July 05, 12:58pm

Re: Down allergies: Hypoallergenic markings, loft and DWR questions
So I'm officially allergic to both ducks and geese - as per testing when I was a kid - but I have never had an issue with any of the down bags I have owned. Why, I don't know. Since I am al...

In GEAR » Down allergies: Hypoallergenic markings, loft and DWR questions
July 03, 3:50pm

Re: Inflatable pillow. Marmot
Michael - if you have a scale, could you weight just the pillow without the cover? Thanks!

In GEAR » Do you pack a pillow?
June 29, 11:16pm

net skirt on mids
For those who have mids (of whatever stripe) with a net skirt, do you like it? I bought a Duomid on the gear swap, and it has the skirt. I am wondering whether I will ever really want the skirt. I ...

In GEAR » net skirt on mids
June 24, 11:23pm

grouse ridge area
The grouse ridge area is great with kids. But I would not go to the grouse ridge trailhead. Go instead to Carr/Feely lakes. dirt road the last couple miles but no clearance issues, you can get in t...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Northern CA trip with 8 yr old
June 23, 10:18pm

Re: Tahoe Rim Trail
You probably already know this, but the TRT Association has a conditions page that can be pretty helpful: https://www.tahoerimtrail.org/index.php/trip-planning/current-trail-conditions

In Pre-Trip Planning » Tahoe Rim Trail
June 13, 12:45pm

Re: 2 questions: fleece vs down and caldera cone
It depends a lot on your metabolism. If you are like me and generate lots of heat as soon as you start moving, then anything heavier than the very lightest fleece is for in camp - and in camp, down...

In GEAR » 2 questions: fleece vs down and caldera cone
June 07, 10:22pm

Re: Re: RE: Where to Put Bear Canister at Night
Definitely in a spot where they can't roll it away. I like low bushes for that reason, and I look for a slight depression if possible. I have had Yosemite bears come through my camp and not tou...

In Philosophy & Technique » Where to Put Bear Canister at Night
June 06, 6:03pm

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