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All Forum Posts by Bob Bankhead

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Re: Cuben gatewood
I saw the new Deschutes tarp prototype set up at the ALDHA-West Cascades Winter Ruck 2 weekends ago. Since I own and use both the Gatewood Cape and the Lunar Solo E, it was interesting to compar...

In GEAR » New SMD tarp
March 06, 12:17pm

AquaMira 3 dropper system
Supposedly, as long as the mixture retains its yellow color (it will lighten over time), it is still effective. Keep the mix in a cool, dark place to maximize life span. IIRC, Ryan Jordan pu...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » AquaMira 3 dropper system?
March 05, 9:49pm

Anyone hiked Theodore Solomons Trail (the JMT Alternate Trail)?
"Guide to the Theodore Solomons Trail" by Dennis Gagnon, Western Tanager Press, 1987, ISBN: 0-934136-34-3. The TST is a lower elevation alternate to the JMT which stays within the boun...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Anyone hiked Theodore Solomons Trail (the JMT Alternate Trail)?
March 05, 4:14pm

New SMD pack
The true test of ANY pack is in how well it carries your unique gear set. Will one of the new SMD packs hit the sweet spot for you? Will you be better served by some other source? Load up your g...

In GEAR » new SMD packs
February 26, 11:00pm

Gatewood cape
Take a close look at the new SMD Deschutes tarp - essentially a larger version of the Wild Oasis (minus the bug netting) / Gatewood Cape (minus the poncho hood. Cuben fiber weighs 7 ounces (6.9)...

In Gear Lists » New gear list, nothing fancy
February 25, 8:59pm

Small thermometer
There are some times waking up in the mountains, you really don't want to know. Just get your tail out of bed, pack up, and hit the trail. There are similar times in the desert (anywhere bet...

In GEAR » Packable Min/Max Thermometer
February 21, 5:46pm

Re: MYOG Cuben Gatewood Cape (how to pattern?)
You might want to consider the new Deschutes Tarp by Six Moon Designs. It comes out soon. In Cuben, it's 7 ounces and larger than the Gatewood Cape. "In the 1st Quarter 2014, we...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Cuben Gatewood Cape (how to pattern?)
February 21, 10:14am

backup fire starter?
Always, but then, I live and hike in the often soggy Pacific NW. I carry 2 BIC lighters plus a waterproof match case with a mix of strike anywhere and REI storm matches. I've found it is ...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Do you carry a backup fire starter? What and Why or Why Not?
February 20, 10:07pm

Leadvilles
NB is infamous for suddenly discontinuing what seem to be successful items. Or as any American woman instinctively knows...... if you find shoes or pants that fit you well and make you look an...

In Editor's Roundtable » New Balance MT910V1 and MT910V1GTX Trail Shoes Review
February 20, 4:58pm

The CAFFIN tents come
@Roger: check your PMs.

In GEAR » The CAFFIN tents come!
February 20, 4:53pm

All Reader Reviews by Bob Bankhead

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Western Mountaineering The Company
WM products are a 5+ WM the company does not sell direct, only through dealers, ergo end-user contacts would not be expected. Their printed catalogues do list their address and FAX and telephone nu...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 24, 3:33pm

Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce
I use a lot of Mountain House Pro Packs and as much as I like the flavor and texture of this item, I avoid it like the plague. The overwhelming downside is the cheese they use. It does NOT rehydra...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 05, 5:17pm

Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice
One of my favorite Mountain House meals, albeit a tad too sweet for my taste; too much pineapple, not enough sour sauce. Nonetheless, it makes a great motivator to get to a dinner spot when I know one...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 03, 6:26pm

Mountain House Precooked Scrambled Eggs with Bacon
I tried these several years ago when they first came out - no bacon in them then. They were horrible! Like a previous reviewer said, virtually flavorless yellow sponges. Last year I noticed they ha...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 03, 6:21pm

Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 Adjustable CF Trekking Poles
I decided not to buy these when they first came out because fully closed they were too long to carry on my pack in checked baggage on the plane, and I really didn't want to hassel with the maili...

In Trekking Poles
September 24, 11:15pm

Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape
I just returned from 22 nights in the high Sierra on the PCT and JMT. I had two days of constant high winds in Onion Valley, with sustained gusts to at least 50 mph. My trusty Gatewood Cape flapped a ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 24, 9:23am

Six Moon Designs Traveler backpack
We have TWO Traveler packs. Early in 2008, we were shopping for a new pack for my wife, who has a short 14-1/2 inch torso length. We drove out to Ron's house to try the SMD Essence, but it did not...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 06, 10:35am

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack
In addition to silnylon, Sea to Summit also now makes their Dry Sack line in eVENT fabric, both with and without compression capability. evac Dry Sack: available in 3, 5, 8, 13, 20, 35, and 65 lite...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 21, 9:08pm

Therm-A-Rest Ridgerest
This has been my "go-to" sleeping pad for many years on the PCT. I've tried a variety of others but keep returning to this little beauty. It does a great job of insulating one from th...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
May 17, 8:26am

Aloksak O.P 12.5 x 20"
I have found them to be quite effective in the Sierras the past two summers. I have a Bearikade Expedition, and if you're not careful, the metal edges around the latches can slice an OP sak wh...

In Miscellaneous Products
August 21, 10:07pm