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Down and wet weather
I will say I think its easier to keep down dry in the western US(most of it anyway) than in the east. I don't know where you live. But if you live in the relatively dry west, the wet weather ...

In Editor's Roundtable » MontBell Plasma 1000 Down Jacket Review
November 07, 1:46pm

Down and wet weather
Bobb, with a little experience, I think you can keep your down dry. You do need to make sure you are doing what you need to to keep it dry, but it is a very good option. I backpack mostly in the ...

In Editor's Roundtable » MontBell Plasma 1000 Down Jacket Review
November 07, 1:25pm

MEC
Not sure, Brett. I did the group buy a bit back.

In GEAR » lesser midlayer?
November 07, 12:43pm

lesser midlayer?
If you can get your hands on a MEC T2, I think it fits the requirements very well. I understand its the cap 4 fabric in a slightly lighter version. Mine seems to perform well. I paid $25 for a h...

In GEAR » lesser midlayer?
November 07, 10:43am

AT Shelters- how frequently will I want to use them?
Mousetraps DO work well. I hiked with a guy for awhile who set a mousetrap every night and cleaned it every morning. Had a mouse every morning. That's pretty predictable grub. But he never ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » AT Shelters- how frequently will I want to use them?
November 05, 1:41pm

Foot of Bivy sticking out of tarp? Go with a big tarp.
I would go with a bigger tarp. I am in the southeast, like you. I would not consider an event bivy around here. Its likely to be sweaty. I think ventilation is key in the southeast. I mostly u...

In Philosophy & Technique » Foot of Bivy sticking out of tarp?
November 04, 2:04pm

AT Shelters- how frequently will I want to use them?
I did several sections of the AT last year with my thru-hiking son. I bet you wind up sleeping in shelters most of the time. Its just a lot easier after long hiking days. The openness and large ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » AT Shelters- how frequently will I want to use them?
November 03, 7:40pm

Gearing up for the Appalachian Trail next spring
Good advice and considerations noted above. I would also skip any sleeping bag liner. You will stink. And your bag will smell some too. With that quilt and the jacket you have, you should be pl...

In Gear Lists » Gearing up for the Appalachian Trail next spring
October 31, 1:43pm

Camino de Santiago
I will try to get him in touch with you. He is in Iceland now, but I'll see what I can do.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Camino de Santiago
October 28, 1:13pm

Camino de Santiago
Newton, my 19 year old son did it this past summer. He was on the trail in less than 2 months. He really liked the trail but, honestly, thought the hiking was quite easy. I think mileage was ver...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Camino de Santiago
October 28, 12:49pm

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