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weight loss; results so far
Interesting info -- thanks, all! The 4.5 lb of weight loss over 2 weeks is a very rough figure. I stepped on the scale wearing clothes, and didn't make any effort to check if it was the same...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » how many calories per pound per day do you eat?
August 02, 5:48pm

science
Jim, are you hiking in the Sierra? If so, then there's probably more giardia in your tap water than in the water you collect while you're on the trail: Robert L. Rockwell, Sierra Nature Not...

In GEAR » Water Filters -- Effective Test?
August 02, 1:54pm

Re: Re: Re: Ever quit caffeine?
'When backpacking, I don't want to deal with making coffee, so I bring "Jolt" gum. A single piece in the morning does the trick.' Before I started my current custom of taperi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ever quit caffeine?
August 02, 1:06pm

I taper off.
In the past, I was a pretty extreme caffeine addict. Nowadays I drink coffee in relatively moderate amounts for most of the year, and then as backpacking season approaches, I gradually taper off to...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ever quit caffeine?
August 02, 11:38am

New Balance
I've been fairly happy with New Balance running shoes for hiking. They have a wide variety of choices you can make in terms of widths and the depth of the toe box. I've figured out the exac...

In GEAR » Trail Runners. Aargh.
August 02, 8:51am

Re: Re: Re: bear attack(!)
Kieran wrote: "Not everyone with a gun in the house, or who choose to use one as self protection, are looking to kill everything in sight and use it as a mechanical Viagra." "Mechan...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 1 dead, 2 injured in Montana bear attack
August 01, 4:40pm

Re: bear attack(!)
David wrote: "Ben, the hypothetical attack is the whole reason for discussing this at all, no? (Irrespective of the statistical probabilities.)" Careful, because this could turn into cir...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 1 dead, 2 injured in Montana bear attack
August 01, 2:13pm

Re: grizzly country
"Ryan Jordan's 5 year old article on the subject still covers the bases pretty definitively, and answers some questions here posed: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 1 dead, 2 injured in Montana bear attack
August 01, 11:45am

Re: Re: Bear Spray in Wind
Tom wrote: "The path I have chosen instead of carrying bear spray is simply to avoid areas where it might be necessary.I have chosen not to backpack in grizzly country, nor do I frequent areas...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 1 dead, 2 injured in Montana bear attack
August 01, 10:22am

how many calories per pound per day do you eat?
I've seen a lot of discussion here on how much food to bring, but it tends to be inconclusive. Considering that food can easily be half your pack weight, and that this site is all about lighten...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » how many calories per pound per day do you eat?
July 31, 7:16pm

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