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All Forum Posts by Zack Karas

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Yeah--Spring Creek Pass is between Creede and Lake City. From there, you hike the CDT for around 50 miles to the hitch into Silverton for resupply, and from there you hike the CDT to Wolf Creek Pa...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Weminuche CDT beta?
September 06, 11:31am

Winter backpacking with dogs
Why car camping first? I've camped with my dog before just not in winter, and since we live in Tahoe I snowshoe and ski with her on a daily basis. When it is really deep, she just follows my ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Winter backpacking with a dog
September 05, 11:29pm

MSR Windpro
I just did the same type of research today and came up with the MSR Windpro for trips this winter for 2 people based on its weight and price. There seem to be marginally better options out there, ...

In GEAR » Stove for melting snow in a tent!! (or vestibule)
September 05, 9:15pm

Winter backpacking with a dog
Who out there goes winter backpacking with their dogs? What do you use for insulation for your pet to keep them off your sleeping bags? For 2 adults and a dog, is a 3-person shelter needed? ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Winter backpacking with a dog
September 05, 3:33pm

I'm not so worried about condensation as I am about running out of oxygen. If my pyramid was to have the door zippered shut and if snow covered all edges, I would effectively be shut off from ...

In GEAR » Pyramid as winter shelter
September 05, 3:29pm

Pyramid as winter shelter
Okay, (probably) stupid question. I'm going to start winter backpacking and I have an Oware 8x8x5 pyramid. It has no top vent of any kind, and doesn't have a two-way zipper so I can't...

In GEAR » Pyramid as winter shelter
September 05, 1:36pm

What to do?
What would you guys do in the example of the woman being followed by a bear for a half hour? I imagine I would yell, make noise, throw rocks, do anything while stopping short of truly attacking th...

In Philosophy & Technique » Thinking About Bears and Cougars
September 05, 1:29pm

That was my same experience w/ Diamox--once a day for about 5 minutes my fingers and toes would tingle. As far as I know, that is the only side effect? I don't think that it has any bad or lo...

In GEAR » Altitude Question
September 04, 9:45pm

keep rolling
It's absolutely not justified. I think that in the backcountry, the smaller the animal the bigger the nuisance. That mouse would have startled me, too! Now in Japan, I believe the most com...

In Philosophy & Technique » Thinking About Bears and Cougars
September 04, 7:44pm

I've only used the WM Flight, so take this with a grain of salt. Montbell's is cheapest, but has the least amount of down and the greatest overall weight. Nunatak's anorak desig...

In GEAR » Down Puffy Jackets
September 04, 6:16pm

All Reader Reviews by Zack Karas

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Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
As many previous reviewers have noted, this light stove works well and supports my ti pot well. I only use this in lower elevations and warmer weather, but that is due to esbit not the stove. I ...

In Stoves - Other
September 15, 12:36pm

Therm-A-Rest Ridgerest
I buy a size regular and cut it into two 30" long sections and I believe they weigh 5oz. One pad will last me for about 1200 miles before I replace it--though the replaced pad still has life lef...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
September 15, 12:33pm

Bibler Eldorado
I have only used it around 14 or so nights since then (only use it in more rugged and windy environments when snow is a possibility). My wife and I used it for our 10-day Tibet trek and it perfor...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
September 09, 4:47pm

BPL Blow-Up Pillow
I had high hopes for this pillow--the single baffle version. I have found that I have to inflate it very little to avoid my head rolling all over the place. So, in order for this pillow to keep my h...

In Miscellaneous Products
September 09, 4:36pm

Adidas Supernova Trail 5
After having foot problems, I went to a podiatrist and had custom orthotics made. The Dr. also recommended these shoes and to replace all shoes every 300-500 miles. Since using these, I have had z...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 09, 4:04pm

Red Ledge Thunderlight pants
I'm surprised that more people don't use and/or know about these. My pants weigh 6.5oz size medium and fit over my shoes. They have button snaps at the ankle to allow for 2 different sizes b...

In Clothing - Raingear
September 09, 4:00pm

Brasslite Turbo II-D
Purchased in 2004, used for around 6000 trail miles. Weighs 2.5oz, so there are lighter alternatives out there, but for the slimmer sleeve I feel it is worth it as it allows a broader trail diet. ...

In Stoves - Alcohol
September 08, 10:15am

Western Mountaineering Pod 30
Purchased in 2005, used for entire CDT, 10-day Tibet trek, Iceland thruhike, 6 months hiking in NZ, plus about another 1000 or so miles. Weighs 17 oz after cutting off pad sleeve. Only downsid...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
September 08, 10:12am

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 3
I recently purchased this for a thruhike of Iceland based on its' weight. It performed well, but let me explain... The foot-end of the tent is lower than the head-end, plus the vestibules are ...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 08, 10:06am

Dirty Girl Gaiters
These would be a 5 if the supplied adhesive strip resisting peeling after very wet days. Superglue was the answer and has held the velcro down wonderfully. Very breathable (and I'm a sweater...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 08, 9:59am