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Re: Getting warm, staying warm, & vice versa
"Does anyone ever cool off by throwing water on their femorals?" I have had good luck with snow down the shorts. Let's just say all the guys know just how cold it feels when you are...

In Philosophy & Technique » Getting warm, staying warm, & vice versa
November 24, 3:42pm

Re: First MYOG project
Kits or patterns are definitely a good way to start. Thru-hiker also has some nice kits.

In Make Your Own Gear » First MYOG project
November 24, 11:46am

Re: "Is there a Market for a Sub 10 oz Hooped Bivy?"
Kevin - probably possible with the W/B Cuben to get down to that weight, and it is going to be mighty spendy, so the market is probably very small. The W/B cuben that zpacks sells is four times the...

In GEAR » Is there a Market for a Sub 10 oz Hooped Bivy?
November 24, 11:36am

Re: Re: Re: Fuel Energy Density
Jeff - I've carried WG in plastic safely on several trips up to 9 days. I do look for more robust bottles. Those really thin wall water bottles seem to flimsy to me. Before I tried it on a trip...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Stove Systems for Group Cooking Part 1: Basic Framework for Selecting A Cooking Pot and Predicting Fuel Needs
November 24, 9:24am

Re: Re: a few results of my own
Bob - using the smallest sigh bottle I have and then carrying the rest of the fuel in plastic is lighter - my larger bottle weighs more than the small one plus the plastic. On expecting running...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Stove Systems for Group Cooking Part 1: Basic Framework for Selecting A Cooking Pot and Predicting Fuel Needs
November 24, 9:18am

a few results of my own
Some time back I ran some tests of my own that are related to this. I took my 4 qt Open Country pot, filled it with 12 cups of water at 50 degrees starting temp, and at 40 degree air temp, in a gar...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Stove Systems for Group Cooking Part 1: Basic Framework for Selecting A Cooking Pot and Predicting Fuel Needs
November 23, 11:22pm

Re: TYT options
First off, let's just agree that there is no way you can walk from Sonora Pass to Tuolumne and not have it be tremendously scenic. So any route you take will be gorgeous, it's just a matter...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tahoe - Yosemite Trail
November 23, 10:23pm

Re: TYT - another Q
Do you want to stay on trails or are you up for some XC? If so there are great options to go from Sonora to Tuolumne that I'd prefer to the PCT route.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tahoe - Yosemite Trail
November 22, 3:43pm

Re: Re: Re: VBL
Bill D - unfortunately, using W/b layers inside and out doesn't do much for you, because of the dew point issue. Your body produces moisture; it moves through the inner W/b layer nicely because...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bivy Condensation
November 22, 3:32pm

Re: GLOVES OR MITTS FOR SNOWSHOEING ETC...
AS others have said, layers are the key. I've used a variety of liner gloves over the years - surplus wool, wool/ploypro blends, all polypro, and lately powerstretch - which I think I like the ...

In GEAR » GLOVES OR MITTS FOR SNOWSHOEING ETC...
November 22, 2:58pm

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