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Re: Jmt in May?
In a typical year, in early may about 90% of the JMT would be snow-covered - about the only part not covered would be the San Joaquin canyon, the bit from Happy Isles up to the top of the falls, an...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Jmt in May?
December 03, 10:04pm

cook/no-cook: who has tried both and what weight diff did you find?
I'm wondering - for those who have tried a no-cook menu, did you find it lighter or heavier and by how much? Just food weights, ignoring the fuel/cookware weight savings.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » cook/no-cook: who has tried both and what weight diff did you find?
December 01, 10:43pm

zip off hood - if you must
I'm not into zip-off hoods myself (seems like a waste of weight for the zipper and you can't get as nice a seal around the face either) but if I was going to do one, I'd start by making...

In Make Your Own Gear » Help with how to make a zip off hood for a jacket
December 01, 10:36pm

Re: PCT: jetboil or DIY stove
Try them both out, on a shorter trip, and see which one you like. The weight difference will be small. The one you find easier to live with is the one to take.

In GEAR » PCT: jetboil or DIY stove
November 30, 10:24pm

Re: Idea for snowshoe/crampon/short ski combo? Any potential?
Justin - try searching the web for "Karhu Meta" or "Karhu Karver" both discontinued years ago, but if you can find some used I'll bet they'd be in your price range. Very...

In Make Your Own Gear » Idea for snowshoe/crampon/short ski combo? Any potential?
November 25, 10:23pm

Re: What sleeping system needed for Sierra hike next week
Pretty hard to tell how this will work for you without some further info. What temperatures have you experienced previously with that setup of quilt, pad and bivy?

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What sleeping system needed for Sierra hike nexst week
November 20, 9:56pm

gore-tex boots
I've owned several pairs of fabric/leather boots lined with Gore-tex. With all of them, I did nothing whatsoever to the leather. On all of them, either the fabric wore out, or the sole wore out...

In GEAR » leather treatments on hybrid leather/GoreTex boots?
November 20, 9:44pm

careful
Keep in mind that if any of the oil/grease/wax makes it through the outer layers to the Gore-tex membrane it might cause it to leak. Oils are notorious that way.

In GEAR » leather treatments on hybrid leather/GoreTex boots?
November 19, 8:51pm

Re: Return to Goretex in rainy climates?
First of all, Gore-tex boots/shoes: I think a lot of folks are not clear on how a Gore-tex shoe or boot is constructed. Basically you take a boot and you drop a gore-tex liner sock - fully seam-sea...

In GEAR » Return to Goretex in rainy climates?
November 17, 9:25pm

Re: Re: Re: Winter Footwear Solutions
@Bob - re the 20 oz plastic boot; it exists if you want to pay $$$ for it. Ski mountaineering racing boots - also known as Rando race boots - like the Scarpa Alien 1.0 or the Dynafit PDG. Rigid sol...

In Winter Hiking » Winter Footwear Solutions
November 17, 9:03pm

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