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All Forum Posts by Bob Bankhead

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New SMD Traveler Pack Available
Ron Moak has done it again. The new panel loading Traveler has finally appeared on the Six Moon Designs website. 3800 cubic inches 26 ounces (without stays) 31 ounces with 2 optional alumin...

In GEAR » New SMD Traveler Pack
May 04, 3:57pm

Lunar Solo or Refuge..."
If you're that concerned and you can't go somewhere to see them side by side, call Ron at SMD. Order both tents and tell him you'll be returning one after you compare them side by side ...

In GEAR » Lunar Solo or Refuge...
May 01, 5:00pm

Podcast: Journey on the Wild Coas
Catchy title

In Editor's Roundtable » Podcast: Journey on the Wild Coast – When the Weather Outside is Frightful and There is No Inside, What Gear Works?

April 30, 8:26am

Thru-Hikes: Finding the time, money, and right spouse..."
The spouse problem is yours to solve. For the rest of it, LONG LIVE THE SECTION HIKE. After all, what is a thru-hike but a series of inter-connected (albeit consecutively) - section hikes? It...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Thru-Hikes: Finding the time, money, and right spouse...
April 29, 7:03pm

SMD Essence pack questions
Bear spray? I don't need no stinking bear spray, not as long as I have my trusty RPG in my hands. :D

In GEAR » SMD Essence pack questions
April 29, 6:53pm

SMD Essence pack questions
OK - a bear SPRAY canister. That makes more sense. Otherwise, he'd be leaning to one side the whole trip.

In GEAR » SMD Essence pack questions
April 29, 4:52pm

SMD Essence pack questions
"Lastly, I use a Mountain Laurel Designs bottle pocket to strap a bear canister to my left shoulder strap." This makes no sense to me. Do you have a photo of this setup? I can not imag...

In GEAR » SMD Essence pack questions
April 29, 1:30pm

Henrys new Tarptent
This would have to be a first. To the best of my knowledge, Henry doesn't build tarp tents without netted doors. Why bother with netting around the edges if the door is left bare? I'm be...

In GEAR » Henrys new Tarptent
April 26, 10:07am

hiking poles: airport/travel question
Rob: The answer to your question is in the last paragraph of my post. Cheap duffles are readily available at sporting goods stores. My wife made mine in an hour out of uncoated nylon. Don'...

In GEAR » hiking poles: airport/travel question
April 21, 5:56pm

hiking poles: airport/travel question
I've flown several times with my collapsable METAL poles. FIRST - I put the rubber caps on securely over the carbide tips. I carry my poles tip-up in the side pockets of my pack, and secu...

In GEAR » hiking poles: airport/travel question
April 21, 3:44pm

All Reader Reviews by Bob Bankhead

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Western Mountaineering The Company
WM products are a 5+ WM the company does not sell direct, only through dealers, ergo end-user contacts would not be expected. Their printed catalogues do list their address and FAX and telephone nu...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 24, 3:33pm

Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce
I use a lot of Mountain House Pro Packs and as much as I like the flavor and texture of this item, I avoid it like the plague. The overwhelming downside is the cheese they use. It does NOT rehydra...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 05, 5:17pm

Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice
One of my favorite Mountain House meals, albeit a tad too sweet for my taste; too much pineapple, not enough sour sauce. Nonetheless, it makes a great motivator to get to a dinner spot when I know one...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 03, 6:26pm

Mountain House Precooked Scrambled Eggs with Bacon
I tried these several years ago when they first came out - no bacon in them then. They were horrible! Like a previous reviewer said, virtually flavorless yellow sponges. Last year I noticed they ha...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 03, 6:21pm

Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 Adjustable CF Trekking Poles
I decided not to buy these when they first came out because fully closed they were too long to carry on my pack in checked baggage on the plane, and I really didn't want to hassel with the maili...

In Trekking Poles
September 24, 11:15pm

Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape
I just returned from 22 nights in the high Sierra on the PCT and JMT. I had two days of constant high winds in Onion Valley, with sustained gusts to at least 50 mph. My trusty Gatewood Cape flapped a ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 24, 9:23am

Six Moon Designs Traveler backpack
We have TWO Traveler packs. Early in 2008, we were shopping for a new pack for my wife, who has a short 14-1/2 inch torso length. We drove out to Ron's house to try the SMD Essence, but it did not...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 06, 10:35am

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack
In addition to silnylon, Sea to Summit also now makes their Dry Sack line in eVENT fabric, both with and without compression capability. evac Dry Sack: available in 3, 5, 8, 13, 20, 35, and 65 lite...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 21, 9:08pm

Therm-A-Rest Ridgerest
This has been my "go-to" sleeping pad for many years on the PCT. I've tried a variety of others but keep returning to this little beauty. It does a great job of insulating one from th...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
May 17, 8:26am

Aloksak O.P 12.5 x 20"
I have found them to be quite effective in the Sierras the past two summers. I have a Bearikade Expedition, and if you're not careful, the metal edges around the latches can slice an OP sak wh...

In Miscellaneous Products
August 21, 10:07pm