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Re: Bugs in MI
I pretty much agree with Jennifer. We've had *challenging* mosquito and black fly weekends in the UP in June but we survived and the tradeoff was having the place to ourselves. I had one bad ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bug Season in Michigan
April 18, 6:43pm

The weight "cost" of an expensive iPad?
For those of you who hike with expensive electronics, like an iPad or iPhone, how much of a weight hit do you take in making sure it's protected? Do you pay for insurance? I have to have re...

In GEAR » ipad
April 18, 1:05pm

Re: Favorite Hard Anodized Al Pots, solo, 2p and 3-4p group?
Good idea. I've been turning more and more to HA over Ti lately; comparable weights, durable and so much cheaper. I have this set from Four Dog Stove. It looks exactly like the Open Countr...

In GEAR » Favorite Hard Anodized Al Pots, solo, 2p and 3-4p group?
April 18, 12:55pm

Maybe not "stupid" but...
Not sure it would be fun... but it's your hike. It takes me about 3 hours to hike down SK with a 20+lb pack. I think 2 hours at a good clip would be a reasonable goal. Unless you're us...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Grand Canyon -- Rim to River to Rim in August Is this Stupid
April 16, 3:30pm

Re: ipad
I carry a Kindle, the smallest (and cheapest) one. Weighs a little over 5oz with a protective sleeve I made out of Lawson's 1/8" foam pad and silnylon. Batteries last forever. My base w...

In GEAR » ipad
April 16, 10:46am

Re: Stoic
My son has the Stoic Hadron, I have the Montbell Down Inner. His Hadron is warmer. Both use rather delicate fabrics but if you're just using it around camp like we do, it's probably n...

In GEAR » The most versatile hooded Montbell down jacket? I need BPLs advice.
March 27, 1:25pm

Re: Re: rei does not guarantee unconditionally
REI will always issue a refund, for any reason, that's true. What Travis is saying is that they don't *replace* the item. If the exact same thing is available at the same price, what seem...

In GEAR » Warranty expectations from high end gear companies
March 26, 11:07pm

Re: Warranty expectations from high end gear companies
I had a warranty issue with an Arc'teryx jacket two years ago and my experience was completely different. They replaced the jacket and I had a new one within two weeks. Have to contacted th...

In GEAR » Warranty expectations from high end gear companies
March 26, 1:10pm

Spending strategy to get started
My thoughts, FWIW: SHELTER - I'd encourage you to consider buying this used. Put up a 'WTB' add in the Gear Swap and keep an eye on it. In the last two years, I've picked up a us...

In GEAR » Most important gear item
March 26, 9:27am

>> I found this super helpful instead of only looking at the rim or Phantom then trying to figure out what the temps would be 1,500 feet below or above that. Not sure where you think Pha...

In Gear Lists » 5-day Grand Canyon - decisions
March 24, 8:34am

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