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Android Smartphone as GPS?
I went from an iPhone to a Samsung and will never go back. GS world's fine and you have more control of what's on and what's off. The bigger screen is much nicer for a GS too. Battery l...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Android Smartphone as GPS?
February 23, 6:17pm

Not Just For Turkey
I will caution that these bags are only marginally durable enough for stuff sack use. I have had the bottom seam burst when using one for that purpose. I think it can work fine as long as you are...

In Multiple Use Gear » Not Just For Turkey
February 21, 9:42am

Tarp Condensation
Tim, I think there are some conditions in the southeast US when everything gets wet at night. I fairly recently spent a night in an AT shelter. It had rained most of the day and everything felt w...

In GEAR » Tarp Condensation
February 12, 1:50pm

Summer layering advice for newcomer, hiking in Alps in temps from 0C up to 25C
I would never carry a Tshirt, wool baselayer, and 2 midlayers for those temperatures. If I am hiking and its warmer than 0C, I might wear the wool and windshirt. A single fleece over that would p...

In GEAR » Summer layering advice for newcomer, hiking in Alps in temps from 0C up to 25C
February 07, 10:46am

Rain Jacket suggestions - Plasmic?
The state of the market may have changed less the you think. Your answer depends on your needs. If you are wearing it a lot, breathability is probably important. In that case, I would recomm...

In GEAR » Rain Jacket suggestions - Plasmic?
February 05, 1:43pm

Patagonia Expedition 4 knock-off

In GEAR » Patagonia Expedition 4 knock-off
February 05, 11:33am

Smokies multiday trips?
If you do Mary's trip, make sure to do a side trip on the AT to Rockytop and Thunderhead. They are close and worth seeing. Also on that loop, make sure to visit the Shuckstack tower. Its a r...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Smokies multiday trips?
February 05, 9:25am

Smokies multiday trips?
Stephen, You have lots of options on loops. You should also know there are several shuttle services in case you don't want to do a loop. My favorite loop area is to start at Big Creek tr...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Smokies multiday trips?
February 05, 9:19am

Rain Kilt
I really like the kilt, especially in mild weather. Delmar, usually I am wearing shorts when I take a kilt. If I am wearing long pants, its probably colder, and I often take rain pants. The kilt...

In GEAR » Which Rain Kilt
February 04, 4:19pm

Weekend Whitewater Rafting Destinations?
You have a lot of options within 8 hours. I will start with the ones I have the most experience with. The Big South Fork of the Cumberland(Ky-Tn) has some good water and nice scenery. The Big 3 ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Weekend Whitewater Rafting Destinations <10hr drive from Indianapolis?
February 04, 1:21pm

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