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Re: wet environment clothing
Erin - Take a look at this article we published last summer: It may not address your...

In GEAR » wet environment clothing
November 21, 9:20pm

Re: Williamson PCT Yo-Yo 2006
The thing I find most amazing about a PCT yo-yo is that on the return trip you will be so alone. The last 1300 miles of this hike will be almost a totally solo affair. I've heard Scott say that he ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Williamson PCT Yo-Yo 2006
November 20, 3:08pm

Re: best thru hiking book?
Another classic: The High Adventure of Eric Ryback for a 1970 or so PCT hike by an 18 year old. Though it turned out that he did not hike the entire trail, this is still a good read and was instr...

In GEAR » best thru hiking book?
November 18, 8:26pm

Re: best thru hiking book?
For the PCT, try "A Blistered Kind of Love". It's written by a young couple who hiked together. For general ideas, I agree with Doug that Beyond Backpacking is great. Take some of the advice ...

In GEAR » best thru hiking book?
November 17, 1:51pm

Re: Re: What's a good headlamp for night hiking?
Thanks everyone. Good info. This traverse will cross the Santa Catalina and Rincon Mountains that surround Tucson. Total distance will be 50 to 60 miles, depending on the route. There will b...

In GEAR » What's a good headlamp for night hiking?
November 17, 1:35pm

What's a good headlamp for night hiking?
I'm planning to do a lot of night hiking this winter in preparation for a 24-30 hour traverse of my local mountains (in Tucson, AZ) this March. I have a several year old BD Gemini, but all my ...

In GEAR » What's a good headlamp for night hiking?
November 16, 8:48pm

Re: Re: Re: Montbell Sizing
I'm tall - 6'4". I sometimes have to go to Extra Large to get the longer length. I have MB Thermawrap and it's huge in an XL. Larger than most other manufacturers in the same size.

In GEAR » Sizing of Montbell U.L. Thermawrap Parka
November 16, 8:42pm

Re: Just Go
Right on Dondo. Of course it is a personal choice, but the most intense experience, the most awareness of my surroundings, the most connection with the terrain always happen on a solo trip. And p...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Solo or No Go
November 11, 8:52am

Re: Golite Virga
We just got our hands on a production version of the Virga - so expect a spotlite review soon and a full review early in 2007.

In GEAR » Golite Virga
November 10, 5:11pm

Re: UL snakes and spiders
Wow, that's cool. I didn't realize you were in Japan. But yes, rat snakes are common throughout much of Asia. It's very unusual for a snake genus to have such a large range. Sorry, don't...

In GEAR » Neck Lanyard
November 09, 9:10pm

All Reader Reviews by Don Wilson

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Western Mountaineering SummerLite
Agreed. A superb bag - at the top of the pile for light mummy bags. See our review at:

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 21, 10:57am

Nike Lava Dome
Thanks for that blast from the past Randy. I wore a pair of Lava Domes for several years, including over 20 days of climbing on El Cap in Yosemite. Nothing is tougher on shoes than time spent aid cli...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 27, 7:20pm

Complete Walker by Colin Fletcher
His writing is unforgettable. In The Man Who Walked Through Time he describes a day spent lying naked on a beach along the Colorado, in a remote section of the Grand Canyon. I'll never forget his desc...

In Books and Media
November 21, 9:56pm

Montane Featherlite H2O
This jacket certainly caught our attention at BPL. We recently obtained a test sample from Montane and we'll be doing a full review. I'm anxious to get in into some nasty conditions. If it even has re...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 02, 3:56pm

Western Mountaineering Flight Jacket
I agree but of note for potential buyers - the XL is 13 ounces, more additional weight than I would have expected. But it is an excellent jacket. I'm still giving it a 5 also.

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
October 29, 1:27pm

GoLite Virga
We'll be taking a closer look at the Virga in the near future. But the prototype version we tested was an exceptionally light jacket at 6 ounces, and performed reasonably well. It is lacking in du...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 24, 8:24pm

Nunatak SkahaPlus
Hope you all have seen our SPOTLITE review of the SkahaPlus, published last December. The Skaha is really a superb performer in loft per weight. And the new optional features give you a chance to mak...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
September 01, 11:41am

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
I've had mine for 6 months or so. I find I use it more than any other piece of insulating clothing. I've used it in the desert, mountains, rain forest - you name it. It stuffs easily into its own pock...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
August 07, 5:27pm