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as for stainless
McMaster-Carr has four types of 2mm (which I believe is about .078") stainless rod They have titanium rod but it looks like...

In Make Your Own Gear » 0.08" ti rod grade 5 OR ti spokes, 14 gauge where to buy
November 17, 8:50pm

Re: Non-trekking pole PCT hikers: do you think trekking poles are actually justified in the Sierra?
I don't use poles - well, I use one, I've always liked a walking stick and have used one for forty years of backpacking, only now it's a "trekking pole" instead of an old golf...

In GEAR » Non-trekking pole PCT hikers: do you think trekking poles are actually justified in the Sierra?
November 17, 6:50pm

Re: Water Strategy
There are a lot more variables than constants when it comes to water needs. Variables: Altitude Temperature humidity level of exertion individual metabolism body mass how much you drank yes...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Water Strategy
November 13, 3:53pm

will take
PM on the way

In Gear Swap » FS: REI pants
November 11, 10:55pm

Re: The Insulation Mess
Bill - You have assumed that a given increase in Clo will give everyone the same increase in temperature rating. I don't think this would be the case. A cold sleeper generates less heat (by de...

In Make Your Own Gear » The Insulation Mess
November 11, 7:10pm

Re: FS: REI pants
If they are the Sahara pants I'll take them.

In Gear Swap » FS: REI pants
November 10, 9:59pm

If you're making it mostly for winter use, then think spindrift. I'd go with fully solid and a mesh vent at the peak that can be covered by solid fabric if needed. I would aim for an inner ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Questions about a Solid/Partially-Solid Inner for a 'Mid
November 09, 10:33am

Re: Covered top vent for Betamid
I have pondered the same question. Here's what I intended to do on my Twin Peaks but never did: use an aluminum or carbon pole, maybe around 24" long or so. Sew a sleeve to the ridgeline (...

In Make Your Own Gear » Covered top vent for Betamid
November 08, 10:33am

notch fly only
The Notch outer does not come right down to the ground, so for snow use in the fly only mode you would need to build up a small wall - just a curb, really - of snow to seal that off. I've looke...

In GEAR » Hexamid in heavy deep snow?
November 02, 9:46pm

groundhseets on snow
I've never found that total waterproofness is important on snow. I've used old polyethylene groundsheets many times that had lots of pinholes in them, with no issues. I suspect this is beca...

In GEAR » Recommended tarp floor material for snow
October 22, 9:41pm

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