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JMT Resupply
It is nine miles from the Charlotte Lakes/JMT/Kearsarge Pass trail junction down to the pack station in Onion Valley. The junction is at 10,740 feet. I've not been there, but I'm told i...

In Chaff » Cost/Doability of resupply drop service at Charlette Lake on JMT hike
December 16, 8:46pm

resupply drop service at Charlette Lake
Roleigh: PM sent. Contact me. For the others - As of 3/31/07, NPS regulations require packers to deliver your provisions within 24 hours of pick-up, or meet the party. The least expensive dro...

In Chaff » Cost/Doability of resupply drop service at Charlette Lake on JMT hike
December 16, 11:24am

Garmin GPSmap 60CSx
from an REI catalogue that just arrived, this quote from the description of the referenced GPS; "highly sensitive SiRFstar III chipset...." $499.95 ($459.95 after $50 Garmin mail-...

In Editor's Roundtable » Garmin eTrex Vista HCx GPS REVIEW
December 15, 2:15pm

Garmin Colorado
Sounds like it has a lot of battery-hungry bells and whistles that hikers don't need and/or will rarely use........but you still have to pay for them. MSRP = $642 is, IMO, rediculous. I have...

In Editor's Roundtable » Garmin eTrex Vista HCx GPS REVIEW
December 14, 10:09pm

Does your kit include a gun
When hiking or backpacking? No. There are many lifetimes worth of great spots for such activities where the need for defensive firearms are non-existent. I deliberately and selectively avoid all th...

In Chaff » Does your kit include a gun?
December 13, 6:37pm

long Sierra hike suggestions
While it sounds like it might be less rugged than what you're looking for, another option to the JMT is the Theodore Solomons Trail, a 271 mile lower elevation trail from Cottonwood Pass to Gla...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » long Sierra hike suggestions?
December 13, 7:43am

long Sierra hike suggestions
Try the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) 165 mile loop around the lake Elevation from 5000 to 10,300 feet Includes 40 miles of the PCT or a variant of same, the Tahoe yos...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » long Sierra hike suggestions?
December 12, 1:10pm

Polycarbonate controversry
This is merely the latest eco-reactionary BS version of the old "Air and water are both extremely toxic. The proof; everyone who ever died has breathed the air and/or drunk the water during th...

In GEAR » Polycarbonate controversry
December 10, 9:33pm

WTB: Backpacking Light Magazine Back Issues"
BPL sells individual back issues right here in this site for $5 each (member price). Only issue 3 is out of stock. This page also lists the contents of each of the 7 previous editions. http://ww...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Backpacking Light Magazine Back Issues
December 08, 5:42pm

Ohm No! - ULA Equipment
The Ohm was to have been made of 1.9 oz ripstop nylon Dyneema Gridstop. I find it hard to imagine that this material - so basic to all ULA packs - is no longer available. I suspect there's anot...

In GEAR » Ohm No! - ULA Equipment
December 06, 3:16pm

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