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Shelter and Rain Gear and Bivy
At your height, you will have a problem with the Gatewood Cape. That's why Ron at SMD came up with the Wild Oasis (think Gatewood Cape with...

In GEAR » Shelter and Rain Gear and Bivy
December 01, 6:16pm

JMT Transport
I'd leave the car in Lone Pine, at the end of your trip when you'll be tired and happy to be done with any hassles. It is also possible to leave your car in Mammoth Lakes; we did. It's ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Where does one get JMT permit if starting at Red Meadows on the JMT?
December 01, 6:06pm

MLD Poncho tarp
Conventional thinking on adequate shelter during all but the worst windblown rainstorms seems to be: small tarp + bivy = protected large tarp witout bivy = protected small tarp without biv...

In GEAR » Shelter and Rain Gear and Bivy
December 01, 5:11pm

Shelter and Rain Gear and Bivy
Try the highly recommended Mountain Lauryl Designs Poncho-tarp ...

In GEAR » Shelter and Rain Gear and Bivy
December 01, 2:02pm

Zipping bags together
Agreed! 2 zipped-togeter bags.......sensual perhaps; but warm NOT. Better is use 2 separate bags, then spoon. Compressed insulation between you does allow for some heat transfer via conduction. ...

In GEAR » Zipping bags together
December 01, 12:41pm

I have both the hat and gloves. I'd suggest you reconsider the gloves - they don't hold up, especially if they get wet. The hat, however, is a definite keeper and well worth the $$!

In GEAR » If not PossumDown Beanie, then what?
November 26, 1:21pm

Happy Thanksgiving
UL receipe - Cut the pumpkin off the vine and discard the vine, leaves, and root system of the plant. Then remove and discard the top of the pumpkin (with stem attached. Take the seeds and stringy ...

In Chaff » Happy Thanksgiving
November 22, 4:12pm

Trekking Poles
"It always helps to remember that many years ago no-one used trekking poles because they hadn't been invented." True enough. Folks used hand-carved hiking staffs or a convenient st...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trekking Poles – I need advice… or convincing…
November 22, 4:03pm

Podcast Link Missing
Link is now there but it's not working @ 1825 hours PST

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Podcast Link Missing
November 14, 7:27pm

broken podcast - Still
no, it has not. The flashplayer graphic is there is no Download MP3 link.

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Podcast: Journey on the Wild Coast - Food Choices and Preparation
November 14, 7:25pm

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