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MLD 2/3 XP Quilt
Adam's question is very valid. An insulating layer is a wise precaution in ANY season. I ALWAYS have one in my kit. Only the R value of it changes as the seasons do. Most folks have no idea...

In GEAR » MLD 2/3 XP Quilt...
January 16, 6:19pm

WM Highlite vs Summerlite
Have the best of both worlds - bag and/or quilt. Look at the WM Sycamore MF (formerly the Hooded Aspen). It's a semi-rectangular bag with a full side zip AND a full foot zip. Maximum ventilatio...

In GEAR » WM Highlite vs Summerlite
January 15, 12:26am

Bump Boxes
Do not confuse Bump Boxes (the more common name = Bounce Box) with a re-supply box. Bounce boxes are for those items that you will or may need at some indeterminate point on the trail AND which ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Bump Boxes
January 10, 6:30pm

Aqua Mira vs Hiker filter
Here in the Pacific NW, it's AM all the way. PROs: It doesn't freeze It doesn't clog Cheap to replace CONs: It spills You cant see how much is left in the bottle Filter ...

In GEAR » Aqua Mira vs Hiker filter
January 09, 9:55am

Practical Backpacking: Does anyone use it?"
Franco - Sorry to hear you're leaving PB. Your experienced input has been invaluable and appreciated by most of us there. Unfortunately, with the on-set of winter, there seems to be an incr...

In Chaff » Practical Backpacking: Does anyone use it?
January 05, 9:04am

Does your kit include a gun
The perceived threat from various wild animals is the usual reason given for these discussions. However, I strongly suspect that the true (and politically incorrect) reason is fear of other people....

In Chaff » Does your kit include a gun?
December 18, 4:32pm

Does your kit include a gun?
Vick is right about stopping power. Even a cannon is useless if you can't or don't hit the target with it. It takes a cool head and a steady hand to place a bullet in a lethal spot in...

In Chaff » Does your kit include a gun?
December 17, 10:50am

Does your kit include a gun
"Ultralight peashooter" is a very appropriate name! About the only effect that .32 caliber popgun is going to have on a bear is to gain you his full and undivided attention; probably N...

In Chaff » Does your kit include a gun?
December 16, 9:35pm

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

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