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It's December 1st and
In Brian's defense, he only inquired about the interest in and features for a panel loader. He never said he would make one. Ron Moak at Six Moon Designs has a nice panel loader, the ESSENCE...

In GEAR » It's December 1st and...
December 02, 7:37pm

Auto Eating Marmots
At Mammoth Lake, you'll be leaving your car in town, or at Mammoth Mountain Resort's parking lot. Ain't no stinkin' marmots there, baby! Do the same in the town of Lone Pine. Suppos...

In Post-Trip Reports » Where does one get JMT permit if starting at Red Meadows on the JMT?
December 01, 9:28pm

Shame on Brian
He didn't stay on schedule? Hikers are ALWAYS on schedule. UNBELIEVABLE. UNACCEPTABLE. How dare he disappoint his rabid customers-to-be. He must be punished. Let's add 10 pounds of r...

In GEAR » It's December 1st and...
December 01, 7:55pm

Commercially Available Basic UL Kit
7 pounds total. Available from ProMountain Sports in Seattle. All you add is your choice of kitchen acessories, stove, and personal items.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Commercially Available UL Kit
December 01, 7:06pm

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

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