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Contrail up in 58 seconds
As Ben so correctly points out, mountain winds are famous for changing direction on you, usually at the most inopportune times. That's why I always add the two side guyout lines to my Contr...

In GEAR » Contrail up in 58 seconds
November 08, 12:41pm

Contrail up in 58 seconds
BLIMMEY, Cobber! I doubt if even Henry (Shires) could do it any faster, although I didn't notice you using your signature third rear pole in this video. Maybe my eyes missed it. It's...

In GEAR » Contrail up in 58 seconds
November 08, 8:12am

Best Advice, Books etc for JMT hike
Just out (Oct 15, 2007) "JOHN MUIR TRAIL" by Elizabeth Wenk and Kathy Morey. Available from for $12.21 Add Harrison's JMT map pack for $18.95 and get free shipping. http://...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Best Advice, Books etc for JMT hike
November 08, 7:59am

one more gray SOLO TARP
what's your website URL, please?

In Gear Swap » one more gray SOLO TARP
November 07, 10:22am

Best Advice, Books etc for JMT hike
TM = Tuolumne Meadows RM = Red's Meadow VVR = Vermillion Valley Resort MTR = Muir Trail Ranch

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Best Advice, Books etc for JMT hike
November 06, 8:15am

Double Rainbow
I have one and have taken it on many treks. It sleeps two adults very comfortably inside with room to spare at either your head or foot (your choice). If your dog(s) absolutely MUST go inside t...

In GEAR » Tarptent vs Small Double Wall Tent
November 02, 9:16pm

Altitude Sickness
Another helpful hint: CLIMB HIGH; SLEEP LOW It is suggested that if possible, you sleep no higher than 1000 feet above your previous night's camp. Climb as high as you like - or can t...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Altitude Sickness
November 01, 7:12pm

Altitude Sickness
See the sections in the Guide to High Altitude Medicine at This is not something you want to play around with, but neither should you fear it out...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Altitude Sickness
November 01, 7:03pm

IMO, the biggest downside to going from north to south is the immediate, right off the bat steep climb up to Whitney from the Portal. Note that I have never done it and never would; I've only r...

October 03, 5:55pm

First: be sure you're in shape physically to do this. There is a LOT of elevation gain and loss, Mount Whitney notwithstanding. Second: Order a copy of "John Muir Trail" 4th editio...

October 03, 3:26pm

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