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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

Shuttle from Seattle to Snoqualmie Pass
Be sure you ask the driver before you get on. Greyhound eliminated the Snoqualmie Pass stop years ago, and he's under no obligation to stop. In fact, it may be against "the rules"...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Need Shuttle from Seattle to Snoqualmie Pass, Oct 3rd or 4th
October 03, 10:19am

David: To make an apples to apples comparison, you really should compare the Bear Keg with the Bearikade EXPEDITION model (they're the same size 9 x 14 and approximately equal volumes) Be...

In GEAR » Bear Cannisters: How to carry them
October 02, 5:33pm

Patagonia Micro puff vest - all gone!
All gone

In Gear Deals » Patagonia Micro puff
September 26, 7:01pm

FS Platypus Little Nippers
Be advised, there is NO SALES TAX in Oregon. I should know; I've lived here for 21 years.

In Gear Swap » FS Platypus Little Nippers
September 26, 6:31pm

"TarpTent Contrail vs. 6 Moon Designs Lunar Solar E"
"I'm concerned about the unplanned snow like the three and a half inches of heavy slop I got hit with in July at 11,000 ft." Mother Nature can occasionally be a bad girl. To fill i...

In GEAR » TarpTent Contrail vs. 6 Moon Designs Lunar Solar E
September 22, 2:13pm

"Gear, Gear, Gear!!!"
Arc Specialist - what fabric, top and bottom - Quantum, Microlite, or Epic? If it's a 2007 version, the blue suggests the top is Epic. Any overfill or other mods besides the added length?

In Gear Swap » Gear, Gear, Gear!!!
September 22, 12:53pm

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