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Zack Karas ( - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Lake Tahoe
About Me Trail names that haven't stuck: Oprah, Sir Craps-a-Lot, Runaway Blouse, Bunefa, Steve, Big McLargeHuge, The Inedible Uncle Fabulous.

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Top of Old County Rd outside of Tahoe City.

In GEAR » Tall and skinny winter pants?
September 02, 1:51pm

bag some peaks
If you really want to stay high, and this might not logistically make sense, you could climb all of Colorado's 14,000 ft peaks. Depending on the criteria used, there are between 54 to 57 (I th...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » recommendation for a 10 week trail
September 02, 12:08pm

Too funny
"The photo was taken at the exact moment I remembered I had left the oven on." You just made me spit a bit on the computer monitor.

In Post-Trip Reports » Petras, Franco, and Louis- PCT hike
September 01, 11:15pm

Tall guys
You mean you don't like skiing in capri pants? I mean, who doesn't?

In GEAR » Tall and skinny winter pants?
September 01, 7:27pm

I have a stripped down older version Golite Pinnacle (weighs around 22 oz) that I've had loaded with 10 days of food, 3 liters water, 11 lb base weight for a recent thruhike. It wasn't the...

In GEAR » Any suggestions on a lightweight large volume backpack ??
September 01, 3:56pm

"Silverton is a heck of a lot closer to Stone Pass than Lake City or Creede. That would leave out a huge chunk of the CDT in the Weminuche!" I don't know what you mean about leavin...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Weminuche CDT beta?
September 01, 3:42pm

Removable fabric bottom to quilt?
Just throwing this out there--my wife uses a nunatak alpinist and I use a WM pod 30 (top bag). A mix between the two would be nice, like a quilt with fabric sewn along one side, but could be faste...

In GEAR » using nunatak quilts
September 01, 12:45pm

I have zero experience with the PNT, but I know people who hiked it and renamed it "Probably Not a Trail (PNT)" due to the bushwhacking. Maybe it's better now?

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » recommendation for a 10 week trail
September 01, 12:28pm

I thruhiked the CDT southbound as the snow in the San Juans was greater than the snow in Glacier. I didn't really think all too much about walking into the sun (but it probably helped a bit in...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Weminuche CDT beta?
September 01, 12:25pm

Jam on petite ladies
My wife is 5'4", 130ish (I'm too afraid to ask!) and uses the original Jam (the smallest men's version at the time, as there were no women versions then). She loves it and uses it...

In GEAR » advice on woman's UL packs
September 01, 11:59am

All Reader Reviews by Zack Karas

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Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
As many previous reviewers have noted, this light stove works well and supports my ti pot well. I only use this in lower elevations and warmer weather, but that is due to esbit not the stove. I ...

In Stoves - Other
September 15, 12:36pm

Therm-A-Rest Ridgerest
I buy a size regular and cut it into two 30" long sections and I believe they weigh 5oz. One pad will last me for about 1200 miles before I replace it--though the replaced pad still has life lef...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
September 15, 12:33pm

Bibler Eldorado
I have only used it around 14 or so nights since then (only use it in more rugged and windy environments when snow is a possibility). My wife and I used it for our 10-day Tibet trek and it perfor...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
September 09, 4:47pm

BPL Blow-Up Pillow
I had high hopes for this pillow--the single baffle version. I have found that I have to inflate it very little to avoid my head rolling all over the place. So, in order for this pillow to keep my h...

In Miscellaneous Products
September 09, 4:36pm

Adidas Supernova Trail 5
After having foot problems, I went to a podiatrist and had custom orthotics made. The Dr. also recommended these shoes and to replace all shoes every 300-500 miles. Since using these, I have had z...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 09, 4:04pm

Red Ledge Thunderlight pants
I'm surprised that more people don't use and/or know about these. My pants weigh 6.5oz size medium and fit over my shoes. They have button snaps at the ankle to allow for 2 different sizes b...

In Clothing - Raingear
September 09, 4:00pm

Brasslite Turbo II-D
Purchased in 2004, used for around 6000 trail miles. Weighs 2.5oz, so there are lighter alternatives out there, but for the slimmer sleeve I feel it is worth it as it allows a broader trail diet. ...

In Stoves - Alcohol
September 08, 10:15am

Western Mountaineering Pod 30
Purchased in 2005, used for entire CDT, 10-day Tibet trek, Iceland thruhike, 6 months hiking in NZ, plus about another 1000 or so miles. Weighs 17 oz after cutting off pad sleeve. Only downsid...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
September 08, 10:12am

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 3
I recently purchased this for a thruhike of Iceland based on its' weight. It performed well, but let me explain... The foot-end of the tent is lower than the head-end, plus the vestibules are ...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 08, 10:06am

Dirty Girl Gaiters
These would be a 5 if the supplied adhesive strip resisting peeling after very wet days. Superglue was the answer and has held the velcro down wonderfully. Very breathable (and I'm a sweater...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 08, 9:59am