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Repackaging prepackaged freeze dried meals
I'd only do it if I had to carry a LOT of FD meals and/or had to cram several days' worth into a bear cannister. Repackaging the meals into heavy-duty ziplok bags makes it MUCH easier to pa...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Repackaging prepackaged freeze dried meals?
August 31, 8:22pm

A smaller TarpTent
I love my Contrail but would not want it any smaller, even though it should be possible to do so. As is, it's easily big enough for me and ALL of my gear, inside and out of the weather. In ...

In GEAR » A smaller TarpTent ?
August 30, 1:54pm

durability of O.P. Saks
If you want durability - buy ALOKSAK If you want the odor barrier, buy OPSAKS If you need both durability AND an odor barrier (for bear country)? Buy one of each. Put the OPSAK inside the ALO...

In GEAR » durability of O.P. Saks?
July 12, 9:20pm

Large carnivore/omnivore protection
In the true UL philosophy of multi-use gear, this will (1)provide protection from bears, cougars, agressive rodents, and noisy Boy Scout troops; (2) enable you to rest your weary legs on those long...

In Philosophy & Technique » Large carnivore/omnivore protection
July 06, 5:33pm

working on my JMT gear list
You will need a California Campfire Permit for your BushBuddy. Answer the four questions and then download yo...

In Gear Lists » working on my JMT gear list
May 25, 5:41pm

Reducing One's First Aid Kit
First aid kits are like any other emergency supplies - 100% dead weight in the pack - until you really need it, and then it's worth its weight in gold. How much to carry depends on several v...

In Philosophy & Technique » Reducing One's First Aid Kit
May 23, 8:12am

JMT gas/resupply question
Unknown, but Muir Trail Ranch will have them.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » JMT gas/resupply question
May 08, 7:49am

FS: TT Contrail
Don't let that stop you from buying this excellent shelter. It's easy to change. See how at I need to do that to mine as well.

In Gear Swap » FS: TT Contrail
May 06, 7:39pm

ULA Arctic 1000 Packs
How about some more photos - especially some of the frame and suspension system, as these will stay the same while the dry packs themselves are interchangeable. Is the suspension system adjustab...

In GEAR » ULA Arctic 1000 Packs
April 17, 3:57pm

Re: Re: New and Improved TT Rainbow
Franco: You do mean $75 CHINESE dollars, right? For the Rainbow, yes, it would take a new design to incorporate the added vent. I'm not so sure about the DR as it already has the two high...

In GEAR » New and Improved TT Rainbow
April 16, 6:54am

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