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All Forum Posts by Bob Bankhead

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FS: GG Mariposa Ultralight Backpack
IMBICILE! You have no idea how lucky you are to have a wife who wants UL gear of her own so she can join you in the mountains. IMMEDIATELY forego all planned or imagined purchases for your scraw...

In Gear Swap » FS: GG Mariposa Ultralight Backpack (2 available)
February 01, 9:22pm

PossumDown Beanie Hat
This has become my "go-to" hat, especially when it's cold and/or for sleeping. It works well in windy conditions too, albeit yielding less warmth. I wear it around the house, running ...

In GEAR » PossumDown Beanie Hat
January 30, 10:12am

what's wrong with vargo titanium nail stake?
Easton (tubular aluminum) stakes will have more holding power due to their larger diameter - especially the long 9 inch gold ones (great for higher tension lines such as front and rear ridge pole g...

In GEAR » what's wrong with vargo titanium nail stake?
January 27, 3:00pm

Windpants as useful as Wshirt?
No, they are not. Under most hiking circumstances, your legs will stay warm enough just from the walking you do, but your body core will need help. If you normally hike in shorts, wind pants can...

In GEAR » Windpants as useful as Wshirt?
January 22, 7:42pm

2007 Tarptent Contrail Changes
OK, so what does this do for you? What does it correct?

In GEAR » 2007 Tarptent Contrail Changes
January 18, 4:56pm

The Quest for a New Backpack
Check out ULA Equipment's line, especially the Relay [2900 cubic inches, $99, at only 17 ounces]. And Brian has three new packs for 2007. The 1st (AMP) is due i...

In GEAR » The Quest for a New Backpack
January 14, 8:54pm

Print Mag's Coffee Article
Bill, I've got to agree with you. The guy hasn't made it to Oregon either. Maybe the Pony Express got ambushed (again).

In Chaff » Print Mag's Coffee Article
January 07, 11:39am

I've found that Egg McMuffins - both plain and with sausage - travel very well in a backpack and make a great first-day lunch and trail snack. They take up very little room in your pack and can...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Warm Drinks
January 04, 1:32pm

Garmin eTrex Legend Cx
Those stupid color displays eat batteries at a fierce rate. Color is not needed for trail work; they're after the automobile crowd.

In GEAR » Garmin eTrex Legend Cx
December 27, 1:38pm

JMT thru-hike...which direction?
To quote directly from the 3rd edition of "Guide to the John Muir Trail" by Winnett and Morey, page 2-3: "Gaining elevation, especially when you start at high altitude, is more di...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » JMT thru-hike...which direction?
December 19, 7:35am

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