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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

I Got Banned
One word - BEANO One comment - this thread stinks! HYOH, PYOG

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » I Got Banned
December 17, 10:51pm

Heavy duty drugs
1. Small quantities of antibiotics and similar Rx items are usually very easy to get, even from a new doctor, because they are for very small quantities and intended only to last long enough for yo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Heavy duty drugs
December 17, 10:41pm

Gear List for a Mid-January AT Start
The operative words here are "I HAVE HAD TO EAT". Apparently, Bill doesn't have a choice, unless of course he wants to starve to death. Catch a clue, folks. This isn't being pu...

In Gear Lists » Gear List for a Mid-January AT Start
December 14, 8:54pm

Which Shelter?
Tarptent Contrail Width: 42F, 30R with bathtub floor setup Length: 84 with bathtub floor setup Height: 45 (adjustable) Weight: 24.5 oz with stakes and l...

In GEAR » Which shelter?
December 10, 10:07am

ULA Circuit or Conduit?
Here's an idea - post your geographical location. Maybe someone near you HAS one or both of these packs and would let you try loading your gear into it. Alternatively, talk to Brian first. He used ...

In GEAR » ULA Circuit or Conduit?
December 04, 5:24pm

Tarptent Contrail Vs. Rainbow
Bob - You have a PM. I live only 5 miles from you.

In GEAR » Tarptent Contrail Vs. Rainbow
December 04, 7:37am

Tarptent Contrail Vs. Rainbow
How many tents are you willing to own and do you go solo or with someone else most of the time? I too live in the Pacific NW and own both the Contrail (25 oz) and the Double Rainbow (40 oz). I u...

In GEAR » Tarptent Contrail Vs. Rainbow
December 03, 9:55am

down air mattress
How are they for summer and fall use? Big Agnes has a questionable reputation for quality of their air pads so don't want to go there.

In Winter Hiking » down air mattress
November 27, 10:11pm

Tarptent Double Rainbow Tent REVIEW
My wife and I love our DR. It has replaced our beloved 20-year-old TNF Tadpole as our preferred "couples tent". Others have tried; this is the only one to have succeeded, and that includes our BatR...

In Editor's Roundtable » Tarptent Double Rainbow Tent REVIEW
November 25, 10:46pm

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