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Re: asking for some advice
Katharina Pierini wrote: "What do y'all think: trail runners on this one? Also, rain gear for possible sustained rain ( Arcteryx, in my case) or something lighter but not as waterproof? Wh...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 3-4 openings for Rae Lakes loop 8/12-8/15
July 29, 2:48pm

Re: re: father-son trip
David wrote: "southern JMT -South Lake to Whitney Portal 100ish miles, the best alpine scenery in the lower 48, high lake fishing, great weather. Ideal time is more late July to early August ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Ultimate Father & Son Trip Suggestions
July 29, 11:39am

going to try them
I've ordered a pair of Z/2's and some Injinji toe socks. No way to tell if they'll really work out for me except by putting some miles on them and seeing how it goes. Thanks, all, for t...

In GEAR » Chaco sandals?
July 29, 9:46am

Breadlike foods
I think people going on really long trips without resupply, using a bear canister, generally find that tortillas pack the best. Personally I use buttery crackers. They taste good, have pretty go...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Breadlike foods
July 28, 12:55pm

multiple bagging; individual-size prepackaged olive oil
Yeah, I'm very interested in this myself, after just having had pesto leak all over the inside of my bear canister. Bagging oils inside multiple layers of ziplocks may work. I find single...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Foolproof containers for oily stuff?
July 28, 12:47pm

pack; missing items
Wow, 11.6 lb base weight including fishing gear is great! Instead of the Granite Gear Virga, you might want to consider a Gossamer Gear G4: http://www.gossamergear.com/cgi-bin/gossamergear/pack_...

In Gear Lists » UL on a budget
July 28, 12:40pm

battery
I don't have a PLB, but for the McMurdo, apparently the battery typically lasts about 10 years: http://equipped.org/McMurdoNewFastFind.htm (IIRC the manufacturer conservatively rates it at 5 ye...

In GEAR » McMurdo Fast Find PLB model 210
July 28, 11:30am

Chacos on PCT
Rob wrote: "Any thoughts on chacos on PCT?" In addition to the JMTer I described above, I also met a PCTer at Tuolumne who was using sandals, so apparently it can be done. He was receivi...

In GEAR » Chaco sandals?
July 28, 11:14am

Don't do it.
As one who foolishly fell victim to the marketing, let me advise you to go with a cheap Bic. I bought an expensive Colibri Summit lighter, which they try to convince you will light at the bottom of...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Waterproof/Windproof Lighter
July 28, 11:09am

age records
Good luck, Aaron! I met some people on the JMT last week who are trying for a different kind of record: age records. These 12-year-olds are trying to set an age record for the JMT yo-yo: http...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » JMT Record Attempts for 2010
July 27, 10:48pm

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