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Re: Beginner to winter backpacking...need help with layering
Start by adding a warm, in-camp-only layer for your legs. Seems like most folks will have more and warmer layers for the torso, and your list sounds like that's the case for you. Light down pan...

In Winter Hiking » Beginner to winter backpacking...need help with layering
October 21, 10:28pm

good for internal frames as well
I don't make frameless packs anymore(don't see the point when my stays are only 3 oz and they make life so much better), but I have always built my internal frame packs with contoured side ...

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: Contoured Side Panels for Improved Load Carry in Frameless Packs
October 16, 6:33pm

Re: Re: What would you have done?
Only once have I walked someone back to the right trail, and I did it more for my own sake than his. This was on top of Whitney at the end of a JMT thru-hike. My buddy and I were spending the night...

In Philosophy & Technique » What would you have done?
October 15, 6:18pm

"Redefine long-distance hike"
If I were you I would redefine long-distance hike to mean something on the order of a couple hundred miles. That gives you the freedom to schedule your hike to avoid the nasty stream crossings - wh...

In Pre-Trip Planning » PCT thru hike With my 5yr old along for the summer- Northbound or Southbound?
October 15, 5:55pm

sil or cuben floor?
Thinking of making a bivy sack, wondering about the floor. Familiar with silynlon in terms of slipperiness, but no experience with cuben. Is it less slippery than sil?

In Make Your Own Gear » sil or cuben floor?
October 13, 10:13pm

eVent fabric source
Have been looking and can't find a current retail source for eVent fabric. Specifically I'm looking for 3-layer, with the lightest face fabric I can find. Anybody know of a current source? ...

In Make Your Own Gear » eVent fabric source
October 11, 11:01pm

slick
nice design. I've bought fine stainless cable about that size or smaller, and the crimp fittings for it, at marine hardware stores in the past. Looks like that's all youd need plus the bind...

In Make Your Own Gear » hanging kit
October 11, 5:46pm

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In Gear Swap » FS: Mountain Hardwear Tempest Gloves (fleece lined Conduit) , Men's Large
October 09, 6:30pm

pants
For one thing, you won't get the same warmth for half the weight if you go for down instead of synthetic. If you want full zip, you'll be looking at more like 12 oz vs. 16 - and of course y...

In GEAR » down vs. synthetic insulated pants for winter
October 08, 9:59pm

Re: Fleece warmth
Miles - re your original question - for summer in the Sierra, I have used for a few years now the following: a 1/4 zip t-neck much like the one you have, a base layer shirt, and precip jacket. I al...

In GEAR » Fleece warmth
October 06, 10:26pm

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