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Re: New Zealand form October to December
And, as much as some US trails are hard to get permits for, the "Great Walks" like Milford Sound or in Abel Tasman not only need reservations, but we found the hut reservations went very ...

In Gear Lists » New Zealand form October to December
September 03, 6:42pm

Re: Tips for filling up a Sawyer Mini Bag
A 9" x 9" square of heavy-duty aluminum foil is a versatile thing. You can fashion a scoop in any needed shape (supported by your hand), or even more usefully in the high country, I'...

In GEAR » Tips for filling up a Sawyer Mini Bag
September 03, 12:32pm

Re: Re: Knife or multi-tool?
>"Try a small folder like a single blade pocketknife or a Swiss Army classic. If you find yourself wishing for something more robust, look at larger folders and fixed blades. If you find yo...

In GEAR » Knife or multi-tool
September 03, 12:26pm

Chemical Engineering perspective
Yes, ethanol needs oxygen to burn. But in this case, I think the issue is that air needs fuel in it to burn. The stoichiometric ratio of ethanol to air is 1:14.3 (by volume of vapor) The limit...

In GEAR » Best way to light a StarLyte?
September 03, 12:11pm

Re: Cheapest food calorie per dollar
An interesting perspective. I expected peanut butter to win and it did. And with all that fat and oil, it also makes for one of the more weight-efficient calories sources and one of the very most...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Cheapest food calorie per dollar
September 03, 11:30am

Blaze orange stuff.
$17.95 nylon running cap: http://www.sierratradingpost.com/outdoor-research-revel-cap-for-men-and-women~p~6631m/?filterString=s~hat%2Fcolorfamily~orange%2F&colorFamily=01 $11.95 beanie ha...

In Make Your Own Gear » It's that time of year again......hunting season
September 03, 11:24am

Take classes. Then practice.
I'm going to suggest you take some avalanche classes (REI offers them in some stores) as an introduction. I did one that included a day in the Cascades digging pits to check snow-pack conditio...

In Winter Hiking » PCT or CDT during winter
September 02, 11:24pm

Screw it.
If you carry a multi-tool or even a SAK Classic whose nail file can be used as a screwdriver, a few sheet-rock screws are very light but gives tremendous flexibility if there are trees, logs or ten...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Stake techniques
September 02, 6:08pm

Re: Re: Stake techniques
A large rock placed over the stake or on the line just tent-ward of the stake helps a lot. With big enough rocks, you don't need any stakes at all. Same with logs. Then there are "dea...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Stake techniques
September 02, 6:05pm

Re: 3 day trip suggestions in Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion
Zion has more backpacking options than Bryce. Zion also has some great day hikes to Angel's Landing and the hiking IN the river of a slot canyon in The Narrows. It sound like you'll be ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » 3 day trip suggestions in Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion
September 02, 10:22am

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