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Don Amundson (amrowinc) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Southern California
About Me I had been away from backpacking for many years. When I started researching equipment it was like coming too after a coma. I was amazed to discover "lightweight." I did the JMT in 2009 and have been regularly on the trail since.
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Black Diamond Z
I've been using the Black Diamond Distance Z poles for a year now and have had no problems. I bought them for air plane travel originally. The have a new model called the Distance FL Trekking P...

In GEAR » Need help with Trekking Poles
September 08, 3:05pm

JMT Qs on clothing
Anything can happen at anytime in the Sierras but all I carry is the DriDucks Emergency Poncho. Most downpours in my experience are short lived and anything beyond will have me setting up my shelte...

In Gear Lists » Couple JMT Qs on clothing Sept. trip
August 04, 10:50pm

I'll be needing one by the end of summer.

In Gear Deals » CCF Pads; Coming Soon
July 31, 11:26pm

Sprint Aquatic Shoes
Seems every one is out of stock on the sprint aquatics. I've used them on a couple of long trips both for stream crossings and camp shoes. They were adequate for both in the conditions encoun...

In GEAR » Sprint Aquatic Shoes
July 06, 9:17pm

"Do you always take a rain jacket?"
I'm in So. Cal. also. I always carry a minimal poncho in the Sierras. In our local mountains I'll look at the weather forecast and plan accordingly. I don't always pack rain gear in oth...

In GEAR » Do you always take a rain jacket?
June 22, 11:30am

"smallest pot you would consider for one person?"
I did some agonizing over this awhile back. I only heat water-no cooking in pot. I realized I only needed a max of 2 cups and rarely that-usually 1-1.5 cups. I ended up a 475ml Trapper's Mug t...

In GEAR » smallest pot you would consider for one person?
June 20, 12:39pm

Sleep systems with clothes
As you say-lots of variables. I live in Calif. so our local weather is close to yours. I use a GoLite 20 degree quilt on a short NeoAir pad with a GG 1/8" foam pad as a base. If I expect cold...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sleep systems with clothes
June 05, 10:24am

Any way to lighten the way I carry my caldera cone?
There's always the option of spending some $'s to purchase the Caldera Sidswinder system so everything will fit in your pot. Sell your other system here and the cost of the Sidewinder will ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Any way to lighten the way I carry my caldera cone?
June 04, 11:17am

Need recommendations on a roughly 50L pack
GoLite Jam 50L. I don't have the new model but I've been using the old one for Sierra trips where I need to carry a bear canister. You can't beat the sale price.

In GEAR » Need recommendations on a roughly 50L pack
May 29, 10:30am

How much more food do you pack for trips at altitude?
I've also experienced a loss of appetite at the beginning of trip at altitude. It seems that about the 3rd or 4th day I start sucking calories at a more normal rate. I just wish I felt secure...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » How much more food do you pack for trips at altitude?
May 28, 11:37pm

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