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Backcountry Fire Rings
If they're along well-used trails and in plain site within a few miles of a trailhead, I'm inclined to let them be. More so if they are clear from brush and show evidence of presumably uns...

In Philosophy & Technique » Backcountry Fire Rings
June 03, 9:38pm

Great trip report and impressive accomplishment!

In Post-Trip Reports » BMWO 2013 - Another Year of Swimming in the Flathead
May 30, 8:18pm

Re: Viewed in a Different Light
Another +1 for Rob's take. Honestly, if the forecast was clear and stable, I see no harm in going on a short overnighter without a shelter. There's plenty of quick overnight trips where...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How stupid is it to go into the wilderness without a shelter or survival skills?
May 30, 11:39am

Bright colors
I'm not a fan of bright colors. I'd rather my gear blend in to my surroundings. That being said, I do have a couple of items in my pack that are brightly colored and that can be used fo...

In Philosophy & Technique » **rule** chose bright colored gear
May 30, 11:32am

UL and the 10 Essentials
I guess I follow both ends of the spectrum... Sometimes I like to hike or trail run like Craig W. Just head out the door and onto the trail with the clothes on my back and maybe a water bottle...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ultralight and the 10 Essentials
May 30, 10:04am

Sun hat
Check out the Patagonia canvas sun cap. It's got a longer bill, neck cape, chin strap, and it's made of cotton canvas. Sounds like it should hit all marks for you.

In GEAR » sun hat
May 28, 12:32am

Southern Los Padres
If you can stand the heat and dryness on the hikes in/out, you can find water year round at a handful of camps and along a handful of trails in the southern Los Padres. May just have to put up wit...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Any thoughts on backpacking trips in So Cal that have water this time of year. Los Padres and Sespe Wilderness???
May 26, 8:26pm

Backcountry Growlers, Beer!
One word... Genius!!!

In GEAR » Backcountry Growlers, Beer!
May 25, 10:32pm

Wind shirt as rain jacket?
Like the others said, for any sustained, even light, rain, the windjacket won't keep you dry long. It can shed a light mist or short drizzle but eventually the jacket will start to wet out. ...

In GEAR » Wind shirt as rain jacket?
May 24, 11:29am

The Case Against Wood Fires
Statistics show that absolutely 100% of people who sit near a campfire or breathe in smoke from another's campfire will eventually die. In all seriousness though, outside of those segments o...

In Philosophy & Technique » The Case Against Wood Fires
May 22, 7:01pm

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