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from Eugene
Inland from Eugene are the Three Sisters, including a "glass" (obsidian) mountain (cliff). Or head north from there towards Mt. Jefferson. All great hiking country. Thumbs up on the Ro...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Must do backpack between Eugene and Santa Cruz ....??
August 30, 10:13pm

Not a tip for how to convince your wife about letting you solo backpack, more of a tip to developing your relationship with your wife: What is truly good for one partner is good for the other. L...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tips to convince wife to let me go solo and still be around when I come back...
August 30, 10:00pm

Big Star & grandkids
This will be an excellent tarp when out with my grandkids! I can hardly wait!

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain Laurel Designs TrailStar Shelter Review
August 29, 6:11pm

Bivy inside a Mid
I use a MLD superlight bivy with the bug head covering in my Duo and Cricket. (If I expect really bad bug situation, I'll use an inner net). The bivy protects from wet ground, splash, wind unde...

In GEAR » Bivy inside a Mid Shelter or Ground Sheet?
August 29, 12:21pm

re: Re: Bear learns how to crack Garcia cans at Yosemite
"But some bears are not easily chased away, and persist in their business of trying to get the food despite yelling, banging, etc. What then? They are smart, and presumably some eventually lea...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear learns how to crack Garcia cans at Yosemite
August 28, 10:19am

Multiple events
Dean, the word I got was the bear has done this repeatedly. Thus the Park hiring someone to target that particular bear. They wouldn't do that for a single incident.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear learns how to crack Garcia cans at Yosemite
August 27, 2:42pm

Cracking cans
According to my students, the person hired to monitor and tag the bear aid it was knocking them over a cliff, then going down to eat the contents. Nothing half opened to begin with. FWIW, the b...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear learns how to crack Garcia cans at Yosemite
August 27, 12:16am

re: ULA Pack
I've owned and carried both the Circuit and the Catalyst. If you want a load hauler, I would suggest the Catalyst is the better pack for you. Heavier loads require more structure to support ...

In GEAR » ULA Pack
August 25, 2:20pm

Bear & Garcia
I had actually heard about this two weeks ago from a student who went backpacking in Yosemite. The bear was working in the area he was camped in, and he and his buddies had already chased it off se...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear learns how to crack Garcia cans at Yosemite
August 25, 2:14pm

Re: Re: Straight Frame
You know, Dave, it finally occurred to me last night that there is a huge difference between external and internal packs when it comes to frames or stays. An internal framed pack rides directly aga...

In GEAR » Anyone else slightly underwhelmed by ULA packs? [crickets chirping]
August 21, 9:17am

All Reader Reviews by Stephen Barber

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ZPacks Sleeping Bag 40* and 20*
This is the side sleepers dream bag! The bags are filled with 900 fill power goose down, outer shell is green .95 oz/sq yd Pertex Quantum ripstop nylon, and the liner is black .67 oz/sq yd nylon. ...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
July 25, 9:25pm

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad
Upon receipt of the pad, I inflated it to sleeping firmness, and stood it up against the bookcase. An hour later it looked rather soft; three hours later it was in a pile on the floor. Brand new, and ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
January 24, 11:49pm

Lawson Equipment Customer Service
I've purchased from Lawson on several different occasions. I've always gotten excellent service, fast shipping (especially considering I live clear across the country!), and good interaction v...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 20, 11:47am

ULA Catalyst
I've spent the last two years trying to find a pack that is both light and comfortable, ie, transfers weight to the hip bones well. To date, i had found packs that were only one but not the other ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
June 04, 8:11pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
I was able to pick up a Bushbuddy Ti used, and can't imagine why anyone would want to get rid of one! I used it repeatedly this summer and have been absolutely delighted with it! It is probably...

In Stoves - Other
August 18, 11:59am