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Re: How to Pack Synthetic Insulated Garments
I used a BPL Cocoon hoody and full zip pants last winter and I stuffed them, sticking close to the BPL guidelines of 16 oz of cocoon to (if memory serves, since the new stuff has not such recommend...

In GEAR » How to Pack Synthetic Insulated Garments
September 23, 6:19pm

Tahoe Rim Trail early October updated list
Thanks for the link to the Echo Chalet. I suspected it might not be open after Labor Day. I'm just counting on the pay phone at Upper Echo Lake to check in with family. Know of any other payp...

In Gear Lists » Tahoe Rim Trail early October
September 14, 7:23pm

Re: Importance of diverisfying insulation types
I've been thinking about this as well. I'm going on my first extended trip, with likely overnight temps in the 25-32F range, but since it's the mountains(Sierras)in October, I could ea...

In GEAR » Importance of diverisfying insulation types
September 14, 6:31am

Re: Tahoe Rim Trail early October
Thanks for the heads up on the campground near Tahoe Meadows(Mt Rose?) I was actually planning on stopping there. I guess I'll stay somewhere in Tahoe Meadows. My understanding though is that...

In Gear Lists » Tahoe Rim Trail early October
September 12, 7:43pm

Sleeping Cool?
It does help if you sleep cool instead By sleeping cool, this means not using a bag overly warm for conditions( a -10*F bag in 10*F temperatures), thereby preventing excessive sweating? As ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Winter camping=damp bag. Why?
September 10, 7:37am

Re: I am going solo but?
I'm just curious since I'm not familiar with the area, but what sort of bad things can happen? Anything different from a normal hike; injury, sickness, getting lost etc? I'm going...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » I am going solo but?
September 01, 12:31pm

Re: Re: Maps not matching up
I'm glad I posted this; I can accept that there's slop in maps, I just didn't realize there was. I guess I was sort of technology-blinded in this case; I assumed with GPS and what ...

In GEAR » Maps not matching up
September 01, 6:28am

Maps not matching up
I started planning my Tahoe Rim Trail Hike using the National Geographic Tahoe Basin map. I planned out my days all the way around, and came up about 5 miles short of the TRT Associations 165 offi...

In GEAR » Maps not matching up
August 31, 8:03pm

Comparing warmth
Have a look at this chart by Richard Nisley. There's a lot of science and it's helpful to read all the follow-up posts, but at a glance it gives you an idea of how some of the jackets you ...

In GEAR » MB Thermawrap vs Ex-light/UL Down inner vs Alpine Light
August 31, 10:53am

Re: Beginner backpack for a beginner backpacker
I have a bad habit of spending my way in to a new pursuit. If you've spent any time on Gear Swap, you can see that your problem is not ucommon to the rest of us. It's so exhilirating...

In GEAR » Beginner backpack for a beginner backpacker
August 31, 9:28am

All Reader Reviews by Jim MacDiarmid

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Gossamer Gear
I ordered a Gorilla backpack from Gossamer Gear. It's my first venture into UL packs. I ordered a medium, and after trying it on for a few days and not finding it completely comfortable, I worri...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
April 15, 5:39pm