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All Forum Posts by Ken Bennett

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Re: re: western road trip
Getting back to the Grand Canyon for a minute, the campground at the north rim is pretty nice, and you can reserve a tent site. You don't have to hike all the way down, just the 5 miles to Roar...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Major road trip to western parks - mainly Yosemite
December 24, 2:45pm

Re: Re: womens packs
My wife swears by her Osprey Ariel 55. You might want the 65 for the canister. Osprey does a good job with women's pack suspension.

In GEAR » Womens Pack for ~30 lbs Loads
December 06, 6:19pm

Re: Cold Feet Sleepers - Solution Debate
I carry a small piece of closed cell foam cut from a Z-rest pad. It's large enough for me to sit on, so I can use it on breaks and in camp to keep my butt insulated from the cold ground or the ...

In GEAR » Cold Feet Sleepers - Solution Debate
December 06, 6:18pm

Re: SNP Resupply
Not much will be open in March along the trail in SNP. Skyland isn't open until the last weekend in March. During the summer, resupply and food is easy in the park -- not so much in late winter...

In GEAR » Hiking the AT in Shenandoah Spring 2013
December 04, 6:50am

Re: Exaggerated pack weights????
Easy -- the wrong stuff and too much of it. Fifteen years ago I was thrilled when I was able to get my base weight below 50 pounds. Seriously. For a weekend trip, I would have 48 pounds of base gea...

In Gear Lists » Exaggerated pack weights????
November 18, 9:31am

Re: Hallelujah!
Huh, it works. Thanks!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hallelujah!
November 14, 7:01pm

Re: winter hiking hat
I hike in a Microdome from Mountain Hardwear. It's a thin microfleece beanie. Just right in all but the coldest weather. For camp I bring a homemade tube hat made from 200-wt fleece. Oh, and I ...

In GEAR » winter hiking hat
October 17, 6:09pm

Re: odds
I suspect the odds of this poster being attacked by a crazed deer again are significantly lower than 3720 to 1. (Never tell me the odds.) To the OP: you have done a remarkable job trimming your ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Critique My Pack List
October 10, 6:35pm

Re: Your concerns are sound
If you are planning to sleep near your car, can you leave all the sleeping stuff in that car at the end? If I recall that section correctly, you can cross into Virginia, then cross back to WV to yo...

In Gear Lists » AT Four State Challenge List
October 10, 6:23pm

Re: D40
D40 is fine. It'll make very good photos at lower ISOs, and much better high ISO photos than a p+s camera. You'll have a lot more control over your photos, too, which is great if you want t...

In Photography » Upgrading to dslr, did i make the right choice?
October 04, 6:48pm

All Reader Reviews by Ken Bennett

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Photon Freedom Micro (White)
The newest version is the Photon Freedom To The Max, which uses some sort of new technology in the LED that doubles brightness while not using any more battery power. Nice. The Doug Ritter edition ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 17, 6:10pm

Marmot Ion
I just received my Marmot Ion jacket from Campmor, and I agree with the two most recent posts. I don't think it's sil-nylon, exactly, but my hiking test had water beading up on the inside whil...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
January 17, 6:04pm