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Go on a hiking trip with gentle weather
You have to deal with the fear of bad weather and the concern that you will not be comfortable or, in a worst case, unsafe. These are legitimate concerns. There is real merit in being prepared for...

In Philosophy & Technique » SUL and UL: Seeking Converts
June 30, 4:16am

Re: Re: The last SHR column
Aaron, have you used the Golites in mud? Seems the lugs would carry a lot of mud with them. Kevin, have you used the Namche?

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Roper's Sierra High Route - Solo
May 30, 1:34pm

Roper's Sierra High Route
The last couple of podcasts in Howe's series describes the equipment and route he took based on his experiences. Listen here to his post trip review for his recommendations: http://rodale.ty...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Roper's Sierra High Route - Solo
May 28, 9:45pm

Re: Roper's Sierra High Route - Solo
Steve Howe did a solo hike of the Sierra High Route and a daily podcast of his trip in August and September of 2006. See, http://rodale.typepad.com/backpacker_podcasts/2006/08/index.html I ha...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Roper's Sierra High Route - Solo
May 28, 1:17pm

Cocoon UL 60 pants
I'm happy with my pair. I sleep in them and wear them when I arrive at camp as the sun goes down, or while packing up in the morning. I've not tried to hike in them, and I doubt that w...

In GEAR » Cocoon UL 60 pants
May 16, 9:43pm

"diluting" 100% DEET
I've been adding a few drops of water to my 100% DEET to stretch out my supply of it. I'm not really sure if that is effective or not. Oil and water don't mix. I don't remember...

In GEAR » DEET concentration effectiveness?
May 13, 12:43pm

DEET concentration effectiveness?
At the risk of losing 0.50 of my BPL ranking for citing Backpacker magazine here (just kidding), the June issue at page 87 reports that they found from their testing there was no discernable differ...

In GEAR » DEET concentration effectiveness?
May 13, 10:15am

Re: Synthetic puffy vest
Patagonia's micro puff vest. It has a full zip now, mine from a few years ago has a half snap. Integral Designs has the Logan Vest. And, BPL will be offering to the public this Summer a C...

In GEAR » Synthetic puffy vest
May 13, 8:11am

My Avatar
A tarn just west of Nebo Pass in the Weminuche in Southwestern Colorado. The picture was taken the next to the last day of a multiday hike on the CDT. But, the why is more important than the wh...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Your Avatar
April 10, 8:06pm

arc alpinist and Skaha with hood
I have been very happy with this combination. I tend to sleep cold. It is flexible. I also roll around a lot, and the hood stays in the right position all night long.

In GEAR » Nunatak Arc AT + Skaha Plus
March 28, 8:14pm

All Reader Reviews by Tim Cheek

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Mountain Laurel Designs 850 ml Cup
Perfect because it does what the advertisement says it will do. It holds enough water to reconstitute your freeze dried food, and your hot drink. Boil the water for both, pour whatever is needed for t...

In Cookware - Titanium
September 05, 10:07pm

Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews
I feel like I have to choke down energy bars. They are just too dry for me. And, these things didn't seem appetizing to me because they had the consistency of gummy bears and the political cor...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
September 05, 10:01pm

Amazon Kindle
Some people fish, fly kites, chat with their hiking mates, or mull over their route and equipment when they aren’t hiking. Some hike from dawn to dusk and have no time for such weighty pass times. If...

In Miscellaneous Products
September 05, 9:54pm

Garmin Oregon 550t
This review is by a first time GPS user, so I can’t offer a comparison to other units. I’m also not familiar with the technical aspects of GPS units, so I can’t offer you performance data. What I ca...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
September 05, 9:53pm

Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie Firestarter
Plastic broke while trying to use it the first time. Apparently, the spring wasn't strong enough for the plunger to pop out when I squeezed the case. Super gluing it back would likely prevent m...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
August 25, 8:19pm

Last Breath: The Limits of Adventure by Peter Stark
Okay, maybe this is engaging and educational, but it gave me the creeps. How many ways can you kick the bucket in slow motion?

In Books and Media
April 14, 9:32pm

Alone Across Alaska 1,000 Miles of Wilderness DVD DVD
www.bucktrack.com $24.95 plus $5.00 shipping. This is a DVD of a solo hike from the east end of the Brooks range to the west. Six hundred miles of hiking and four hundred on an inflatable canoe. ...

In Books and Media
April 14, 9:30pm

Inov-8 Roclite 390 XCR
I bought my pair from REI in case I needed to return them. I'd have preferred a pair without gore tex, but it was fun to splash through water without drying out. I was worried that the description...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 06, 9:37pm

Cocoon Vest Vest
I ordered the medium because that is what I wear in a Patagonia Micro-Puff, but the neck was too big for me, too. I have replaced it with a small, and the fit is perfect. I prefer the zipper over t...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
July 05, 7:56pm

Equinox Lite Tripper Organizer Pouch
The irony of repackaging stuff into smaller containers is the accumulation of a whole lot of little containers. I have tried to keep track of them all a variety of ways, but always feared I'd mis...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 28, 10:00pm