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1 pound packs
Zpacks has a good lineup. There is the frameless Blast and Zero. People will debate how much you can carry comfortable in these frameless packs. For me, I start to notice weight at about 25 poun...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Longest ultraight BP w/o replenishing?
December 18, 2:04pm

8 x 10 tarp
Looks to me like your front line just came loose. It obviously has to be tight to get a good ridgeline. I almost always tie that line to a tree, root or other solid natural object. Then it can&#...

In GEAR » Best way to setup 8x10 tarp
December 18, 1:12pm

northbound AT gear list
I would use alcohol. Its easy to source on the AT. Esbit is not so easy to source. I will differ from Andy on the need for a compass, map, etc. The AWOL AT Guide is more than enough and much mo...

In Gear Lists » northbound AT gear list
December 17, 11:05am

I would think about getting a Sawyer Squeeze too. They are really cheap now(about $20). And you won't have to wait for your water to treat. I can really carry less than a half liter pretty m...

In Gear Lists » 2014 SOBO gear list
December 16, 9:46am

The heavy stuff,to me, would be the WPB bivy, water, and food. Not expensive items to cut at all. Take the AWOL guide and water sources will be easy; you don't need to carry much water. As...

In Gear Lists » 2014 SOBO gear list
December 16, 9:40am

It won't hurt that much to carry some of the relatively heavy stuff if its really your preference. A couple of items might make you really uncomfortable though. If you carry that WPB bivy, yo...

In Gear Lists » 2014 SOBO gear list
December 16, 9:20am

EE Prodigy + MLD Superlight Bivy for Winter Mtn Use in Southeast
I would go with the 20 degree. I use down in the southeast just fine too.

In GEAR » EE Prodigy + MLD Superlight Bivy for Winter Mtn Use in Southeast
December 13, 10:10am

Squirrels are hunted and eaten regularly in these parts. I spent a lot of my last backcountry trip talking about squirrel hunting with a couple of friends. They went out of favor for awhile bec...

In Other Activities » Any bowhunters here?
December 13, 8:39am

2014 SOBO gear list
Know what part of the trail you will be doing might help, but, regardless, here's what I'd do differently: -I would take shorts and no long pants; maybe extra shorts so you can do wash. ...

In Gear Lists » 2014 SOBO gear list
December 12, 12:42pm

Ten Fidy
I just took a few of those on a cool trip last month. They are brewing in North Carolina now, so we get them in the southeast too. It was cool enough that they kept a nice drinking temperature. ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Winter Comfort Food
December 11, 3:56pm

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