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Re: Sierra's at end of april
Bear Lake from Crabtree - probably the road to crabtree won't be open yet. Nor to Gianelli. But 108 is open to Kennedy Meadows already, and you can most likely get up to the far end of Relief R...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Sierra's at end of april
April 14, 7:23pm

Re: material/form factor of aluminum stays and framesheet
Tubing - stiffer for the same weight of metal, but harder to bend to suit your back. Flat bar stock - more flexible, more easily bent to suit your back. I have used flat bar stock for all my st...

In Make Your Own Gear » material/form factor of aluminum stays and framesheet
April 07, 7:20pm

Re: snow
I've been watching both the sensors and the manual measurements pretty closely as they get posted,(backcountry ski trip planning) and there is a clear trend toward higher percentages at higher ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » CA Drought and 2014 hiking season
April 01, 9:43pm

a possibility near Kearsarge
check this out:

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » sharing resupply service JMT at Le Conte Canyon Ranger Station?
March 30, 10:37pm

Re: pros and cons tipi tents ?
I would differentiate tips from pyramid-style shelters. Pyramids in my book are square or rectangular while tipis have many more sides, like 8 or more - they approach round(or elliptical in some ca...

In GEAR » pros and cons tipi tents
March 27, 6:05pm

Re: Whitney to Lone Pine
The one thing that can make this a hard hitch instead of easy is getting down late in the afternoon. Getting down fairly early means you are there before most people finish their hike so you have m...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Whitney to Lone Pine
March 26, 6:28pm

Strato 1 mesh inner reduced
75 shipped, OBO

In Gear Swap » FS: Stratospire 1 mesh inner
March 23, 11:44am

Fairy were the best
my friend's kit had the pellon packets, I think. Me and three buddies all had Fairy bags, various models. I had the cheapest; cotton shell and lining, no zip, duck down. Nice bag. Those bags...

In Make Your Own Gear » Does anyone remember Frostline kit down packets
March 22, 8:36pm

Re: Does anyone remember Frostline kit down packets
Friend of mine sewed a frostline jacket and a couple other kits. Their down was advertised at the time as 550 fill power. I studied those Frostline catalogs pretty assiduously at the time, as well ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Does anyone remember Frostline kit down packets
March 21, 2:11pm

Re: Backpacking solo
There are a number of thread s on here ans elsewhere on the web that I think would be more useful to you than any article or book I've seen on the subject, simply because they present a wide va...

In Philosophy & Technique » Backpacking solo
March 21, 12:02pm

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