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check photography
Hi Luke. Be sure to check out and maybe contribute to the Photography threads in this forum!

In Gear Lists » Newbie - What Gear Do I Need?
June 26, 8:35pm

Yes to East Glacier
Yes. Do those suggested hikes out of East Glacier. A good week-end hike would be north into the Canadian Park and to the wonderful hotel built in the "railroad days." Waterton, Nation...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Recommend good day hikes in Glacier National Park
June 26, 6:50pm

Bateeries last about a year and give little or no warning when they are about to go dead. So be sure you battery is up-to-date before you venture out. I ususally put the watch in my shoe at night ...

In GEAR » Casio Pathfinder PAW1500-1V
June 26, 6:42pm

more of the same
I found Wenk's book to be a great guide for planning, but there is no need to take all the trail descriptions with you. I copied the profiles of the trail sections, and the appropriate campsit...

In Gear Lists » JMT Hike by Boy Scout
June 21, 7:26am

super feet, but watch the fit
I use the green superfeet. However, be sure you get your foot size, not the shoe size. For example my feet measure 9.5, but the trail runners are 11. After several 100 miles the superfeet do wea...

In GEAR » superfeet / insoles in trail runners?
June 18, 11:40am

Yosemite solitude
Here is a quote from a Yosemite guide book outlining a suggested hike of 88 miles. "Stay virtually undetected deep within four strikingly contrasting high-country canyons while visiting num...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » where in the US should I go backpacking?
June 17, 11:04am

National Parks
Like Yogi says, there is good reason the Parks are "crowded".. I am going back to Yosemite again this summer. Sure I saw peolple everyday, but I often camped alone out of anyone's ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » where in the US should I go backpacking?
June 16, 8:40pm

gear list
Dave, I would go with Jay's set up of long johns and long pants instead of Down pants. Gives you more options for layering. Jay, try going for 3 days without your iPod and headset. Is the be...

In Gear Lists » Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River Gear List
June 16, 8:18pm

simple T
These shirts from REI are comfortable and as soft as cotton:

In GEAR » Super thin cotton t-shirts? Blends?
June 14, 4:35pm

fixed pole
My hiking pole is fixed at 120 cm or around 48" high, a good 6" above my b-button (I'm 5'10") Foot end of the tarp is set lower. the 120 cm height works with a GG SpinnTwin...

In GEAR » pitching a tarp
June 14, 4:29pm

All Reader Reviews by Frank Deland

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Gossamer Gear
Ditto. When something is not in stock when you first look, just put your name on the -e-mail-when in stock list and they will let you know. They quickly and without questions replaced items that...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 21, 3:36pm

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
Very comfortable and a pillow not needed. But, you are not supposed to blow this up by mouth because moisture will get into the fill. So, there is a blow-up bag arrangement that does work, but it is ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 12, 8:44pm

GoLite Ultralite poncho/tarp
This Golite gear is made of a rugged silnylon. It has snaps to help shorten its length when worn as a poncho. It is useful to run a guide line over the top of it between the supporting poles to help...

In Clothing - Raingear
September 30, 7:45pm

Ray-Way 3-person tarp and net tent
Att: Mrs. EW! You do not need all that extra weight of overhead netting, plus you will have even more room under your tarp without it. Just add several inches of netting along the side edges, and ma...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 08, 10:10am

Superfeet Performance Green
I do not think superfeet are supposed to prevent blisters, unless because they help correct the fit, they, by chance, correct an area that might otherwise chaffe your skin. Also, cut off about 1/8 in...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 04, 12:09pm

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
Note BD's final picture: the handles of the pot are directly over the opening that allows wood or fuel to be added to the stove when it is burning and the pot is ontop. When adding wood, I found ...

In Stoves - Other
March 30, 8:37pm

Montrail Vitesse
On my first pair, the coating wore off the toe top. The grey just pealed off leaving a white fabric. Also, the rubber on the front side separated from the side of the shoe. I repaired it with Shoe ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
January 05, 12:06pm

Merrell Mesa Ventilator II Cross-Training Shoes
Ditto. I am about to head to the REI nearest me where they are on sale for $57 (Jan. 5) It will be my second pair having switched over from the Montrial Vitesse (see above). I had avoided this shoe ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
January 05, 11:50am

Littlbug Wood Burning Stove Littlbug Junior
First, to find the website note that Little Bug is spelled with no "e". The efficiency of this stove amazed me. I have tried homemade versions of woodburners with little success, so I was ...

In Stoves - Other
December 12, 9:45am

Gossamer Gear Lightrek Plus Poles
Same as Phil Barton above. The tip broke off on the first day. I returned the pole, it was repaired at no cost and a spare basket and extra tip was also included. I had lost a basket as well as the...

In Trekking Poles
October 18, 2:18pm