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Feedback Sought: General Gear Lists for Two/Three-Day Trips
By improve, I assume you mean lighter. Here are my thoughts: 1.Both your gloves seem heavy for summer/autumn. liners should usually do. 2.Both of you can go a lot lighter on rain jackets. Th...

In GEAR » Feedback Sought: General Gear Lists for Two/Three-Day Trips
August 30, 12:14pm

6 days backpacking in Glacier NP
Not lame at all, Donna. As an Eastern hiker, I am often in awe when I get out west too. I'd love to see your photos.

In Post-Trip Reports » 6 days backpacking in Glacier NP
August 30, 8:48am

Conversion from Military Heavweight Backpacker to an Ultralight Enthusiat
Unless you don't have regular water sources, I would take less water carrying capacity. Even if carrying a large amount of water, I would look at platypus or evernew bags as a lighter option. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Conversion from Military Heavweight Backpacker to an Ultralight Enthusiat
August 30, 8:36am

3-season gear list, want to lose some weight
Erik: My thoughts: FAK-you can reduce it down to 2 ounces; what's in there? bic-no reaon they shouldn't both be minis Leave the bug shelter home whenever you can; it weighs as much ...

In Gear Lists » 3-season gear list, want to lose some weight
August 28, 1:28pm

Looking to shed some pack weight in a hurry
My comments for dropping weight: plastic trowel-throw this away;dig with a rock; you don't need this snowpeak TI cookset-take only a pot or bowl. Or just put meals in freezerbags and eat ou...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Looking to shed some pack weight in a hurry
August 27, 1:39pm

Looking to shed some pack weight in a hurry
" I'd need to buy a new pack and sleeping pad to shed any more weight and I'm not doing that with two days left till I fly out." I really doubt it. Your big 3 base items are n...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Looking to shed some pack weight in a hurry
August 27, 11:52am

Looking to shed some pack weight in a hurry
You should weigh your other stuff as well. You'll be surprised how much some of the stuff weighs that you think weighs almost nothing. Once you weigh it, you'll also want to reduce amount...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Looking to shed some pack weight in a hurry
August 27, 10:22am

Looking to shed some pack weight in a hurry
Your primary options for weight reduction are: 1. buy new, lighter replacement gear, or 2. take less stuff. It sounds like you really want to go with option #2. If you are carrying a first aid ki...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Looking to shed some pack weight in a hurry
August 27, 9:41am

Unsure about this conversion from boots to trail shoes
Curtis, I did the 100 mile last summer. I think your estimation of 25% of "awesome" trail to be a bit high. Regardless, I thought it was a beautiful hike. New Englanders don't like...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Unsure about this conversion from boots to trail shoes
August 27, 9:21am

Looking to shed some pack weight in a hurry
Sawyer Squeeze works great; drops or tabs are cheap and light too. I would have no concerns about using a good tarp in your conditions, but if you don't yet have experience or skill with a t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Looking to shed some pack weight in a hurry
August 27, 9:05am

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