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Re: 2000
"Sub 2,000 is my typical for an 8 day backpack in the Sierra. I have read that you should eat more, but really I could not force myself to eat more. Totally satisfied." How much, if an...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Help Pimp my MTR to Whitney Food System
June 01, 3:35pm

Re: Re: Re: Glacier Peak Wildernes 6 day backpacking trip
"The other trip I had considered was the Copper Ridge loop up in the north cascades NP." If you end up doing this loop, and don't mind getting your feet wet, crossing the Chiliwack...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Glacier Peak Wildernes 6 day backpacking trip
May 31, 9:10am

Re: beer
"My struggle is how to pack beer and be ultralight?" Pack lite beer.

In GEAR » Hydration for trail runs?
May 30, 7:39pm

Re: Suggestions for first backpack trip with 7 year old (SoCal)?
"Any advice would be much appreciated!" Hi Linda, You might consider hiking a ways up Paradise Valley from Roads End in KCNP. It is pretty easy hiking at relatively low altitude, a...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Suggestions for first backpack trip with 7 year old (SoCal)?
May 30, 5:37pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Notes for a Treatise on Dehydrated Chilimac
"Also consider Orzo - a wheat pasta with excellent packing characteristics -" +1 Using orzo, cous cous, fine grade bulgur wheat, "mush" type cereals, buckwheat, and quinoa w...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Help Pimp my MTR to Whitney Food System
May 30, 5:07pm

If you are determined
to cook using a plastic bottle, it would be wise to try it at home first to avoid unpleasant surprises when the chips are down. Myself, I just bring a thermos of Miso soup on day hikes in cooler w...

In Multiple Use Gear » Disposable water bottle + esbit + rocks = emergency day hiking stove?
May 30, 4:48pm

Re: 15 miles
"I see way too many people lugging water bottles on runs and its not needed. A good read is "Waterlogged: The Serious Problem of Over-hydration in Endurance Sports"" While ov...

In GEAR » Hydration for trail runs?
May 30, 4:36pm

Re: Re: Re: What about the chemistry??
"The only "scientific" observation I can make at this point is "Gee, it still smells very chlorine-y!"" Which indicates it is off gassing. The question is how much...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Aquamira A+B ratio critical?
May 29, 9:28pm

Re: Greg/Tom
"but really, whether the ITB is inflamed over the lateral femoral condle because it's (1) compressing a fat pad or (2) rubbing over a bursa, the symptoms and treatment would be the same, s...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » IT Band issues
May 28, 7:41pm

Re: Re: Onto The Shelf
What an exquisitely written report. Don't know that I've ever read one that better expresses all that the right trip, with the right person, and, yes, the right conditions, can be. As for...

In Editor's Roundtable » Onto The Shelf
May 28, 3:35pm

All Reader Reviews by Tom Kirchner

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Gossamer Gear ThinLight insulation pad 1/8" approx. 2 oz.
Having used both of the above mentioned combinations(only with a Mens' Prolite 3), I heartily concur with their rating(s). It would be hard to find a piece of insulation/protection/padding that g...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
October 27, 5:20pm

ULA Circuit
Pro's: 1) Light; 2) Durable for the weight(like Kevin, I've done some off-trail/bushwhacking(Wanda Lake to Martha Lake via Davis Lakes/N. Goddard Creek) with only minor abrasion on the waist...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 29, 6:16pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
Scott, Check out travelcountry.com for the eco-mesh shirt. They have free shipping whereas Railriders charges a pretty hefty fee. I've been using this shirt for years and consider it the best S...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
April 06, 5:27pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro-Lite 4
Hi David, What you are experiencing with your Prolite-4 is a common phenomenon in my experience with the Prolite-3. It is, however, easy to mitigate. Just position the valve next to your shoulder o...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 04, 5:17pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite 3
I've used the Prolite-3 almost since it came out with good success. It compresses well, is very light FOR ITS SIZE(what would a TorsoLite weigh if it was 20"x48"??), and insulates just ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 15, 6:02pm

I've been using the Peak UL carbon fiber poles(womens' non antishock 3 section model-11.2 oz/pr) ever since they came on the market and have been ecstatic about their performance. Like some other pos...

In Trekking Poles
November 04, 5:58pm