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KO's by lightning
As a youngster with a camp group, we left the summit of a hill in the Badlands as a storm approached. Near the bottom of the trail, lightning struck a tree. The three of us hiking out front were ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Lightning
June 12, 7:31pm

hike before breakfast
I first started hiking before eating breakfast after learning about the French "voyageurs", the fur trappers that spent a year traveling the rivers catching beaver: "the FrenchÂâ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Best Practices: Saving Time in the Morning
June 12, 7:05pm

PLB batteries
One model PLB I looked at had a battery life guarantee for one year. Replacement batteries run at least $100. One at REI was $175. So, if you have to replace the battery every year, the annual s...

In Gear Lists » gear list, JMT, solo, July
June 11, 8:28pm

MYO Kookabay
Hey, it is not difficult to make a Kookabay. I used an iron along the edge of a ping pong table to seal the sections. Did not add down.

In GEAR » Neoair vs. Kookabay
June 08, 8:03am

free shiping
Mobal offers free shipping. Phone weighs about 8 oz.

In GEAR » sat phone rental
June 08, 7:57am

I had a coated nylon cagoule for many years until the coating wore off. It would not meet lightweight categories like silnylon, but I really liked the length which went well down below the knees. ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Hey climbers: silnylon anorak advice
May 31, 6:44am

vote for dirty girls
Another vote for Dirty Girl's because the price is $15. Not bad for a pair of colorful gaiters that actually work with low cuts. Plus, they do not overheat the feet. Another that works and h...

In Make Your Own Gear » Made my own Dirty Girls
May 31, 6:24am

steri pen batteries
I purchased Power One Lithium batteries for my Steri Pen Adventurer from REI. I used them for two weeks on the JMT. They sat unused since the end of August. I just used them for a week on the AT...

In GEAR » Dirt Cheap Battery Source
May 29, 12:07pm

another look

In GEAR » Tangling Guylines, Aircord 1
May 29, 10:18am

Agree, drop pillow and bucket. ( I, too, used to carry them) Crocs might be lighter than tevas and protect toes.,default,pd.html?cid=511&cgid=women...

In Gear Lists » Updated lighter AT gear list
May 28, 8:24pm

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