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All Forum Posts by Bob Bankhead

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Gear List for a couple's *tentative* PCT 2013
My suggestions, based on the information you provided: 1) Wife is cold sleeper, 64 inches tall. Consider a warmer sleeping pad to go under her, especially since you haven't bought it yet. ...

In Gear Lists » Gear List for a couple's *tentative* PCT 2013
February 14, 4:46pm

My AlpineAire experience
Availability is often a factor in which brand of FD food you can get. Yes, you can order from the internet, but I like to see what I'm buying. Alpine aire is difficult to find around me; REI ca...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Alpine Aire?
February 13, 9:44am

New Cooking Fuel
Re: warning screen I got the following warning from Norton Anti-Virus 2012 when I tried the supposed good URL. "There is a problem with this website's security certificate. The secur...

In GEAR » New Cooking Fuel
February 10, 5:57pm

Transportation from Denver to Aspen
Colorado Mountain Express will take you from Denver airport to Aspen. CME has a service desk on the main level of DIA and its vans leave from the baggage claim area. http://www.coloradomountaine...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Transportation from Denver to Aspen
February 09, 5:20pm

Backpacking with Mrs Mags
@Paul: Try separate vacations. It works. Just allow together time elsewhere. My wife of 40 years is my all-time favorite hiking partner, although she doesn't care for the truly long-distance...

In GEAR » Camping with partner?
February 09, 12:45pm

Re: Re: 3.5 ounce streem xing sandals
CROCs knock-offs can be had for $20 at most K-Mart and similar outlets and weigh about 9 ounces. All kinds of vibrant colors for wearing while crossing streams, on breaks, and around camp. Not m...

In Make Your Own Gear » 3.5 ounce streem xing sandals
February 08, 2:44pm

Polycryo vs Zpacks Cuben Groundsheet
There is one important caveat with polycryo or any heat-shrink window covering: don't let the sun beat down on it as it will (as designed) shrink on you. See the Gossamer Gear website for their...

In GEAR » Best UL groundsheet
February 04, 9:34pm

Re: Where's Hendrik?
Respectfully, MLife status only means we spent $100 all at once. It says nothing about our respective outdoor skill levels. While I'd speculate that most MLifers are experienced backpackers,...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Where's Hendrik?
January 31, 10:23am

Where's Hendrik?
@Ken Where did you find that comment by Hendrik? I find it disturbing that there is no visible link to the series anymore on BPL - or at least I can't find one - , nor is there any explan...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Where's Hendrik?
January 31, 8:41am

FS: -Mont Bell - Baffled - Alpine Down Jacket XL
You can keep the jacket; I've got more than I can ever wear. How much for that cute little Munchkin in the pink jacket? Mine grew up and went away to be a nurse. My wife and I are in search ...

In Gear Swap » FS: -Mont Bell - Baffled - Alpine Down Jacket XL
January 28, 4:00pm

All Reader Reviews by Bob Bankhead

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Western Mountaineering The Company
WM products are a 5+ WM the company does not sell direct, only through dealers, ergo end-user contacts would not be expected. Their printed catalogues do list their address and FAX and telephone nu...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 24, 3:33pm

Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce
I use a lot of Mountain House Pro Packs and as much as I like the flavor and texture of this item, I avoid it like the plague. The overwhelming downside is the cheese they use. It does NOT rehydra...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 05, 5:17pm

Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice
One of my favorite Mountain House meals, albeit a tad too sweet for my taste; too much pineapple, not enough sour sauce. Nonetheless, it makes a great motivator to get to a dinner spot when I know one...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 03, 6:26pm

Mountain House Precooked Scrambled Eggs with Bacon
I tried these several years ago when they first came out - no bacon in them then. They were horrible! Like a previous reviewer said, virtually flavorless yellow sponges. Last year I noticed they ha...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 03, 6:21pm

Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 Adjustable CF Trekking Poles
I decided not to buy these when they first came out because fully closed they were too long to carry on my pack in checked baggage on the plane, and I really didn't want to hassel with the maili...

In Trekking Poles
September 24, 11:15pm

Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape
I just returned from 22 nights in the high Sierra on the PCT and JMT. I had two days of constant high winds in Onion Valley, with sustained gusts to at least 50 mph. My trusty Gatewood Cape flapped a ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 24, 9:23am

Six Moon Designs Traveler backpack
We have TWO Traveler packs. Early in 2008, we were shopping for a new pack for my wife, who has a short 14-1/2 inch torso length. We drove out to Ron's house to try the SMD Essence, but it did not...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 06, 10:35am

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack
In addition to silnylon, Sea to Summit also now makes their Dry Sack line in eVENT fabric, both with and without compression capability. evac Dry Sack: available in 3, 5, 8, 13, 20, 35, and 65 lite...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 21, 9:08pm

Therm-A-Rest Ridgerest
This has been my "go-to" sleeping pad for many years on the PCT. I've tried a variety of others but keep returning to this little beauty. It does a great job of insulating one from th...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
May 17, 8:26am

Aloksak O.P 12.5 x 20"
I have found them to be quite effective in the Sierras the past two summers. I have a Bearikade Expedition, and if you're not careful, the metal edges around the latches can slice an OP sak wh...

In Miscellaneous Products
August 21, 10:07pm