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Re: Re: Shoes for Long Distance Hiking
In 1979 I traveled 1000 miles through the NWT of Canada for 49 days. We traveled by canoe, but we had to portage on average once a day, if not around dry areas, then around ice. I wore norwegian w...

In GEAR » Shoes for Long Distance Hiking
March 07, 10:08pm

Pertex Quantum v. .85 ounce rip stop Skaha
Anybody out there have in the field based opinion whether I should get my Nunatak Skaha in Quantum or .85 ounce rip stop? I'd like to dry out fast if wet, but stay as dry as possible in the fi...

In GEAR » Pertex Quantum v. .85 ounce rip stop Skaha
March 01, 2:00pm

Integral Bibler Patagonia Marmot
Solo Dome Gore Tex Bibler: Patagonia Medium Micro Puff Jacket:

In Gear Swap » Integral Bibler Patagonia Marmot
January 15, 4:18pm

never lost but been bewildered
When I had a heavy pack I never wanted to lose altitude unnecessarily, so map and compass, taking the right fork in the trail, etc. was critical to my enjoyment. With a lighter pack, I can go the ...

In Editor's Roundtable » On Going Mapless in a Digital World: Engagement, Simplicity, and the Art of Real-Time Navigation
October 19, 8:27am

Re: Re: McHale Summit Pack
Ryan: Thanks, I'm considering a McHale because I developed numbness in my thigh on a hike. Doctor says it is "meralgia paresthetica." So, I'm wondering if Mchale's double buckle hip strap makes a ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yellowstone / Beartooths Trek
October 01, 8:23am

McHale Summit Pack
Ryan, I don't see this pack on McHale's site. Is it a larger pack that is "broken down" or a custom pack not shown on the site? If a larger pack, which one?

In Post-Trip Reports » Yellowstone / Beartooths Trek
September 30, 9:22pm

Re: down sweater

In GEAR » down sweater
September 20, 3:24pm

soft soil stake
One of my tent stakes is wide for soft soil; it can do double duty as a cathole shovel.

In Make Your Own Gear » Super Light Weight - Make Your Own for an AT Thru-Hike
July 30, 5:12pm

permethrin on merino wool shirts
Has someone tried the spray on or soak in method of treatment? Does either method wreck the shirt? Lots of snow this year makes me think I'm going to get bitten if I don't take extra precaution...

In GEAR » permethrin on merino wool shirts
July 01, 10:36am

Thermojet scribed line
Received a letter today from Thermojet's Pitt., PA facility in response to my letter. They say that the stoves are no longer shipped with a scribed line. They suggest filling the burner 2/3 or 3/...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Thermojet Alcohol Stove
June 14, 7:14pm

All Reader Reviews by Tim Cheek

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Mountain Laurel Designs 850 ml Cup
Perfect because it does what the advertisement says it will do. It holds enough water to reconstitute your freeze dried food, and your hot drink. Boil the water for both, pour whatever is needed for t...

In Cookware - Titanium
September 05, 10:07pm

Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews
I feel like I have to choke down energy bars. They are just too dry for me. And, these things didn't seem appetizing to me because they had the consistency of gummy bears and the political cor...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
September 05, 10:01pm

Amazon Kindle
Some people fish, fly kites, chat with their hiking mates, or mull over their route and equipment when they aren’t hiking. Some hike from dawn to dusk and have no time for such weighty pass times. If...

In Miscellaneous Products
September 05, 9:54pm

Garmin Oregon 550t
This review is by a first time GPS user, so I can’t offer a comparison to other units. I’m also not familiar with the technical aspects of GPS units, so I can’t offer you performance data. What I ca...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
September 05, 9:53pm

Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie Firestarter
Plastic broke while trying to use it the first time. Apparently, the spring wasn't strong enough for the plunger to pop out when I squeezed the case. Super gluing it back would likely prevent m...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
August 25, 8:19pm

Last Breath: The Limits of Adventure by Peter Stark
Okay, maybe this is engaging and educational, but it gave me the creeps. How many ways can you kick the bucket in slow motion?

In Books and Media
April 14, 9:32pm

Alone Across Alaska 1,000 Miles of Wilderness DVD DVD $24.95 plus $5.00 shipping. This is a DVD of a solo hike from the east end of the Brooks range to the west. Six hundred miles of hiking and four hundred on an inflatable canoe. ...

In Books and Media
April 14, 9:30pm

Inov-8 Roclite 390 XCR
I bought my pair from REI in case I needed to return them. I'd have preferred a pair without gore tex, but it was fun to splash through water without drying out. I was worried that the description...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 06, 9:37pm

Cocoon Vest Vest
I ordered the medium because that is what I wear in a Patagonia Micro-Puff, but the neck was too big for me, too. I have replaced it with a small, and the fit is perfect. I prefer the zipper over t...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
July 05, 7:56pm

Equinox Lite Tripper Organizer Pouch
The irony of repackaging stuff into smaller containers is the accumulation of a whole lot of little containers. I have tried to keep track of them all a variety of ways, but always feared I'd mis...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 28, 10:00pm