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best stakes for the High Sierra
FWIW, I've destroyed more than one Easton stake in the Sierra. Those hollow aluminum stakes can split apart at the point if they hit a rock directly - usually when being driven in with another ...

In GEAR » best stakes for the High Sierra
January 24, 12:12pm

best stakes for the High Sierra
Depends on your shelter type. For example, tarps need longer stakes for the ridgline tieouts but can use shorter stakes for the edges. Free-standing tents can use short, lightweight shepherd's ...

In GEAR » best stakes for the High Sierra
January 23, 10:21pm

Backpacking Girl Scout troops
Once upon a time. My daughter's Senior Girl Scout troop did a lot of backpacking out here in the PNW. They went to England for the big annual Gathering of Girl Guides, and over the years, v...

In Chaff » Backpacking Girl Scout troops
January 22, 1:06pm

Wild bear charges commercial shoot
In all my years of hiking in the Rockies and Cascades, none of my bear encounters were remotely like this. I've been looking for a reason (besides the current dust-up with Biden et al) to bu...

In Chaff » Wild bear charges commercial shoot
January 22, 12:17pm

Has it occurred to anyone else that perhaps Ryan's interests have evolved from UL backpacking to packrafting? Yes, ULBP is still a part of his life, and will be, at least until his son finis...

In Chaff » Packrafting, Kickstarter and BPL
January 18, 9:37pm

Re: WTB Yogis PCT planning guide
For $40, you can get your own up-to-date version directly from Yogi. It is worth the price. http://www.pcthandbook.com/index.php

In Gear Swap » WTB Yogis PCT planning guide
January 16, 8:53am

Esbit Storage
I leave the tablets in their original packaging. I store the packets in an OP sack The OP sack rides in an outside mesh pack pocket. The OP sack is replaced as needed. The used packaging join...

In GEAR » Esbit tabs in opsak in...?
January 16, 8:49am

WTB Nunatak Arc X, Arc Alpinist or Ghost quilt
Jim: Don't limit yorself. The Nunatak Arc Specialist is an improved version of the long-defunct Arc X. You are far more likely to find a Specialist than an X. I see maybe one a year fo...

In Gear Swap » WTB Nunatak Arc X, Arc Alpinist or Ghost quilt
January 11, 6:43pm

So....how do you all feel about Oregon??"
I've posted earlier about the motives for and advantages obtained from our move from Chicago to Portland 26 years ago. That said, had I been able to get the same job that I had in Portland, ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » So....how do you all feel about Oregon??
January 07, 10:52pm

Colorado Trail 2013 -- Tentative List
At the end of August, there won't be any bugs. The nights will also be cold - like lower 20's. Yes, there is a LOT of wind. Fortunately, the monsoon season will be winding down, but it wil...

In Gear Lists » Colorado Trail 2013 -- Tentative List
January 04, 10:54am

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