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2-3 day run/fastpack- help trim the fat! :)
The biggest target to me is your shelter if you are set on losing weight. You could lose the bivy altogether, especially if you had a slightly larger tarp. I rarely bring a bivy, especially when ...

In Gear Lists » 2-3 day run/fastpack- help trim the fat! :)
August 26, 8:36am

Gear for freezing rain
"Personally, I'm simply not willing to hike without any waterproofing on my feet in freezing rain." Don't write off this method until you've tried it. It has worked well for...

In GEAR » Gear for freezing rain
August 25, 9:44am

Going in September
Going in September, as you have planned, is probably the best thing you can do. Its a beautiful time to be out and the chances of rain are low. The toughest trips I have done with my wife had lot...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Women of BPL, Help a Brother Out
August 25, 8:46am

Budget Wind Shirt and Rain Jacket
I don't think the windshirt does much for you around camp in the evenings. I guess it might keep some mosquitoes off. If that is your intended purpose, I would probably not take one. A light fl...

In GEAR » Budget Wind Shirt and Rain Jacket
August 14, 1:41pm

Red River Gorge
You'll have a blast there. The Gorge is a pure sport climbing location - at least the Muir Valley portion that draws most people. Its bolted everywhere. The rock is good quality. If you hav...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Some advice for first "real" climb
August 13, 8:41am

Summer quilt
For the temperature ranges you are looking at, I would strongly recommend you look at a quilt. Some don't like them in cold temperatures, but I see very little downside in summer. You will sa...

In GEAR » Possible Problem with MontBell 800 #5
August 12, 10:12am

Texas two step
I spent a few years in Texas(Austin) too, Jen. For me, it was the Shiner, brisket and 100 degree days that kept me on the couch. But you'll bounce back.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » John Muir Trail Record Attempt 22-July
August 06, 1:30pm

JMT - Yosemite to John Muir Ranch
I had a couple of things I would likely change. I would leave the mid layer at home. I would consider a quilt from EE and save about a pound - that's real.

In Gear Lists » JMT - Yosemite to John Muir Ranch
August 04, 10:41am

Lightening up: dooReplace Windshirt (Houdini) and Rain Gear?
I think you have great wind and rain gear and would not change a bit. The Rab Demand is not that heavy and will breathe quite a bit better than either of those PU laminates from Marmot and Mon...

In GEAR » Lightening up: dooReplace Windshirt (Houdini) and Rain Gear?
July 31, 11:12am

Crew 2425, Wrangell St Elias National Park, Alaska
Great report

In Post-Trip Reports » Crew 2425, Wrangell St Elias National Park, Alaska
July 26, 8:49am

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