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My Gear List w/ Photos!
If you're trying to go lighter, I don't know why you'd buy a heavier pack. That Coyote is over 5 pounds! I am cringing. If you're going to be carrying less, I wouldn't rush ou...

In Gear Lists » My Gear List w/ Photos!
March 13, 9:46am

Low hanging fruit
The pack is a bit heavy. You could easily cut 1.5-2 pounds with a new pack. But it will cost you a bit. I probably wouldn't change your sleep system at this point. It would be expensive a...

In Gear Lists » My Gear List w/ Photos!
March 12, 11:25am

US pilgrimages
I have to agree that wilderness walking and organized southern religion are not traditionally compatible. I assume the heat and humidity are at least part of the reason but maybe not all of it. T...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking and wild camping in Europe: Legal aspects
March 10, 11:06am

Suggestions on how I can lighten my pack further
You can leave at home: plate, seat, aqua-mira or squeeze(no need for both),bucket, rain jacket or poncho(no need for both),camp shoes, dishwashing tool, light and extra batteries(unless I plan on n...

In Gear Lists » Suggestions on how I can lighten my pack further
March 10, 10:22am

Picking up a hot pot
I have had pot with no handle at all. I used to worry a lot about how to pick it up; i tried many different ways. I learned that I can always just grip the top lip of the pot bare handed and its ...

In GEAR » IMUSA mug, hot handle, heat shield tape
March 07, 2:08pm

Mid layer down jacket
Lindsey, I purchased the Eddie Bauer jacket in XL tall. I am 6'5" 195 and have very long arms. The arm length was good but I found the belly of the jacket way too big. I have since ...

In GEAR » Mid layer down jacket for tall female
March 06, 3:01pm

So...back to this 5 CFM statement...
I'm not going to buy their windshirts based on this statement that 5 CFM is a ceiling. I'm glad a got a light, air permeable windshirt before they stopped making them. The more breathable v...

In GEAR » Current UL windshirts and breathability: are there other options and layering techniques?
February 25, 11:35am

GPS on Android
John, The GPS is very easy to turn off on my Samsung S4. The main drop down menu allows you to separately turn on/off the WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, etc. You can have everything off...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Android Smartphone as GPS?
February 25, 10:15am

Android Smartphone as GPS?
I went from an iPhone to a Samsung and will never go back. GS world's fine and you have more control of what's on and what's off. The bigger screen is much nicer for a GS too. Battery l...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Android Smartphone as GPS?
February 23, 6:17pm

Not Just For Turkey
I will caution that these bags are only marginally durable enough for stuff sack use. I have had the bottom seam burst when using one for that purpose. I think it can work fine as long as you are...

In Multiple Use Gear » Not Just For Turkey
February 21, 9:42am

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