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I picked the wrong hobby.
" I need to spend a few hundred more on a plb so i can go hiking" This is crazy. You don't need all this kind of stuff to go backpacking. If you don't have friends, you can do ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » I picked the wrong hobby.
September 08, 9:16am

Bolkar Mountains, southern Turkey
Thanks for sharing a really nice trip report of a place I have never seen or heard oabout.

In Post-Trip Reports » Bolkar Mountains, southern Turkey
September 04, 8:48am

Quick solo trip to Shenandoah
I recently did an overnight trip in this hot, muggy weather we are having; we had the same temperatures you mention. About all I used was my tarp, quilt, stove, and rain gear. The first day we wa...

In Gear Lists » Quick solo trip to Shenandoah
September 02, 12:11pm

Quick solo trip to Shenandoah
Looks like you are doing a quick one-nighter in summer Shenandoah. I would carry a lot less. The R2, for example seems unnecessary in the hot muggy weather we have been having.

In Gear Lists » Quick solo trip to Shenandoah
September 02, 10:59am

Polycryo
Its the exact same stuff as the window shrink film sold at Lowe's/Home Depo/etc. And it comes in the larger sizes at the hardware stores. And its cheaper. And they store them there for you u...

In Editor's Roundtable » Trekking the High Uintas Wilderness: Circumnavigation of the Rock Creek Shelf
August 29, 1:17pm

Secret Advantage
Its not really a secret. A tarp weighs less. Most of the time I can leave the bivy at home just use a light ground sheet under my pad, if anything. Then I am really saving weight. The other s...

In GEAR » What is the best lightweight shelter?
August 27, 2:46pm

High Uintas
Enjoyable read. The Uintas are now on my list.

In Editor's Roundtable » Trekking the High Uintas Wilderness: Circumnavigation of the Rock Creek Shelf
August 27, 9:54am

Opinion wanted: Carry my DriDucks or Torrentshell + Columbia hiking pants?
At that location, that time of year, I would take the Driducks top unless you plan on bushwacking. Its much lighter and more breathable. The bottoms are another matter. The driducks bottoms ...

In GEAR » Opinion wanted: Carry my DriDucks or Torrentshell + Columbia hiking pants?
August 26, 2:44pm

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

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