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Andrew Wilson (andreww) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Vosges
About Me A PCTr 1998, all home-sewn, I've persued outdoor pursuits lightweight since. Currently I'm riding my 1983 Raleigh super-comp through the passes of the Vosges.
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Bivies, breathability
Don't let the world convince you that you need a bivy, or a vapor impermeable quilt. Useful, to be sure, especially in extreme situations, but I think you would be more comfortable on the PCT w...

In Gear Lists » Novice PCT gear list draft 1
February 19, 3:22am

Sweet find!
Great find! $200 is a steal, the saddle alone runs well over that alone. Don't discount the old derailleurs. They're a non-indexing system, so if they shift well (when cleaned up) they'...

In Other Activities » bike touring/backpacking
February 17, 10:48am

convection, ventilation
I applaud the idea, and would like to hear how it works. I'm a little skeptical of it, though, as having a wood stove without an enclosed interior will not be very effective, it seems. And i...

In Make Your Own Gear » Heiney Keg Wood Stove for Tarp?
February 16, 7:00am

IKEA raincoat for the obsessivly cheap
http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-an-Ikea-Raincoat/ More fashion than fun, but I like the skinflinty brainstorm.

In Make Your Own Gear » IKEA raincoat for the obsessivly cheap
February 16, 6:38am

Addiction, frustration
Sewing my own gear got me addicted, too. It's not good for my egomaniacal, perfectionist tendencies, but... The most frustrating part, by far, of my sewing experience has been dealing with t...

In Make Your Own Gear » I am an addict
February 13, 11:26pm

Cheap and effective
There's nothing cheaper (or fabulously more effective) than the thin foamy pads sold at WalMart or your run of the mill sporting goods store. These suck for packed down or rock-top camp sites; ...

In GEAR » Which sleeping pad is cheap and effective?
February 13, 11:14pm

Axes, crampons
People have done the PCT without ice-axes, and with ice-axes but without prior training; it's insurance, there's now way about it. But I couldn't advise heading out without one, or w...

In Gear Lists » Another PCT gear list.
February 12, 11:31am

Quilts, rain.
If you can DIY, Ray-Way's kits are very reasonably priced, especially as they come with very detailed instructions for the novice, as well as first quality materials; get the "Alpine Upgra...

In Gear Lists » Novice PCT gear list draft 1
February 12, 5:17am

Shirts, budgeting
Any synthetic top will do, frankly. Wool is great for not stinking, but don't plan on it lasting very long under pack straps. I got my hiking shirt from the thrift store. Pure polyester, pur...

In Gear Lists » Novice PCT gear list draft 1
February 11, 2:42am

KIS(S), diminishing returns
Well, you're getting snowed! Lots of people, myself included, living our thru-hike dreams through you. As others have said, you'll figure out what works for you after a few weeks. Lightw...

In Gear Lists » Novice PCT gear list draft 1
February 10, 12:48pm

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