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Re: arrest me baby
"if youre on a slope with a bad fall potential ... how will you self arrest without poles or an axe?" Hmm...well, you can't self-arrest with poles, either. I'd want an ice ax in ...

In Philosophy & Technique » How necessary are poles with snowshoes?
February 18, 8:27am

hooves
Thanks, Bob and Douglas, for the info! Douglas, all I can say is that it is indeed a soul-chilling experience to come across the distinctive tracks, which consist of cloven hooves on the inside ...

In Philosophy & Technique » How necessary are poles with snowshoes?
February 17, 9:25pm

How necessary are poles with snowshoes?
The mountains in Southern California are getting a bunch of snow now, and I'm planning to buy snowshoes and try it for the first time. When hiking on dirt, my firm religious conviction is th...

In Philosophy & Technique » How necessary are poles with snowshoes?
February 17, 8:56pm

some suggestions
This is an admirable base weight for the JMT. As others have noted, you need a hard-sided bear canister. Why both tablets and a steripen? The steripen has a reputation among through-hikers fo...

In Gear Lists » JMT/PCT Gear list
February 15, 10:42pm

size of pot
A good size for your pot is probably whatever size allows you to fit your burner, etc. inside the pot. I find that I can just barely fit my burner and pot stand inside my 0.9 L pot.

In GEAR » PCT cook system...
February 15, 10:17pm

Re: Where to carrying a plb and why?
This gets kind of complicated, because you have to imagine the most statistically plausible ways of getting killed, and then figure out how the PLB will help you. One pretty plausible way of get...

In GEAR » Where to carrying a plb and why?
February 11, 11:43pm

real-world data
On short trips, almost everyone eats about 15-20 calories per day per pound of body weight: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=35516...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » JMT thru hike -Nutrition
February 10, 9:36pm

typical numbers
On short trips, most people eat about 15-20 calories per day per pound of body weight. This may be far too low for long through hikes, where you can't stay in calorie debt, and for extremely st...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » daily calories
February 09, 10:09pm

Re: Canister Loaner
>Lastly for the civil disobedient, some folks will sleep with their food and defend it should the occassion arise. This is not recommended of course. This is really, really, really not a good...

In Philosophy & Technique » Bear canister on pct
February 09, 10:05pm

adjust your expectations
I started my first daughter on backpacking at age 6, with a 3-day hike of about 3 miles per day, all downhill. She carried a pack, but all it had in it was her clothes. The pack was basically for s...

In Chaff » How young is too young for backpacking?
February 05, 9:19am

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