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Matthew Zion (mzion) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Boulder, CO
About Me Eagle Scout. Navy Veteran.

AT '10; CT yo-yo '11; PCT '12
My PDF Gear ListPCT '12

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Re: Wraith
I like it so far. I won't be getting any significant use out of it for another couple weeks for some spring hiking in Utah. Compared to my Lightspeed it is 2.5 oz vs 6.5. It is definitely mo...

In GEAR » Windshirt suggestions?
March 08, 5:13pm

Re Windshirt suggestion
I don't know if they still have any but I just picked up the backcountry.com Stoic Wraith. The bright yellow in large was $27 or something.

In GEAR » Windshirt suggestions?
March 07, 9:19pm

Re: Tarp worries
Seriously, you guys are advocating him spending another $150 over splash and bugs. Jace get (or make) a headnet/bug net and dry your bag out the next day if you get some splash. Learning to pitch...

In GEAR » Tarp worries.
March 07, 8:14am

Re: Tarp worries
You don't need a bivy. Just use a ground cloth of Tyvek or the polycryo ones from Gossamer Gear. Besides I think a 'rainy' year on the PCT might mean you'll set up your tarp a doz...

In GEAR » Tarp worries.
March 06, 10:45pm

Re: Water treatment
I wouldn't parallel not treating water and avalanches, I can afford to deal with the consequences of not treating. I have over 3000 miles without treating water. I'm not going to tell you...

In GEAR » Oregon Public Broadcasting Ultralight Backpacking Video
March 06, 7:49pm

Re: Distance
It's definitely the hours. I pass more people from 6-9 on both sides of the clock than any other point of the day.

In GEAR » Oregon Public Broadcasting Ultralight Backpacking Video
March 05, 5:59pm

Re: Bag condensation
If you're sleeping on snow or grass you'll have morning condensation every time -- just comes with the territory. Thats why taking time to dry the bag out later, if you're out for mult...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sleeping bag condensation w/ Pictures
March 05, 3:56pm

Re: "Oregon Public Broadcasting Ultralight Backpacking Video"
I was a big fan of "keeps the aliens from reading my thoughts."

In GEAR » Oregon Public Broadcasting Ultralight Backpacking Video
March 05, 2:59pm

Oregon Public Broadcasting Ultralight Backpacking Video
More shameless plugging of Lint -- Just got featured on OPB talking about ultralight backpacking. Video features stuff like the MLD Prophet, GG SpinnTwin, Chrome Dome, etc. Lint on UL

In GEAR » Oregon Public Broadcasting Ultralight Backpacking Video
March 05, 12:38pm

Re: ExOfficio
I use their Geotrekr. I think its just the short sleeve version. White button down shirts are the way to go.

In GEAR » ExOfficio Air Strip Lite shirt.
March 01, 7:59pm

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