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Re: What sleeping system needed for Sierra hike next week
Pretty hard to tell how this will work for you without some further info. What temperatures have you experienced previously with that setup of quilt, pad and bivy?

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What sleeping system needed for Sierra hike nexst week
November 20, 9:56pm

gore-tex boots
I've owned several pairs of fabric/leather boots lined with Gore-tex. With all of them, I did nothing whatsoever to the leather. On all of them, either the fabric wore out, or the sole wore out...

In GEAR » leather treatments on hybrid leather/GoreTex boots?
November 20, 9:44pm

careful
Keep in mind that if any of the oil/grease/wax makes it through the outer layers to the Gore-tex membrane it might cause it to leak. Oils are notorious that way.

In GEAR » leather treatments on hybrid leather/GoreTex boots?
November 19, 8:51pm

Re: Return to Goretex in rainy climates?
First of all, Gore-tex boots/shoes: I think a lot of folks are not clear on how a Gore-tex shoe or boot is constructed. Basically you take a boot and you drop a gore-tex liner sock - fully seam-sea...

In GEAR » Return to Goretex in rainy climates?
November 17, 9:25pm

Re: Re: Re: Winter Footwear Solutions
@Bob - re the 20 oz plastic boot; it exists if you want to pay $$$ for it. Ski mountaineering racing boots - also known as Rando race boots - like the Scarpa Alien 1.0 or the Dynafit PDG. Rigid sol...

In Winter Hiking » Winter Footwear Solutions
November 17, 9:03pm

as for stainless
McMaster-Carr has four types of 2mm (which I believe is about .078") stainless rod http://www.mcmaster.com/#standard-stainless-steel-rods/=un4h0e They have titanium rod but it looks like...

In Make Your Own Gear » 0.08" ti rod grade 5 OR ti spokes, 14 gauge where to buy
November 17, 8:50pm

Re: Non-trekking pole PCT hikers: do you think trekking poles are actually justified in the Sierra?
I don't use poles - well, I use one, I've always liked a walking stick and have used one for forty years of backpacking, only now it's a "trekking pole" instead of an old golf...

In GEAR » Non-trekking pole PCT hikers: do you think trekking poles are actually justified in the Sierra?
November 17, 6:50pm

Re: Water Strategy
There are a lot more variables than constants when it comes to water needs. Variables: Altitude Temperature humidity level of exertion individual metabolism body mass how much you drank yes...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Water Strategy
November 13, 3:53pm

will take
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In Gear Swap » FS: REI pants
November 11, 10:55pm

Re: The Insulation Mess
Bill - You have assumed that a given increase in Clo will give everyone the same increase in temperature rating. I don't think this would be the case. A cold sleeper generates less heat (by de...

In Make Your Own Gear » The Insulation Mess
November 11, 7:10pm

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