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Mammoth Lakes to McGee Pass via Laurel Lake and Silver Pass 8/4-8/11 2013
That particular night it was Backpacker’s Pantry Katmandu Curry and crystal-lite lemon ice tea. We think this is a good, filling, vegetable curry that is pretty lightweight.

In Post-Trip Reports » Mammoth Lakes to McGee Pass via Laurel Lake and Silver Pass 8/4-8/11 2013
August 23, 5:31pm

Mammoth Lakes to McGee Pass via Laurel Lake and Silver Pass 8/4-8/11 2013
We came up with this trip based on several things: photos of the Deer Lake Basin on the Sierra High Route that were posted at the local climbing gym (Berkeley Iron Works) showing the open, essenti...

In Post-Trip Reports » Mammoth Lakes to McGee Pass via Laurel Lake and Silver Pass 8/4-8/11 2013
August 21, 11:10am

Need a new camera
>I can get a Panasonic lumix zs25 for $229.00 with a 16g memory card. I just wanted >to get your take on it. I got a Lumix DSC-ZS15 last year and it's been a great camera for backpacki...

In Photography » Need a new camera
August 17, 3:57pm

Recommendations for tent
My wife and I have been very happy with the SMD Haven Nettent and Haven Tarp for the last two years. A bit on the expensive side, but light and gives you the option of a net tent alone with a view...

In GEAR » Recommendations for tent
August 15, 3:50pm

Above Treeline

In Photo Gallery » Above Treeline
August 12, 12:28pm

Current conversations with JMT hikers
I've had these conversations with traditional gear hikers for several years now. I just tell them to look up ultralight backpacking on the web. I do have to admit I love it when someone asks ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Current conversations with JMT hikers
July 25, 11:35pm

Leaving the rain jacket at home... thoughts
I always take my rain gear with me even though I hike in the Sierras and even if the forecast is for good weather. I use DriDucks which are pretty light weight. Even if it doesn't rain, it oft...

In GEAR » Leaving the rain jacket at home... thoughts
July 23, 9:14pm

Overnight Parking @ Mammoth/Red's Meadow
Two options you might consider: 1. Leave the car at Mammoth Mtn (where the Red's Meadow shuttle starts). This will require a ticket purchased in advance for your friend to ride the shuttle...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Overnight Parking @ Mammoth/Red's Meadow?
July 16, 2:48pm

keeping snickers from melting
If you're eating your candy bar for desert e.g., at lunch or dinner and you're near a water source usually the water is cold enough (at least in the CA Sierras) that you can put the bar int...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » keeping snickers from melting
June 13, 9:54pm

East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail
You guys probably already know this, but other locals may not. The East Bay Trail is actually part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail that circumnavigates the whole Bay. Wilderness Press has a book on t...

In Post-Trip Reports » East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail
May 30, 4:46pm

All Reader Reviews by Richard Gless

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ZPacks Hexamid solo tarp and HexaNet
Seeing the stars at night is one of my favorite parts of backpacking so I wanted a two wall tent, bug net inner and rain fly outer. My first solo UL tent attempt was a Eureka Solitaire – too hard...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
March 17, 11:37pm

ZPacks Hexamid Solo Tarp and HexaNet
Seeing the stars at night is one of my favorite parts of backpacking so I wanted a two wall tent, bug net inner and rain fly outer. My first solo UL tent attempt was a Eureka Solitaire – too hard...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
March 17, 11:22pm

Snow Peak LiteMax
Snow Peak LiteMax Stove I bought a Snow Peak LiteMax this spring (2009) to replace my MSR Pocket Rocket and have been really happy with it, having used it for about 20 days now. Pros: 1. W...

In Stoves - Canister
December 06, 11:20pm

Black Diamond Orbit
I saw this advertised in Backpacker Magazine (yes, I still subscribe. Every once in a while I find something useful), and thought I’d check it out. I picked it up at REI since I was going on a hike ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
May 08, 12:03am

Therm-a-Rest Neoair
I recently bought size small ThermaRest NeoAir Pads for both my wife and I. We were particularly interested in reducing pack weight while retaining or improving comfort. My wife went from a ThermaRe...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
May 01, 9:55pm

Merrell Chameleon Wrap GoreTex XCR
About twelve years ago as part of my journey to lighten my backpacking load I went from my second pair of Galibier Mountaineering boots (really heavy) to a pair of relatively lightweight Merrell leath...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
June 24, 10:03pm

Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
I've used my BPL Esbit stove for 2-3 day solo trips for two years now. I think its a great compromise of lightweight and efficiency. You do have to recognize the stove's limitations and use ...

In Stoves - Other
February 20, 11:34pm

Jack's R Better Mt. Rogers Quilt
I purchased the Jack's R Better Mt. Rogers Quilt in large part based on the review by Shane above. I'd been looking at the possibility of using a quilt to cut weight for some time, and when J...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
July 17, 12:37am

Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite 3
It's interesting how some products work for some people and not for others. I've tried the TorsoLite and the POE UberLite. They are just too short for me (I'm 5' 11"). On duff ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 01, 8:55pm

Zpacks Z1
I have to agree with all of Jonathan's comments. I bought this pack after seeing it mentioned on BPL and checking it out on the web. It only took about a week to arrive after I ordered it. ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
February 23, 10:26pm