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peanut butter packing
What are you using for peanut butter storage? I have some toothpaste type tubes left over from the 1970's I use, but the plastic jars it is sold in seem just as light. While I'm asking, has anyon...

In Philosophy & Technique » Hiking without kitchen
April 20, 1:50pm

thanks Paul
I spent my dividend on the REI poles and one pole would not tighten. Facing the cost of mailing them back, I remembered your post. I disassembled the pole and saw the white plastic conically shape...

In GEAR » Initial Impressions/Sample Variation REI Peak UL CF Trekking Poles
April 08, 6:47pm

length adjustment on poles missed?
Do you miss not being able to lengthen or shorten your poles for the trail or when packed away? I was wanting a set of poles that can be used for trail only, and was considering the REI poles or t...

In GEAR » REI Carbon fiber poles problem
March 18, 3:58pm

rei tripod
I have no experience with those tripods, but bought a similar tripod at REI. It worked fine except I set the camera on some fine sand for a self-timer shot and while I was posing the wind picked u...

In Photography » Ultralight tripod
March 11, 7:55am

alcohol stove at altitude
Does 12,000-13,500' in altitude impair an alcohol stove, or is it just wind and cold?

In Editor's Roundtable » What kind of stove do YOU use for lightweight backpacking?
March 11, 7:46am

ID Denali pants
I own the ID Denali pants, but not the MH pants. I have used the Denali pants to warm up in at the end of the day or in the middle of the day while resting. For that purpose they are great, alt...

In Winter Hiking » Winter Belay Pants: ID Denali v. MH Chugach
March 10, 9:37am

Pole update
Please keep us posted on your solution/results. I was going to use my REI dividend check to buy those poles until I read your post.

In GEAR » REI Carbon fiber poles problem
March 10, 8:22am

Torso light
Why do you want to sell the pad?

In Gear Swap » cloudburst, torsolight, silponcho for sale.
March 03, 4:28pm

epic gaiters?
Who makes epic gaiters? I was thinking of getting ID's eVent gaiters until I read your post!

In GEAR » What shell to choose on sleeping bag
February 23, 5:44pm

what it "boils down to" for me...
Ryan, the jetboil article ( was probably the most helpful article written by Bplight to me because it provided me ...

In Editor's Roundtable » What kind of stove do YOU use for lightweight backpacking?
February 17, 8:14pm

All Reader Reviews by Tim Cheek

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Mountain Laurel Designs 850 ml Cup
Perfect because it does what the advertisement says it will do. It holds enough water to reconstitute your freeze dried food, and your hot drink. Boil the water for both, pour whatever is needed for t...

In Cookware - Titanium
September 05, 10:07pm

Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews
I feel like I have to choke down energy bars. They are just too dry for me. And, these things didn't seem appetizing to me because they had the consistency of gummy bears and the political cor...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
September 05, 10:01pm

Amazon Kindle
Some people fish, fly kites, chat with their hiking mates, or mull over their route and equipment when they aren’t hiking. Some hike from dawn to dusk and have no time for such weighty pass times. If...

In Miscellaneous Products
September 05, 9:54pm

Garmin Oregon 550t
This review is by a first time GPS user, so I can’t offer a comparison to other units. I’m also not familiar with the technical aspects of GPS units, so I can’t offer you performance data. What I ca...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
September 05, 9:53pm

Ultimate Survival Technologies Sparkie Firestarter
Plastic broke while trying to use it the first time. Apparently, the spring wasn't strong enough for the plunger to pop out when I squeezed the case. Super gluing it back would likely prevent m...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
August 25, 8:19pm

Last Breath: The Limits of Adventure by Peter Stark
Okay, maybe this is engaging and educational, but it gave me the creeps. How many ways can you kick the bucket in slow motion?

In Books and Media
April 14, 9:32pm

Alone Across Alaska 1,000 Miles of Wilderness DVD DVD $24.95 plus $5.00 shipping. This is a DVD of a solo hike from the east end of the Brooks range to the west. Six hundred miles of hiking and four hundred on an inflatable canoe. ...

In Books and Media
April 14, 9:30pm

Inov-8 Roclite 390 XCR
I bought my pair from REI in case I needed to return them. I'd have preferred a pair without gore tex, but it was fun to splash through water without drying out. I was worried that the description...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 06, 9:37pm

Cocoon Vest Vest
I ordered the medium because that is what I wear in a Patagonia Micro-Puff, but the neck was too big for me, too. I have replaced it with a small, and the fit is perfect. I prefer the zipper over t...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
July 05, 7:56pm

Equinox Lite Tripper Organizer Pouch
The irony of repackaging stuff into smaller containers is the accumulation of a whole lot of little containers. I have tried to keep track of them all a variety of ways, but always feared I'd mis...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 28, 10:00pm