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Traditional gear in rainy cold conditions
I use to hike in the Adirondacks in upstate new York during the shoulder season a lot. It rained 16+ hours per day at least 8 out of every 10 days. I found that traditional gear worked GREAT in...

In GEAR » Strategy for dealing with cold, freezing rain: WPB socks and midlayer question
March 22, 11:47am

Beginner ultra-light advice
What ever you do, get a pack with a good frame. 30 lbs is too heavy for the light frames on packs made to carry 20 lbs (unless you have a high tolerance for weight on your shoulders). I'd s...

In GEAR » Backpack Selection Advice
March 16, 6:23pm

Small wood prep
I'm also on the east coast, and use a knife to get to dry wood - since the outer bark and 1/8 to 3/16" of the actual wood is typically water logged. I fondly remember living in the no...

In GEAR » Lightest knife to baton small pieces of wood?
March 16, 5:56pm

Lightening up path
Since you asked for stories so you would repeat other people's mistakes... I learned (the hard way) that looking at pictures of gear and discussing "would you be OK with XYZ" or &q...

In GEAR » Starting to go UL, looking at tents
March 14, 9:03am

Spork vs spoon
I've been using the light my fire sporks, which have a spoon on one end, and a fork on the other. I've never used a spork that has a spoon bowl with mini fork tines. I've seen sever...

In GEAR » Spork vs spoon
March 07, 7:49am

Pot sizes
I typically make the Knorr side dishes with a packet of tuna and maybe some dried peas thrown in for dinner. I had a 1 liter pot. But it was impossible to stir food that needed to simmer withou...

In GEAR » Help with titanium pots
February 24, 7:56pm

Tents and sleeping bags
I think you made the right choice on the tent. A double wall tent ensures your GF has good experiences if there is rain, winds, or a condensation prone tent site. Yes - you can avoid any problems...

In GEAR » General Help. Newbie. Sleeping Bag
February 24, 7:42pm

Bivy sack
Just put the pad inside your bivy sack. If you end up pulling the quilt to one side when you roll (which is unlikely), then anchor the top edge of the quilt to the bivy sack near the top of your ...

In GEAR » Favorite quilt-to-pad attachment strategy?
February 24, 7:10pm

Ion headlamp
I saw a handful of these with the younger boy scouts in my troop a few years ago. (They must have been on sale that year). I only saw the handful that malfunctioned though. 2 had broken tabs...

In GEAR » Black Diamond Ion Headlamp
February 17, 7:46am

Self inflators
I wanted to "ditto" the comment above about not obsessing about the durability of a self inflator. I have a 15 year older thermarest with no leaks (yet). The fabric is the same 50-70 deni...

In GEAR » Pad options, All about foam, open cell, closed cell, self inflating.
February 16, 10:32am

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Wenger Esquire
I was looking for something a little bigger than my Victorinox Classic (2.25") knife. The Wenger Esquire has essentially the same tools, but is 1/3 of an inch longer, about 3/32" wider and ...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 07, 7:05pm