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Re: Skurka using Ridge Rest Solar as only winter sleeping pad?
1) I've used the Ridge Rest Deluxe, which is the non-reflective R3.1 predecessor to the RRS down to zero degrees on snow. The "on snow" part is important, because snow has an r-value...

In GEAR » Skurka using Ridge Rest Solar as only winter sleeping pad?
March 02, 11:56am

Re: Meat Protein.
Chris wrote: "I believe Mike C! is veggie." Several years ago, I was hiking in a group with Mike C! at a location I'll keep secret so as not to embarrass anyone. We staged the hike...

In Editor's Roundtable » Food Planning Using Pounds Per Person Per Day
March 02, 11:25am

Re: Re: Shelter Pictures - Stormy conditions
"They show the test of the Stephensen's Warmlite compared to the MYOG design" In fairness to Stephenson, they pitched the MYOG shelter end to the wind and the 2R broadside to the w...

In GEAR » Shelter Pictures - Stormy conditions
February 26, 1:31pm

Re: clothing below zero
Dave- Where can I get an R 1/2 Hoodie? I have an R1 Hoodie, but it's a lot of warmth in one layer and I've found myself having to take it off and put it on too much. For temps below ...

In Winter Hiking » Winter hiking around 0F and below - what do you wear?
February 03, 7:12pm

Re: Gaia maps
Thanks, John. That's very good information. I wonder how much longer NG Topo can keep charging $99 per state when essentially the same information is now free. (I guess USGS topos have been ...

In GEAR » Solid iPhone GPS App
December 12, 2:12am

Re: Paramo
Chris writes: "I think you've got things the wrong way round with Paramo Parameta fabric Miguel. The smooth side is worn against the skin to keep you cool and the fuzzy side against the sk...

In GEAR » Some thoughts on winter layering
December 11, 6:29pm

Gaia maps
I'm kind of new to the smartphone/GPS app world, so please indulge a few newbie questions: 1) The Gaia app looks intriguing. But, what is the cost of the maps and how do you get them? 2)...

In GEAR » Solid iPhone GPS App
December 11, 6:17pm

Re: fuzzy wuzzies
Most fuzzy/flat polyester mid-layers have a hydrophilic surface treatment that increases capillary pressure in narrow spaces. The "void gradient" caused by having bigger spaces on the fu...

In GEAR » Some thoughts on winter layering
December 10, 6:38pm

Re: Exten-Z?
I have an old Sublite. I think you're right -- the new ones appear to come with "pole tip extenders" as shown here: To the OP: Those ...

In GEAR » What trekking poles for TT Sublite
December 05, 2:13pm

Re: What trekking poles for TT Sublite
I cut two Aluminum tubes down to around 10cm length. The tubes fit into the apex strap of the tent and over the tips of my fixed-length trekking poles. Depending on the length of your trekking ...

In GEAR » What trekking poles for TT Sublite
December 05, 11:45am

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Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
If you just bend the arms up slightly, it will support a Heineken Pot cleanly.

In Stoves - Other
May 26, 3:06pm