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Avvy gear
I would recommend education and an emphasis on routefinding/area selection. A lot of weekend hikers lock themselves into a destination in advance of knowing the avvy forecast - bad idea. Also, c...

In Winter Hiking » Avalanche Gear - most reliable and lightest
January 02, 2:06am

Lamp Shade
How much does the lamp shade weigh? I use an outback oven cover for the same thing (it fits over my 4l MSR pot). The oven cover weighs around 100g and folds up small.

In Gear Lists » WINTER EXPEDITION LIST (long and cold)
December 13, 12:53am

Keep us updated
Brian, please update us on your experience. I am very curious to see how things work out. One thing I will be trying this winter is replacing the puffy mitts with the lightweight vbl mitts sold ...

In Winter Hiking » Winter weight - need to loose some pounds!
December 10, 1:10am

Too many gloves?
I would consider using fewer gloves/mitts - if I take 10 gloves/mitts, I will return with 7, and only 4 will match. I have tried the surgical gloves as vbl liner gloves. (I have also used neopre...

In Winter Hiking » Winter weight - need to loose some pounds!
December 09, 6:30pm

Another book
Mike should illustrate a book about glacier travel and crevasse rescue . . . Maybe Andy Tyson could help write it.

In GEAR » Advice on Backcountry skiing gear
November 30, 6:06pm

Backcountry skiing
You could check out Telemarktips. http://www.telemarktips.com/ It is (accurately) billed as a "Telemark and Backcountry Skiing Online Magazine." Don't go to the off-topic for...

In GEAR » Advice on Backcountry skiing gear
November 30, 12:54am

vbl on feet
I wear plastic bags over my feet, as a vbl, when active. Keeps the feet noticeably warmer, better with wool sox over top, not neoprene, which seems to conduct the heat away. I wear thin polypro sox...

In GEAR » Lightweight winter footwear solution
November 30, 12:21am

Melting snow in black bag
Some people suggest using a clear plastic bag over the black plastic bag. Also, put the bag on an insulated surface like a stove pad. I've tried melting snow in just a black plastic bag here...

In Philosophy & Technique » Melting snow without a stove?
November 25, 2:36pm

Stacking Pads
Richard's comments on stacking pads got me thinking. Two ridgerests stacked would creat a lot of air pockets between the pads, or a ridgrest on a z-rest (or some other pads) - if a ridgerest...

In GEAR » winter closed cell pad advice
November 14, 1:35am

SPOT performance
My SPOT has worked well for me here in the PNW. Oddly, it is 100% in the backcountry, even in trees, by cabins, and low down, but is 50/50 when I tested it in the city. I'm curious if som...

In GEAR » SPOT giving very poor performance in AT record attempt
August 15, 2:19pm

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