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Andrew Wilson (andreww) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Vosges
About Me A PCTr 1998, all home-sewn, I've persued outdoor pursuits lightweight since. Currently I'm riding my 1983 Raleigh super-comp through the passes of the Vosges.

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Northbound, Southbound
I'm not sure if you've been keeping track of snow accumulation data (which is a bit premature, as Feb is the heaviest snow month in WA), but it looks like this year could be one for a South...

In Gear Lists » Novice PCT gear list draft 1
February 09, 11:39pm

Snowshoeing at the Champ de Feu, Vosges, Alsace, France

In Photo Gallery » Shots of the Week: Feb 5 - Feb 11
February 09, 3:12am

Spelunking, St. Marie aux Mines,
A little adventure underground.

In Photo Gallery » Shots of the Week: Feb 5 - Feb 11
February 09, 3:06am

Depends on the ranger
In burn ban times in Western mountains, alcohol stoves can be nitpicked by certain rangers, because they have no off switch, and if kicked could send flaming liquid everywhere. Enclosed wood fires ...

In GEAR » Wood burning stove VS. alcohol for 400 mile half hike of AZT
February 08, 11:50am

Cosmetics, Supplements
Don't forget to check out cosmetics containers--like body butters, etc, which come in nicely wide-mouthed containers. I also recall nutritional supplements coming in ridiculously large plastic ...

In Photography » Lightweight camera bag
February 07, 11:18pm

Vapor barrier
If its cold, a vapor barrier, like a latex or nitrile glove underneath all, does wonders to keep that nasty, heat-sapping condensation at bay. I don't do it often, but it really helps.

In GEAR » Keeping hands warm
February 07, 11:12pm

Desert Ethics, Ambassadors
I think there's no doubt about the possibility of doing it. And indeed the desert is full of the handfuls of burnable stuff it takes to charge one of these fuel misers. There's the quest...

In GEAR » Wood burning stove VS. alcohol for 400 mile half hike of AZT
February 07, 10:55pm

At this weight, you're looking at high-tech materials, like cuben, or spinnaker. It's certainly doable, though at that weight (and commensurate size) a more water resistant bivy would be be...

In GEAR » Tarp wihout poles?
February 07, 5:58am

Less, then more.
My experience of long distance hikes is limited to one. But on that journey of 1000miles I carried 2.5lbs/day. In the beginning I was stuffing myself and burying extra; at the end, I was still hung...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Calorie advice.
February 05, 6:24am

LaSportiva Trango
I have Trango Extremes. They're quite light (<4lbs the pair) for ice boots, and go well with the style of "carry until the steep stuff." I approach in running shoes when there'...

In GEAR » ice climbing/mountaineering boots
February 05, 6:11am

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