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Matthew Elam (slashpastor) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Colorado now!!!
About Me Hiking since I was too young to remember. Lightweight backpacking since before it was called that. Just found ultralight and have fallen in love.

I rarely hike solo. I often hike with family or a partner.
I'm preparing for a thru hike on the Appalachian Trail.
CityColorado Springs
StateColorado
CountryUnited States
My Website URLhttp://mythruhike.wordpress.com
My PDF Gear ListAT Thru-hike Gear List

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ONE BAG!?!
I'm fairly new to this ultralight thing. Madly in love though... Anyway, So let me get this straight: You use a compactor bag, like ya do..., But you don't put your sleeping bag in a s...

In Philosophy & Technique » remove stuff sack- and gain space!
February 28, 6:41pm

Ooohh the Hottness...
Yeah... windscreen... learned that one the hard way. Strike, poof, fizzle,... Strike, poof, fizzle,... grabbed a rock! Strike, poof, fizzle,... Strike, poof, fizzle,... Oh grab the je...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Hot tea drinkers HELP!
February 27, 7:48pm

Tea Help...
Thanks Rob for the straw idea! With loose tea and a fresh resupply, my thru hike this year will go much better! I MUST have my tea in the back woods. it makes everything normal. Plus, if I go ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Hot tea drinkers HELP!
February 27, 6:31pm

Hot tea drinkers HELP!
What is the best way to transport Tea Leaves? Loose or in bags. I need help planning for a long distance trip. I am very weight conscious but just HAVE to have tea! What do you guys do?

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Hot tea drinkers HELP!
February 27, 2:42pm

The Grace Solo
I have the Grace Solo (spinntek) from MLD. I love it. I use it in combination with a soul side zip bivy I bought used here on backpacking light (thanks Josh!!). It is warm, very flexible with t...

In GEAR » Need Advice on Bivy/Tarp Combo
February 23, 7:05pm

Bag under $200
It ain't the lightest thing. But if you don't mind wearing a hat and maybe a pair of pants to sleep in. Check out the REI bags MOJAVE and and SUBKILO. The Subkilo is a bit more pricey. ...

In GEAR » AT Thru-hike sleeping bag
December 29, 7:51pm

Headlamp help
For real weight savings, try the Petzl E*Lite. It weights nearly nothing ~1 oz or close to it. It doesn't use AA or AAA but I have heard reports of the battery lasting 2/3 through a Thru Hik...

In GEAR » Headlamp help needed
December 28, 9:09pm

Z 55 vs GG
I have owned the Z 55 and tried the GG. Frankly... For what you are looking for. You are in the wrong ball park with the Z-55. The Z-55 is a good pack. But it is heavy with to many "par...

In Gear Lists » Buying a new pack: Gregory Z55 vs Granite Gear
December 28, 9:00pm

A Cheap Thru Hike
I am hiking with my daughter. She is Ten soon to be eleven. I don't have but MAYBE 6 grand. I hope we have enough to finish... So this interests me greatly!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » $10 a day/$300 month thru hike
December 22, 8:08pm

Soul Bivy
Is the Bivy still available?

In Gear Swap » FS: MLD Soul Bivy side zip Event top
December 18, 5:30pm

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