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A lot of the creeks were just low enough to make the crossing. There was none that gave us trouble because they were too high, but several were close. The crossing at the end of Bear Beach does see...

In Post-Trip Reports » Juan De Fuca - Vancouver Island, BC - Oct. 19th - 23rd
October 26, 10:23am

Trail Use
I finally got a chance to bake some muffins on the trail. My wife and I cooked two banana chocolate chip muffins in about 30-35 min on approx. 1 oz of methanol using my FeatherFire stove open 1 ful...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Baking Muffins - MmmMmmmHmmm!
October 25, 11:25pm

Yeah it was a pretty big bear...too bad the pic is a bit blurry. My apologies for not stopping to setup the tripod for a nice crisp photo. Here's two more bear pics I snapped. The first one is ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Juan De Fuca - Vancouver Island, BC - Oct. 19th - 23rd
October 25, 10:07pm

How much for shipping to Canada via USPS?

In Gear Swap » FS - Three ULA Conduit Packs
October 25, 8:52pm

Trip Report
I posted up a trip report here: It was a wet and slippery trip (yeah we both took nice ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » West Coast Trail Gear Questions
October 25, 8:42pm

Juan De Fuca - Vancouver Island, BC - Oct. 19th - 23rd
OVERVIEW: My wife and I set out on the 47km Juan De Fuca marine trail on Vancouver Island with a combined 22 lbs of gear, 12 lbs of food, 35oz of methanol and a couple litres of water. Her pack we...

In Post-Trip Reports » Juan De Fuca - Vancouver Island, BC - Oct. 19th - 23rd
October 25, 8:32pm

Weight Transfer
If the womens Jam works good except it doesn't transfer enough weight to the hips, how about going even lighter and using the W's Jam? If you drop her pack weight under 10 lbs (ie. you carr...

In GEAR » Best pack for a small woman
October 25, 6:42pm

Re: Final Update
"The Featherlite 40 zipperless Golite much warmer with more loft and more room when compared to the....Ultra 20" Really? The Ultra 20 may not be a true 20 degree quilt but it&...

In GEAR » GoLite Ultra 20 (brief review)
October 25, 6:36pm

I am not SUL, but a cuben fibre pack appeals to me because having a heavier pack does pretty much nothing to increase my enjoyment of the trip. A heavier pack might be more durable, but at the kind...

In Editor's Roundtable » ZPacks Blast 18 Backpack Review
October 24, 10:43pm

Thanks for the advice...should be interesting.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » West Coast Trail Gear Questions
October 19, 9:06am

All Reader Reviews by Dan Durston

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Mountain Laurel Designs Cuben DuoMid
The DuoMid is the best shelter for solo hikers. Don't be misled by the "Duo" in its name - you could cram two hikers in here but it's poorly suited for that (ie. no vestibule space, ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
September 22, 1:56pm

Evernew 300ml Dbl Wall Mug (ECA354)
I like the idea of a robust, double wall titanium mug that may be a bit heavier...

In Cookware - Titanium
September 22, 11:01am

Montane Minimus DT Pant
These pants are a very niche product. They're light (4.25oz Med) but the Pertex Shield+ m...

In Clothing - Raingear
September 22, 10:31am

Spark-Lite Fire Starter (Survival Gear - BPL Gear Shop)
I have this kit and the FireLite Mini kit. This sparker is a bit lighter than the FireLite Mini but I don't trust this sparker 100% like I do the FireLite. This sparker doesn't work well wh...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
October 28, 11:21pm

BPL FireLite Firestarter
I love this FireLite Mini. It's the only thing that I 100% trust to start a fire. With a mini Bic you can run out of gas, be at too high of an altitude, get it wet or get it oily. Matches can ...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
October 28, 11:19pm

Hyperlight Mtn Gear Echo I
I wasn't sure where to put this review as the Echo I can be used as either a tarp or a double wall tent. OVERVIEW I've given the Echo I 4 stars because it's quality construction...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
October 16, 4:15pm

Golite 2006 Reed Pants
I've got the original Reed pants (4oz in a size medium) and they are prefect rain pants for UL hiking. They've been adequately durable, totally waterproof and light. I don't want ankle zip...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 15, 10:27pm

Marmot Essence
Marmot has made a number of changes to this jacket over the years so criticisms of the earlier models are no longer relevant. My Essence is the 2009 model which has all waterproof zippers and it h...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 15, 10:22pm

Baladeo 22 Grams Knife
This knife is a brilliant design. Every part of it is functional and the result is a lot of knife for just 22g (or 24.3g as mine as actually weighs). When I opened the (very nice) box and first played...

In Miscellaneous Products
October 03, 6:10pm

Nite ize S-Biner
After using another small biner that failed due to a poor design, I switched the Nite Ize Size 1 biner for bear bagging this summer. I use one of these to clip to my 1.4mm spectra cord to my food sack...

In Miscellaneous Products
October 03, 5:56pm