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Re: regular ccf pad under large inflatable pad.
It looks like the Trekker has an R-value of 3.0. You'd want at least R 4, preferably R6. That value varies widely depending on the temperature and what you're sleeping on. You might need an...

In GEAR » regular ccf pad under large inflatable pad.
September 01, 7:51pm

Re: Re: Re: Nothing like a cloud of mosquitoes to deliver clarity on the subject
On a multi-day trip, there might be both cool and hot weather. If you're forced to camp where ticks are abundant, then a bug bivy is still needed because ticks are active in cooler weather too....

In GEAR » I don't get why people use bug bivies.
September 01, 7:34pm

Re: Trip Canceled: Let us Rant and Commiserate Together
I was the leader of a trip this past winter. Everyone dropped out at the last minute, as the weather looked a little more wintry than average. I thought it would be a solo trip, but I found out tha...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trip Canceled: Let us Rant and Commiserate Together
September 01, 10:05am

Re: Neuralyzer
Funny, it seems like I've read this thread before recently?

In GEAR » New Zebralight headlamp models
September 01, 9:24am

Re: 2 base layers vs 1 thicker layer.
Some garments, mainly lower base layers, fit too snugly to be used together comfortably. I never wear more than one lower base layer.

In GEAR » 2 base layers vs 1 thicker layer.
September 01, 9:19am

Re: The Blister Whisperer
HikeGoo looks like an interesting product. Currently I use Aveeno lotion on my feet, and that keeps them in pretty decent shape even when soaked constantly for days (but drying out at night of cour...

In Philosophy & Technique » The Blister Whisperer
August 31, 10:32pm

Re: a-ha!
> The OP, in a reply on the knife-essential-or-not thread: lol Katherine! The best lightweight shelter is the one you don't have. Start building your savings account now!

In GEAR » What is the best lightweight shelter?
August 29, 1:24pm

Switching sides
But, having said all of that in favor of a knife being an essential item, I have to admit that it's not essential. There are other alternatives... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu_cZChQoC8

In GEAR » is a knife a non-essential item?
August 28, 8:55pm

Re: Re: Re: Scenerios
David, Thanks, interesting hearing about your approach, and that's an ingenious saw idea! ---------- I consider a batonable fixed blade (around 4") essential simply because it ...

In GEAR » is a knife a non-essential item?
August 28, 8:28pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Scenerios
"How would a knife help you build a fire if all your fire starting gear got swept downstream with your pack?" Excellent point, if the knife and firestarting was in the pack rather than...

In GEAR » is a knife a non-essential item?
August 28, 4:09pm

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