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Re: Cutting it too light
In the early 1980's I was playing with lightweight techniques - tarp, not tent; no sleeping bag just more clothes; no-cook menu; thoughtfully layered clothing; no changes of clothes other than ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Cutting it too light
February 19, 12:01am

Re: what would a 10 # base weight look for a winter trip?
I'm leaning towards unrealistic. Yes, the trench saves you tent weight and is warmer than a tent so you save on quilt/bag weight but only compared to winter in a tent, your sleeping gear (warm...

In Winter Hiking » what would a 10 # base weight look for a winter trip?
February 18, 10:41pm

PIF - book - "Wild" by "Cheryl Strayed"
I figured I should read the book to see what the public perception of the PCT is becoming. It was very readable since Cheryl Nyland writes far better than she backpacks, handles her grief, stays d...

In Gear Swap » PIF - book - "Wild" by "Cheryl Strayed"
February 18, 8:41pm

Re: Quick Dry Bra Recommendations?
My wife does a lot of smart wool and other merino wool garments including chami / shelf-bra tops for use around town and sometimes on the trail. But the wool does retain moisture much longer than ...

In GEAR » Quick Dry Bra Recommendations?
February 16, 4:41pm

Securing Food at Zion - cookie tins
If you work in any office setting, your vendors or clients have given a huge metal tin of flavored popcorn or cookies or some such at Christmas. Or look at a thrift store for holiday-themed ones f...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Securing Food at Zion
February 16, 4:30pm

Re: Re: Water Kit
Frank: Nice water-bag project there. Another approach is to use a wine-in-a-box bladder inside of a slightly smaller nylon / cuben sack (so the bladder takes no force). Then adapt to the standard...

In GEAR » Water Kit
February 16, 4:21pm

Re: Rare Wolf Population Rose for the 4th Year in a Row
Makes me wonder if they'll see effects like in Yellowstone: Wolves up, coyotes down, so rodents up, so raptors and owls up. And wolves up = deer down means less over-grazing, less erosio...

In On the Web » Rare Wolf Population Rose for the 4th Year in a Row
February 15, 7:40pm

Re: Predatory grizzlies
Ross, interesting (and scary) data points. I'm hiking in areas where black and brown bears are hunted, so announcing that a human is coming is usually helpful. Bob, I think making noise he...

In GEAR » Weight of Counter Assault Bear Spray and Holster
February 15, 11:40am

Noise or Spray
There's solid data on party size versus fatal attacks. Most attacks are on solo hikers. Less so on pairs. Even less common on 3-person groups. Vanishing so above that. So, how to interpret ...

In GEAR » Weight of Counter Assault Bear Spray and Holster
February 14, 10:14pm

Re: Re: Bear Spray
>"I will be visiting grizzly country this summer, so I think about these things." I'm not picking on Bob with this comment. Really I'm not. But I was more nervous in Africa ...

In GEAR » Weight of Counter Assault Bear Spray and Holster
February 13, 10:20pm

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