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Re: Extended JMT
I'd recommend starting at Sonora Pass. Permits are a non-issue (they are free and there is no quota) and it's right on Highway 108 so hitching should be doable. Not sure if any bus goes the...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Extended JMT
January 30, 10:35am

New SMD packs
Backpacks aren't smartphones - they don't need to be reinvented every 24 months. I think it's great that Ron is questioning the relationship between cottage manufacturers and the market...

In GEAR » new SMD packs
January 29, 12:29pm

Re: Grayson Highlands
Looks like a great trip. You brought back some memories of hiking Mt. Rogers about ten years ago with my wife (then girlfriend) in college. It sure looks a lot different in the winter.

In Post-Trip Reports » Grayson Highlands in January
January 29, 8:25am

Re: Nite Ize
I've noticed that the reflective strand woven into the Nite Ize stuff is pretty fragile. It breaks and small pieces can pull out. I doubt it affects the strength in any meaningful way, but it i...

In GEAR » Nite Ize Reflective Line
January 27, 2:12pm

Re: Conditions
Tioga Road at Olmstead Point had about 10" of consolidated snow on Christmas. There were several large bare spots on the road visible from the point. I wouldn't be surprised if sunny aspec...

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » Winter biking Tuolumne Meadows
January 23, 3:02pm

Re: 3 season sleeping bag for Sierras
If you're going to buy just one bag, I'd recommend making it a 20 degree one. A 30F bag works most of the time, but you'll surely run into a few cold nights where you'll wish you ha...

In GEAR » 3 season sleeping bag for Sierras
January 22, 10:30pm

Re: PIF: Tom Harrison JMT Maps
Clayton, I'll put them to good use. Sending you an e-mail now.

In Gear Swap » PIF: Tom Harrison JMT Maps
January 20, 10:43am

Re: Emigrant
I didn't bring sunscreen or a knife :)

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Emigrant Wilderness SUL Trip - July 13-14
January 14, 9:13pm

Re: How to Connect Two Trekking Poles End to End (Video by Critter)
You can also just use a longer piece of cord and skip the velcro/tape. Use a clove hitch to attach to the 2nd trekking pole tip instead of a slip knot, and take the tag end and wrap it tightly arou...

In GEAR » How to Connect Two Trekking Poles End to End (Video by Critter)
January 14, 8:14pm

Re: Emigrant
Duane, my gear list for that trip is still in my profile. I count 27 line items. So definitely not 11... but I left behind a bunch of small stuff I usually brought. I missed a few things, didn'...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Emigrant Wilderness SUL Trip - July 13-14
January 14, 8:12pm

All Reader Reviews by Andrew F

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zpacks Company
I had the same experience as everyone else here. Joe got me a customized piece of gear on time and was very responsive to my questions and requests. Can't do much better than that.

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 30, 10:01am

ULA Ohm
The Ohm is my go-to pack for trips that don't require a bear can. You can fit a Bearikade in it, but it's not very comfortable because it bulges into your back. I put a plastic frame sheet fro...

In Backpacks - Frameless
November 15, 2:15pm

Katabatic Gear Alsek
See thread with pictures and comments here: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=48962 I've used this quilt for about 20 nights no...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
November 15, 2:08pm