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protecting/not losing tiny gadgets
I just replaced my 10-year-old GPS with a much smaller and lighter one (foretrex 401). Having invested $200 in this thing, I really don't want to lose or damage it. It's about the size of m...

In GEAR » protecting/not losing tiny gadgets
December 17, 1:40pm

speed trade-offs the OP actually reading the replies? I've gone backpacking with my daughter since she was 7. She's 14 now. She's had the best time on trips where I let her decide that she re...

In Philosophy & Technique » JMT with my 13 year old
December 17, 1:20pm

Thanks, all -- that's very helpful! -Ben

In GEAR » patching ripstop nylon?
December 14, 7:27pm

religious issue
Personally, I don't use poles or a staff. If I know I'm going to need to cross a high creek, I search around in advance for good sticks. The only times I've felt like poles might have b...

In GEAR » Trekking Poles vs. Walking Staff
December 14, 12:48am

Thanks, all, for the helpful posts and PMs! I ordered a mutant. Turns out the one that Chris Peichel has to sell was the wrong size for me.

In GEAR » winter day pack?
December 09, 11:30am

Re: stick
"the good ole fashion mk1 wooden stick ...." Well, below tree line you can tie your lines to a tree. Above tree line, you aren't going to find a stick.

In GEAR » Backing up a trekking pole.
December 08, 8:52pm

volume, Osprey
Hi, Eric and Patrick -- Thanks for the replies! I think 30 L would probably do it. I would just need enough length so that I can tie an ice axe to it. The Osprey Mutant 38 might work -- any idea if...

In GEAR » winter day pack?
December 08, 8:51pm

single-purpose tarp pole
I don't use trekking poles. I sometimes carry a 1-oz pole that is only for use with my tarp. I generally find that I don't even need it, since it's possible to use trees to hold up my t...

In GEAR » Backing up a trekking pole.
December 08, 7:01pm

winter day pack?
I've been doing day hikes pretty frequently in the LA area this year. I have a day pack that works fine in the summer, but for other seasons it doesn't quite hold enough volume for all the ...

In GEAR » winter day pack?
December 08, 6:52pm

patching ripstop nylon?
I have a half-inch tear in the bottom of my Gossamer Gear G4, which is made of ripstop nylon. My wife has mad sewing skillz, but has never worked with this kind of fabric before. Does anyone have a...

In GEAR » patching ripstop nylon?
December 08, 6:47pm

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