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Matthew Zion (mzion) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Boulder, CO
About Me Eagle Scout. Navy Veteran.

AT '10; CT yo-yo '11; PCT '12
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Re: "CDT/Rockies Section Hike"
My experience is limited to CO and very small parts of NM but I'd recommend the San Juans.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » CDT/Rockies Section Hike
February 22, 8:17am

Re: Zero Day
I'm with Brian. Zero days are for catching up on your calorie deficit.

In GEAR » Zero day gear....
February 22, 8:06am

Re: hipbelts
Maybe my back and shoulders are just use to it but I find no use for hipbelts. But maybe these could come in handy...

In GEAR » 2012 Golite Jam
February 21, 10:01pm

Re: Schedule
I have similar constraints, chimi. Looking like May 9th is the earliest I can leave and need to be done around the 3rd week of Aug. Snow isn't turning out to be too intimidating but I will be...

In Gear Lists » PCT 2012 list - where to lose weight?
February 21, 9:09pm

BioLite Stove
I don't know if you guys have already discussed these in the forum but I thought I'd share anyway. Seems pretty heavy but interesting. BioLite

In GEAR » BioLite Stove
February 19, 5:40pm

Re: CDT alt
The CDT to Monarch Pass (US50) is roughly the same length as the CT is to US50. There is certainly more exposure but nothing like the San Juans -- tree line is always in sight and your route is up...

In Gear Lists » CT 2012 Gear List (Revised)
February 19, 5:25pm

Re: PCT 2012
CHIMI!! Firstly, what's you're scheduled start date? Planning on flying in to SD on May 9. You know of anyone else who hiking this year? I just know of you, me and mellow. As for t...

In Gear Lists » PCT 2012 list - where to lose weight?
February 19, 2:50pm

Re: San Juans
Luke broke it down pretty well -- I only had to sleep above tree line once -- after I turned around in Durango I ran into a great group of hikers in Silverton and sat around all day drinking coffee...

In Gear Lists » CT 2012 Gear List (Revised)
February 19, 12:57pm

Re: CT
You'll have to decide what works for you but if it were me: I'd cut the zrest down to 6 panels -- probably bring it down to 6 oz or so. I'd also go all scissor/knife happy on the ...

In Gear Lists » CT 2012 Gear List (Revised)
February 18, 7:08pm

Re: Peak
Peak sized bag really doesn't require a hipbelt. Good ole GoLite goin' heavy... at least they still carry descent umbrellas.

In GEAR » 2012 Golite Jam
February 17, 8:33am

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