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Re: Bottle container for hot liquid
I've used Nalgenes for many years with hot liquids and zero problems. I don't usually have one in the bag with me but I do put my hot morning drink in my ski boot liners to warm them up and...

In GEAR » Bottle container for hot liquid
December 31, 10:15am

Re: Sierra Trip Suggestions- less than 2 miles
Also in the grouse ridge area: Island Lake. you get there by way of HWY 20, then Bowman Lake Rd., then take the road to Carr & Feeley Lakes. The trailhead is just before Carr Lake, then you hi...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Sierra Trip Suggestions- less than 2 miles
December 31, 9:58am

snowmobiles
Be aware that all of Highway 4 is a popular snowmobile route, so you should expect to see quite a few if you go that way.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Winter Trip Suggestions
December 29, 8:45pm

Re: Winter Trip Suggestions
Prepare for long-winded answer - First off I'd suggest aiming for late april rather than late march - better weather on average and in some cases better access as well. Late march can be pret...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Winter Trip Suggestions
December 29, 12:48pm

no side zips
I do not have side zips on my puffy pants for ski trips - and I've never felt the need. I only wear them once I have the tent up and I'm settled in, and at that point it's off with the ...

In GEAR » Sleeping pants
December 26, 10:15pm

Re: Design THE perfect light winter backpack
I make my own packs, so I have summer packs and a ski pack. The differences between the two: The ski pack is naturally bigger to handle the extra bulk of warmer stuff. The ski pack is slightly he...

In Winter Hiking » Design THE perfect light winter backpack
December 26, 10:10pm

bypass
I have not seen it on any pack other than a McHale.

In GEAR » Have any pack manufacturers adopted the McHale Bypass Harness design?
December 20, 4:25pm

Re: Seek Outside LBO vs. MLD Duomid XL vs. TT Stratospire 2
Rankings on your preferences, from best to worst: Livable space: SS2,Duo XL, LBO Storm worthiness: Duo, SS2, LBO Wood stove:Duo, LBO; wouldn't do it in an SS2. A wood stove is really only fo...

In GEAR » Seek Outside LBO vs. MLD Dumid XL vs. TT Stratospire 2
December 17, 10:23pm

Personal variations
This is something that varies a great deal from person to person, and I'd suggest just trying a nice long dayhike with the pack you have in mind and the weight you expect, to see how it is for ...

In GEAR » Load Carrying Capacity: Frameless vs. Framed
December 14, 9:10pm

bug refuge
My personal 2 cents, regardless of whether you go more tarpish or more tentish; I find I need bug protection more often than I need rain protection in the Sierra. So I prefer a shelter that offers ...

In GEAR » Shelter for JMT/Sierras
December 14, 9:06pm

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