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Definitely MSR Groundhogs - the big 6 inch version, not the new minis. In addition, I always carry at least 2 titanium nail stakes. They serve as spares if (or when) one of my groundhogs "w...

In GEAR » Stakes that can take a pounding
September 19, 5:30pm

Supply at VVR or MTR going south
Going south, re-supply at Tuolumne Meadows store, at Reds Meadow store, and at MTR. Why MTR instead of VVR? Because it is only 2 trail days from Reds to VVR and another day to MTR. You also...

In Gear Lists » RE Supply at VVR or MTR
July 26, 3:30pm

"Vetting hiking partners"
Art: You don't always get to vet your partners beforehand, especially when they're an add-on by another member of your well-vetted group whose judgement you trust. Said member has nev...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Avoiding nasty hiking partners...
July 23, 4:55pm

Avoiding nasty hiking partners...
+1 on going solo. If I go with anyone other than my wife, I make sure there is no shared food or gear between us. My kit has everything I need to go solo at any time. I have literally told a ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Avoiding nasty hiking partners...
July 22, 10:53pm

skipping TM and VVR and just going to Reds and MTR
And if you get to TM too late for the post office, you can stay overnight in the Backpackers' Campsite in the campground right behind the store/PO. That's a long, often exposed climb out...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » skipping TM and VVR and just going to Reds and MTR
July 11, 12:45pm

The best way to carry a prescription drug is in the original pharmacy bottle with the label on it. If you re-package the drug for whatever reason, carry a copy of the prescription with you. Pe...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Emergency drugs?
July 06, 11:34am

Baked ESBIT?
Don't over-think this. I've used Esbit tablets for years. To avoid the stink, leave the tablets in their individual packages and put as many as you need into an OP sack and you're go...

In GEAR » stored ESBIT "odour"
July 05, 6:52pm

Re: Cold oatmeal replacement for quick breakfast
Forget dry cereal; try the PROBAR Meal Bars. Several flavors 3 ounces packs 360 calories 2 of these as you're packing up or walking out of camp = 720 calories. No cereal can match that. h...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Cold oatmeal replacement for quick breakfast
July 03, 10:30am

$.91 360 Calorie generic Pro Bar from Winco
3 ounce bar = 360 calories = 120 calories per ounce for only 91 cents...... That's pretty good. I wonder what the shelf life is?

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » $.91 360 Calorie generic Pro Bar from Winco
July 01, 1:24am

FS: Red Micro Puff Vest (100g Primaloft) LARGE"
OMG! You rarely see these old Micropuff vests. They are absolutely fabulous; I own 2 of them - a black medium and a blue XL. Someone needs to jump on this before I wind up a 3rd vest. ...

In Gear Swap » FS: Red Micro Puff Vest (100g Primaloft) LARGE
June 30, 2:57pm

All Reader Reviews by Bob Bankhead

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Western Mountaineering The Company
WM products are a 5+ WM the company does not sell direct, only through dealers, ergo end-user contacts would not be expected. Their printed catalogues do list their address and FAX and telephone nu...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 24, 3:33pm

Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce
I use a lot of Mountain House Pro Packs and as much as I like the flavor and texture of this item, I avoid it like the plague. The overwhelming downside is the cheese they use. It does NOT rehydra...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 05, 5:17pm

Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice
One of my favorite Mountain House meals, albeit a tad too sweet for my taste; too much pineapple, not enough sour sauce. Nonetheless, it makes a great motivator to get to a dinner spot when I know one...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 03, 6:26pm

Mountain House Precooked Scrambled Eggs with Bacon
I tried these several years ago when they first came out - no bacon in them then. They were horrible! Like a previous reviewer said, virtually flavorless yellow sponges. Last year I noticed they ha...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 03, 6:21pm

Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 Adjustable CF Trekking Poles
I decided not to buy these when they first came out because fully closed they were too long to carry on my pack in checked baggage on the plane, and I really didn't want to hassel with the maili...

In Trekking Poles
September 24, 11:15pm

Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape
I just returned from 22 nights in the high Sierra on the PCT and JMT. I had two days of constant high winds in Onion Valley, with sustained gusts to at least 50 mph. My trusty Gatewood Cape flapped a ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 24, 9:23am

Six Moon Designs Traveler backpack
We have TWO Traveler packs. Early in 2008, we were shopping for a new pack for my wife, who has a short 14-1/2 inch torso length. We drove out to Ron's house to try the SMD Essence, but it did not...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 06, 10:35am

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack
In addition to silnylon, Sea to Summit also now makes their Dry Sack line in eVENT fabric, both with and without compression capability. evac Dry Sack: available in 3, 5, 8, 13, 20, 35, and 65 lite...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 21, 9:08pm

Therm-A-Rest Ridgerest
This has been my "go-to" sleeping pad for many years on the PCT. I've tried a variety of others but keep returning to this little beauty. It does a great job of insulating one from th...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
May 17, 8:26am

Aloksak O.P 12.5 x 20"
I have found them to be quite effective in the Sierras the past two summers. I have a Bearikade Expedition, and if you're not careful, the metal edges around the latches can slice an OP sak wh...

In Miscellaneous Products
August 21, 10:07pm