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NZ for a month!
Enjoy your time in NZ; it's a beautiful country and the Kiwis are great people. I've spent, all told, about 8 months in NZ over two trips about 8 or 9 years ago. Both Spencer and Barry ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » New Zealand for a month
March 21, 12:17pm

24 Photo Essay: Gene Marshall Trail, Ventura, CA Backcountry
Completed a quick sub 24-hour thru-hike of the ~19 mile Gene Marshall/Piedra Blanca Trail through the Sespe Wilderness in the Ventura County Mountains 3/16-17. The trail starts at the Reyes Creek ...

In Post-Trip Reports » 24 Photo Essay: Gene Marshall Trail, Ventura, CA Backcountry
March 21, 11:14am

How do you pack a blow up mattress?
Depending upon which pack I'm using on the trip, I either just fold my Neo-Air into thirds width-wise and roll it up (just like how it came out of the box), rubber band it (no stuff sack) and p...

In GEAR » How do you pack a blow up mattress?
March 20, 2:50pm

sub 4 oz tripod
I've made two of these tripods now... The first time I ordered 3 of the 3 piece aluminum tent poles from Gossamer Gear that were sized for one of their shelters (I don't recall which one...

In Photography » Sub-four oz. carbon fiber tripod
March 19, 5:41pm

Helmet Cam
I think a helmet-mounted camera would give the most interesting perspective and would be fairly easy to put together. One option that popped into my head is to figure out where on the helmet you...

In Photography » Mounting camera to packraft/body/helmet
March 19, 5:18pm

Cairns and LNT
I think cairns are a lot less obtrusive in a wilderness setting than the brightly colored ribbons sometimes used to mark a trail or even worse (imo), painted or carved tree blazes or medallions mou...

In Philosophy & Technique » Cairns and LNT?
March 16, 11:42am

Wildcat 2.0
I have a pair. The differences are very subtle best I can tell. I really like the Wildcats as my normal backpacking shoe; my only complaint on them had been that the tongues always slipped down...

In GEAR » La Sportiva Wildcat 2.0
March 16, 11:11am

I ordered 3 CF poles from them late last spring. Aside from the initial order confirmation, I didn't hear anything from them for almost two months. Finally I sent them an email to ask about t...

In GEAR » Any recent experiences with Fibraplex?
March 15, 10:54pm

Beer in a can
I'm liking all the great beers that are becoming available in cans lately. Awesome development. I'm still waiting for my local neighborhood brewery to start canning some beer; that would ...

In Chaff » "Beer in a Can"
March 14, 11:26am

Sleeping Bags vs Quilts
I've switched to quilts entirely. I reguarly camp down to the low 20s and occasionally dip a little lower. I use Katabatic quilts and haven't had an issue with drafts; the strapping syste...

In GEAR » Sleeping Bags vs Quilts
March 13, 3:17pm

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