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Re: MRSA "sufferer"?
"MRSA "sufferer"?" "Were you just labelled as a carrier and treated to eradicate it.? Or are you one of those people who get chronic soft tissue infections from it?" ...

In GEAR » Purell instead of Triple Antibiotic Ointment?
October 07, 2:48pm

Re: A straightforward post by an Emergency Room Physician
"BTW, what is this stuff about dogs? Pets? Wild dogs? Never heard dogs implicated in this context. We do exchange skin flora --staph in particular -- with our pets and with each other -- not t...

In GEAR » Purell instead of Triple Antibiotic Ointment?
October 06, 5:40pm

Re: Dextrose and maltodextrin use
"I was wondering if consuming 80g of dextrose either by itself or a 50/50 split with maltodextrin combined with 20g of whey protein is a safe postworkout drink." This is not too far of...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Dextrose and maltodextrin use
October 06, 5:09pm

Re: Unreasonable Questions?
" Yes, it is late in the season and the chances of having to abandon a tramp do increase." Precisely, B.C. I think what people are concerned with is the nature of the bail. The farth...

In GEAR » Bivy or Tent for JMT early/mid October
October 05, 9:07pm

Re: Bactroban
"Mupuricon (trade name Bactroban) is probably a better choice than "triple ointment". Broader coverage and more potent." Spot on. It's the same stuff they prescribe for ...

In GEAR » Purell instead of Triple Antibiotic Ointment?
October 05, 8:54pm

Re: JMT South Bound OCTOBER
" Winging it a bit in first week as haven't been as active as I'd like!" If this means you're not in pretty good mountain shape, you might want to very carefully think the...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » JMT South Bound OCTOBER
October 04, 2:43pm

Re: Re: Parka
"When light balaclavas weigh 1.5 range, a beanie can surely weigh the same or near 1 oz." They sure can. MH makes a couple including my favorite, the Transition Featherweight Dome, wh...

In GEAR » Montbell UL Down Inner Jacket vs. Extremely Light Jacket
October 03, 3:36pm

Re: Thanks
"I think I'll try to wrap it around a straw or maybe my pen." Kristin, I've tried both ways and found it a lot easier, although still not easy, to get Leukotape off a pen. St...

In GEAR » Leukotape is heavy!
October 03, 3:26pm

Re: Mosquitoes
"Seasonal, Geographical, Elevation???? It is not a exact science for sure..." That's pretty much my take as well, Jay, although I tend to associate skeeters with standing water and...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Just me, or was it a bad mosquito season in the Sierras this year?
October 03, 3:19pm

Re: Just me, or was it a bad mosquito season in the Sierras this year?
"Did anybody else notice a particularly nasty mosquito season this year?" Jeff, I think it varies by location and time of year. I was in Darwin Canyon in late July and there were h...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Just me, or was it a bad mosquito season in the Sierras this year?
October 02, 4:39pm

All Reader Reviews by Tom Kirchner

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Gossamer Gear ThinLight insulation pad 1/8" approx. 2 oz.
Having used both of the above mentioned combinations(only with a Mens' Prolite 3), I heartily concur with their rating(s). It would be hard to find a piece of insulation/protection/padding that g...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
October 27, 5:20pm

ULA Circuit
Pro's: 1) Light; 2) Durable for the weight(like Kevin, I've done some off-trail/bushwhacking(Wanda Lake to Martha Lake via Davis Lakes/N. Goddard Creek) with only minor abrasion on the waist...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 29, 6:16pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
Scott, Check out travelcountry.com for the eco-mesh shirt. They have free shipping whereas Railriders charges a pretty hefty fee. I've been using this shirt for years and consider it the best S...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
April 06, 5:27pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro-Lite 4
Hi David, What you are experiencing with your Prolite-4 is a common phenomenon in my experience with the Prolite-3. It is, however, easy to mitigate. Just position the valve next to your shoulder o...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 04, 5:17pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite 3
I've used the Prolite-3 almost since it came out with good success. It compresses well, is very light FOR ITS SIZE(what would a TorsoLite weigh if it was 20"x48"??), and insulates just ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
March 15, 6:02pm

I've been using the Peak UL carbon fiber poles(womens' non antishock 3 section model-11.2 oz/pr) ever since they came on the market and have been ecstatic about their performance. Like some other pos...

In Trekking Poles
November 04, 5:58pm