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"I guess my remaining question is if and how the body reacts to months and months of water treatment chemical ingestion." That is why I filter my water if I am in a location that I th...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Long-term Aquamira studies?
February 13, 4:56pm

A memorable feast
Back in the early 80's when I was on a combo backpacking/fishing trip. We were fishing on Middle Crabtree Lake and catching A LOT of fish. We met a couple down at the lower lake one afternoo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » It's really cool when others do this in the backcountry!
February 13, 4:43pm

Darwin Award, Honorable Mention
Riding an inner tube down "The Meatgrinder" on the American River when they were releasing water from the dam upstream. We were one toke over the line, but somehow made it through without...

In GEAR » So you think that was dumb?
February 13, 4:33pm

Re: Re: Consider the consequences
"Tom, I understand where you're coming from. It's a commonly sought place, especially these days. But... If you're looking for security you'd best have it between your ears, c...

In GEAR » bear bags
February 13, 4:21pm

Consider the consequences
I have no doubt that a careful backpacker can get away with sleeping with his food next to his head or in his tent a vast majority of the time. I did it a few times some years ago in places where ...

In GEAR » bear bags
February 12, 8:31pm

Re: Re: Shoe Fit Question
Denis, You are spot on. Dave is one of the best in the business. John, If you can possibly swing the trip(s) down to Marin County, get yourself treated by Dave himself. You won't regret it...

In GEAR » Shoe Fit Question
February 12, 7:58pm

Re: Bear slapping 101 SHEESH
Enough is enough, Ali. I just choose my campsites carefully and avoid areas frequented by a lot of people and, therefore, bears. I don't live in fear of them anymore than you do. I just hav...

In GEAR » bear bags
February 11, 8:58pm

Re: chaff.
"i can't see how a discussion of willpower, religion, genetics, and smoking belongs in "General Lightweight Backpacking."" Something to do with the "Unbearable Light...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Others Bug Me With This in the Backcountry!
February 11, 8:46pm

Re: Bear slapping 101
"That does sound like a tale, a friend of a friend???" You're sounding more and more like Timothy Treadwell with every passing post, Ali; or maybe you do your long distance hiking ...

In GEAR » bear bags
February 11, 8:33pm

Re: Re: "bear bags" not doggie bags
"In '91 the "slap" was with rocks, accurately pitched. The bears (2) went off to visit the car campers." A Cautionary Tale: Several years ago, I can't remember the...

In GEAR » bear bags
February 11, 4:40pm

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