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Zack Karas (iwillchopyou@hotmail.com) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Lake Tahoe
About Me Trail names that haven't stuck: Oprah, Sir Craps-a-Lot, Runaway Blouse, Bunefa, Steve, Big McLargeHuge, The Inedible Uncle Fabulous.

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All Forum Posts by Zack Karas

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jam bladder sleeve
I hate using a bladder with the jam--I much prefer the bladder sleeve that ULA provides as it allows me to put my sleeping pad between the bladder and my back. The Jam puts the bladder between you...

In GEAR » Stripping down a Jam
November 06, 11:06am

Oware 8x8
I'll jump in here with my experience with the 8x8 pyramid--I love it. Use it on trips with my wife and dog. It handles the wind very well--just had it up in 30-40 mph winds and it was rock so...

In Gear Deals » Breen Cuben Fiber Pyramid here now.
November 06, 9:06am

chop it up
Here's what I did to my original version Jam: -removed the foam backpad and sleeve -removed the hydration sleeve -removed one ice axe loop -trimmed all straps so that I have about 3 inche...

In GEAR » Stripping down a Jam
November 06, 8:55am

What I do
I like the old Montrail Hurrican Ridge shoes for winter hiking, but they are no more (but can still be found online). I also wear Adidas Supernova trail runners for the other 4 seasons.

In GEAR » Shoe Mania
November 05, 7:53pm

Sold
SOLD

In Gear Swap » FS: Equinox 8x10 UL Tarp
November 05, 7:05pm

FS: Equinox 8x10 UL Tarp--SOLD
SOLD Description: 1.1oz silicone impregnated ripstop nylon tarp. It has 10 reinforced black oxidized black grommets, one in each corner and remaining six spread evenly around perimeter. Also h...

In Gear Swap » FS: Equinox 8x10 UL Tarp
November 05, 2:46pm

wow
"That's a bunch of bullpoo!". Too funny. His tone of voice sums him up pretty well. I just about crapped myself when I got a view of his appearance--not at all what I was expecting.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Pretty funny..
November 02, 12:54pm

Anyone backpacked in Rocky Mtn NP in late December/early January?
More specifically, where did you go and what was the route? How did it go? I'm planning on 1 or 2 nights, either basecamping and bagging peaks or doing some sort of loop. Any related inf...

In Winter Hiking » Anyone backpacked in Rocky Mtn NP in late December/early January?
November 01, 3:03pm

ideas
Colorado Trail. If you are a big-miler, the CDT route through Colorado. Oregon on PCT.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Looking for suggestions Summer 2010
October 30, 9:40pm

Coyotes in Tahoe basin
I remember reading a report about the Tahoe area that stated that of all the predatory mammals in the area, only the population of coyotes stayed the same or increased as a result of human encroach...

In On the Web » Coyotes Kill Hiker in Canada
October 29, 3:40pm

All Reader Reviews by Zack Karas

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Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
As many previous reviewers have noted, this light stove works well and supports my ti pot well. I only use this in lower elevations and warmer weather, but that is due to esbit not the stove. I ...

In Stoves - Other
September 15, 12:36pm

Therm-A-Rest Ridgerest
I buy a size regular and cut it into two 30" long sections and I believe they weigh 5oz. One pad will last me for about 1200 miles before I replace it--though the replaced pad still has life lef...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
September 15, 12:33pm

Bibler Eldorado
I have only used it around 14 or so nights since then (only use it in more rugged and windy environments when snow is a possibility). My wife and I used it for our 10-day Tibet trek and it perfor...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
September 09, 4:47pm

BPL Blow-Up Pillow
I had high hopes for this pillow--the single baffle version. I have found that I have to inflate it very little to avoid my head rolling all over the place. So, in order for this pillow to keep my h...

In Miscellaneous Products
September 09, 4:36pm

Adidas Supernova Trail 5
After having foot problems, I went to a podiatrist and had custom orthotics made. The Dr. also recommended these shoes and to replace all shoes every 300-500 miles. Since using these, I have had z...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 09, 4:04pm

Red Ledge Thunderlight pants
I'm surprised that more people don't use and/or know about these. My pants weigh 6.5oz size medium and fit over my shoes. They have button snaps at the ankle to allow for 2 different sizes b...

In Clothing - Raingear
September 09, 4:00pm

Brasslite Turbo II-D
Purchased in 2004, used for around 6000 trail miles. Weighs 2.5oz, so there are lighter alternatives out there, but for the slimmer sleeve I feel it is worth it as it allows a broader trail diet. ...

In Stoves - Alcohol
September 08, 10:15am

Western Mountaineering Pod 30
Purchased in 2005, used for entire CDT, 10-day Tibet trek, Iceland thruhike, 6 months hiking in NZ, plus about another 1000 or so miles. Weighs 17 oz after cutting off pad sleeve. Only downsid...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
September 08, 10:12am

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 3
I recently purchased this for a thruhike of Iceland based on its' weight. It performed well, but let me explain... The foot-end of the tent is lower than the head-end, plus the vestibules are ...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 08, 10:06am

Dirty Girl Gaiters
These would be a 5 if the supplied adhesive strip resisting peeling after very wet days. Superglue was the answer and has held the velcro down wonderfully. Very breathable (and I'm a sweater...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 08, 9:59am