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Re: Info
"I'm 25, am 5 foot 9 tall and weigh 177 pounds." How much of that 177# is spare body fat? If you have, say, 15# of "healthily burnable" fat, that would provide you wit...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » 1300 Cals a Day
July 16, 9:31pm

Re: Re: Jesus...the original SUL backpacker
"In Australia he'd be called a bludger: BLUDGER: noun, a person who lives off the efforts of others; a person who does not pay his fair share or who does not make a fair contribution to...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Jesus...the original SUL backpacker
July 16, 6:25pm

Re: Missing bushwalker found after 12 days
Always good news when they still have a pulse by the time SAR show up. Could've turned out otherwise from the sound of things. He's one lucky lad.

In Chaff » Missing bushwalker found after 12 days
July 15, 6:46pm

Re: Got lint?
"Lint collecting for 2.5 years with me and my 3 roommates that has collected in the corner of my basement. There is a paper bag full... and a little overflow." All that from 4 guys'...

In Editor's Roundtable » Up in Smoke: Backcountry Fire Building Videocast
July 15, 6:40pm

Re: what about cooking?
"People who know how to do this will laugh at me, but I've never actually seen someone cook over a backcountry wood fire." The people who truly know how to do this won't be lau...

In Editor's Roundtable » Up in Smoke: Backcountry Fire Building Videocast
July 15, 5:15pm

Re: Ideas for no-cook diet on the JMT?
Chocolate. There is an infinite variety of flavors, and many come with nuts, fruit, coconut, etc, mixed in. Also, it is high in calories, and many varieties contain substantial fiber. Organic Ve...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Ideas for no-cook diet on the JMT?
July 14, 5:39pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: No Purification
"Anyway, the intended meaning of the post re: being carried out with SARs, in the context of not treating one's water, should have been self-evident to mean "search and rescue" r...

In GEAR » Lightest water treatment/filtration
July 12, 6:30pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: No Purification
"but it can also be abbreviated as SARS for "search and rescue squadron"." In New Zealand?

In GEAR » Lightest water treatment/filtration
July 12, 6:16pm

Re: Re: No Purification
"S.A.R.S. as in Search And Rescue." I thought SARS stood for sudden acute respiratory syndrome. SAR stands for Search and Rescue, at least in the US of A.

In GEAR » Lightest water treatment/filtration
July 12, 5:58pm

Re: Great routes up there guys!
"I spoke to BPLs Doug Johnson and he recommended his neck of the woods so I am kind of focusing in on the Alpine Lakes Wilderness." Hi Peter, If you are interested in Cascade, or Ol...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Recommendations for tough off beat hikes
July 09, 6:58pm

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