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Oct in the Sawtooths
Beautiful photos; thanks for the awesome TR. I've never been to that part of the US (always wanted to though). Fall trips in the high country, when the masses are gone are always a treat. ...

In Post-Trip Reports » October in the Sawtooths
November 03, 11:04am

Ibex Indie Hoodie
+1 for the Ibex Hoodie. Thin merino wool, thumb loops, half zipper, slim cut hood (like the R1). It's sorta like that BPL merino hoodie that used to be offered, only not as athletic of a cut,...

In GEAR » Hoodie recommendations
November 02, 11:00am

People, Place or Fish?
Interesting question... for me, I guess the answer is a matter of perspective. I mostly avoid the high profile, popular (and yet really beautiful) hiking areas in CA (like the Sierra Nevada in s...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » People Place or fish?
November 01, 6:09pm

Fish show & tell
I don't fish much... I'm mostly "trip photographer," so I don't know all the details of what gear was used, but on a trip into Los Padres National Forest back in May, my buddy...

In Fishing » Fish show & tell
October 31, 12:33pm

XP2 + Core
+1 for the XP2 + Core rechargable battery. It's simple and effective. I like setting my own brightness profiles and the rechargable battery seems to have a reasonable life span. No complai...

In GEAR » Best regulated output headlamp?
October 31, 12:00pm

Snow around Mammoth
Hey Bob, I just did a quick 2-night shuttle from Red's Meadow to Iva Bell Hot Springs to Lost Keys Lake to Purple Lake and out to Coldwater Camp at Lake Mary(10/28-10/30). Above about 9,000...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Is there new snow fall beneath 9000 ft in the Sierra?
October 31, 11:55am

Big Sur
Well maintained, PO-free trails in Big Sur aren't too common... but, the easiest recommendation would be the Pine Ridge Trail. It leaves from the Big Sur Station and follows the Big Sur River ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Please recommend a weekend route in Ventana Wilderness...
October 31, 11:33am

Depends on Conditions
I think it depends on anticipated conditions. If the weather forecast doesn't call for chances of rain or snow or only a slight chance, I only bring the houdini. Like just this past weeked (1...

In GEAR » Windshirt + Rain Jacket or Single Shell?
October 31, 11:16am

Trail Clearing Tools
Be careful using gas or battery powered equipment in the brush to clear trails. A few unofficial "volunteers" were doing some trail maintenance around Santa Barbara a couple of years ago...

In GEAR » Trail Clearing Tools
October 31, 11:03am

Alone on the Sespe
Interesting encounter there at night... Reminds me of several mountain lion encounters that either I've had or heard of friends having up around White Ledge in the San Rafael wilderness. To m...

In Post-Trip Reports » Alone on the Sespe, 10/14-15/2011
October 19, 12:10am

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