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Reyes Creek
Hey Kevin, Just saw your message. We headed out late yesterday afternoon and only got about 1/2 way in. This morning we woke to snow and temps about 20-30* colder than expected. Needless to s...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » central and southern area bpl ers wanna cook something up for memorial??
May 29, 10:23pm

Memorial Weekend Trip in Southern CA
Hey Kevin, There's a good chance I might be out that way this weekend with my girlfriend. We're still trying to nail down the final plans but hiking up the Piedra Blanca Trail from Reye...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » central and southern area bpl ers wanna cook something up for memorial??
May 27, 11:24am

Altimeter watch
I have an older version of the Suunto Core. I've been happy with it. I find I periodically need to recalibrate the altimeter to ensure a fairly accurate reading, but otherwise, it's worke...

In GEAR » Altimeter watch
May 20, 1:58pm

wood stove in National Forests
Hi Frank, Like others have said, the regulations vary from forest to forest and from season to season. Typically, outside of high fire season (and below tree line), wood fires would be permitte...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » wood stove
May 18, 6:02pm

shelter for 2 + dog
For my girlfriend and I and our 90 lb lab, we've been using a TT Rainshadow 2. It provides plenty of space for the three of us and seems to meet your other criteria more or less (solid floor, ...

In GEAR » All purpose shelter for two people and large dog
May 18, 10:43am

Gear & Swimming
If you use a dry bag liner (like those made by Sea to Summitt or a Cuben one) or a very carefully closed trash compactor bag, you should be fine. I've done a couple of these types of trips (in...

In GEAR » Gear & swimming?
May 17, 2:51pm

how to wash Patagonia Houdini
I've always followed Patagonia's advice for washing/dring/treating their DWR products. So far, so good...

In GEAR » Caring for patagonia houdini windshirt
May 16, 3:01pm

Which tarp or shelter
I have a Spinntwinn and a Trailstar. I like both a lot. The Spinntwinn provides suitable protection for a solo hiker without a bivy but I think it'd get a little cozy and cramped under it to ...

In GEAR » Which tarp or shelter?
May 12, 3:39pm

South Fork
There's a good chance I'll be out that way a few days prior to Memorial Weekend with a buddy who will be in town. We're still nailing down our final destination, but a South Fork trip ...

In Post-Trip Reports » central and southern area bpl trip to sespe wilderness
May 10, 5:15pm

carrying water
I typically carry water in 1 or 2 one-liter bladders or bottles in the side pockets on the outside of my pack. If I need to carry more water, I use the standard 2+L platypus bladders. I take my...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Carrying Water
May 06, 5:11pm

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