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Funny, when I post on a certain Other Site Which Shall Not Be Named, I get flamed by folks who feel that my inability to carry a 60-pound pack shows that I'm not a real man. The UL style is sti...

In Chaff » People are ruining backpacking.
August 12, 7:21pm

black-tailed or mule deer in Sierra?
Which is more common in the Sierra, black-tailed deer or mule deer? Are black-tailed deer more likely to be found farther north rather than in the Sierra?

In Chaff » black-tailed or mule deer in Sierra?
August 12, 7:08pm

I'm also not clear on what SPOT would really prove. You've got other ways of proving that he left one trailhead at a certain time and arrived at the other end at a certain time. If he...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » JMT Record Attempts for 2010
August 12, 5:05pm

Re: JMT 6 days
19 lb including food for 6 days sounds fantastic to me! "My rain gear sucks, admittedly. But I did survive Washington on the PCT with that set-up. Do you think I'll be just as miserable...

In Gear Lists » JMT 6 days
August 11, 10:18pm

weight loss is the enemy
For me, it's not food that's the enemy. Weight loss is the enemy. On a long hike, my concern is that I'll deplete my fat reserves.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Quinoa for Protein
August 11, 9:58pm

GG not as durable
I used a GG NightLite torso pad for 17 nights this summer, and after that amount of use it was pretty worn and flattened. It's cheap, so I don't mind replacing it after that amount of use. ...

In GEAR » Need CCF Pad recomendations
August 11, 9:55pm

Re: Re: Spot Should be required for all Record Attempts
At some point, you just have to put some trust in people's honesty and sportsmanship. What are we going to do next, institute tests for blood doping? Last I heard, this wasn't a sport where...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » JMT Record Attempts for 2010
August 11, 9:49pm

what I use
Personally, I wouldn't want to sleep in the pants, shirt, and socks that I hike in. The pants and shirt are sticky with sweat, and the socks are usually wet by the end of the day. For sleeping,...

In Philosophy & Technique » Pillows? Multi-use head padding? What do you do?
August 11, 9:45pm

water emulsion; how it works
"First of all, I don't think that DEET will dissolve in water, so forget that." It's true that it doesn't dissolve in water, but it can still be diluted with water immediatel...

In Philosophy & Technique » Mini bottles of 100% DEET
August 11, 8:52am

Bearvaults have dimples for this purpose.
People have been saying that bear canisters are smooth plastic, but the OP says he has a bearvault, and bearvaults have dimples on them. (At least, my small-size bearvault does.) I believe the whol...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear Canisters
August 10, 9:34pm

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