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Evan McCarthy (evanrussia) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Northern Europe
About Me Expat UL backpacker living in Riga and exploring Northern Europe's trail and forests.
My Website URLhttps://www.facebook.com/evankylemccarthy
My PDF Gear ListGear List for June-July Kungsleden

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All Forum Posts by Evan McCarthy

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The Fine Line Between Hype and Hypothermia
While groping wildly around my bivy sack to find and turn off my alarm at 5:00 a.m., I heard the plunking of rain on my tarp and groaned. Max, Mark, and I had hoped blindly that the vicious thunde...

In Post-Trip Reports » The Fine Line Between Hype and Hypothermia
April 22, 9:11pm

REI Cruise UL 60 SOLD
REI Cruise UL 60. Medium. Good condition. $75. Still for sale!

In Gear Swap » Cleaning out the Gear Closet!
April 18, 4:07pm

Just the REI Cruise UL 60 Left
MLD Alpine bivy, Thermarest, and Leki poles, Jam, and Mojave officially sold. Note: The Mojave is 2 lbs. 9 oz. and has one minor tear (patched) and a white discoloring on one spot on the bottom.

In Gear Swap » Cleaning out the Gear Closet!
April 18, 5:45am

Cleaning out the Gear Closet!
For the first time ever, I'm cleaning out the gear closet and putting some items up for sale. If something here meets your fancy, please post to declare which item you are interested in and PM...

In Gear Swap » Cleaning out the Gear Closet!
April 17, 9:02pm

I think I might have one for you!
I've kept my REI Cruise UL 60 around "just in case" I needed a pack with suspension but I prefer my Exodus and Burn year round nowadays. If this is what you're looking for, I'...

In Gear Swap » WTB REI Cruise UL 60 Backpack
April 17, 4:13pm

Re: Fire Road 75 is open!
I designed a 35 mile circuit through Dolly Sods to hit the best parts last year. http://files.meetup.com/1502009/35%20Mile%20Dolly%20Sods%20Map%20Sets.pdf I think I'm going to tinker arou...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Long weekend in Dolly Sods
April 16, 1:30pm

Re: Anything better than a 70L Jam (older Pinnacle) for my needs?
I use an MLD Exodus for up to 25 pounds and find it light, affordable, high quality, and comfortable. It blows the Jam and Pinnacle out of the water (and yes, I've used and owned the Jam). It...

In GEAR » Anything better than a 70L Jam (older Pinnacle) for my needs?
April 16, 5:58am

Re: Frameless pack for women
I just got back from a weekend trip with my wife and had a similar experience. I loaded up my Exodus and let her use my Burn with only a pad and sleeping bag inside. She hiked great all weekend, ...

In GEAR » Frameless pack for women
April 08, 5:58pm

Re: Sleep pad for side sleepers.
I rotated back and forth this spring between the Exped Synmat UL 7 and the Neoair Xlite. The Neoair, in the end, is enough for me in terms of comfort to weight ratio but the Exped is definitely fa...

In GEAR » Sleep pad for side sleepers.
April 04, 8:31pm

Steripens Invade Costco
I was amused to see a massive Steripen display at my local Costco.

In GEAR » Steripens Invade Costco
March 29, 8:19pm

All Reader Reviews by Evan McCarthy

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Nunatak Arc Edge
I was dubious about an 11 oz. quilt that keeps you warm when pushing it -- but I just go back from an outing with the Arc Edge down to high 30s even (not quite expected) and found the quilt and Nunata...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
April 17, 6:48pm