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Solo hiking
Nearly all my hiking is solo, including multi week trips. When solo you can be totally whimsical : stop when you like, where you like, for as long as you like, hike as fast or as slow as you want, ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » how many of you do solo trips?
July 01, 4:10am

NEW Zpacks Hexamid Solo Tarp
That's good to hear. Did you find any damage, ie stressed stitching or tape lifting? I assume yours has the new taped seams as standard. I've just got one , but somehow assumed it wasn'...

In GEAR » Zpacks Hexamid Solo Tarp - Shout Out!
July 01, 3:46am

Step ups and knees
When out on an oil platform for 2 weeks at a time, I used to do step ups on the side of the bed, a 30-40cm step, 1000 or more per leg. Really good cardio and thigh builder. Then I read somewhere th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Training on a treadmill
June 15, 7:54am

Do you ever not take a shelter?
With a reasonably good forecast, and no bugs, you can compromise with an ultra light shelter without a bivy. I've just done a week in the Sierra Tramontana on Mallorca, in the Med. I carried a ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Do you ever not take a shelter?
June 15, 5:43am

OMM Kamleika Pants
I used the Kamleika pants recently in wet mist, rain and wind at 8'C, and finished the walk completely dry.

In Editor's Roundtable » OMM Kamleika Race Smock, Jacket, and Pants Review
May 17, 3:15am

Mt Ritter
Hi Brad, thanks for the PM re Mt Ritter. I found this site with a lot of photos: http://www.mtritter.org/mtritter/lucky7/route99.html

In Pre-Trip Planning » JMT Side Trips / Peak Bagging /
May 10, 2:52pm

Filter research
Thank you Jeremy for that reference. I have been wading through it, and although dated 2006, it contains a lot of current devices. Interestingly, it scores Aqua Mira lower than Micropur despite...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Giardia Outbreak
April 26, 3:23am

Fire starting
Hammaro grease paper works every time, and is totally clean. A 1" square is all you need, and takes up less room than cottonwool.

In Make Your Own Gear » Crisco Cottonball Firestarter
April 17, 3:21pm

Voice Recorder
I've got an Olympus VN4100. Got it second hand so don't know how old it is. 1.5ozs plus 2xAAA. Good quality, different settings. I use it particularly to keep track of timings for future ...

In GEAR » Ultralight voice recorder
April 17, 2:55am

Why WOULDN'T flat shoes be better?
A completely flat sole will put more strain on your Achilles tendon, and in 500 mls that could give you Achilles tendonitis - can be debilitating, and hard to get rid of.

In GEAR » Why do we like flat shoes?
April 17, 2:27am

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