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Re: JMT Hike: Convertable Pants vs Shorts with built in liner
Shorts, long johns, windpants - that's my Sierra summer system. One thing about the Driducks pants - they are known to be very fragile. I generally wear my windpants most evenings, so they get ...

In GEAR » JMT Hike: Convertable Pants vs Shorts with built in liner
May 29, 9:51pm

Re: Do you peg ground peg points on your tent?
I always do. In the wind I want the tightest pitch I can get, and staking the floor out is part of that.

In GEAR » Do you peg ground peg points on your tent?
May 26, 10:38pm

Re: Which do you prefer for your own lower body base layer?
for summer in the Sierra I take powerstretch tights or expedition weight long johns for camp use/sleeping. Almost never wear them during the day; just shorts and occasionally windpants. For shoulde...

In GEAR » Which do you prefer for your own lower body base layer?
May 20, 5:00pm

alternatives
I have tried picaridin, eucalyptus based, citronella; none have been effective for me. The timed release DEET stuff works well; concentrations of 30% and up have worked well for me, and seem to be ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » DEET
May 20, 4:56pm

Re: IT Band issues
My personal experience with ITB fun: For me it was all about stretching. The PT tested my leg strength and said that was not an issue. Tightness definitely was. So stretching after exercise was th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » IT Band issues
May 20, 4:51pm

tight stiches
Having made quite a few packs with a machine that did only straight stitches, what I generally did was numerous rows of stitching, close to each other but not on top of each other. That was in the ...

In Make Your Own Gear » LOAD BEARING, STRAIGHT STITCH, SMALL SPACES
May 18, 9:24pm

Re: Beginner Sewing Strategies
First I made a stuff sack. then I made a daypack. I looked carefully at how gear in the shops was sewed and tried to imitate (harder now that some stuff is welded!). An old resource but good if you...

In Make Your Own Gear » Beginner Sewing Strategies
May 11, 5:55pm

Re: Do You Trust a Handheld Piezo Igniter?
I've heard of numerous failures of Piezo ignition at altitude. Haven't used one myself - I always use a mini-bic or equivalent. I have never had one fail, but I always carry two, one in the...

In GEAR » Do You Trust a Handheld Piezo Igniter?
May 11, 5:44pm

Re: Hwy 120 Is Open
Drove over the pass on the way back from the east side on Friday. There is still enough snow to ski at Dana Meadows - very little at Tuolumne. Looks like pretty much 9000 feet and above unless on t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hwy 120 Is Open
May 04, 5:53pm

Re: Metabolism vs Body Fat
I definitely used to run hotter as far as sitting still goes, when I was younger and my metabolism was going great guns. Probably typical. But since you have no choice in the matter the question is...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Metabolism vs Body Fat
April 23, 10:47pm

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