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Re: Backcountry touring ski upgrade
Ski length - 180 should be about right, I'm about the same height and weight and that works great for me. Epoch or Eon should be good either one, the Eon is a little lighter and narrower, the e...

In Winter Hiking » Backcountry touring ski upgrade
September 01, 5:10pm

different strokes indeed
To me it's like this: supported is a really long trail race, while unsupported is a really fast backpacking trip. Now of course I understand there are complexities, and overlap, but to me that...

In Philosophy & Technique » John Muir Trail speed records - a question of style
August 29, 9:44pm

scissors
I could do without a knife but I often use the scissors on my SAK classic - mostly to cut tape or moleskin. I have used the knife blade occasionally to cut pieces of cord, but I could do that with ...

In GEAR » is a knife a non-essential item?
August 27, 9:15pm

Re: Campinggaz Canisters
Have you tried REI? I used to see those there.

In GEAR » Bluet Gaz Canisters
August 24, 11:57am

thanks!
this is great! love to see a blast from the past. I especially like the shot from Forester pass with the backpacker going by - Trapper Nelson frame, hatchet handle poking out the back. State of the...

In Post-Trip Reports » 1953 North fork-Kings River via Middle fork-Tehipite, JMT, Mt. Whitney, Kern River, Camp Nelson.
August 23, 12:10pm

Re: mitchell's chinese stove
Mitchell - that stove is not very light at 214g, and also we've seen some cheap chinese stoves (Bulin in particular) with fuel lines that decomposed and clogged. I'd skip that and get a Kov...

In GEAR » Winter Stove Discussion - 2014
August 22, 10:46pm

Re: Winter Stove Discussion - 2014
I still use my MSR Simmerlite. Doesn't simmer but is lite. My own testing found that the greater efficiency of the canister stove is offset for me by the lighter container (assuming you carry t...

In GEAR » Winter Stove Discussion - 2014
August 22, 10:39pm

Re: Karhu XCD Traverse boots, 3-pin
I have not tried them, but have handled them, and reports I have read say not as stiff torsionally (and thus less control) than either of those boots.

In Winter Hiking » Karhu XCD Traverse boots, 3-pin
August 17, 9:20pm

Re: JetBoil Sol fin failure update?
I have not seen a recent report here on BPL or on a couple other sites I read. Also, I have never heard of an issue with the aluminum version, it was only ever the Ti unit.

In GEAR » JetBoil Sol update?
August 17, 9:11pm

WTT: Stratospire 1 for Notch or DW Moment
Want to trade my Stratospire 1 with Semi-solid inner for Notch or DW moment. Straight up trade.

In Gear Swap » WTT: Stratospire 1 for Notch or DW Moment
August 10, 4:24pm

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