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Re: Esbit + rocks + wind shield
Yeah, I wouldn't bother. You'll probably waste more fuel by having non-optimum heights than the weight you save by not having some sort of pot support that sets the right height.

In GEAR » Esbit + rocks + wind shield
March 14, 9:19pm

Re: Rate my tarp pitch/questions?
It's all in the order of operations. If you think about it, pitching a tarp this way is essentially dividing it into 3 triangles - one with its long side as the low back edge, and two with thei...

In GEAR » Rate my tarp pitch/questions?
March 14, 9:17pm

Re: omni tape Vs zippers
Don't know which is lighter, but the zipper is way better for a tent - it can handle a lot more tension from side to side, plus it is FAR easier to close with tension on it. The approximate rat...

In Make Your Own Gear » omni tape Vs zippers
March 14, 9:05pm

r for snow
An awful lot of people seem to have been happy with a total r-value around 5. The classic combination is a ridgerest (2.6) and an old thermarest ultralite (around 2.2).

In GEAR » Minimum Required R Value for Snow Camping
March 14, 4:36pm

Re: Gearlist
Hi Doug - Having been on San Joaquin Ridge in the summer, I'd say that getting all the way to San Joaquin Mtn is a pretty tall order. However,you are right about the first part of that route - ...

In Winter Hiking » Snowshoeing Mammoth questions
March 09, 10:27pm

JMT permits
If you don't mind starting somewhere other than Happy Isles, there are other trailheads you can try. You could start at Glacier Point and take the Panorama trail over to the top of Nevada falls...

In Pre-Trip Planning » JMT permit problems
March 07, 2:04pm

Re: Best ultralight 2 person tent for appalacian trail?
Did you consider the Tarptent Stratospire?

In GEAR » Best ultralight 2 person tent for appalacian trail?
March 06, 10:59pm

Re: Re: Re: Sleeping bag condensation w/ Pictures
At those temperatures the breathability isn't the big factor, but it can be at warmer temps, when the dewpoint is outside the bag. and a more breathable fabric will allow the bag to dry faster ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sleeping bag condensation w/ Pictures
March 05, 10:20pm

Re: Stove recommendations please
Jetboils are great for hot water but not the most controllable for real cooking. take a look at the stover reviews here on BPL or on Hikin' Jim's blog for some suggestions of stoves that a...

In GEAR » Stove recommendations please
March 05, 10:15pm

Re: Sleeping bag condensation w/ Pictures
Totally normal. At those temps the dew point is inside the insulation - unless maybe at super-low humidity. An enclosed tent might help, since the interior of the tent will be maybe 5 degrees warme...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sleeping bag condensation w/ Pictures
March 05, 9:58pm

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