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In my experience, tarptents do tend to get condensation. You can get it on double skin tents and even a tarp too in the right(wrong) conditions. I think a tarptent tends to have more problems wit...

In GEAR » Trying to get down to 20lb pack need advice.
September 20, 9:52am

Trying to get down to 20lb pack need advice
I think the easiest way to get your weight down is to carry less stuff. As far as the possibilities on your big 3, I would also look at options from Zpacks and Mountain Laurel Designs regarding ...

In GEAR » Trying to get down to 20lb pack need advice.
September 20, 7:44am

Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn weight
I seem to remember mine weighing in right about 9 oz without seam sealing. I don't have it on a scale here though.

In GEAR » Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn weight
September 19, 4:07pm

Which if any Mid layer for AT in March
I think that's perfect. That's very similar to what I took for a hike there last March. I wouldn't take anything else.

In GEAR » Which if any Mid layer for AT in March
September 19, 9:03am

Trail meals
Sarah, last time I was out, I packed salmon and virtually (not literally) inhaled it as soon as I opened it after about 5 days out. Sometimes your body just knows what it needs.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » backpacking food
September 19, 8:52am

Trail meals
Some of my favorite DIY meals on the trail are: peanut butter, crackers, salmon in a foil packet, oatmeal, salami, dried potatoes, cous cous, nuts, chocolate. Most of those are pretty calorie dens...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » backpacking food
September 19, 7:34am

AT hike
You should have a lot of fun. I don't think it will likely be too crowded this time of year. You won't likely have any thru-hiker traffic. I think there are several shuttle services in t...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Smokies/Nantahala area in October
September 18, 2:54pm

Tarping in the South
I almost exclusively use a tarp now for backpacking. My tarps range from 9-12 oz for at least 2 person coverage. I use a polycryo groundsheet that is no more than 2 oz. I don't carry a bivy ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tarp camping in the southern US
September 18, 12:38pm

The easy stuff
Consider a tarp, at about 6-12 oz. I know, it doesn't keep bugs away. I don't like bugs either, and it works out fine for me. Looks like you have a headnet and deet. That will mostly ke...

In Gear Lists » Looking to go lighter still
September 17, 3:12pm

Really surprised polycryo isnt durable for you.
I have used polycryo/window shrunk film quite a bit I have never been even a little careful with it. I have not had even little tears.

In GEAR » Groundsheet Space Blanket, Polycryo not tuff enuff
September 15, 6:35pm

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