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Having your cake and eating it, too...
I think you're going to have to prioritize your wishlist. Early May temps are great for hiking in Zion but for all my May trips, the Narrows has never been open because of high water flow. ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » When should I do the Narrows?
December 06, 1:09pm

Dry sleepwear
Whatever I do, I fiercely guard one set of dry baselayers that are going to be my sleepwear. Sometimes it's really tempting to change into them as soon as I get to camp but I make myself wait u...

In Philosophy & Technique » Pearls for backpacking in the rain
December 06, 12:55pm

Re: LOOKING TO FORM A NETWORK OF WEST MICHIGAN HIKERS
>> "We are in need of other hikers who have good morals." Maybe the already established groups didn't meet his criteria. ;)

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » LOOKING TO FORM A NETWORK OF WEST MICHIGAN HIKERS
December 06, 12:42pm

My thoughts
I did the same exercise a few years ago and, in the end, decided to go the route of multiple tents instead of the one-size-fits-all solution. My decision was based mostly on the fact that when I&#...

In GEAR » Occasional two person tent - Stratospire 1 or Double Rainbow?
December 06, 9:49am

Bivouac's midnight madness sale in Ann Arbor, MI today! (Friday 12/6)
Started last night. 20% off everything except for Canada Goose and some cosmetics line. So, YES, applies to Western Mountaineering -- and they have a good selection in stock, in different lengths...

In Gear Deals » Bivouac's midnight madness sale in Ann Arbor, MI today! (Friday 12/6)
December 06, 5:59am

Grand Canyon National Park SAR rescue
I broke an ankle about 5 miles down the Tanner Trail in GCNP this past spring. With help from other hikers, I was able to get to a saddle area where a helicopter could land. I sent a message up w...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How much do rescues cost?
November 24, 12:34pm

Re: Dropping Weight From Your Dental Kit - Ideas Shared
I found some cheap and light products on minimus.biz that have worked well for me. Like the 4" toothbrush for 12-cents each (http://www.minimus.biz/Generic-High-Visibility-Orange-30-Tuft-Toot...

In Make Your Own Gear » Dropping Weight From Your Dental Kit - Ideas Shared
November 21, 1:43pm

Fabrics I've worked with
There are fabrics lighter than 1-1.5 oz/sq yard if you're looking to go as light as possible. Some that I'm aware of are: - Nobul fabrics from Titanium Goat. These are 7D-10D - Momentum ...

In Make Your Own Gear » 1 - 1.5 oz material for wind anorak
November 19, 11:31am

Re: First Ascent Frontpoint 2.0 jacket
I have one and LOVE it (wore it to work this morning, in fact.) I picked it up with zero expectations off the sale rack at my local EB a few years ago; it was too cheap to pass up and I figured I ...

In GEAR » First Ascent Frontpoint 2.0 jacket
November 06, 10:02am

Re: Re: Minimum dimensions for a cooking/dining tarp?
I'm hoping to not over-think this one too much. :) So, no configurable "systems" or a solution that works for a large range of conditions or people. It just needs to be for two most...

In GEAR » Minimum dimensions for a cooking/dining tarp?
October 30, 5:03pm

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