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Looking for a couple 10-15 mile loops in SMNP with solitude
I would drive down to Cosby or Big Creek. From Cosby there is a nice trail to Albright Grove. Both have options up to the AT. Mt Sterling is a nice option or of Big Creek and the trail along Big Cr...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Looking for a couple 10-15 mile loops in SMNP with solitude
February 26, 7:37pm

Help me make a decision on bags... please!
Marmot bag is for sale for $200 just a couple posts below. But if you are strong and weight doesn't matter much and you want it quick, just look at what is on sale. Don't be too offen...

In GEAR » Help me make a decision on bags... please!
February 26, 9:40am

Time to upgrade my rain jacket...
The Luke's Ultralite Event jacket looks like a great deal. I am a little curious about the new Berghaus jacket too - nice light weight. I would look a t the Zpacks Challenger too.

In GEAR » Time to upgrade my rain jacket...
February 18, 10:08am

JMT Permit Applications - Getting No Response
Same problem here. I am not able to get a fax through. I tried a couple different fax machines from fax machines we use daily here at the office. I have to assume the lines are just too busy.

In Pre-Trip Planning » JMT Permit Applications - Getting No Response
February 18, 9:31am

JMT Permit Applications - Getting No Response
Same problem here. I am not able to get a fax through. I tried a couple different fax machines from fax machines we use daily here at the office. I have to assume the lines are just too busy.

In Pre-Trip Planning » JMT Permit Applications - Getting No Response
February 18, 9:25am

ccf
I really like an almost full length 1/8 inch pad. It's pretty light, protects your pad, and adds a little warmth

In GEAR » Zero + Small NeoAir + Quilt + CCF Frame?
February 14, 9:26am

Gear weight vs safety and preparedness
Sorry to get you off track, Heath. Sounds like you're looking for a balance between being light and being prepared. I was just trying to point out some examples where you can be both lighter ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Gear weight vs safety and preparedness
February 13, 2:08pm

What can you tell me by looking at this map? (Tuxachanie, MS)
I'm with BG, I would be prepared to have wet feet all day and probably muddy feet all day. There appears to be almost no elevation. I would wear shoes that drain well, very light socks that a...

In Pre-Trip Planning » What can you tell me by looking at this map? (Tuxachanie, MS)
February 13, 1:47pm

Gear weight vs safety and preparedness
I really don't agree that a base weight below 10 pounds is dangerous territory. My normal base weight is about 8 pounds. It includes good rain gear, enough insulation, reliable shelter, sever...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Gear weight vs safety and preparedness
February 13, 1:18pm

Savage Gulf's Collins Gulf
Nice report. I still need to get down there sometime. Its not too far from either.

In Post-Trip Reports » Savage Gulf's Collins Gulf
February 12, 4:58pm

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