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Re: 2013 AT Gear list.
I thru-hiked the trail a couple of years ago. Your list looks really good. I would agree with the comment about the e-lite. You will inevitably night hike at some point and the e-lite will be prett...

In Gear Lists » AT 2 Person Gear list.
February 02, 11:15am

Re: Silnylon Rain Gear- Rain Gear and Wind Shirt All In One?
I haven't seen O2 rain gear is ages, but I seem to remeber it being somewhere between DriDucks and Frogg Toggs in terms of durability. If you're thinking about a thru-hike I used Frogg Togg...

In GEAR » Silnylon Rain Gear- Rain Gear and Wind Shirt All In One?
January 21, 8:34am

works well
I combined two quilts when I was Thru-Hiking the AT. It was a little heavier than a dedicated quilt but it was nice being able to adjust the temp during my trip. I added buttons to the outer perime...

In GEAR » Combining Quilts to boost warmth
January 15, 8:23am

I used 3/8" grosgrain that i found at a craft shop and the 5/8" I bought from I used the 3/8" for the loops along the side seems and for reinforcement on the front. I use...

In Make Your Own Gear » 2nd MYOG backpack
January 12, 10:00am

2nd MYOG backpack
I finished my second homemade backpack. I had already made one Ray-Way backpack which I wore out on my AT thru-hike. I added a hip-belt to my last pack but it stressed the fabric significantly and ...

In Make Your Own Gear » 2nd MYOG backpack
January 11, 7:17pm

temp rating
I haven't used this bag but we sold them at the store I used to work at. The temp rating is not done scientifically. They just base the rating on how much insulation they used. I don't thin...

In GEAR » TNF Twin peaks for car camping - anyone use it ever?
December 07, 4:59pm

Gotta be honest. I debated what watch to get when I was thru-hiking the AT in 2011. Debated GPS watches with altimeters, etc. In the end I just didn't have the money and went with the Wally Wor...

In GEAR » Thru Hiking watch-which is best?
December 07, 10:53am

I used silnylon for my tent floor then used the plastic film used to cover windows in the winter as a ground sheet. It weighed 3oz for a 2 person tent I believe and was totally waterproof. I really...

In Make Your Own Gear » What are you using for tent floors?
December 07, 10:47am

Definite abuse
I've talked to a few former employees of REI on my AT thru hike and they said the abuse was unbelievable. What you see in the garage sales are only what is even remotely salvageable. That doesn...

In GEAR » REI currently working on new return policies
November 14, 5:37pm

It's not about money
I've been making my own gear for years and although I love saving money, it's not really about that. I love making the stuff and no one would be doing much MYOG if they didn't enjoy it....

In Make Your Own Gear » In Defense of "Make Your Own Gear"
September 14, 12:00am

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