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Re: Andy Skurka: Great Western Loop
Cool! Sounds like it wasn't too bad, and hiking the Pinto Basin at night - perfect! Good luck, Don

In Post-Trip Reports » Andy Skurka: Great Western Loop
April 29, 4:02pm

Comparing ID Thru Hiker and Montane Quick Fire Length
Here's the length of an ID eVENT Thru Hiker from neck seam to bottom of front hem: 64.0. cm That's for a size XL, so I would expect a size large to be in the range of 61 to 62 cm - alm...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2007 Montane eVENT Quick-Fire Jacket REVIEW
April 27, 4:37pm

Re: Montane Quickfire Review - storm flaps
Montane uses a similar storm flap design on the Featherlite H20 jacket - see this week's spotlite reviews. This design works great for keeping out weather, but is a genuine hassle to operat...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2007 Montane eVENT Quick-Fire Jacket REVIEW
April 25, 7:34am

Re: happy earth day, earth
Yes, perhaps the world is finally waking up to the issues we face. I'm cautiously hopeful, though not yet optimistic. I took a nice run through a Saguaro cactus forest today, slower than ...

In Philosophy & Technique » happy earth day, earth
April 22, 9:54pm

Re: Most Breathable Sub-6oz Wind Shirt W/ Hood?
I tend to favor breathability over other parameters - assuming a reasonable fit. More often than not, I use windshirts as an early morning layer when the temps are chilly, or during near nasty con...

In GEAR » Most Breathable Sub-6oz Wind Shirt W/ Hood?
April 16, 3:32pm

NOLS frybake
At the semianr, after so much discussion about the frybake, we were curious about it's actual weight - so we weighed one when we got back to the NOLS southwest facility. I believe it came in at...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 12, 8:42am

Re: Nols
As one of the BPL staff who participated in this workshop, I'll share a few thoughts. 1. I was impressed with the sincerity of the wilderness ethic among the NOLS staff and their enthusiasm...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 11, 9:47pm

Re: Re: Your Avatar
Nearly all my favorite hiking or climbing memories are cool things done with my family. This shot is me and my wife Karen on the summit of Cerro Yayamari, at just about 18000 feet in Peru. It was...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Your Avatar
April 09, 9:30pm

Poles - simpler without em
Well, I join Brett and a couple of others and say that I'd prefer not to use poles at all. It's simpler without them. And simpler is better. So when possible, I don't use them. Walking...

In Philosophy & Technique » SUL packs & trek pole usefulness?
April 09, 6:29pm

Re: Article Description Doesn't Match Content
Michele - Yes, we had a blooper in the email this week. Sorry about that. We do have more coverage planned regarding winter outings - just not last week. Don

In Editor's Roundtable » Marmot Atom Sleeping Bag REVIEW
March 23, 4:45pm

All Reader Reviews by Don Wilson

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Western Mountaineering SummerLite
Agreed. A superb bag - at the top of the pile for light mummy bags. See our review at:

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 21, 10:57am

Nike Lava Dome
Thanks for that blast from the past Randy. I wore a pair of Lava Domes for several years, including over 20 days of climbing on El Cap in Yosemite. Nothing is tougher on shoes than time spent aid cli...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 27, 7:20pm

Complete Walker by Colin Fletcher
His writing is unforgettable. In The Man Who Walked Through Time he describes a day spent lying naked on a beach along the Colorado, in a remote section of the Grand Canyon. I'll never forget his desc...

In Books and Media
November 21, 9:56pm

Montane Featherlite H2O
This jacket certainly caught our attention at BPL. We recently obtained a test sample from Montane and we'll be doing a full review. I'm anxious to get in into some nasty conditions. If it even has re...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 02, 3:56pm

Western Mountaineering Flight Jacket
I agree but of note for potential buyers - the XL is 13 ounces, more additional weight than I would have expected. But it is an excellent jacket. I'm still giving it a 5 also.

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
October 29, 1:27pm

GoLite Virga
We'll be taking a closer look at the Virga in the near future. But the prototype version we tested was an exceptionally light jacket at 6 ounces, and performed reasonably well. It is lacking in du...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 24, 8:24pm

Nunatak SkahaPlus
Hope you all have seen our SPOTLITE review of the SkahaPlus, published last December. The Skaha is really a superb performer in loft per weight. And the new optional features give you a chance to mak...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
September 01, 11:41am

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
I've had mine for 6 months or so. I find I use it more than any other piece of insulating clothing. I've used it in the desert, mountains, rain forest - you name it. It stuffs easily into its own pock...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
August 07, 5:27pm