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AT shelters
While I have not thru hiked the AT I do have over 2300 miles on the trail. I had never stayed in shelters until a year ago and now will stay in them only in the winter when I have them to myself. ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » AT Shelters- how frequently will I want to use them?
December 05, 9:44am

Franco a #4
4) some HATE to blow up a full full length mat after hiking all day and trying to get bedroll out to sleep. Ok, its my one "namby" item.

In GEAR » air mattress pump?
December 05, 5:29am

How about nothing
If you are sleeping on snow with an xtherm I don't see the purpose of any ground cloth. There is enough insulation in that pad that you won't have melting snow beneath you. I normally use...

In Winter Hiking » Ground cover for use with Duomid in winter conditions
December 03, 7:58pm

Sierra snowshoe
Likely the easiest logistically at Yosemite would be to snoeshoe out of Hetch Hetchy. There are several routes depending on your desired length. If you are really into it, I can recommend the loo...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Winter in California: Yosemite, Sequoia & Redwoods National Parks
December 02, 3:54pm

Couple points
1) Beware of chafing. 2) minimize the amount of clothes you get wet, wear lightest possible layers. 3) laugh at the rain, literally, it will make you feel better.

In Philosophy & Technique » Pearls for backpacking in the rain
December 01, 3:53pm

Death Valley
Look at the Cottonwood/marble Canyon Loop. If you take it pay attention when crossing over into Marble, its a bit trick to navigate.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Death Valley, Panamint City via Surprise Canyon
December 01, 3:01pm

Re: Wet boots...on the inside
No, VBL and Goretex are the complete opposite. VBL keeps moisture from being transmitted through the membrane. Goretex is design TO transmit moisture through the membrane. Said another way. Gor...

In GEAR » Socks - neoprene or goretex?
December 01, 8:23am

Re: noob layering
"Not everyone hikes at 4mph Malto. ;)" I only wish! But actually you do have a point. I have been teased for starting out a cold morning without extra layers and hiking warmth in m...

In GEAR » Layer education for novice
November 30, 7:25pm

A better vest?
It's funny, while hiking yesterday I was thinking about how inefficient vests are when hiking in terms of warmth per weight. At least a third of the insulation is on your back, virtually usele...

In GEAR » Vests?
November 30, 6:39pm

Down to 20
I was out hiking a part of the AT in NY yesterday. Temperature was 24 deg. I was wearing thin base layer and windshirt and was toasty.

In GEAR » Layer education for novice
November 30, 4:41pm

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