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My snowshoe footwear system
Last years system: SW liners, thick socks, Merrill Moab mid, shorty gaiters, micro spikes or norther lite snowshoes. = cold wet feet. I'm thinking of adding an overboots like these https://w...

In Winter Hiking » My snowshoe footwear system
October 19, 10:27pm

Just reread your comment here: base (R1/cap4/t2/t3)->windshirt/light softshell -> light synth puffy -> heavier down/synth puffy is the "standard" modern climbing layering syst...

In GEAR » Winter layering/suffocation
October 18, 11:26pm

Yep I have a windshirt I typically use for 3 season. Perhaps I should consider it for winter too.. For on the move snowshoeing I usually just do phase SV and R1 for super cold trips. (or phase s...

In GEAR » Winter layering/suffocation
October 18, 11:14pm

Great info here so far. Thanks guys. Sounds like the key takeaways are less layers is better, layering fleece on fleece = yuck, and that my alpine light is weaksauce for 5-15F when stationary. ...

In GEAR » Winter layering/suffocation
October 18, 10:24pm

Sorry, I should have been more specific. On the move I just wear a few layers and I'm very comfortable. The problem is when I'm in camp and temps drop below 10F. Particularly once I wear...

In GEAR » Winter layering/suffocation
October 17, 4:52pm

Winter layering/suffocation
Hey all, My winter layering setup needs help. My day time on the move layer system is great...but at night when temps drop to 5-10 seems I can't get warm without feeling like my...

In GEAR » Winter layering/suffocation
October 17, 1:39pm

Up to 35lbs
I've carried 35lbs in my Zimmerbuilt and it was ok. At < 30lbs it's ideal. Fits like a dream. ~40% weight on hips, ~60 on shoulders. At 3...

In GEAR » Zimmerbuilt Owners - How Does it Ride??
October 17, 12:33pm

My first backpacking trip I hiked in: -a dozen jumbo sized handwarmers. -hatchet -air soft gun -frisbee -tube of fire gel -large blue tarp -thick long rope -hand crank flashlight -pli...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dumbest thing you ever carried
October 09, 4:31pm

Fire tanker crash in yosemite
FYI, there's another fire in yosemite near dog rock? Not sure exactly where that is...but apparently an air tanker crashed in the process. Hopefully the guy got out ok.... Yosemite camer...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Fire tanker crash in yosemite
October 07, 8:01pm

I did that
I switched from my WM versalite regular to a zpacks 10 degree. I love the weight savings. It feels slightly less warm....however the biggest sacrifice to me is the extra wiggle room and hood. N...

In GEAR » Zpacks 10 deg. To Replace WM Ultralite and Versalite?
October 02, 5:35pm

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