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About Me Trail names that haven't stuck: Oprah, Sir Craps-a-Lot, Runaway Blouse, Bunefa, Steve, Big McLargeHuge, The Inedible Uncle Fabulous.

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All Forum Posts by Zack Karas

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Levitator bar
I've never experienced the heel lift bar dropping unexpectedly on me--although I do always make sure that it is fully 'on' as it will go when I use it. I could see just lifting it up a...

In Winter Hiking » MSR Lightning Ascent snowshoes
October 26, 3:19pm

MSR Lightning Ascent
I used the female version--my wife's--to see if I wanted to get myself a pair (the only difference is that they are .75" narrower than the men's version). I've used them for all t...

In Winter Hiking » MSR Lightning Ascent snowshoes
October 25, 10:35pm

You really need persuading?
My family is from Illinois, however I was born in CO. Whenever we go back to IL to visit family, I can't stop thanking my parents for raising me in CO.

In Chaff » Colorado advice
October 25, 10:05am

CO 14ers and 13ers in winter
I'll be in CO with my wife during the holidays and we plan on sneaking away from the family for a few days to visit the backcountry. What 14ers or 13ers are easily doable on snowshoes, have li...

In Winter Hiking » CO 14ers and 13ers in winter
October 25, 10:02am

Crossing those frozen rivers must not have been the most relaxing aspect of your trek.

In Post-Trip Reports » Le Parcour '09
October 18, 7:01pm

Some thoughts
I don't know if she is going to loosely follow Jonathon Ley's route (, but that is what my wife and I did this last June/July. If she is, ...

In GEAR » Which tent for Iceland trek
October 05, 11:45am

Think it through.
If you are someone who regularly laces their shoes up tightly, then I wouldn't do this. The foam in the tongue can protect your foot from the lace pressure.

In GEAR » Cut the tongue out...
September 30, 7:56pm

1 out of 2 aint bad
there are moose in CO, however I've only seen them around RMNP. Also, as far as I can tell that isn't poison oak--the middle leaf isn't extended from the other two leaves.

In GEAR » Colorado Rockies: Moose, poison oak?
September 28, 5:55pm

NZ cooking
What type of hiking are you going to be doing in NZ? If you are going to be hiking mainly cross-country, then I can see the interest in finding a sheltered way to cook. However, if you are going ...

In GEAR » Please critique the safety aspects of my setup for cooking in the tent
September 28, 9:53am

How to clean clogged jets on pressurized alcohol stoves?
I have an older brasslite pressurized alcohol stove that I was going to give to a friend, but I seem to remember that a few of the jets have become clogged. I assume the clogging is from impuritie...

In GEAR » How to clean clogged jets on pressurized alcohol stoves?
September 27, 10:42am

All Reader Reviews by Zack Karas

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Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
As many previous reviewers have noted, this light stove works well and supports my ti pot well. I only use this in lower elevations and warmer weather, but that is due to esbit not the stove. I ...

In Stoves - Other
September 15, 12:36pm

Therm-A-Rest Ridgerest
I buy a size regular and cut it into two 30" long sections and I believe they weigh 5oz. One pad will last me for about 1200 miles before I replace it--though the replaced pad still has life lef...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
September 15, 12:33pm

Bibler Eldorado
I have only used it around 14 or so nights since then (only use it in more rugged and windy environments when snow is a possibility). My wife and I used it for our 10-day Tibet trek and it perfor...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
September 09, 4:47pm

BPL Blow-Up Pillow
I had high hopes for this pillow--the single baffle version. I have found that I have to inflate it very little to avoid my head rolling all over the place. So, in order for this pillow to keep my h...

In Miscellaneous Products
September 09, 4:36pm

Adidas Supernova Trail 5
After having foot problems, I went to a podiatrist and had custom orthotics made. The Dr. also recommended these shoes and to replace all shoes every 300-500 miles. Since using these, I have had z...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 09, 4:04pm

Red Ledge Thunderlight pants
I'm surprised that more people don't use and/or know about these. My pants weigh 6.5oz size medium and fit over my shoes. They have button snaps at the ankle to allow for 2 different sizes b...

In Clothing - Raingear
September 09, 4:00pm

Brasslite Turbo II-D
Purchased in 2004, used for around 6000 trail miles. Weighs 2.5oz, so there are lighter alternatives out there, but for the slimmer sleeve I feel it is worth it as it allows a broader trail diet. ...

In Stoves - Alcohol
September 08, 10:15am

Western Mountaineering Pod 30
Purchased in 2005, used for entire CDT, 10-day Tibet trek, Iceland thruhike, 6 months hiking in NZ, plus about another 1000 or so miles. Weighs 17 oz after cutting off pad sleeve. Only downsid...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
September 08, 10:12am

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 3
I recently purchased this for a thruhike of Iceland based on its' weight. It performed well, but let me explain... The foot-end of the tent is lower than the head-end, plus the vestibules are ...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
September 08, 10:06am

Dirty Girl Gaiters
These would be a 5 if the supplied adhesive strip resisting peeling after very wet days. Superglue was the answer and has held the velcro down wonderfully. Very breathable (and I'm a sweater...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
September 08, 9:59am