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Matthew Zion (mzion) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Boulder, CO
About Me Eagle Scout. Navy Veteran.

AT '10; CT yo-yo '11; PCT '12
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Re: "Ice Axe for JMT?"
For self arresting yes, but the typical JMT 'season' is late enough that most of the snow should be clear of the passes.

In GEAR » Ice Axe for JMT?
January 27, 12:24pm

Re: "JMT 2012"
Ok so the biggest thing that jumps out is all of the stuff sacks. I like to think of my pack and food bag as the only 'sacks' I need. If keeping stuff dry is a concern your trash compacto...

In Gear Lists » JMT 2012
January 26, 2:54pm

Re: "My 2013 Colorado Trail Thru-Hike"
So my ancient Macbook (2yrs old) can't install Adobe Flash 11. Would you mind copy/pasting it into a forum post? I yo-yoed the CT this summer and thought resupplying via hitching was easy e...

In Gear Lists » My 2013 Colorado Trail Thru-Hike
January 25, 12:34pm

Re: Down
Short answer, no. You could experience condensation from things like sleeping near a water source or fog/low lying clouds but none of that should be an issue if you just 'deal' with it. ...

In GEAR » Do you NEED a synthetic bag for hike the Appalachian trail?
January 24, 9:23pm

Re: PCT Bear Canister Question
Thanks for the input guys. I probed Lint about this question and he had only used the Ursack on his hikes, which would be my preferred method but I don't make the rules. I think I'll end...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » PCT Bear Canister Question
January 23, 12:23pm

PCT Bear Canister Question
With the new year I've started planning my next hike, the PCT. Currently my biggest concern is the logistics of getting through the Sierras and abiding to the bear protection policies there. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » PCT Bear Canister Question
January 20, 1:23pm

Re: "Springer Mountain, GA to Hiawassee AT list"
Anthony, I understand having to use the bag you already have, my go-to suggestion is to try and find a 40% off coupon from GoLite and try out one of their quilts. They come in 20* and 40* and if y...

In Gear Lists » Springer Mountain, GA to Hiawassee AT list
December 28, 4:26pm

Re: "Springer Mountain, GA to Hiawassee AT list"
Having grown up in SC, and now being transplanted and spoiled in the mild climate of CO, thinking of April and May in GA I envision warm weather. With that in mind, the first thing I would do is g...

In Gear Lists » Springer Mountain, GA to Hiawassee AT list
December 27, 4:12pm

Re: Bright colors
Bright colors are cooler in intense sun. White/yellow are much cooler to wear if you're hiking some where warm and need bug protection, etc. "Stealthy" colors are hot... I'm swe...

In GEAR » Patagonia Brilliant Neon Colors in Outdoor Gear - Woohoo!
December 27, 3:55pm

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I just pretend that finding the gear I like is complicated so no one even attempts and I can pick up as necessary.

In GEAR » Murmur Christmas Present (Damm it
December 20, 10:19am

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