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Southern Sierra, mostly off trail
Sounds like a great trip! Hope you find a buddy or two to get to join you. We recently passed through some of the same area on a hike about two weeks back. Up and over Avalanche Pass from Road...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Southern Sierra, mostly off trail
July 11, 4:13pm

My forest is burning
According to the USFS, over 2.3 million acres has burned in my local National Forest (Los Padres) since 1912; that averages out to almost 25,000 acres of forest burned per year. That's a lot o...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » My forest is burning!
July 11, 3:30pm

Beans and Rice
Hi Rafi, Not sure if it helps, but my local grocery stores (Albertsons and Vons) sell small jars of freeze dried veggies and herbs (e.g., jalapeno, cilantro, garlic, onion, etc.) I've had...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » very simple, quick, no simmer recipes--how to make beans and rice interesting.
July 10, 10:45am

Upper Kern Basin, High Sierra
Looks like a great trip with a good group of characters. I like the organic approach to the trip's plan. It'd be nice to do a trip that way: no goals, no real schedules, just go on a hik...

In Post-Trip Reports » Upper Kern Basin, High Sierra.
July 08, 1:54pm

Clean clothes post trip
Could you mail yourself a package of clean clothes to whatever town you finish your trip at? You could even mail it to yourself from the start of your hike, like a mini thru-hiker's bounce box.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Suggestions needed for clean clothes post trip
June 21, 11:00pm

Beach Sun Shelter
I've brought my MLD Trailstar on a few car camping trips just for this purpose. We'll head on down to a lake or the beach and spend the day there. It's nice to have a way to escape ou...

In GEAR » Lightweight Life: Help with Ultimate Vacation Beach Sun Shelter
June 21, 12:28pm

Board Shorts
I'm liking the look/utility of the new Patagonia Stretch Journeyman Board Shorts. They've got a drawstring closure and button fly. They've got zippered pants-style pockets along wit...

In GEAR » Board shorts
June 21, 12:15pm

Snake Proof Gaiters
I encounter rattlers pretty often in my local backcountry; I've run into four separate buzzworms in the last 3 months. It's just a part of the experience hiking around here in the spring a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Recommended snake proof gaiters?
June 21, 10:51am

Synthetic Overquilt Sizing
Stephen, I ordered the same set up (50*F Prodigy 6' Wide- 10D inner and outer) from Tim to pair with my Katabatic 15*F Quilt for winter purposes and to use by itself for the occasional warm ...

In GEAR » Synthetic Overquilt Sizing
June 20, 6:51pm

Escape Pod Cooler
Where can we learn more about this Escape Pod Cooler. I looked at the Simple Outdoor Store website but didn't see anything... Any help? Sounds like a promising solution to carrying in col...

In GEAR » Escape Pod Cooler - unscientific test
June 20, 5:39pm

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