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"You'll still be a tiny dot on the ground for that guy looking for you from a chopper." really?
that's not what the sar guys i've asked have said. they've all said bright reds and oranges make you much more likely to be spotted from the air and that bright white works well also. s...

In GEAR » Shouldn't a rain jacket ALWAYS be high visibility?
March 02, 9:16am

i've customized a box to mail a pack similar to this
method -

In GEAR » Shipping a pack
February 20, 3:37pm

"Casual, daily use exacerbates the already un-ideal loft degradation of synthetic puff." really?
i understand the mechanics and have experienced how repeated and prolonged compression of synthetic insulation has degraded it's loft/insulation quality over time, but am unsure why simply wear...

In GEAR » Fleece or Synth?
February 12, 9:01am

the tale of the little red hat
this may be a wild goose chase but i have a handmade wool diver's comforter (hat) in red from knotty ash and it rocks. here's his email address and here...

In GEAR » Wool Watch Cap Recommendations
February 11, 1:23pm

nice - looks like a lot of fun.
what did you use as a form for the blocks?

In Winter Hiking » East Coast Igloo
February 09, 6:29pm

based on the photo, it doesn't look like a lynx (which is a mummy-shaped bag)
unless you really want/need a super-wide bag, a semi-rectangular shape might not be the best idea no matter what the temp rating. a semi-rectangular bag with a comparable temp rating to a mummy wi...

In GEAR » Which Western Mountaineering Bag
February 09, 10:14am

hot water bottles (nalgenes) are standard practice for many when camping in the cold
sure you need to make sure the top is on properly, but who here has direct experience with a nalgene bottle rupturing in yours or somebody you were with sleeping bag. when it's cold you need to...

In GEAR » How to protect your down in case of a punctured hot water bottle/bladder.
February 01, 3:31pm

for me, beach camping = 80% of the time free standing tent
i've been very happy with my bd lighthouse on the beach. roomy interior for one, big screen door for ventilation, can stand up to to a breeze that would flatten many other tents with just 4 gu...

In GEAR » Tarps vs tents vs bivys: What's your $0.02?
January 27, 8:08pm

Re: Re: Yer Tent
if i'm on the move, i much prefer a single wall tent or the like. i've used a tent fly as a winter camping shelter and find them to do the job nicely. you have added interior space without...

In Winter Hiking » Norway - Hardangervidda crossing - route / gearlist / photos
January 27, 7:22pm

look on ebay for a USMC ILBE gen 2 pack/rucksack
the pack was designed by arcteryx and made by propper (berry compliance ???). i don't own the pack, but played around with one for a couple of days and the main pack is a beast of a load-haule...

In GEAR » Recommendations for a load hauling pack.
January 27, 10:15am

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