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Re: GGG 7 - Kids and backpacking
Manfred, Good memory! Yes, Mei-Ling is my evil little monkey. She is cranking out about 16 hours of gymnastics a week, so on the weekends, she likes to drool on herself watching tv and eat...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » California GGG #7 - Jan 29 to Feb 1, 2015
February 03, 3:12pm

Re: GGG 7 - Jane Baack email address?
David, Thanks for stepping up and making the GGG your own to carry on the tradition. Sure that a lot of people are making new friends as a result of your organizing all of this. Not easy f...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » California GGG #7 - Jan 29 to Feb 1, 2015
February 03, 1:57pm

Re: 7th Annual Gathering of Gear Geeks
Wow....looks like a lot of fun and thanks for everyone posting up lots of photos. This is actually the 1st GGG that I have missed. :( I had my evil daughter that weekend and was not able to t...

In Photo Gallery » 7th Annual Gathering of Gear Geeks
February 03, 1:51pm

Tortuga Backpacks...specifically made for travel, not backpacking
This is an option, though not cheap. I found it while researching convertible carry on luggage, which means it has backpack straps vs. wheels. What is nice is that they open up like tradition...

In GEAR » City travel 30L packs?
February 02, 8:45pm

Re: What has worked and not worked over time?
Here is a quick list of gear that I continue to use and don't expect to replace anytime soon: 1. 2008 MLD Soul Side Zip Bivy eVent Top, silnylon 2.0 bottom in wide I backpack in the Sier...

In GEAR » What has worked and not worked over time?
January 23, 1:43pm

Re: Why do you go backpacking
@Doug So if you backpack to prepare for your retirement years....are you tell us that you are going to be homeless with the best gear a homeless guys has ever had? :) Tony

In GEAR » Why do you go backpacking
January 13, 6:13pm

Re: Why do you go backpacking
To be humbled by the raw beauty of nature that makes me yearn to see what next marvelous sight awaits me around the next bend in the trail, which serves to spur me on when my limbs are weary.

In GEAR » Why do you go backpacking
January 13, 11:43am

Thanks for the Heads Up on the Katabatic Sale!!!
Ordered a Palisade 30F in Short and 900 fill. Never seen a sale on these any discount is a great thing. I bought a Aslek 22F on the gear swap last year and love that is solved al...

In Gear Deals » Katabatic Gear New Years Sale.
January 07, 5:47pm

Re: Agree
My mantra on trips: "The ability to be uncomfortable and to be OKAY with it is the key to success." The other one that I have heard is, "Laugh through your tears."

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Advice from long distance walkers....
December 30, 8:29pm

Re: Top layering early Sept JMT thru hike
Roger, You are going to be in for one great adventure! I did the JMT in 2011 in August/Sept over 15 days. The coldest that we had was maybe 28 degrees F on one or two of the total nights. ...

In GEAR » Top layering early Sept JMT thru hike
December 08, 6:20pm

All Reader Reviews by Tony Wong

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Platypus Hoser 1.8 Liter Reservoir
For those of us who enjoy the convenience of of having a sip of water on demand, this is an easy way to save some weight with few negatives. The only negatives for me is the bite valve that comes w...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
June 29, 6:09pm

Marmot Helium (long)
I have the 2007 Model of the Marmot Helium EQ, which differs from the regular Helium in two ways. It has a full length zipper and the shell is waterproof. Weight is listed as 2 lbs 2 oz vs. 1 lb...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
June 29, 5:29pm

Sunday Afternoon Adventure hat
How can I count the ways that I love this hat? I have been using this hat for 7 years from completely re-landscaping my yard for 2.5 yrs as well as for backpacking trips. I love that it provides...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
June 29, 5:12pm

Mountain Laurel Designs Soul Bivy Side Zip (eVent Top)
Mountain Laurel Designs Soul Bivy Side Zip with eVent top, Silnylon 2.0 bottom, built in hoop wire, regular size, but in the wide option, which allows for a sleeping pad thicker than 1". Weig...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
June 01, 10:39pm

Sawyer In-Line Filter
Pros: Light Weight, Field Cleanable by backwashing, No Chemicals, No Pumping Cons: Setup time longer than traditional filter. Speed of filtration can vary based on conditions. Like traditional filt...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
February 07, 11:20pm