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Don Amundson (amrowinc) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale Southern California
About Me I had been away from backpacking for many years. When I started researching equipment it was like coming too after a coma. I was amazed to discover "lightweight." I did the JMT in 2009 and have been regularly on the trail since.
CityPasadena
StateCA
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://www.trailjournals.com/don

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Ground Cloth
There are some light options but not as cheap. Zpacks makes nice cuben fiber ground cloths. Silnylon is an option but might be too slippery for you. I use polycryo material when I'm not us...

In GEAR » Ground Cloth
January 18, 11:57am

RE: UL duffel
Usually airlines can wrap your pack in stretch plastic material at the check in to protect it and other baggage. I've purchased cheap duffel's at the local thrift store before. Less than $5...

In GEAR » UL duffel
December 18, 11:42pm

Knee Braces
I'm no P.E. or PHD or anything in between. FWIW I blew out a knee descending the east side of Whitney in 2009. I managed to hobble out to Whitney Portal in great pain. I consulted with a sport...

In GEAR » Knee braces while hiking
November 13, 11:58am

Logistical exits at John Muir Ranch - JMT going southbound
VVR does/did offer a shuttle service from both Edison and Florance Lakes. From MTR it's about a 5 mile walk to Florance Lake and then a ferry ride to where you can get the shuttle. You'll ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Logistical exits at John Muir Ranch - JMT going southbound.
November 08, 8:41pm

Black Diamond Distance Z-pole straps
Thanks for the advise but according to my latest research the cost new from BD is $15.95+$5.95 shipping + possibly tax per pair. I went through this the last time I posted. I was just hoping someo...

In Gear Swap » Black Diamond Distance Z-pole straps
October 21, 10:23pm

Black Diamond Distance Z-pole straps
I'm still looking for a pair of straps for Black Diamond Z-poles. I had two leads the last time I asked but they fell through. Does anyone have a pair laying around they removed from their pol...

In Gear Swap » Black Diamond Distance Z-pole straps
October 21, 9:12pm

Black Diamond Z-pole straps
As I read the BD site it's $15.95 per strap plus shipping though I may be wrong. I didn't call them. There have been a number of posts on BPL about people just removing the straps so the we...

In GEAR » Black Diamond Z-pole straps
October 02, 7:46pm

Black Diamond Z-pole straps
I'll try one more time. Surely someone has some Z straps laying around gathering dust that they removed to save weight. I could probably just remove mine too but.....I'm not yet ready to ta...

In GEAR » Black Diamond Z-pole straps
October 02, 11:13am

Ediza
Great shots Angus. The last time I was at Ediza was before you were born. I still have fond memories of it. Hope to see you soon on a local trip in the San Gabriels--oops, sorry but we're not...

In Post-Trip Reports » A weekend with Ediza
October 01, 9:23pm

Black Diamond Z-pole straps
Does anyone have a pair of straps they've removed from their BD Z-poles? Mine are holding on by threads and the cost from BD with shipping etc. is outrageous. I'd prefer paying less than ou...

In GEAR » Black Diamond Z-pole straps
September 30, 9:57pm

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