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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
My PDF Gear ListPCT '12

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Re: "2012 PCT Gear List (WIP)"
Alex, Firstly, I am planning my PCT hike for the summer currently and have the same constraints on time--which happens to be the window between semesters. Greg has already made many good points...

In Gear Lists » 2012 PCT Gear List (WIP)
December 20, 10:14am

Re: Katabatic
In my experience with both of these guys you can't go wrong with the service you will receive. Both will bend over backwards to satisfy. In terms of quilts, I only have experience with Ka...

In GEAR » Zpacks 20 degree bag and Katabatic Alsek quilt (owners please)
December 18, 4:15pm

Re: CT
Brandon, I yo-yo'd the CT this past summer (Den>Durango>Nederland) from July 1 to Aug 4. I used Katabatic's palisade + crestone hood and was plenty warm 98% of the trip--had one bad...

In GEAR » CT, WM sleeping bag dilemma
December 18, 3:59pm

Re: GL
Weekend lists... /facepalm

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking Checklist (Gear List): 3-Season, 3-Day
October 14, 1:14am

Re: Thru Hiking
Love everyones comments. I agree with just about everything said. Thru hiking is a drug and anyone considering it should beware and go ahead and mark 4 or 5 years off your calendar. Like Mags...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking versus Thru-hiking
September 22, 10:45am

Re: Merrells
I'll take another pair of the gloves. PM on the way

In Gear Swap » Closet cleaning
September 19, 11:43am

Yes, they are.

In GEAR » Is the Caldera cone so much more efficient rather other alcohol stove set ups?
September 02, 10:58am

Re:Lightweight thru-hiking shoes
Like the others have commented you will want to replace your shoes in that 300-500 mile range. Personally I like to replace them as close to 400 miles as I can. Some shoes will last longer - othe...

In GEAR » Lightweight thru-hiking shoes
August 31, 8:14am

Sig Sauer in the city. Heavy steal frame for smooth repeating fire and no safety. But in the backcountry I really go without 'protection.' Scariest thing I've ever encountered in t...

In GEAR » Solo Wilderness Security
August 29, 8:46am

Re: CT
Hate that I didn't get to meet you on trail. Your tarptent looks familiar - I imagine I passed you early or late in the day. CT was a great hike. Glad to see you didn't have to deal with...

In Post-Trip Reports » 2011 Colorado Trail Solo Thru-hike
August 25, 9:31am

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