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Gatewood Cape on CT
I've carried it for 3 CT section hikes, and it works fine as a shelter. CO monsoons can be intense enough or run on long enough that I'm more comfortable with a full-on hooded rain jacket. ...

In GEAR » Gatewood cape on Colorado trail
March 31, 10:30am

Advice on spring backpacking near Portland, OR
Jerry is dead on with the Eagle Creek hike. It can be done as a full loop, meaning park your car at the UPPER parking lot by the bathrooms, not down at the trailhead where break-ins are common. Bet...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Advice on spring backpacking near Portland, OR
March 24, 7:52pm

Knife Deals
Joseph: REI may only carry one Benchmade item, but they can order ANY item that one of their suppliers makes. You just have to ask and wait for it to arrive.

In Gear Deals » knife deals?
March 14, 5:17pm

Deschutes size Gatewood Cape
@Marc: I would submit that they have already done so with the Skyscape X. With the Skyscape X, you get a lot more covered area, two doors, two vestibules, and you save 5.5 ounces, but it ...

In GEAR » New SMD tarp
March 08, 1:14pm

Love Life guy walks across America
And you thought your hike was long........

In On the Web » Love Life guy walks across America
March 07, 10:39pm

Re: Cuben gatewood
I saw the new Deschutes tarp prototype set up at the ALDHA-West Cascades Winter Ruck 2 weekends ago. Since I own and use both the Gatewood Cape and the Lunar Solo E, it was interesting to compar...

In GEAR » New SMD tarp
March 06, 12:17pm

AquaMira 3 dropper system
Supposedly, as long as the mixture retains its yellow color (it will lighten over time), it is still effective. Keep the mix in a cool, dark place to maximize life span. IIRC, Ryan Jordan pu...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » AquaMira 3 dropper system?
March 05, 9:49pm

Anyone hiked Theodore Solomons Trail (the JMT Alternate Trail)?
"Guide to the Theodore Solomons Trail" by Dennis Gagnon, Western Tanager Press, 1987, ISBN: 0-934136-34-3. The TST is a lower elevation alternate to the JMT which stays within the boun...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Anyone hiked Theodore Solomons Trail (the JMT Alternate Trail)?
March 05, 4:14pm

New SMD pack
The true test of ANY pack is in how well it carries your unique gear set. Will one of the new SMD packs hit the sweet spot for you? Will you be better served by some other source? Load up your g...

In GEAR » new SMD packs
February 26, 11:00pm

Gatewood cape
Take a close look at the new SMD Deschutes tarp - essentially a larger version of the Wild Oasis (minus the bug netting) / Gatewood Cape (minus the poncho hood. Cuben fiber weighs 7 ounces (6.9)...

In Gear Lists » New gear list, nothing fancy
February 25, 8:59pm

All Reader Reviews by Bob Bankhead

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Western Mountaineering The Company
WM products are a 5+ WM the company does not sell direct, only through dealers, ergo end-user contacts would not be expected. Their printed catalogues do list their address and FAX and telephone nu...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 24, 3:33pm

Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce
I use a lot of Mountain House Pro Packs and as much as I like the flavor and texture of this item, I avoid it like the plague. The overwhelming downside is the cheese they use. It does NOT rehydra...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 05, 5:17pm

Mountain House Sweet and Sour Pork with Rice
One of my favorite Mountain House meals, albeit a tad too sweet for my taste; too much pineapple, not enough sour sauce. Nonetheless, it makes a great motivator to get to a dinner spot when I know one...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 03, 6:26pm

Mountain House Precooked Scrambled Eggs with Bacon
I tried these several years ago when they first came out - no bacon in them then. They were horrible! Like a previous reviewer said, virtually flavorless yellow sponges. Last year I noticed they ha...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
October 03, 6:21pm

Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 Adjustable CF Trekking Poles
I decided not to buy these when they first came out because fully closed they were too long to carry on my pack in checked baggage on the plane, and I really didn't want to hassel with the maili...

In Trekking Poles
September 24, 11:15pm

Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape
I just returned from 22 nights in the high Sierra on the PCT and JMT. I had two days of constant high winds in Onion Valley, with sustained gusts to at least 50 mph. My trusty Gatewood Cape flapped a ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
August 24, 9:23am

Six Moon Designs Traveler backpack
We have TWO Traveler packs. Early in 2008, we were shopping for a new pack for my wife, who has a short 14-1/2 inch torso length. We drove out to Ron's house to try the SMD Essence, but it did not...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 06, 10:35am

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack
In addition to silnylon, Sea to Summit also now makes their Dry Sack line in eVENT fabric, both with and without compression capability. evac Dry Sack: available in 3, 5, 8, 13, 20, 35, and 65 lite...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 21, 9:08pm

Therm-A-Rest Ridgerest
This has been my "go-to" sleeping pad for many years on the PCT. I've tried a variety of others but keep returning to this little beauty. It does a great job of insulating one from th...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
May 17, 8:26am

Aloksak O.P 12.5 x 20"
I have found them to be quite effective in the Sierras the past two summers. I have a Bearikade Expedition, and if you're not careful, the metal edges around the latches can slice an OP sak wh...

In Miscellaneous Products
August 21, 10:07pm