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About Me I was backpacking ultralight before Ray ever published!

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Re: Do you ever use a hip belt?
I would never use a backpack weighing more than 15 pounds without a hip belt. Plus, I feel uncomfortable if there is no sternum strap. --B.G.--

In GEAR » Do you ever use a hip belt?
May 13, 2:17pm

Re: Another bear attack. Should I get some spray?
"So, for the solo hiker, bear spray is a blessing." It is not a bad idea. However, I never carry my bear spray when I am in black bear country (e.g. Yosemite). I do carry it when I am ...

In GEAR » Another bear attack. Should I get some spray?
May 13, 2:14pm

Re: Re: Experiments in ultralight solar
Richard, I am no Apple expert. However, I think that there is a gadget that you can put on a non-Apple charger (or solar charger) USB output that will fool the Apple USB input to accept what you wa...

In Make Your Own Gear » Experiments in ultralight solar
May 13, 12:24am

Re: Bamboo clothes?
With bamboo clothing, you would not want to get close to a giant panda. It might try to eat your shorts. --B.G.--

In GEAR » Bamboo clothes?
May 12, 8:02pm

Re: "Headed to the Minarets - Thoughts/Recommendations on Route"
"Descending from Cecile to Minaret Lake requires finding a single 'slot' that is about class 3; not bad." That sounds right. Some people find the slot and find it to be tolerab...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Headed to the Minarets - Thoughts/Recommendations on Route
May 12, 7:34pm

Re: Re: Experiments in ultralight solar
"what's the USB module?" There are some standard (cheap) USB modules available online. They take around 5.5-6.0 volts in and produce a standard 5v USB output. One vendor is Brow...

In Make Your Own Gear » Experiments in ultralight solar
May 12, 7:31pm

Re: Re: Re: Headed to the Minarets - Thoughts/Recommendations on Route
If you go counter-clockwise around the circuit, you will have normal trails all the way around as far as Iceberg. Then you might have a steep usage trail up to Cecile. From there to Minaret, you sh...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Headed to the Minarets - Thoughts/Recommendations on Route
May 12, 4:46pm

Re: "Headed to the Minarets - Thoughts/Recommendations on Route"
On a normal year, you would be hiking north from Cecile to Iceberg, going down a steep slope that often has a usage trail. Then you would hit the big north-facing snow field about two-thirds of the...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Headed to the Minarets - Thoughts/Recommendations on Route
May 12, 4:26pm

Re: Headed to the Minarets - Thoughts/Recommendations on Route
You may find it to be slow going from Minaret to Cecile to Iceberg to Ediza to Thousand Island in a day. For Cecile and Iceberg, you may be up high enough to outrun the mosquitos. Ediza is lower...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Headed to the Minarets - Thoughts/Recommendations on Route
May 12, 3:54pm

Re: First trip out west
Do you intend to fly west, drive west, bicycle west, or walk west? --B.G.--

In Pre-Trip Planning » First trip out west
May 12, 2:45pm

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