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Re: Dumbest thing you ever carried
At the age of 15, on my first trip backpacking in a place where bears are prevalent (Smokey Mountains), I realized that I needed some rope to hang my food. The only thing I had was a 50 foot coil o...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dumbest thing you ever carried
October 06, 8:43pm

Re: Nobel Prize Committee: Leave the GPS Unit at Home!
Fascinating. Now what are we going to do with all of those useless satellites? :)

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Nobel Prize Committee: Leave the GPS Unit at Home!
October 06, 8:34pm

Re: Need better gloves, Need help finding the right pair.
I generally just use military surplus wool liners. As a durable/snow-resistant shell, I use a pair of pigskin leather/canvas back work gloves which I cut the insulated liner out of. I also treated ...

In GEAR » Need better gloves, Need help finding the right pair.
October 06, 6:43pm

Re: Happy Bung
Damp moss works so much better than anything which can be carried in. No, I haven't started a moss garden in the bathroom at home... yet!

In Gear Lists » 4-season gear list for the Southeastern US
October 06, 2:30pm

Re: keeping your head dry
I use a fleece ear band or light fleece cap. My head gets very sweaty quickly. When it starts to feel cold or annoy me, I take it off and slap it against my knee a few times. It's instantly nea...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » keeping your head dry
October 03, 8:32am

Re: Where have all the Close Cell Foam Pads Gone?
I've seen the Ridgerest at large superstore chains like Meijer lately.

In GEAR » Where have all the Close Cell Foam Pads Gone?
October 01, 3:35pm

Re: winter in NY
I'm interested in doing a winter trip in NY, especially the Daks. I have plenty of winter experience, but no mountaineering/avalanche training.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » winter in NY
October 01, 1:04pm

Re: Re: bivy blizzards
"A few pointers from an Arctic Engineering class: 90% of the mass of wind-blown snow travels within an inch of the ground. If you create a snow-fence-type (rock wall, existing trees, stacked b...

In Winter Hiking » bivy blizzards
October 01, 12:22pm

Re: bivy blizzards
I'm switching to bivy-only this winter. Below the treeline, enough natural shelter to block wind-blown snow is easy enough to find or quickly construct. Above the treeline, you have to rely on ...

In Winter Hiking » bivy blizzards
October 01, 12:21pm

Re: Recommendations for 3-night Loop in VA/WVa/NC
There are lots of well-watered loop options in WV in Otter Creek or Cranberry wilderness areas. Edit: Forgot to include link: http://www.midatlantichikes.com/wv.htm

In Pre-Trip Planning » Recommendations for 3-night Loop in VA/WVa/NC
September 29, 1:43pm

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