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JMT water sources
If it's a large named feature on a map (like the San Joaquin River or Garnet Lake), it will reliably have water. Even lots of the smaller unnamed springs, ponds, creeklets, etc will have wat...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » JMT water sources
June 20, 5:32pm

Sharp Thing Nirvana
I've got a similar kit. I use a Spyderco Ladybug (half straight edge/half serrated edge). It lives in the hip belt pocket on my pack and is used for most day-to-day cutting duties on the tr...

In GEAR » Sharp Thing Nirvana?
June 19, 6:07pm

Pure Grits in Snow
Just to clarify, my input is based on my experiences with the original Pure Grit shoes. I have no experience with the newer Pure Grit 2s. I find the Pure Grits to be slippery on even wet paveme...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Pure Grits Adequate for Snowy Mtn Passes on JMT ?
June 18, 5:56pm

Mineral King: Black Rock Pass & Sawtooth Pass
Looks like a beautiful early season trip. Nice and green, little snow. Hard to beat. Interested in the last photo... is that your marmot avoidance technique for trailhead parking? To keep the...

In Post-Trip Reports » Mineral King: Black Rock Pass & Sawtooth Pass
June 17, 6:49pm

water conumdrum
@ Stephen M Classic! The belt and suspenders approach.

In GEAR » water conundrum
June 13, 2:52pm

water conundrum
I have owned both and ultimately decided to stick with the Sawyer Squeeze. No reliance on batteries/electronic equipment won out for me; I also find it works well in situations where I want to...

In GEAR » water conundrum
June 12, 3:58pm

What to do when the mountains are CLOSED?
We were in a similar situation a few years back. A handful of big wildfires burned through large swaths of our NF over the course of the summer and the District Rangers of the affected districts s...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What to do when the mountains are *CLOSED*??
June 10, 10:24am

Trip Plans
Only concrete trip plans at the moment are a JMTish hike mid-Sept and a return to Channel Islands National Park for another backcountry beach camping trip in mid-Oct. Also looking at a bikepacki...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Hey you from that out-of-control-thread move over here and plan a trip
June 07, 4:57pm

Weight comparisons
For comparison's sake, here's my 3-season typical clothing system for my legs: Patagonia running shorts: ~4.2 oz Patagonia Cap 4 tights: ~5.4 oz Montbell Dynamo Wind Pants: ~2.6 oz ...

In Gear Lists » Beating a dead wind pant horse
June 07, 12:47pm

Not Likely
I agree with the assessment of the others. If you're carrying a cup or cookpot that is easily accessible, there's no reason not to use it as your scoop.

In Philosophy & Technique » Using cup as scoop for Squeeze bladder, risking illness?
June 07, 10:51am

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