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Sierra Lakes and Tranquility
Tarn on the south side of Gabbot Pass Lake 11,808, Ionian Basin Miles of boulders in Davis Lake Basin Frozen Goethe Lake, Humphries Basin Unnamed lake west of Dragon Pas...

In Photo Gallery » Sierra Lakes & Tranquility
November 29, 12:22am

BSL / Big Seki Loop
I haven't seen any mention of the Big Seki Loop. It's a 152 mile loop hike and although it covers a portion of the JMT it mostly follows much less popular ares including much of the Circle ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Looking for a challenging and scenic 75-150 mile hike
November 22, 7:48pm

Dave, I have been using liner gloves with Zpacks w/b cuben mitts in the snow while snowhoeing during the day and while setting up camp. At night after everything is setup I switch to liner gloves ...

November 22, 9:56am

Re: The WInd River High Route
Thanks for your detailed trip report, maps and photos. There is some great footage of the route and even the impressive storm-worthiness of your tarp on the video. Your guide to the cross countr...

In Post-Trip Reports » A Complete Guide to the Wind River High Route - mile for mile, the finest non-technical Alpine route in North America
November 22, 9:42am

Re: Heavyweight Ultralight Backpack
Thanks Steve. In the past I've tried using lightweight cord with a taut line hitch for shoulder strap adjustment instead of the nylon straps. Although the cord worked ok with the taut line hitc...

In Make Your Own Gear » Heavyweight Ultralight Backpack
November 21, 1:55pm

Goose Feet
I have the Goose Feet down booties and the over-booties with dyneema on the bottom. They are warm enough to walk around in the snow, I've even stepped through the top layer of snow and down sev...

In GEAR » Down booties
November 21, 6:01am

Need suggestion in campsite selection along JMT
Like most have said camping is good almost anywhere on the JMT. There were a few places that I remember being special (in sobo order): Cathedral Lake, the north side of Island Pass, 1,000 Island La...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Need suggestion in campsite selection along JMT
November 15, 4:59pm

++1 on the myth regarding crowds. The usual popular areas are populated (Whitney zone, Half Dome, Rae Lakes) but the quota system usually keeps it reasonable. If you can work a mid September hike i...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Is the JMT "crowded"?
November 15, 4:28pm

Re: Heavyweight Ultralight Backpack
Thanks Dave! Andrew, I've have been considering going in from the east side. Possibly over Lamarck then Wanda Pass on the way in, and Black Giant Pass to Echo Col on the way out (or some va...

In Make Your Own Gear » Heavyweight Ultralight Backpack
November 08, 1:49pm

Heavyweight Ultralight Pack
Thanks for your comments! Greg, the stay is 6" at the top and flexes to 10" at the bottom. With the 25" length it could probably stretch to 12" at the bottom. The total vo...

In Make Your Own Gear » Heavyweight Ultralight Backpack
November 07, 9:14pm

All Reader Reviews by Andy Duncan

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Titanium Goat AGP AGP
I used these poles on the JMT last summer and had no problems. They are extremely light and the grips and very comfortable. The locking system is smooth and flawless. I have used them in snow and mile...

In Trekking Poles
July 06, 11:20pm

Thermarest Neo-Air
After using the large (19oz) for the extra 5" in width and the regular (14 oz) to save a little weight I finally just settled on the small (9 oz). It's lightweight and perfect as an extended ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
October 01, 2:24am

zpacks Company
I ordered a Hexamid Tent on Sept. 1st and received it on the extact day Joe said it would mailed out. When I added some accessories to the order at the last minute he sent them without charging for th...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
October 01, 2:01am