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Evan McCarthy (evanrussia) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Northern Europe
About Me Expat UL backpacker living in Riga and exploring Northern Europe's trail and forests.
CityRiga
StateRiga
CountryLatvia
My Website URLhttps://www.facebook.com/evankylemccarthy
My PDF Gear ListGear List for June-July Kungsleden

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All Forum Posts by Evan McCarthy

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Re: 2013 AT Thru Hike
If you're going in the spring, you might need some more puffy layer insulation. I'd be cold in just a Zeus vest and fleece layer. I'd probably want something like a Montbell Alpine ...

In Gear Lists » 2013 AT Thru Hike Jan/Feb Start
February 29, 11:27am

Re: Just Got Robbed Today -- by My Own Government!!
Heaven knows why I'm opening myself up to this right now . . . but I feel like I can at least shed some light on why the cost of adding pages to a passport is priced the way it is. Disclai...

In Chaff » Just Got Robbed Today -- by My Own Government!!
February 29, 10:04am

Re: "Andrew Skurka's The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Book Review"
I really love the way Andrew delineates the world of overnight outdoors-people into ultimate campers and ultimate hikers. Even though this book might not add a lot of information to those who live...

In Editor's Roundtable » Andrew Skurka's The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Book Review
February 27, 1:56pm

Re: Looking for a summer shirt
Though I'm a merino fan 75% of the year, when the temps go above 80 degrees with matching humidity in the mid-Atlantic, I switch to a long-sleeve white Patagonia silkweight Cap 1. It's a d...

In GEAR » Looking for a summer shirt
February 25, 1:54pm

Re: Access
Amazing. I don't think I'll miss the primal fear of inadvertently hiking through private land in West Virginia and being threatened with a shotgun.

In Post-Trip Reports » Hiking through Germany
February 18, 5:56am

Re: Hiking in Europe
You mentioned that in Germany a backpacker can cross private forest land. Do you know if this is also true in other parts of Europe, like the Baltics? Will I have problems going across forested l...

In Post-Trip Reports » Hiking through Germany
February 17, 4:55pm

Re: Hiking through Germany
Great idea to post this. Are there other similar forums in Northern Europe for long-trails and backpacking? I'm about to move to Latvia and I'm trying to figure out where my likely areas ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Hiking through Germany
February 17, 3:38pm

Drat! Grand Jury!
I need to vent to somebody who cares. After planning a week long trip in May and getting excited to officially get the time off (a rarity for me), I received a grand jury summons for the entire...

In Chaff » Drat! Grand Jury!
February 16, 1:56pm

SynMat UL 7 Limbo: How Low Can You Go?
Yo! I am a bit of a cold sleeper - FYI. How low have others taken their SynMat UL 7 down? I know the technical R rating is 3.1 (per Exped's website) but I've seen several of you post...

In GEAR » SynMat UL 7 Limbo: How Low Can You Go?
February 06, 5:40pm

New Balance Men's MO1000 Multi-Sport Boot
Cheap, sturdy, and well-recommended on BPL. I don't often wear boots, but these are light and warm. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003GXEN5G/ref=asc_df_B003GXEN5G1886298/?tag=hyprod-20&c...

In GEAR » Need recommendations for winter boots
February 04, 11:35am

All Reader Reviews by Evan McCarthy

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Nunatak Arc Edge
I was dubious about an 11 oz. quilt that keeps you warm when pushing it -- but I just go back from an outing with the Arc Edge down to high 30s even (not quite expected) and found the quilt and Nunata...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
April 17, 6:48pm