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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.
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All Forum Posts by Evan McCarthy

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Re: It's what we were born to do
According to Harvard, humans evolved to run long distances. Even if this isn't "exercise" it means our beloved hobby of moving long distances in the back country is a fundamental pa...

In Chaff » Exercise as a chore or a hobby perhaps?
March 06, 6:33pm

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

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