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Matthew Zion (mzion) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Boulder, CO
About Me Eagle Scout. Navy Veteran.

AT '10; CT yo-yo '11; PCT '12
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Re: PCT 2014
Wind shirt and rain jacket? You only need one and I'd recommend just the windshirt. Get a reflective umbrella for sun and rain protection. And personally I'd get rid of the down jacket, ...

In Gear Lists » PCT 2014
November 11, 1:01pm

Re: Dyeing Pack Question
Thats unfortunate. It's the standard thru-hiker.com dyneema and has that coating on the back of the fabric. For the life of me I don't get why people like dark colored packs.

In Make Your Own Gear » Dyeing Pack Question
April 03, 9:40pm

Re: Digital Maps
Eli, I used my phone as my only map source last year on the PCT. Just have to use airplane mode and be conscious of your use such as journaling or listening to music. Chore #1 in town is finding ...

In Gear Lists » Colorado Trail 2013
April 03, 9:34pm

Dyeing Pack Question
I attempted to dye a Dyneema X pack from the grey color to a lighter tan and the dye didn't take. Do you guys have any tips? I've read a few threads about people dying packs to a darker b...

In Make Your Own Gear » Dyeing Pack Question
April 03, 9:18pm

Re: Colorado Trail 2013
I'll be curt since we know each other. So it is personal preference but since you are planning on taking rain pants why not drop the shorts and boxers and pick up some running shorts w/ a li...

In Gear Lists » Colorado Trail 2013
April 03, 7:54am

Re Re CT
No, I hiked solo. Just knew Alan from mutual acquaintances and speaking post trail.

In Gear Lists » Critique my CT/JMT-Thru List
April 02, 5:24pm

Re: CT
Allen and I hiked in '11 which was an epic snow year so water was no issue - I did do a 16 mile stretch w/o water to get to Apple's little outpost before he left for Gunnison. That said ha...

In Gear Lists » Critique my CT/JMT-Thru List
April 01, 7:13pm

Re: "CDT list"
After reading through your list it looks like you're worried about about being cold - I think a lot of your extra clothing are redundant. Dry ducks and a wind shirt, down pants and tights, I&#...

In Gear Lists » CDT list
February 11, 6:10pm

Re: Cam
Had the pleasure of catching Cam just outside of Stehekin and finish my PCT hike with him this summer. He is a fantastic guy and incredibly interesting to talk to. Having hiked so much in so many...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Record Calendar Year Triple Crown almost done
December 18, 10:38am

Re: Woowee
These articles are such a tease with the lack of base we have here in CO so far... Went all in on getting light as possible for long tours with emphasis on downhill as well. Thanks to the Boul...

In Editor's Roundtable » An Introduction to Nordic and Backcountry Ski Gear
December 14, 8:30pm

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