I agree on the fire starting article. In particular, the lightest surefire method of getting a fire started in a very wet, cold environment, such as in the PNW in November.
I'd also like to see the article scheduled for release in April-June 2006 titled "Lightweight Strategies for Wet Weather Hiking and Camping for Long Distance." Having just moved to the PNW, it was the article I was looking forward to reading the most, yet it is the only article that did not get finished! I realize it was a busy time for the authors as they were preparing for the Arctic traverse, but with Fall approaching, now would be a good time to finish it.
The artice would help me to understand better when the authors choose to move away from SUL to heavier gear. For example, while Ryan Jordan is a huge advocate of DWR bivies, he gives great reviews of the ID eVent bivies. Under what conditions does he switch?
Another example: when Ryan hiked the Wonderland Trail last November, he used a full rain suit. Time and again I read people say a poncho is more breathable than any rainsut, yet there are obviously times when a rain suit is better. What guidelines might one follow in choosing suit over poncho, DWR vs WP bivy, down vs synthetic, umbrella vs sucking it up? Does the new Gatewood Cape touted in their recent article on tarping in inclement conditions extend the season at which a rain suit and bivy are not needed?
In other words, what are the limits of the SUL revolution? We are inspired by the stories of the staff pushing the limits of their gear into foul weather, yet even they seem to know when to stop taunting death and bring more substantial protection. What advice can the authors impart from their experience beyone the edge? At what point have the authors woken up and said to themselves "I should have brought that heavier piece of gear?"
99% of the time I am extremely jazzed about my lightweight conversion, but this is sprinkled with brief moments of clarity where I wake up from my fantasy and realize I'm just asking for a whooping from mother nature.