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Big old list of mini-reviews / 5-day trip post mortem / suggestions requested
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Ian Schumann

Locale: Central TX
Big old list of mini-reviews / 5-day trip post mortem / suggestions requested on 07/10/2013 17:09:54 MDT Print View

Hey everybody!
I don't usually do this, but I have created a monster here in the wake of my latest trip to the mountains:

Here's what's going on here -- I don't manage to have a "real" good long mountain trip more than 1-2 times a year. At that rate, it's easy to forget the little nuances and improvements I'd like to make, the mental adaptations and tricks I've grown into, etc. For that reason, sometimes getting out again feels like starting over.

Well no more! This time I decided to take detailed notes while the memories were still fresh, and go over these periodically as I grow closer to my next trip (whenever that may be). So I started taking notes, in a haphazard / brain dump kind of fashion, and it turned quickly into a long list of mini gear reviews with some subjective (not objective) evaluation on each piece.

If you have any interest in this, I would LOVE for you to skim through this list, as much as you wish, and offer any comments or suggestions. You may feel free to comment on the document itself (using the Comments tool, wherever it is). However, commentary in this thread itself will probably be better for overall discussion and community enrichment :-)

Forgive me if at times it grows long, whiny, contradictory, or boring. As I said, this is just a brain dump. If it does manage to be more than 75% coherent, I think I have hit my goal.