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Most of my hiking experience is in the Pacific Northwest, but I've also thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail (2007) and the Continental Divide Trail (2011).

I would call myself a lightweight packer, but not ultralight. My packs for the PCT and CDT were around 15lbs without food, water or fuel. Weekend trips I often have a total pack weight less than 20lbs (skin out).


Dec
15
comment Is there special etiquette for hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) during AT Season
I haven't set foot on the AT, but I disagree with some of this. Thru-hikers are not that special, they are just hiking the trail like everyone else. Sure, if you feel like it, offer them an apple, they'll love it. But giving them priority on the trail and in shelters? I would argue the opposite - you're out there on your one summer weekend trip, take the silly shelter spot if you want it. There's always another shelter down the trail for them. Or you know, their tent?
Dec
15
comment How much does it cost to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail?
PS, I'm planning an AT thru-hike for 2015 as we speak :)
Dec
15
answered How much does it cost to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail?
Dec
10
revised Am I likely to need multiple pairs of boots on the Appalachian Trail?
fix edit
Nov
25
comment What equipment do I need as a beginner outdoor rock climber?
@Dakatine - if you're a beginner, you'll need a partner with experience anyways, so assume they have the rope :) If it's indoor, ropes are usually provided.
Nov
19
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
15
reviewed Approve Backpack strap chafing
Sep
15
comment Legal permits required for trekking in Canada
Yep, no need to get a permit to climb the Chief. Have fun!
Sep
1
comment Applications of a slip knot in climbing?
Personally, if I know my rope should reach the ground, I don't tie knots, I visually confirm that both ends are on the ground and re-throw the rope if they aren't.
Aug
18
comment Applications of a slip knot in climbing?
Some people also put slip knots in the ends of the rope before throwing them down to start a rappel. I'm generally against it due to increasing the likelihood of a snag, but it's common-ish.
May
22
comment How can I keep my iPhone going on a multiday hike?
@MichaelHampton - I'm just saying it's a tradeoff - if you don't need the GPS, great... In that case, airplane mode will save you battery. If you aren't on well-established trails and you need occasional GPS, then it's worth knowing that you're going to sacrifice some battery life.
May
12
awarded  Enlightened
May
12
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
16
comment Trekking poles: what are the pros and cons of Anti-shock vs standard designs?
Ben - your own post says that the are useful, just not at decreasing work. If someone has bad knees, wouldn't you say the are useful in that context?
Apr
9
answered Advantages of types of sleeping bags over another
Apr
9
comment How to pull one's partner from a crack/crevasse when skiing?
Read the answers here, then realize you need to go take a mountaineering course on glacier travel and crevasse rescue :)
Apr
9
comment Advantages of types of sleeping bags over another
When you say "blanket", would another term for that be quilt? Aka your blanket might be made of down or synthetic insulation?
Mar
6
comment Who places the bolts on rock climbing routes, and how?
I would add that any route bolted outside of existing climbing areas is going to be controversial (i.e. bolt a route up a mountain in a National Park, visible from trails and I wouldn't be surprised if you end up in jail).
Feb
21
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jan
24
awarded  Yearling