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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).


Sep
15
reviewed Approve suggested edit on 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
Dec
15
comment Warmth of two sleeping bags
@ppl - yes indeed, I didn't see the part about two identical bags. I've seen weird results with compressed down though - some things suggest that (in jackets at least) volume of down is almost as important as loft... so it just goes to show you actually have to test your own setup!
Dec
13
answered Warmth of two sleeping bags
Dec
12
comment What type of mosquito repellent is most effective?
FWIW, I did mention permethrin briefly in my answer... and that ultimately I just prefer to wear mozzy-proof clothes :)
Dec
12
awarded  Enlightened
Dec
12
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
12
revised Why do people who backpack sleep in tents instead of tarps?
added tent advantage