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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).


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
Dec
6
awarded  Enlightened
Dec
6
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
4
answered Why do people who backpack sleep in tents instead of tarps?
Nov
26
reviewed Approve suggested edit on navigation tag wiki excerpt
Nov
26
reviewed Approve suggested edit on navigation tag wiki
Sep
7
revised Do kevlar sacks work against bears?
grammar fix
Sep
7
comment Do kevlar sacks work against bears?
Read the bottom of my post - up to 2lbs lighter!