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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).


Feb
3
comment What are some ways/devices that I can use to charge my batteries in the wilderness?
People I've talked to say most solar options are really hard to actually charge things while hiking, is that true?
Feb
3
comment What are some ways/devices that I can use to charge my batteries in the wilderness?
I've used this one successfully to charge an iPhone using Lithium AAs - Tekkeon MP1550 - tekkeon.com/products-tekcharge1550.html - I easily charged the iPhone ~2 times with each set of 2 AA batteries
Feb
2
comment First time camping, need advice
great answer, I like the bit about wet sleeping bags - who cares what it's made of if you're wet? :)
Feb
2
awarded  Scholar
Feb
2
accepted Why do shin splints happen?
Feb
1
comment Why do shin splints happen?
Definitely not cold in the desert... I probably do "pound" though, especially when stringing together long days and miles. hard to avoid :)
Feb
1
awarded  Enlightened
Feb
1
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
1
comment What are some toilet paper alternatives you could use in the woods?
Oh moss! I'm having trouble imagining bark being any fun... and fungi actually that sounds fine, some of it anyways (sometimes it's pretty nasty!)
Feb
1
comment Backpacking or hiking in areas open to hunting
I think a better question is, how do you get the hunters to share their beer with you? ;)
Feb
1
answered How to keep water cold in hot weather?
Jan
31
comment Should you pop a blister?
I wish I was good enough with taping/moleskin/whatever to protect a blister and prevent it from popping. For me, they always pop, and usually before I notice that I have them...
Jan
31
comment What are some toilet paper alternatives you could use in the woods?
but very clean :)
Jan
31
awarded  Beta
Jan
31
answered What are some toilet paper alternatives you could use in the woods?
Jan
30
comment What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?
PS: my sources tell me that heat loss through your head is pronounced if you are already shivering.
Jan
30
comment What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?
+1 Increase your covered area (i.e. pants if wearing shorts, jacket if wearing a t-shirt, hat if bald). Add wind layers if it's windy. Add insulated layers to as much area of your body as possible if neither of the previous bits work.
Jan
30
comment What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?
I think that guy is bald :)
Jan
30
awarded  Critic
Jan
30
comment What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?
Graham, I think @mjrider may have you there - great answer to how heat loss works, but in this particular case, you should follow up the theory with the specific answer - insulate as much of your body as possible and avoid wind or cover the insulation with something wind resistant.