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location Victoria, Canada
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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
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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
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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.
Jan
30
comment What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?
I agree that you feel the coldest on your head, so covering that up will add to your preception of warmth. Unfortunately, I agree with other posters that your skin loses heat evenly, so your best bet is to put on clothes that insulate the largest area possible (usually torso then legs). Obviously, having a hood is a good thing, but only because it adds to the area covered.
Jan
30
comment How do you determine how long a hike will take?
I don't think there is an average person, sorry! I do think if you know your own fitness level and average pace on an easy trail, you can extrapolate that to the other two though...
Jan
30
comment Looking for a Topographical map resource?
These are great maps, and definitely the best thing for the US. I hiked the Continental Divide Trail using just these and although occasionally out of date, there is nothing better.
Jan
30
awarded  Talkative
Jan
29
comment Can/Should I cook in my tent?
I guess my point is that if you have the right stove and the conditions suck, it's by no means the end of the world.
Jan
29
awarded  Nice Question
Jan
27
answered How can you prevent trekking pole locking mechanisms from slipping?
Jan
27
awarded  Student
Jan
27
asked Why do shin splints happen?
Jan
26
comment Why does my belay device have two holes?
"Instead of", yeah, you just feed both ends, one in either slot and "belay" yourself down.