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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
5
comment How does Frogg Toggs Polypropylene measure up?
A note on durability - I bought two sets of jackets and pants, and ripped the seat out of both of them before I even got to the trail :) I think it was mostly a fit issue though, I found that I was swimming in the jacket, but the pants fit snugly. YMMV!
Aug
8
reviewed Edit suggested edit on Dealing with rashes between thighs and around the groin
Aug
8
revised Dealing with rashes between thighs and around the groin
reframing the words, I thought this should look more sensible.
Aug
1
comment What are the major difference between a regular sleeping bag and one designed for women?
The cut of the bag is often different as well - more room in the hip area. Look at the lengths too - "Long" in a womens bag is quite different than "Long" in a mens bag.
Aug
1
answered Dealing with rashes between thighs and around the groin
Jul
26
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Hiking in the Pyrenees late July/early August, what track should I do?
Jul
18
comment What are the minimum set of shoes required for hiking outdoors
A related question: outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/105/19
Jul
17
comment Whats the best way to abseil off a ledge with the anchor at foot level?
That being said, getting your Prusik caught is a nightmare - try it at home sometime and see if you can figure out how to get it out!
Jul
17
comment Whats the best way to abseil off a ledge with the anchor at foot level?
In the particular case of this question, it actually has a downside - you have to get even lower before your weight is on your ropes!
Jul
16
revised Will barefoot walking harden the skin and help prevent blisters when trekking in heavy shoes?
fixed comments about Thenar space changed to toes and between toes, as this is much more commonly understood in English
Jul
16
awarded  Custodian
Jul
16
revised What do you risk when you ignore blisters and carry on walking?
This is not a common description in English, and we call the fingers of the feet "toes"!
Jul
16
reviewed Close What are the properties I should look for in running shoes?
Jul
16
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Recovering from Hypothermia
Jul
6
awarded  Enlightened
Jul
6
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
5
comment What is the safest way to purify water?
I wish I could give you more than one upvote, Ben. I'm not sure I would personally skip treating water when I'm not sure of the wilderness upstream from where I'm sourcing, but otherwise... There's nothing more satisfying than dipping water out of an alpine stream and drinking deep :)
May
16
comment How do I properly use the cinch-straps that came with my daypack?
Is there a "best" way to thread them I wonder? like shoe-laces is probably the most common right?
May
14
comment What does “expedition-weight” mean with regard to clothing?
Expedition-weight is a marketing term IMHO, you won't find an official definition
May
10
reviewed Needs Improvement How can I 'inflate' or plump up my my sleeping bag?