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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).


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?
May
10
awarded  Custodian
May
10
reviewed Needs Improvement How safe is the bowline knot in different situations?
May
10
reviewed Needs Improvement Logs & Rocks - Step on or over?
May
10
reviewed Needs Improvement What alternative topographic maps exist in the USA?
May
10
reviewed Needs Improvement Different kinds of Down: comparing insulation
May
10
reviewed Satisfactory Is there a difference in performance between a fishing kayak and touring kayak?
May
10
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Two to four day backpacking trip in Washington State for May
Apr
25
comment While backpacking, should one bring hand sanitizer, soap, or both?
Is plain soap friendly to the environment? I don't know the answer, but I am aware that many people carry "special" soap that claims to be biodegradable (i.e. Campsuds).
Apr
25
reviewed Edit suggested edit on Are the orienteering marches popular in Germany?
Apr
25
revised Are the orienteering marches popular in Germany?
Integrate hyperlink as part of the text. Fix punctuation.
Apr
22
answered Do kevlar sacks work against bears?
Apr
17
reviewed Approve suggested edit on wild-camping tag wiki excerpt